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Sylvester Stallone Bio, net worth, and family

Who Is Sylvester Stallone?

Sylvester Stallone is an Academy Award-winning Hollywood actor who rose to prominence after his role as Rocky Balboa in the film Rocky. Regarded as one of the biggest action heroes in the world, Sylvester Stallone is also a director, writer, and producer. Known for his portrayal of Vietnam War veteran John Rambo, Sylvester Stallone has been a part of many successful Hollywood projects such as First Blood, The Expendables, and Creed.

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Sylvester Stallone Biography

Sylvester Stallone quick facts

Full NameMichael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
As Known AsSylvester Stallone
NicknameThe Italian Stallion
BirthdayJuly 6, 1946
Age75 years old
SunsignCancer
TraitsPositive: Caring, funny, and intelligent
Negative: Complicated, possessive, and secretive
BirthplaceNew York, USA
Currently residingLos Angeles, California, USA
ParentsFrank Stallone (father)
Jackie Stallone (mother)
SiblingsFrancesco Stallone Jr
Half Sibling4
GenderMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Height5 feet 10 inches
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack
Shoe SizeUS Size 11
Waist Measurement36 inches
Chest Measurement46 inches
Bicep Measurement16 inches
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseJennifer Flavin
ChildrenSeargeoh Stallone (son)
Sage Stallone (son)
Sistine Stallone (daughter)
Sophia Rose Stallone (daughter)
Scarlet Rose Stallone (daughter)
NationalityAmerican
ReligionCatholic Christian
EthnicityMixed
ProfessionActor, Director, and Writer
Net Worth$400 million
Social mediaSylvester Stallone Instagram
Sylvester Stallone Twitter

Height & body measurements

Veteran actor Sylvester Stallone is known for his muscular physique and droopy facial visage. The Rocky actor stands tall at 5 feet and 10 inches.

In addition, his chest size is 46 inches, and his waist size is 36 inches. Likewise, the size of Stallone’s biceps is 16 inches. His shoe size is US size 11. Similarly, the actor has black colored hair and brown colored eyes.

Nationality, Ethnicity, and Religion

Since Stallone was born in New York, USA, his nationality is American. Moreover, Stallone belongs to the Italian, Russian, French, and Jewish ethnicity. He is a Catholic Christian but stopped attending church for some time after becoming a successful actor.

Sylvester Stallone early Life and parents

Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946, in New York, USA.  At the time of his birth, a forceps accident caused Stallone to damage his facial nerve permanently. The accident paralyzed the lower left side of his face and some parts of his lip, tongue, and chin. This resulted in his signature droopy facial appearance. In addition, Stallone suffered from slurred speech due to the mishap. 

Sylvester Stallone Photo
Sylvester Stallone Photo

Sylvester’s mother, Jackie Stallone was an astrologer, and his father, Frank Stallone was a beautician and hairdresser. Unfortunately, his parents had a sour relationship, and because of this, Stallone and his younger brother Frank had a troubled childhood.

After his parents’ divorce, Stallone moved to Washington, DC with his father. He also spent many years in Maryland with his father and brother.

Growing up in a dysfunctional family caused many problems for Stallone. He suffered from many emotional troubles and also struggled academically. Due to his poor academic performance, Stallone moved to Philadelphia to live with his mother and his stepfather.

Sylvester Stallone Brother

Stallone’s brother’s name is Francesco Stallone Jr. He is mainly known as Frank Stallone Jr. He was born on July 30, 1950, in New York, USA. Frank is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and guitarist.

He has provided music in many of his brother’s films and his song Far from Over, which was a part of the film Staying Alive, to remain at the number ten position on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also earned Frank Golden Globe and Grammy nominations.

Apart from this, Frank Stallone has worked as an actor in the short-lived sitcom Movie Stars. In 2005, he appeared as a boxing consultant on the television series The Contender.

Educational Background

Stallone was enrolled in a special school for troubled youth after relocating to Philadelphia. After graduating from there, he joined the American College in Switzerland to study drama. Later, he joined the University of Miami but dropped out to pursue his acting career.

Sylvester Stallone career

During his struggle period, Stallone worked different jobs in order to make ends meet. He worked as a cage cleaner at the Central Park Zoo, as an usher in a movie theatre, and appeared in an adult film. In addition, he had minor roles in films such as Bananas and Klute.

Sylvester Stallone as Rambo
Sylvester Stallone as Rambo

In 1974, Stallone appeared in the independent film called The Lords of Flatbush. While juggling his acting career, Stallone also worked as a writer. He wrote a screenplay about a ne’er-do-well thug who wants to become a professional boxer. Although he got many offers for the script, Stallone refused to sell it until and unless he was cast as the main lead. Finally, producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff bought the script while agreeing to cast Stallone as the protagonist.

