Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in New York City. The son of hairdresser Frank Stallone, Sr. and astrologer Jackie Stallone, an obstetric mishap during his birth severed a nerve and made the lower left side of his face paralyzed, resulting in slurred speech.
His parents divorced when he was nine, at which point he and his mother moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After he went back to New York, he eventually reached the point where he was desperate enough for work to take a job on a softcore pornographic film called "A Party at Kitty and Stud's." This led to brief roles in a variety of films, including Woody Allen's "Bananas," Alan J. Pakula's "Klute" and Melvin Frank's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," along with a starring role in 1974's "The Lords of Flatbush." His big break came when United Artists bought a screenplay he had written in three days, under the condition they allow him to play the title role. The resulting film, "Rocky," was a huge critical and commercial success that won three 1976 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film spawned five sequels between 1979 and 2006.
Subsequent film roles included his 1978 directorial debut, "Paradise Alley," "F.I.S.T.," "Victory," directed by John Huston, "First Blood," the first of four films to feature Vietnam veteran John Rambo, "Rhinestone," which paired him with Dolly Parton, "Cobra," "Over the Top" and "Tango and Cash." By the 1990s, his movies ranged from action thrillers, such as 1993's "Cliffhanger" and 1996's "Daylight," to comedies, such as 1991's "Oscar" and 1992's "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot," and the occasional drama, such as "Cop Land." He also provided the voice of a cartoon character in the 1998 film "Antz." In the 21st century, the 2010 film "The Expendables" paired him with an all-star cast that included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li and Mickey Rourke.
Stallone has married three times. He was married to his first wife, Sasha Czack, from 1974 to 1985; they had two children. He married his second wife, actress Brigitte Nielsen, in 1985; they divorced in 1987. He married his third wife, Jennifer Flavin, in 1997; they have had three daughters.
Profile: State of the film career of Sylvester Stallone following the straight-to-video release of his movie "Eye See You"
Apr 04, 2003; 00-00-0000 Profile: State of the film career of Sylvester Stallone following the straight-to-video release of his movie "Eye See...