Oil paints in his spare time and considers 'Leonardo Da Vinci' his personal hero.
On 27 June 1998, his second daughter, Sistine Rose Stallone was born to third wife, Jennifer Flavin.
Ranked #92 in Empire (UK) magazine's list of "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time". [October 1997]
Daughter Sophia Rose Stallone, 2-1/2, by wife Jennifer Flavin. undergoes open heart surgery at UCLA Medical Center. The procedure went well. [November 1996]
On August 27th, 1996, his first daughter Sophia Rose Stallone was born with fiancée, Jennifer Flavin.
Was part owner of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Birth complications, caused by forceps, resulted in paralysis of the lower left side of his face, manifested by a perennial snarl and slurred speech.
He sued writer Peter "Taki" Theodoracopulos and the British magazine "The Spectator" in 1991 for suggesting he acted in a cowardly and hypocritical way when he "ducked the Vietnam War." He won the case.
At 15, his classmates voted him the one "most likely to end up in the electric chair."
Second son Seargeoh Stallone (b. 1979) is autistic.
Stallone was paid a mere $60,000 to do Cop Land (1997). It is said that he did the film to play a serious role and escape his action hero cast type.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.
Brother of Frank Stallone, Toni D'Alto and Dante Stallone.
Father of Sage Stallone, who has acted with him in Rocky V (1990) and also Daylight (1996).
Cousin of Paul Dion Monte.
His Miami 24,000-square-foot villa and its three guest houses sold after two years on the market for $24 million.
Dislikes his first name, usually referred to as "Sly."
His mother, Jackie Stallone, is a fan of Jackie Chan. Chan and Stallone are very good friends.
Sued by model Margie Carr, who contends that he tried to force her to have physical relations with him last year at a Santa Monica Gym. [February 2001]
Born on the same day as President George W. Bush and Fred Dryer.
14 February 2002 - Sylvester sued his former business manager, Kenneth Starr, for giving him bad business advice. He claims $17M in damages. Part of the advice was for him to hold onto his shares in Planet Hollywood, the now bankrupt restaurant chain, despite it already being in a financial bind.
His father Frank Stallone was a hairdresser and mother Jackie Stallone is a larger-than-life eccentric who's also sought fame as an astrologer and women's wrestling promoter. Her maiden name is Labofish.
Created and produced a TV series pilot called "Father Lefty", with star Danny Nucci as an offbeat Miami priest. The pilot aired on CBS in 2002, but was not picked up as a series.
Has a half-sister Toni D'Alto (Toni Anne Filiti), the daughter of his mother Jackie Stallone and her second husband, Tony Filiti.
3rd child Scarlet Rose Stallone, with wife Jennifer Flavin, was born on 25 May 2002 in Los Angeles, weighing 7 lbs, 8 oz.
Has a total of five children: Sage Stallone and Seargeoh Stallone with first wife Sasha Czack and Sophia Rose Stallone, Sistine Rose Stallone and Scarlet Rose Stallone with third wife Jennifer Flavin.
Former brother-in-law of Louis D'Alto and Markus Schaub.
Was 23 years old when he got his first starring role in the softcore porno The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970) (which was re-released and renamed "The Italian Stallion" after his success with Rocky (1976)), in which he played the role of Stud The Italian Stallion. He was paid $200 to play the sex-craved gigolo and appeared nude.
Sylvester's father, Frank Stallone, was an Italian emigrant, born in Gioia del Colle, Apulia, to Silvestro Stallone and Pulcheria Nicastri. Sylvester's mother, Jackie Stallone, was born Jacqueline Labofish in Washington, D.C. Sylvester's maternal grandfather, John Paul Labofish, was born in Pennsylvania, to emigrants from the Russian Empire, Charles Schachan Labofish/Labofisz and Rose Ethel Lemlich/Lamlec. Sylvester's maternal grandmother, Jeanne Victoria Adrienne Anne Clérec, was French, born in Brittany, France, to Louis Victor Clérec and Marie Pauline Rodrigue.
Attended the University of Miami on an athletic scholarship
Went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Among his classmates were Goldie Hawn, Carl Bernstein and Ben Stein.
