Born: 6 July 1946
Birthplace: New York, New York
Best known as: Star of the Rocky and Rambo movies
Sylvester Stallone took Hollywood by storm in 1976, writing and starring in the blockbuster hit Rocky. The film, with Stallone as the low-rent Philadelphia puglist Rocky Balboa, won the Academy Award for best picture and a nomination for Stallone as best actor. For the next decade Stallone was a top box-office draw; by 1990 he had made a total of five Rocky movies and three movies as Rambo, a tortured Vietnam veteran with a thirst for swift justice. Stallone has tried his hand at comedy (1991's Oscar, with Tim Curry, and 1998's Antz, with Woody Allen) and serious drama (1997's Cop Land, with Robert DeNiro and Janeane Garofolo), but he remains best known as an action hero. A sixth film in the Rocky series, titled Rocky Balboa, was released in 2006. Stallone has also dabbled in business: with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, he was an early stockholder and celebrity endorser of the Planet Hollywood chain of restaurants when it was launched in 1991. Sylvester Stallone's other movies include Cliffhanger (1993), Judge Dredd (1995), Get Carter (2000), and The Expendables (2010).
Extra credit: Sylvester Stallone's nickname is "Sly"... He has also been called "The Italian Stallion," his character's nickname in Rocky... Stallone has been married three times, and has five children from those marriages. He was married to the former Sasha Czack from 1974 until their divorce in 1985; they had two sons, Sage Moonblood (b. 1976) and Seargeoh (b. 1979). Stallone was then married to actress Brigitte Nielsen (who appeared with him in Rocky IV) from 1985 until their divorce in 1987; they had no children. Stallone married model Jennifer Flavin (b. 14 August 1968) in 1997, and they have three daughters: Sophia Rose (b. 1996), Sistine Rose (b. 1998) and Scarlet Rose (b. 2002)... Sage Stallone played Rocky Balboa, Jr. in the 1990 film Rocky V... Sylvester Stallone's brother, Frank Stallone, is also an actor.
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