Sylvester Stallone’s birthday today, he was born on July 6, 1946. He is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer and artist.
After his beginnings as a struggling actor for a number of years upon arriving to New York City in 1969 and later Hollywood in 1974, he won his first critical acclaim as an actor for his co-starring role as Stanley Rosiello in The Lords of Flatbush.
Stallone mostly only found gradual work as an extra or side character in films with a sizeable budget until he achieved his greatest critical and commercial success as an actor, starting in 1976 with his self-created role as the boxer Rocky Balboa, in the first film of the successful Rocky series (1976–2018).
Picture : Sylvester Stallone in Rocky.
In the films, Rocky is portrayed as an underdog fighter that does battle with numerous brutal opponents, and wins the world heavyweight championship twice.
The last two entries in the series are Creed and Creed II, that serve as spin-off films focusing on Adonis “Donnie” Creed, the son of the ill-fated boxer Apollo Creed, to whom the long retired Rocky is a mentor.
Reprising the role during the 2010s brought Stallone praise, and his first Golden Globe award for the first Creed, as well as a third Oscar nomination, having been first nominated for the same role 40 years prior.
Stallone had similar box-office success portraying the PTSD-plagued soldier John Rambo in the five Rambo films (1982–2019), and as mercenary Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films (2010–2014).
He wrote or co-wrote most of the films in his three biggest franchises, and directed many of them.
Stallone’s film Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry, and had its props placed in the Smithsonian Museum.
His use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps, and Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum.
It was announced on December 7, 2010 that he was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the non-participant category.
In 1977, Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.
He became the third man in history to receive these two nominations for the same film, after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.
Sylvester Stallone’s birthday today, his early life :
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone was born in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York,on July 6, 1946,the elder son of Francesco “Frank” Stallone Sr., a hairdresser and beautician, and Jacqueline “Jackie” Stallone (née Labofish; born 1921), an astrologer, dancer, and promoter of women’s wrestling.
His Italian father was born in Gioia del Colle, Italy and moved to the U.S. in the 1930s, while his American mother is of French (from Brittany) and Ukrainian-Jewish (from Odessa) descent.His younger brother is actor and musician Frank Stallone.
Complications suffered by Stallone’s mother during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these forceps accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone’s face.
As a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed (including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin), an accident which gave him his signature snarling look and slurred speech. He was baptized Catholic.
His father moved the family to Washington, D.C. in the early 1950s to open a beauty school. In 1954, his mother opened a women’s gym called Barbella’s.
Stallone attended Notre Dame Academy and Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, as well as Charlotte Hall Military Academy, prior to attending Miami Dade College and the University of Miami.
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Stallone’s debut as a director came in 1978 with Paradise Alley, which he also wrote and starred in.
In addition, he directed Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, along with Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky Balboa, Rambo and The Expendables.
Picture: Sylvester Stallone in Expendables
In August 2005, Sylvester Stallone’s birthday today, he released his book Sly Moves which claimed to be a guide to fitness and nutrition as well as a candid insight into his life and works from his own perspective. The book also contained many photographs of Stallone throughout the years as well as pictures of him performing exercises.
In addition to writing all six Rocky films, Stallone also wrote Cobra, Driven, Rambo and Homefront.
He has co-written several other films, such as F.I.S.T., Rhinestone, Over the Top, the first three Rambo films, the three The Expendables films and Creed II. His last major success as a co-writer came with 1993’s Cliffhanger.
In addition, Stallone has continued to express his passion in directing a film on Edgar Allan Poe’s life, a script he has been preparing for years.
More info about his career:
In July 2009, Stallone appeared in a cameo in the Bollywood movie Kambakkht Ishq where he played himself.Stallone also provided the voice of a lion in Kevin James’ comedy Zookeeper.
Stallone has also mentioned that he would like to adapt Nelson DeMille’s novel, The Lion’s Game, and James Byron Huggins’s novel, Hunter, for which Stallone had the film rights several years; he originally planned to use the plot from Hunter for Rambo V: Last Blood. In 2009, Stallone expressed interest in starring in a remake of Charles Bronson’s 1974 film Death Wish.
There are plans for a fourth film in The Expendables series that will conclude the saga. Stallone also announced on early May 2020 on a sequel to 1993’s Demolotion Man is in the works, stating; “I think it’s coming. We’re working on it right now with Warner Brothers. It’s looking fantastic. So, that should come out, that’s going to happen”.
Sylvester Stallone’s birthday today, he is featured in the 2017 documentary John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs about Academy Award-winning Rocky director John G. Avildsen, directed and produced by Derek Wayne Johnson.
Stallone hand-picked Derek Wayne Johnson to direct and produce a documentary on the making of the original Rocky, currently entitled 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic, due for release in 2019. The documentary will feature Stallone narrating behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.
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