On 5 June 1994 he broke up with then-girlfriend Jennifer Flavin by sending her a "Dear Jane" letter via FedEx. They reconciled after one year, on 5 June 1995 and married on 17 May 1997.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les Guignols de l'info (1988).
Entered into the house of Big Brother VIP 2 (Mexico) for a few minutes as a special guest. He was in Mexico promoting Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and was invited to participate.
He was considered for Patrick Swayze's role in Next of Kin (1989).
As of 2004 is the all time Razzie Award champion, with a record 30 nominations and 10 "wins", more than any other person in history.
Mother Jackie Stallone was a fan of Tyrone Power and had originally named him Tyrone Stallone, but when she got the birth certificate it had been changed by Sly's father Frank Stallone to Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone.
Has the distinction of appearing in three of the 100 Most Enjoyably Awful Movies of All Time as listed in Razzie Award-founder John Wilson's book, "The Official Razzie Movie Guide": Rhinestone (1984), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)) and The Specialist (1994). He is thus tied with Joseph Cotten for having the second most titles among the 100. Ernest Borgnine has the most, appearing in four of the 100 titles.
Stepson of Anthony 'Tony' Filiti & Stephen Marcus Levine.
Oddly, 1994 was one of the few years he was not nominated for an acting Razzie Award, even though he had appeared in both Cliffhanger (1993) and Demolition Man (1993), which had been nominated, with "Cliffhanger" receiving a nomination for Worst Screenplay, which Stallone had written himself.
The ten awards from the Razzies that he's "won" so far are Worst Actor of 1985 for Rhinestone (1984), Worst Actor of 1986 for both Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Rocky IV (1985), Worst Director of 1986 for Rocky IV (1985), Worst Screenplay of 1986 with James Cameron and Kevin Jarre for Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Worst Actor of 1989 for Rambo III (1988), Worst Actor of the Decade (1980s), Worst Actor of 1993 for Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), Worst Screen Couple of 1995 with Sharon Stone in The Specialist (1994), Worst Actor of the Century, and Worst Supporting Actor of 2004 for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003).
According to Anthony Holden's "Behind the Oscar" (New York: Simon & Shuster, 1993), the great Frank Capra was enlisted in the Oscar campaign for the original Rocky (1976). Capra was quoted as saying, "I think it's the best picture in the last ten years. It's got my vote for the Oscars all the way down the line."
He joins Roberto Benigni, Prince, Kevin Costner, William Shatner, and Tom Green as being the only actors to direct themselves in performances that would "win" them a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.
Attended the first inauguration of President George W. Bush along with other long-time Republican supporters Chuck Norris and Robert Duvall. (January 20th 2001)
In April 2004 he formed his own nutrition company InStone, that produces protein pudding, a testosterone booster, an energy booster and two different protein shakes.
On 8 March 2005 he appeared in his first magazine issue of Sly which came out monthly. He was on the cover of every magazine and did most of the articles and interviews himself.
On 10 May 2005 he published his book "Sly Moves: My Proven Program to Lose Weight, Build Strength, Gain Will Power, and Live Your Dream".
Listed as one of the top heroes of all time by the American film Institute (AFI) on 2003, he listed seventh behind Gregory Peck, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper and Jodie Foster.
Had a huge fan following from Bollywood Asia. Film stars like Salman Khan, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Dharmendra, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty and Hrithik Roshan are his die-hard fans. Sunny Deol even named one of his sons "Rocky".
A noted fan of cigar smoking, he quit smoking cigarettes while filming Rocky (1976) when he was thirty after he found himself getting out of breath in the ring.
Is a fan of "Bollywood" movies
Holds the record for the longest unbroken streak of nominations at the Razzie Awards - thirteen straight years. He received a Razzie Nomination every year (mostly for Worst Actor) from 1985 to 1997.
Did all of his own singing in Rhinestone (1984).
In 1988 he was offered $4 million to do an advert for an American beer commercial under the condition that he cut his hair; when he refused they offered a further $1 million to go to the barber - he still refused.
Stallone has never recaptured the critical success he won initially after Rocky (1976), when Roger Ebert said he could be the next Marlon Brando. He has been nominated a record 30 times for the Golden Raspberry Awards, usually in the "Worst Actor" category, and has won 10 times. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation awarded him a special "Worst Actor of the Century" award in 2000.
