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Sylvester Stallone: all news and scoops!

  • Occupation: actor, director
  • Real name: Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
  • Sign: Cancer
  • Date of birth: Saturday 06 July 1946 (age: 74 years old)
  • Country: United States

Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in New York City. The eldest son of Frank Stallone, a hairdresser of Italian origin who emigrated to the United States in the 1930s, and Jackie Stallone, a former dancer and astrologer, he grew up in his hometown. He was born with facial paralysis on his left side, which caused him speech problems throughout his childhood and the mockery of his classmates. As a student with little interest in studying, he prefers sports and bodybuilding. However, he enrolled in college, studied drama and took on odd jobs. The beginnings of the young aspirant are difficult. He scoured auditions but did not land any roles, he appeared in a few plays on the fringes of Broadway, and then went through periods of unemployment.

In 1970, in great financial difficulty, he accepted a role in an erotic film, The Party at Kitty’s and stud’s (renamed The Italian Stallion once the actor became famous). In 1974, after brief appearances, he landed a supporting role in Hands in the Pockets. During this crossing of the desert, Sylvester Stallone writes the story of Rocky Balboa, an unknown boxer who finds himself in the limelight to face the world boxing champion. His career is struggling to take off, so he decides to find producers and play the title role in his screenplay. In 1976, director John G. Avildsen brought Rocky to the screen. The unexpected and immediate success of the film propelled Sylvester Stallone to the top of the box office. The film won three Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year. The actor then embarked on a true Rocky saga and wrote five more screenplays in 1979, 1982, 1985, 1990 and 2006. At the same time, he lived another success story with a new role, that of Rambo, a veteran of the Vietnam War, in the early 1980s, which put him definitively on the star stage. The actor, accustomed to action films, has played the character of John Rambo three times (1985, 1988 and 2008).

During the 1980s, Sylvester Stallone varied the registers and appeared in a detective thriller (The Night Hawks), a musical (New York Cowboy) and a detective comedy (Cash and Tango). He then tried to break away from the roles of Rocky and Rambo and turned to comedy in the 90s, but it was a failure (L’embrouille est dans le sac, Arrête ou ma mère va tirer!). He then returned to action films and shot Cliffhanger (1993), The Expert (1994) and Cop Land (1997). In his fifties, the actor goes through an empty period punctuated by commercial failures (Driven, D-Tox).

In 2006, for his comeback, he once again gets behind the camera for the sixth part of the saga and directs Rocky Balboa, which allows him to return to success. He did it again with his other favourite character and directed John Rambo in 2008. He embarks on a new adventure, surrounded by his acolytes from the 80s (Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger), with Expendables – Special Unit (2010). The craze for the film led to a sequel in 2012, Expendables 2, in which Jean-Claude Van Damme appeared, followed by a third instalment in 2014 with Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford. In January 2016, Sylvester Stallone is nominated for the Golden Globes in the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Creed: The Legacy of Rocky Balboa, the spin-off from Rocky.

On the private side, Sylvester Stallone was married to Sasha Czack (1974-1985). The couple has two sons: Sage (born in 1976 and died in 2012) and Seargeoh (born in 1979). After a brief union with actress Brigitte Nielsen (1985-1987), he found love again on the arm of model Jennifer Flavin. The couple welcomed a little girl, Sophia Rose, in 1996. The actor married Jennifer Flavin for a third time in May 1997, and the family grew with the births of Sistine Rose (in 1998) and Scarlet Rose (2002). On September 22, 2020, his brother Frank announces on Instagram the death of their mother Jackie at the age of 98.

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