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One of the most popular action stars of all time, Sylvester Stallone is best known for portraying boxer Rocky Balboa and Vietnam War veteran John Rambo.
Studio executives describe the risk of releasing "Rocky" in movie theaters in November, 1976 and some of the brutal reviews from critics.
Sylvester Stallone and crew members talk about filming the scene where Rocky runs up the stairs.
Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers recall their first meeting during a cattle call for the role of Apollo Creed.
After the success of "Rocky," Sylvester Stallone and his manager immediately started to negotiate deals for a sequel.
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“Things really started to slow down for me about 10 years ago, and I had a lot of time for introspection...It is kind of bittersweet. That is why I wanted to write this film. If I had been cranking out films, very successful ones, I wouldn’t have done this one,” Stallone explained to People magazine in 2007. Fans turned out in droves to see Rocky’s final fight, which earned more than $70 million at the box office.
More recently, Stallone returned his other action persona,
John Rambo. In addition to playing the lead, he wrote and directed Rambo (2008). The film lived up the gory legacy of its predecessors. As one Entertainment Weekly critic described it, the film “is up to its boot tops in numbing violence.” Rambo may be maligned by critics, but it was able attract enough fans to bring in $42.7 million at the box office.
In 2010, Stallone starred alonside Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme in The Expendables. The film also features Jason Statham of The Transporter film series, mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture, and martial arts expert Jet Li. In addition to his performance in the film, Stallone served as director and screenwriter.
After years of being the target of many critical barbs, Stallone has begun to receive some appreciation for his life’s work. He received an honorary Cesar Award, the French equivalent of the Academy Award, in 1992 and an acting award at the Stockholm film festival in 1997. In 2008, Stallone became the first person to receive the Golden Icon Award at the Zurich film festival.
Thrice married, Stallone is currently wed to former model Jennifer Flavin. The couple has three daughters, Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet. He has two sons, Sage and Seth, from his first marriage to Sasha Czack.
On July 13, 2012, Stallone's eldest son, Sage Moonblood Stallone, was found dead in his Los Angeles home. The 36-year-old actor, director and producer, co-starred with his father in Rocky V and Daylight. Stallone made his first public appearance after his son's death in August 2012, on Good Morning America. Of Sage's death, he said, "Time, hopefully, will heal, and you try to get through it, but it's just something. It's a reality of life. I think it's important to get back and start reliving your life. Otherwise, you can go into a spiral."
In 2012, Stallone reunited with the cast of The Expendables to co-star in a follow-up film, The Expendables 2. The movie premiered in August of 2012, and within just one week, had climbed to the No. 1 spot at the box office, bringing in nearly $28.6 million.
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