The voice of Lou the cop in The Simpsons (1989) is based on him.
Was said to have only $106 in his bank account at the time the Rocky (1976) project was given the green light by producer Irwin Winkler.
He was presented with a certificate of recognition by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for filming Rocky Balboa (2006) in Los Angeles at a time when other filmmakers are moving their business to cheaper states or overseas locations to cut costs. (22 December 2005).
Along with Bruce Willis, he is a staunch supporter of the Republican party.
In the 1950s he and his brother Frank Stallone lived in Philadelphia with their mother Jackie Stallone for approximately two years and attended Notre Dame Academy, a private Catholic school on Rittenhouse Square in center city (no longer there). It is the same school that John Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore had once attended.
In 1986, following the enormous success of Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Stallone was received at the White House by President Ronald Reagan.
Turned down the lead role in Coming Home (1978) (for which Jon Voight won an Oscar).
Received the first Boxing Writers Association of America's award for lifetime cinematic achievement in boxing at the organization's 81st annual Awards Dinner at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (5 May 2006)
Moved to Philadelphia in the early 1960s, living in Frankford and Rittenhouse Square. He went to Lincoln High School but never completed 10th grade. In 1963 he enrolled in the Devereux Manor High School in Berwyn, Chester County, a school for emotionally troubled youths.
At the age of five, he returned to live with his parents and younger brother Frank Stallone, this time in Silver Springs, Maryland. After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother and her new husband, a pizza manufacturer, Anthony 'Tony' Filiti, to Philadelphia.
He was honored by the Video Dealers Software Association when he was presented with the "Action Star of the Millennium Award" at the organization's 21st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV. [July 2002]
In 1971 he auditioned for a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) but didn't get it. He decided he might have better luck as a writer. He wrote the screenplay for the modestly successful The Lords of Flatbush (1974) and had a featured role in the film.
He was a manager for the Lee Canalito vs. Curtis Whitner Boxing Match on his 36th birthday in July 6th, 1982, at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ. His brother Frank Stallone was a corner man for Canalito in this match.
He and Dolly Parton honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June 14, 1984).
His performance as Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies is ranked #64 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Rocky (1976) is ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
The wax figure portraying Stallone as Rocky Balboa at the now defunct Movieland Wax Museum (Buena Park, California) was 5' 7" tall.
His full frontal nude scene was edited out of Demolition Man (1993) prior to release, but can be viewed on the Internet.
He turned down Jon Voight's role in Coming Home (1978).
A lifelong Republican, he is one of President George W. Bush's two favorite actors. The other is fellow action hero and conservative Republican Chuck Norris. Both men attended Bush's inauguration as President in 2001.
Despite his long association with the Republican Party, Stallone supported President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial and hosted a Democratic fund raiser at his Miami home on 9 July 1998.
Supported Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger in his re- election bid for Governor of California in 2006, and donated $15,000 to his campaign.
Godfather of his son Sage Stallone was his best friend Joe Spinell.
In 1998, following the murder of his friend Phil Hartman, Stallone, then living in England, called for America to ban all guns. This caused some controversy, since he had used guns in many of his movies.
All his children's names begin with the letter "S": Sage, Sargeoh, Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.
Is a fan of the English soccer team Everton FC.
Was offered the role of Stuntman Mike in Death Proof (2007), but turned it down.
Pleaded guilty to bringing vials of restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia and faces sentencing next week. Lawyers for Stallone entered the guilty pleas on behalf of the actor, who did not appear before Sydney's Downing Center Local Court. The star was accused of bringing banned substances into Australia after a customs search of his luggage during a 16 February 2007 visit to Sydney revealed 48 vials of the human growth hormone product, Jintropin. (14 May 2007).
Stallone claims to have been able to bench press 385-400 lbs (174.6-181.4 kg) and squat 500 lbs (226.8 kg) in his prime. While in a bench pressing contest with former Mr Olympia Franco Columbu, he severely tore his pectoral muscle and needed over 160 stitches on it. This is why one half of his chest is more veiny than the other.
Is a close friend and fan of Sir Elton John.
