Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in New York City. Eldest son of Frank Stallone, hairdresser of Italian origin who immigrated to the United States in the 1930s, and of Jackie Stallone, former dancer and astrologer, he grew up in his hometown. When he was born, he suffered from a facial paralysis on his left side, which caused him speech problems throughout his childhood and the mockery of his classmates. Student not very interested in studies, he prefers sport and practices bodybuilding. However, he enrolled in college, studied drama, and did odd jobs. The beginnings of the young aspirant are difficult. He skims the auditions but does not land any role, he appears in a few plays on the sidelines of Broadway, and then connects periods of unemployment.
In 1970, in great financial difficulty, he accepted a role in an erotic film; The Party at Kitty’s and studs (renamed the Italian Stallion once the actor was famous). In 1974, after brief appearances, he managed to land a supporting role in Hands in Pockets. During this crossing of the desert, Sylvester Stallone writes the story of Rocky Balboa, an unknown boxer who finds himself on the front of the stage to face the world boxing champion. His career struggles to take off, so he decides to find producers and interpret the title role of his screenplay. In 1976, it was the director John G. Avildsen who 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 that of the best film of the year. Subsequently, the actor embarked on a real saga of Rocky and wrote five other scripts in 1979, 1982, 1985, 1990 and 2006. At the same time, he saw another success story with a new role, that of Rambo, veteran of the Vietnam War in the early 80s, which definitely places him in the ranks of a star. The actor used to action films has found the character of John Rambo on three occasions (1985, 1988 and 2008).
During the 1980s, Sylvester Stallone varied the registers and appeared in a crime thriller ( Les Faucons de la nuit ), a musical ( New York Cowboy), a police comedy (Cash and Tango). Then, he tries to distance himself from the roles of Rocky and Rambo and turns to comedy in the 90s, but it fails ( The mud is in the bag, Stop or my mother will shoot! ). He then returned to action films and shot Cliffhanger (1993), The Expert (1994) or Cop Land (1997). In his fifties, the actor goes through a slump punctuated by commercial failures (Driven, D-Tox).
In 2006, for his return, he again goes behind the camera for the sixth installment of the saga and directs Rocky Balboa which allows him to return to success . He does it again with his other favorite character and directs John Rambo in 2008. He embarks on a new adventure, surrounded by his 80s acolytes (Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger), with The Expendables – Special Unit (2010). The enthusiasm aroused gave rise to a sequel, in 2012, Expendables 2 in which Jean-Claude Van Damme appeared, then a third installment in 2014 with Antonio Banderas and or even Harrison Ford. In January 2016, Sylvester Stallone is Golden Globe nominee for Best Supporting Actor for Creed: The Legacy of Rocky Balboa , the Rocky spin-off. Sylvester Stallone’s net worth in 2020 is around $ 400 million at the age of 73.
On the private side, Sylvester Stallone was married to Sasha Czack (1974–1985). The couple has two sons: Sage (born 1976 and died 2012) and Seargeoh (born 1979). After a brief union with actress Brigitte Nielsen (1985–1987), he found love on the arm of model Jennifer Flavin. The couple welcomed a baby girl, Sophia Rose, in 1996. The actor married Jennifer Flavin for the 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, her brother Frank announced on Instagram the death of their mother Jackie, at the age of 98.