About Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Enzio Stallone (born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, July 6, 1946) is an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. After his beginnings as a struggling actor for a number of years, he won his first critical acclaim as an actor for his co-starring role as Stanley Rosiello in ‘The Lords of Flatbush’. Stallone subsequently found work as an extra or side character in films with a sizable budget until he achieved his greatest critical and commercial success as an actor and screenwriter, starting in 1976 with his role as boxer Rocky Balboa, in the first film of the successful ‘Rocky’ series, for which he also wrote the screenplays.
In 1977, Sylvester Stallone was the third actor in cinema to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. Stallone’s film ‘Rocky’ was inducted into the National Film Registry, and had its props placed in the Smithsonian Museum. Up until 1982, Stallone’s films were not big box office successes, unless they were Rocky sequels. This changed with the successful action film ‘First Blood’ in which he portrayed the PTSD-plagued soldier, John Rambo. Originally an adaptation of the eponymous novel by David Morell, ‘First Blood’s script was significantly altered by Stallone during the film’s production.
Sylvester Stallone would play the role in a total of five ‘Rambo’ films. From the mid 1980s through to the late 1990s, Stallone would go on to become one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors of that era, appearing in a slew of commercially successful action films, but generally panned by critics. These include ‘Cobra’, ‘Tango and Cash’, ‘Cliffhanger’, ‘Demolition Man’, and ‘The Specialist’. Learn More…