Was Joel Schumacher's second choice to play Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
Turned down Christopher Reeve's role in Superman (1978).
Publicly endorsed Senator John McCain as his choice for Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential election.
Expelled from 14 schools for antisocial and violent behavior before the age of 13.
Born in the charity ward of a hospital in the New York ghetto of Hell's Kitchen. At his birth, the doctor's forceps accidentally severed a nerve in his cheek, leaving him with his trademark droopy mouth.
Was voted the pupil most likely to die in the electric chair.
Along with Jon Voight and Paula Abdul, took part in a fundraising, solidarity concert for the besieged Israeli city of Sderot, which has been hit by more than 7,000 Kassam rockets in the past seven years. Entitled "Live for Sderot," the concert features a performance by Israeli singer Ninet Tayeb. (2 March 2008).
Was considered for the role of "Joey Zasa" in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
Dated Janice Dickinson from December 1993 to July 1994. Sly thought that he was the father of her daughter Savannah Rodin, but when he discovered that the real father of girl was Michael Birnbaum, he left her.
He was considered for Michael Douglas' roles in Fatal Attraction (1987) and Basic Instinct (1992).
Turned down the Dudley Moore role in Arthur (1981).
Turned down the role played by Keith Carradine in Pretty Baby (1978).
Turned down the roles played by Richard Gere in American Gigolo (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Pretty Woman (1990).
He will receive the prestigious Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, at the Venice Film Festival in September 2009, which is awarded to an artist who has "left his mark in contemporary cinema" and has previously been given to cinema heavyweights such as Takeshi Kitano and Abbas Kiarostami. The prize intends to celebrate Stallone's stature as a filmmaker. A festival spokesman said: "Stallone has shown an original eye and an auteur's determination.".
Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
The Expendables (2010) opened at number one at the U.S. box office with a first weekend gross of $35 million. This makes Sylvester Stallone the only person in Hollywood history to have starred in films that have opened atop the box office charts over five consecutive decades.
In 1992, he was due to star in a feuding neighbors comedy with John Candy called Bartholomew vs Neff. The script was written by the late John Hughes for the then-mighty Carolco studios. Stallone chose to do Cliffhanger (1993) for Carolco instead and the project was shelved after John Candy died in 1994 and Carolco went bust in 1996. The movie remains unproduced to this day.
Was inspired in high school to adopt bodybuilding into his lifestyle, after watching Steve Reeves' film, Hercules Unchained (1959).
Before Rocky (1976), he played a character, nicknamed "Rocky", in the Police Story (1973) episode, Police Story: The Cutting Edge (1975).
Is good friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger Bruce Willis, Don Johnson, Milo Ventimiglia, and Tom Arnold.
His son, Sage Stallone, was found dead on July 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.
His publicist is Michelle Bega.
Since his evolution to fame and fortune, he stopped going to church. But in 2006, he came back to the Catholic church when he started filming "Rocky Balboa".
The longest he has gone without a Razzie nomination is 7 years, between Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and The Expendables (2010).
After 7 years of fruitless struggle and with only $115 in the bank he turned down a $330,000 offer for his Rocky screenplay and earned $230 a week starring in it himself.
He turned down the lead role in The Driver (1978) as he was busy with F.I.S.T. (1978).
He was inducted Hulk Hogan (Terry Bolea) in the WWE Hall of Fame, as part of the Class of 2005. This is the first time between these two that wrestling fans had seen them together since Rocky III (1982).
He was considered for Arnold Schwarzenegger's roles in Conan the Barbarian (1982), Black Rain (1989), and The Terminator (1984).
Only Hollywood star to have box office hit movies in each of 5 consecutive decades (1970s-2010s).
Stallone reportedly turned down playing Stanley in a remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (1984), a part eventually played by Treat Williams.
He auditioned for the roles of Paulie Gatto and Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather (1972) before John Martino and Gianni Russo were cast respectively.
The middle name of his late son Sage Stallone was Moonblood.
He said it was a stroke of good luck that got Rocky (1976) made. He met with the producers to audition for another film, but was turned down for the part. In the course of conversation Stallone said that he was not only an actor, but also a writer. As he started to leave the room, the producers asked him if he was working on any scripts. That's when Stallone pitched them the story for Rocky (1976) and the producers asked to read the script. Stallone has mentioned this anecdote as an example of the adage "Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity.".