Road to fame

In 1976, Stallone’s film Rocky was released. The film was a critical and commercial success and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Despite strong competition from other bigger films, Rocky bagged the prestigious Best Picture Award. Following this, Stallone appeared in the 1978 film FIST. Although the film did not perform very well at the box office, Stallone’s next release Rocky II was a blockbuster. Stallone reprised his role of Rocky Balboa in the film’s third installment, released in 1982 as well.

The same year, Stallone’s superhit film First Blood was released. Stallone played the role of Vietnam veteran John Rambo who stands against the police after facing mistreatment from authorities. In 1983, Stallone wrote and directed the film Staying Alive.

The following year, he starred opposite Dolly Parton in Rhinestone, but the film failed to create magic at the box office. Then, in 1986, Stallone was cast in the action film Cobra, directed by George P. Cosmatos. Stallone wrote the film, and it opened in the box office as the widest for a Warner Bros. release at the time.

Cashing on the success of the Rocky and Rambo franchise, Stallone released Rocky IV and Rambo: First Blood Part II. His film Rocky V was released in 1990. By the late-90s, Stallone faced many career setbacks. His films Judge Dredd and Daylight proved to be major flops. Due to this, Stallone appeared in a supporting role in Cop Land. In 2000, Stallone starred in the film Get Carter and the following year, he wrote, starred, and co-produced the car racing film Driven.

After a series of flops, Stallone reprised his role of Rocky with the film’s sixth installment. The movie proved to be a critical and commercial success and once again established Stallone as a force to be reckoned with. In 2008, Stallone wrote, directed, and starred in Rambo.

The film made $42.7 million, proving it to be a commercial success. In 2010, Stallone appeared alongside Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Expendables. Two years later, Stallone revived his role in The Expendables 2, released in August 2012.

Likewise, Stallone appeared in other films such as Escape Plan, Grudge Match, and Creed. Stallone’s work in Creed won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, he also received an Academy Award nomination.

In 2018, Creed 2 released, and it was able to make $200 million worldwide. The following year, Stallone revived the Rambo franchise with the release of Rambo: Last Blood. Unfortunately, the film did not perform as well as the previous Rambo films.

Sylvester Stallone awards and recognitions

Legendary actor Sylvester Stallone has been honored with many prestigious awards throughout his five-decade-long career. In 1992, Stallone received an honorary Cesar Award, and in 1997, he was honored with an acting award at the Stockholm Film Festival.

 In 2008, Stallone became the first person ever to be awarded the Golden Icon Award at the Zurich Film Festival. Likewise, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Awards in 2012.

Relationships and Dating History of Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has been married thrice. He was married to actress Sasha Czack from December 1974 to February 1985.

After his divorce from Sasha Czack, Stallone married model and actress Brigitte Nielsen on December 15, 1985. However, this union also could not last very long. The couple called it quit two years later, in 1987.

In May 1997, Stallone tied the knot with Jennifer Flavin. They have been married for the last 24 years.

Sylvester Stallone Wife

Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone is currently married to Jennifer Flavin. Flavin was born on August 14, 1968. She is a model and businesswoman. After being signed to Elite Modeling Agency, Flavin started modeling at the age of 17. 

Sylvester Stallone with wife Jennifer Flavin
Sylvester Stallone with wife Jennifer Flavin

She has also appeared in many TV programs such as  Hollywood Women, Good Day Live, American Gladiator, and The Contender. The former model also has a short role in her husband’s film Rocky V. Besides this, Jennifer Flavin is an entrepreneur known for being the co-owner of Serious Skin Care.

In 1988, Flavin met Sylvester Stallone at a restaurant located in California. They broke up in 1994 after it was revealed that Stallone was having an affair with model Janice Dickinson. The couple reconciled in 1995 and got married on May 17, 1997. They have three daughters together. Their names are Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet.

How many kids does Sylvester Stallone have?

With his ex-wife, Sasha Czack, Sylvester Stallone welcomed two children. Their names are Sage Moonblood Stallone and Seargeoh Stallone. Sage Stallone was born in 1976. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2012 due to heart disease.

Sylvester Stallone with his daughters
Sylvester Stallone with his daughters

Stallone’s youngest son, Seargeoh, was born in 1979 and was diagnosed with autism at an early age. Apart from this, Stallone has three daughters, who he shares with his current wife, Jennifer Flavin. Their names are Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet.

Related: Read the full biography of Sylvester Stallone’s son Seargeoh Stallone.

Sylvester Stallone Net Worth, Lifestyle, and Income

Considered to be one of the most successful actors of all time, Sylvester Stallone’s net worth is estimated to be approximately $400 million as of 2021. This is because he has made such an impressive earning through his work as an actor. In addition, his writing and direction work has also contributed to his massive net worth.

