Sylvester Stallone

Highest Rated: 95% Creed (2015)
Lowest Rated: 0% Staying Alive (1983)
Birthday: Jul 6, 1946
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
An icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism, Sylvester Stallone is responsible for creating two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the no-name boxer who overcame all odds to become a champion, and John Rambo, the courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescues and revenge. Both characters are reflections of Stallone's personal experiences and the battles he waged during his transition from a poor kid in Hell's Kitchen to one of the world's most popular stars. According to Stallone, his was not a happy childhood. On July 6, 1946, in the aforementioned part of Manhattan, Sylvester Enzio Stallone was born to a chorine and an Italian immigrant. A forceps accident during his birth severed a facial nerve, leaving Stallone with parts of his lip, tongue, and chin paralyzed. In doing so, the accident imprinted Stallone with some of the most recognizable components of his persona: the distinctively slurred (and some say often nearly incomprehensible) speech patterns, drooping lower lip, and crooked left eye that have been eagerly seized upon by caricaturists. To compound these defects, Stallone was a homely, sickly child who once suffered from rickets. His parents were constantly at war and struggling to support Stallone and his younger brother, Frank Stallone (who became a B-movie actor). The elder brother spent most of his first five years in the care of foster homes. Stallone has said that his interest in acting came from his attempts to get attention and affection from those strangers who tried to raise him. When he was five, his parents moved their family to Silver Spring, MD, but once again spent their time bickering and largely ignored their children. Following his parents' divorce in 1957, the 11-year-old Stallone remained with his stern father. The actor's teen years proved even more traumatic. As Stallone seemed willing to do just about anything for attention, however negative, he had already been enrolled in 12 schools and expelled several times for his behavior problems. His grades were dreadful and his classmates picked on him for being different. Stallone coped by becoming a risk taker and developing elaborate fantasies in which he presented himself as a brave hero and champion of the underdog. At age 15, Stallone moved to Philadelphia to be with his mother and her new husband. By this time, he had begun lifting weights and took up fencing, football, and the discus. He also started appearing in school plays. Following graduation, Stallone received an athletic scholarship for the American College of Switzerland. While there he was a girls' athletic coach and in his spare time starred in a school production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The experience inspired him to become an actor and after returning stateside, he started studying drama at the University of Miami until he decided to move to New York in 1969. While working a variety of odd jobs, Stallone auditioned frequently but only occasionally found stage work, most of which was off-Broadway in shows like the all-nude Score and Rain. He even resorted to appearing in the softcore porn film, Party at Kitty's and Studs, which was later repackaged as The Italian Stallion after Stallone became famous. Stallone's face and even his deep voice were factors in his constant rejection for stage and film roles. He did nab a bit role in Woody Allen's Bananas (1971), but after he was turned down for The Godfather (1971), Stallone became discouraged. Rather than give up, however, Stallone again developed a coping mechanism -- he turned to writing scripts, lots of scripts, some of which were produced. He still auditioned and landed a starring role in Rebel (1973). During his writing phase, he married actress Sasha Czack in late 1974 and they moved to California in the hopes of building acting careers. His first minor success came when he wrote the screenplay for and co-starred in the nostalgic Lords of Flatbush (1974)