Along with Barry Fitzgerald and Al Pacino, he is one of only three actors to receive Oscar nominations for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same character: (1) Fitzgerald was nominated for both awards for playing Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (1944), (2) Pacino was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for playing Michael Corleone The Godfather (1972) and Best Actor for the same role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and (3) Stallone was nominated for Best Actor for playing Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976) and Best Supporting Actor for the same role in Creed (2015).
He is only one of six performers to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. He was nominated as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976) and Creed (2015). The other five are Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), Peter O'Toole as Henry II in Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968), Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986), and Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Of these, Sylvester Stallone is the only one not to be nominated for acting in any other movie role.
The 39-year hiatus between his Academy Award nominations (Rocky (1976); Creed (2015)) is a record. The previous record of 38 years was held by Helen Hayes (1931/32; 1970), Jack Palance (1953; 1991) and Alan Arkin 1968; 2006).
He has played the same character (Rocky Balboa) in films released in five different decades from the 1970s to the 2010s: Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed (2015).
Oscar-nominated a second time in 2016 for his performance as Rocky Balboa in Creed (2015) at the age of 69, the same age as Burgess Meredith when he was nominated for his performance as Mickey Goldmill in Rocky (1976), and also for playing the coach.
Two of his real life sons played his character Rocky Balboa's son Robert Balboa, Jr. in the "Rocky" film series: Seargeoh Stallone in Rocky II (1979) and Sage Stallone in Rocky V (1990).
Holds the record for the longest unbroken streak of nominations at the Razzie awards (13 years). He was nominated every year from 1985 to 1997.
He became a boxing promoter in the 1980s. His boxing promoting company, "Tiger Eye Productions", signed world champion boxers Sean O'Grady and Aaron Pryor.
Was going to have a cameo in UHF (1989) as a ticket taker for the helicopter rides (in the Rambo (1987) spoof) but was unavailable.
After Stallone's request that his acting and life experiences be accepted in exchange for his remaining needed college credits to graduate, he was granted a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree by the president of the University of Miami, in 1999.
In 1994, Stallone contributed $1,000 to the campaign of then-Congressman Rick Santorum, who was then running for the United States Senate in Pennsylvania.
He turned down John Travolta's role in Face/Off (1997).
In 2009, he was going to direct and star in Death Wish (2018). He backed out due to "creative differences".
In November 2017, a woman accused Stallone of sexually assaulting her at his Santa Monica office in the early 1990s. Stallone denied the claim.
His 48-year-old half-sister, Toni Ann Filiti, died of lung cancer on August 26, 2012, six weeks after the death of his son, Sage. She died at their mother Jackie Stallone's Santa Monica home, after choosing to leave UCLA hospital.
He turned down Jean-Claude Van Damme's role in Sudden Death (1995) because he didn't like the quality of the script.
During the filming of Victory (1981), Stallone broke a finger trying to save a penalty kick from Pelé.
In 2007, customs officials in Australia discovered 48 vials of the synthetic human growth hormone Jintropin in his luggage.
He mentioned that he would like to adapt Nelson DeMille's novel, "The Lion's Game", and James Byron Huggins' novel, "Hunter", for which he had the film rights several years; he originally planned to use the plot from "Hunter" for Rambo: Last Blood (2019).
He turned down Harrison Ford's role in Witness (1985).
He turned down Samuel L. Jackson's role in Rules of Engagement (2000).
Despite his otherwise Republican views, he is an advocate for gun control and has been described as "the most anti-gun person working in Hollywood today".
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.
In December 2016, he declined an offer to become Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, citing a desire to work on issues related to veterans.
He was considered for the lead role in They Live (1988).
He turned down Bruce Willis's roles in Die Hard (1988) and Pulp Fiction (1994).
Was due to be the lead in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) but due to differences he was dropped and replace by Eddie Murphy.
Has played four different characters in recurring roles: Rocky Balboa (Rocky), John Rambo (Rambo), Ray Breslin (Escape Plan) and Barney Ross (The Expendables).