Undoubtedly, Stallone leads a very lavish lifestyle that most people can only dream of. The Hollywood veteran currently lives in his Los Angeles house located in the  Beverly Park neighborhood.

The 15,401 square foot house contains  5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and a stunning pool overlooking Los Angeles. In addition to this, Stallone also owns a gorgeous  5,173 square feet in the La Quinta/ Palm Springs community of the California desert.

Sylvester Stallone Tattoos

Fans of Sylvester Stallone may be well aware of the multiple tattoos on the actor’s body. The Rambo star has a large tattoo of an angel with rust-colored wings on his back. The tattoo also contains a banner that displays the name of three daughters.

Furthermore, Stallone’s right shoulder features the portrait of his wife, Jennifer Flavin. The tattoo consists of a tiger in the background as well as three roses that symbolize his daughters Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet.

Apart from this, Stallone also has a horse and a pair of eyes tattooed on his left arm. The eyes belong to his wife and the horse is a tribute to his nickname “The Italian Stallion”. Finally, Stallone also has a skull and a green lizard tattooed on either side of his chest.

Death rumors of Sylvester Stallone

A few years ago, reports of Stallone’s death from prostate cancer had surfaced over the internet. However, Stallone himself clarified that he was alive and that the reports of his death were false. Unfortunately, while the Rocky actor is still very much alive, his son Sage tragically passed away in 2012.

Sylvester Stallone’s eldest son Sage Moonblood Stallone died on July 13, 2012, due to coronary artery disease caused by atherosclerosis. Sage was an actor, film director, producer, and co-founder of Grindhouse Releasing.

He made his acting debut in his father’s 1990 film Rocky V.  Sage directed the short film Vic which was able to bag the 2006 Boston Film Festival “Best New Filmmaker” award.

Sage Stallone was found dead on July 13, 2012, in his Los Angeles home. He had not responded to anyone for the past four days, and after discovering his dead body, the police also found empty prescription bottles at his home. However, an autopsy and toxicology test revealed that Sage died of coronary artery disease caused by atherosclerosis.  No drugs were detected in his body apart from over-the-counter pain medicine.

Sylvester Stallone FAQs

Is Sylvester Stallone a real boxer?

Despite portraying the role of boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky franchise, actor Sylvester Stallone is not a real boxer. However, he has been coached by some of the best boxing teachers who helped him perfect his craft and helped him make his portrayal of Rocky Balboa as believable as possible.

What was the last movie Sylvester Stallone made?

Stallone’s most recent movie roles include the American superhero film The Suicide Squad and the upcoming superhero thriller film Samaritan. The legendary actor lent his voice for The Suicide Squad. In addition, he voiced the character of Nanaue / King Shark. His upcoming movie, Samaritan, is undergoing post-production processes and is described as a dark, new take on superhero movies.

Did they actually punch in Rocky?

According to reports, Sylvester Stallone once tried to fight boxer Earnie Shavers in one of his Rocky movies. However, when Stallone asked Shavers to punch him harder to make the fight look realistic, Shavers apparently knocked him with just a single hit. After this, Stallone fired Shavers and hired another actor in his place.

Is Rocky Balboa a real person?

The character of Rocky Balboa is purely fictional. However, the first film is loosely based on the story of one-time boxer Chuck Wepner. Wepner once fought Muhammad Ali and lost on a TKO in the 15th round.

Is Stallone making another Rambo?

Even though Stallone’s film Rambo: Last Blood was said to be the final installment of the Rambo series, Stallone himself hinted that a sixth film might be released someday. Although he did not provide fans with the exact date of release, the actor teased fans with an Instagram post where he promoted the release of the film’s extended cut describing the extended cut as Rambo’s “real journey” in the movie.

Are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone friends?

Most movie buffs are aware of the current friendship between legendary actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. However, before this, the legends were bitter rivals. Because both Schwarzenegger and Stallone were the biggest action stars in Hollywood, the two of them were often pitted against each other.

In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Schwarzenegger said,

“In the 80s, he was just a rival. It was all about who was making bigger movies, who had the bigger definition in the muscles, who had more box office success, who kills more people, who kill more people creatively, who has bigger knives, who has bigger guns. In the end, I started running around with guns that were only mounted on helicopters or on tanks. It was crazy. It was all-out war.”

However, as years went on, both Arnold and Sylvester could establish themselves as Hollywood royalty. There was no place left for any competition since both the actors were considered megastars. Eventually, Stallone and Schwarzenegger worked together multiple times in the Expendables franchise as well as the movie Escape Plan.

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