One of the most popular action stars in cinematic history, Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone is best known for portraying boxer Rocky Balboa and Vietnam War veteran John Rambo. Born on July 6, 1946, in New York City, Sylvester Stallone rose to fame as the writer and lead of the Academy Award-winning boxing film Rocky (1976). He went on to become one of the biggest action stars in the world, reprising his characters from Rocky and First Blood (1982) for several sequels. Following a mid-career decline, he rediscovered box-office success with The Expendables (2010) and earned critical acclaim for reviving the Rocky franchise with Creed (2015), garnering his first Golden Globe win and another Oscar nomination. Sylvester Stallone’s net worth as of January 2018 is approximately $400 million at the age of 72 years old.
Although by his account, Stallone was expelled from 14 schools in 11 years, he still went to college in Switzerland on an athletics scholarship, then studied drama at the University of Miami. His first film role was in the porno flick A Party At Kitty and Stud's Place, after which he turned up briefly as the thug on a subway train in Woody Allen's Bananas. Broke and down on his luck, he reportedly wrote the script for Rocky in three days. "I'm astounded by people who take 18 years to write something," he once said. "That's how long it took that guy to write Madame Bovary. And was that ever on a bestseller list? No. It was a lousy book and it made a lousy movie."
Stallone's taste in literature aside, he wouldn't let go of the Rocky script until he was also allowed to star in the film and, as everyone knows, a star was born when it hit the movie houses in 1976. Stallone reprised the role for all five of the sequels. He's also lent his bad-ass movie persona to films like Judge Dredd (1995), Get Carter (2000), Rambo (2008), The Expendables (2010), The Expendables 2 (2012) and Bullet to the Head (2013), in which he plays a hitman alongside Jason Momoa. He then starred in Reach Me (2014) and The Expendables 3 (2014). More recently, he starred in the Rocky spinoff Creed alongside Michael B. Jordan, for which he received his first Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor. He also received an Academy Award nomination for the role. His latest credits include the animated adventure flick Ratchet & Clank (2016) and the sci-fi adventure film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) with Chris Pratt.
Stallone left his wife of 11 years and his two sons (his youngest son, Seargeoh, is autistic) to marry Brigitte Nielsen, a statuesque, athletic, Danish blonde who quickly drained his pocketbook and his patience. In 1997, Stallone married former model Jennifer Flavin, with whom he has three children. Surprisingly, beneath the palooka exterior lurks a painter, art collector, novelist and polo player.
Sylvester Stallone Filmography Actor: The Expendables 4 (2018) Animal Crackers (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Ratchet & Clank (2016) Creed (2015) Reach Me (2014) Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) The Expendables 3 (2014) Bullet to the Head (2013) Escape Plan (2013) Grudge Match (2013) The Expendables 2 (2012) Zookeeper (2011) Zookeeper (2011) (voice) The Expendables (2010) Kambakkht Ishq (2009) Rambo (2008) Rocky Balboa (2006) Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Taxi 3 (2003) Driven (2001) Eye See You (2001) Get Carter (2000) Antz (1998) An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997) Copland (1997) Daylight (1996) Firestorm (1996) Assassins (1995) Judge Dredd (1995) The Specialist (1994) Cliffhanger (1993) Demolition Man (1993) Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) Oscar (1991) Rocky V (1990) Lock Up (1989) Tango & Cash (1989) Rambo III (1988) Over the Top (1987) Cobra (1986) Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) Rocky IV (1985) Rhinestone (1984) Staying Alive (1983) First Blood (1982) Rocky III (1982) Nighthawks (1981) Victory (1981) Rocky II (1979) F.I.S.T. (1978) Paradise Alley (1978) Cannonball (1976) Rocky (1976) Capone (1975) Death Race 2000 (1975) Farewell, My Lovely (1975) Rebel (1975) The Lords of Flatbush (1974) The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1974) Bananas (1971) The Italian Stallion (1970) Director: Rambo (2008) Rocky Balboa (2006) Staying Alive (1983) Rocky II (1979) Paradise Alley (1978) Producer: Driven (2001)