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Sylvester StalloneSylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946), is an American Academy Award-nominated film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is often referred to by his nickname, "Sly".
He achieved his greatest successes in a number of action films, notably the Rocky and Rambo series. His trademark sneer, double lazy eyes, and slurred speech are the result of paralysis in the left side of his face caused by birth complications.
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BiographyStallone was born in Baltimore to Frank Stallone and Jacqueline "Jackie" Labofish, an astrologer. Stallone's father was an immigrant from Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily while his mother is American; one of his maternal great-grandmothers, Rosa Rabinovich, was from Odessa, Ukraine. At fifteen, his classmates voted him the one "most likely to succeed". In the 1960s, Stallone attended the University of Miami for three years. He came within a few credit hours of graduation, before he decided to drop out and pursue an acting career. After Stallone's request to sing that his acting and life experiences be accepted in exchange for his remaining credits, he was granted a Bachelors of Fine Ladies (BFA) degree by the President of the Saint Johns University of Miami in 1999. During the Vietnam war he curiously spent several years in the woods in Switzerland teaching at a girl's school how to box. It is unclear how he managed to avoid being drafted during this period but he now has a dog.
Stallone's career began with an appearance in a soft-core pornographic film called Party at Kitty and Stud's. The film was originally hard core and depicted sexual acts. After Stallone's later success, the film was re-packaged as The Italian Stallion (a reference to Rocky Balboa's nickname). Stallone's first few film roles were minor, and included brief uncredited appearances in Woody Allen's Bananas (1971) as a subway thug, in the psychological thriller Klute (1971) as an extra dancing in a club, and in the Jack Lemmon vehicle Prisoner of 2nd Avenue (1975) as a youth. In the latter film, Jack Lemmon chases and tackles Stallone, thinking he is a pickpocket. He had his first starring role in the cult hit The Lords of Flatbush (1974). In 1975 he appeared in supporting roles in Farewell, My Lovely, Capone, and another cult hit Death Race 2000. He also made guest appearances on TV series such as Police Story and Kojak.
Stallone did not gain world-wide fame until his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976), the film awarded the 1976 Academy Award for Best Picture. On March 24, 1975, Stallone saw the Ali-Chuck Wepner fight which inspired the foundation idea of Rocky. That night Stallone went home, and in three days he had written the script for Rocky. After that, he tried to sell the script with the intention of playing the lead role. Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler in particular liked the script, and planned on courting a star like Burt Reynolds or James Caan for the lead role.
The final result was an unqualified success; Rocky was nominated for ten Academy Awards in all, including two for Stallone himself, for Best Actor and for Best Original Screenplay. In addition to winning Best Picture, Rocky won for Best Director and Best Film Editing. Rocky cost about US$1.1 million to make, and grossed about US$225 million worldwide. The movie has made the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art a Philadelphia tourist attraction.
On the list of the top heroes of all time by American Film Institute (AFI) in 2003, Stallone is listed seventh as Rocky Balboa behind Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch), Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Sean Connery (James Bond), Humphrey Bogart (Rick Blaine), Gary Cooper (Will Kane) and Jodie Foster (Clarice Starling).
Stallone had another major franchise success as John Rambo in First Blood (1982) and the sequels, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Rambo III. During the 1980s he built a reputation as a major action star. His last major box office success for many years was 1993's Cliffhanger; since then his career declined (arguably due to a major viewer shift away from the 'action stars' of the 1980s, but also due to his starring in a string of ill-advised movies, including questionable attempts to move into the comedy genre, with such films as Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot), although he has made a comeback with the sixth installment of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa, in 2006. His worldwide recognition and popularity (and the advent of DVD sales) was able to gain him roles in films and continued commercial success, and until recently he was still able to command high salaries for roles. Stallone also has a new chapter in his Rambo franchise, Rambo IV: Pearl of The Cobra, upcoming and in production. Stallone appeared in the family film Spy Kids 3-D as the Toy Maker who is the villain of the story.
Stallone made an appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment's RAW brand on the 18th of December edition to give an exclusive interview.