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Rambo: Last Blood Screenwriter John Rambo 2019
No Score Yet Le Tombeau 3: Extraction Actor 2019
33% Escape Plan: The Extractors Ray Breslin 2019
11% Backtrace Sykes 2018
84% Creed II Rocky Balboa Screenwriter 2018
8% Escape Plan 2: Hades Ray Breslin 2018
No Score Yet Retracer Actor 2018
No Score Yet Escape Plan 2 (Double Feature with Escape Plan) Ray Breslin 2018
No Score Yet John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs Actor 2017
21% Ratchet & Clank Victor 2016
No Score Yet Scarpa Gregory Scarpa 2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers Bullet-Man 2016
95% Creed Producer Rocky Balboa $81.2M 2015
4% Reach Me Gerald 2014
32% The Expendables 3 Barney Ross Screenwriter Producer $34.8M 2014
78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Actor $0.2M 2014
31% Grudge Match Henry "Razor" Sharp $14.9M 2013
42% Homefront Producer Screenwriter $12.7M 2013
50% Escape Plan Breslin $18.7M 2013
94% Milius Actor 2013
46% Bullet to the Head James Bonomo $9.6M 2013
67% The Expendables 2 Screenwriter Barney Ross $85.1M 2012
14% Zookeeper Joe the Lion $80.4M 2011
42% The Expendables Barney Ross Screenwriter Director $103M 2010
No Score Yet Amerika Idol Actor 2009
37% Rambo (Rambo IV) Director Producer Screenwriter John Rambo $42.8M 2008
77% Rocky Balboa Rocky Balboa Director Screenwriter Executive Producer $70.2M 2006
No Score Yet Ali Rap Actor 2006
No Score Yet Pele Forever Actor 2005
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Toymaker 2003
No Score Yet Making 'Avenging Angelo' Frankie Delano 2003
67% Shade The Dean 2003
13% Avenging Angelo Actor 2002
15% D-Tox (Eye See You) Jake Malloy 2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights Actor 2002
14% Driven Joe Tanto Producer Screenwriter 2001
12% Get Carter Jack Carter $14.6M 2000
93% Antz Weaver 1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn Himself 1998
74% Cop Land Freddy Heflin 1997
25% Daylight Kit Latura 1996
15% Assassins Robert Rath 1995
17% Judge Dredd Judge Dredd 1995
7% The Specialist Ray Quick 1994
No Score Yet Academy Award Winners, The First 50 Years: Volume 10 - Hollywood Comes to Age Actor 1994
61% Demolition Man Sergeant John Spartan 1993
8% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Joe Bomowski 1992
12% Oscar Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone 1991
29% Rocky V Screenwriter Rocky Balboa 1990
No Score Yet A Man Called...Rainbo Actor 1990
31% Tango & Cash Ray Tango 1989
17% Lock Up Frank Leone 1989
39% Rambo III Screenwriter Rambo 1988
No Score Yet Stars of the Century Actor 1988
27% Over the Top Lincoln Hawk Screenwriter 1987
14% Cobra Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti 1986
40% Rocky IV Rocky Balboa Director Screenwriter 1985
37% Rambo: First Blood Part II Rambo John Rambo Screenwriter 1985
57% Terror in the Aisles Actor 1984
15% Rhinestone Screenwriter Nick 1984
0% Staying Alive Producer 1983
88% First Blood Screenwriter John Rambo 1982
66% Rocky III Rocky Director Screenwriter 1982
67% Victory Capt. Robert Hatch 1981
70% Nighthawks Deke DaSilva 1981
73% Rocky II Screenwriter Rocky Balboa Director 1979
40% Paradise Alley Cosmo Carboni Screenwriter Director 1978
73% F.I.S.T. Johnny Kovak Screenwriter 1978
93% Rocky Screenwriter Rocky Balboa 1976
No Score Yet Cannonball Mafioso 1976
80% Farewell, My Lovely Kelly/Jonnie 1975
No Score Yet Capone Frank Nitti 1975
83% Death Race 2000 Machine Gun Joe Viterbo 1975
50% The Prisoner of Second Avenue Youth in Park 1975
67% The Lords of Flatbush Screenwriter Stanley Rosiello 1974
No Score Yet Rebel Actor 1973
88% Bananas Subway Thug 1971
No Score Yet No Place to Hide (Rebel) Actor 1970

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster
2017-2018
Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
2014-2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Contender
2005-2009
Executive Producer Host Appearing
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
Frank
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1997
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1979
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • 1975
No Score Yet S.T.R.O.N.G.
2015
Executive Producer Host Producer

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