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Sylvester Gardenzio Stalone, known as Sylvester Stalone, is an American actor, film director and producer, voice actor and screenwriter. How rich is Sylvester Stallone? According to sources, Sylvester Stallone’s net worth is estimated to be an impressive $275 million. Sylvester Stallone accumulated a vast majority of his net worth due to his remarkable career as an actor. Born in 1946, in New York City, Stallone made his on-screen debut by appearing in a pornography film “The Party at Kitty and Stud’s” (1970). Stallone later explained that he agreed to star in the movie due to his difficult financial situation at the time, as he was evicted from his apartment and had to sleep for three weeks at a New York bus station.

Sylvester Stallone Net Worth $275 Million

Some of Stallone’s earliest film appearances include Woody Allen’s movie “Bananas”, Jack Lemmon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”, and “The Lords of Flatbush”. However, with the release of a smash-hit “Rocky” in 1976, Sylvester Stallone soon gained a vast public recognition, and reached a status of a well-known celebrity. After witnessing the Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner fight, Stallone was inspired to write a script for the movie. “Rocky”, directed by John G. Avildsen, managed to earn $225 million, even though it had an initial budget of only $1 million, and became the highest grossing film of 1976. The movie received many positive reviews and eventually won three Oscar Awards. Such a success of this sports drama film resulted in five sequels. The last movie titled “Rocky V” was released in 1990, receiving generally negative reviews and is still considered to be a rather disappointing conclusion to a highly favorable series. Nevertheless, it is primarily due to his role as Rocky that Sylvester Stallone became a recognized name in the entertainment industry, and now has a net worth of $275 million.

Stallone’s second successful role was in Ted Kotcheff’s movie “First Blood” (1982), where he appeared as a Vietnam veteran John Rambo. The movie again was critically acclaimed and praised, and resulted in two sequels: “Rambo: First Blood Part II”, and “Rambo III”. Even though the sequels were not as successful as the original movie, Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo became one of the most recognizable and memorable characters in the movie industry. Stallone’s string of hit films continued with “Demolition Man” where he co-starred with Wesley Snipes, “The Specialist” with Sharon Stone that grossed over $170 million worldwide, and “Assassins” with Julianne Moore and Antonio Banderas. One of Stallone’s most recent film ventures is an ensemble action movie “The Expendables”, and its sequel “The Expendables 2”. The movies feature a spectacular cast of Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. A remarkable actor and a film director with an estimated net worth of $275 million, Sylvester Stallone has been nominated for and won a number of awards, such as People’s Choice Awards, Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes, and Writers Guild of American Awards among others. Sylvester Stallone currently resides in Los Angeles with his third wife Jennifer Flavin and their three children.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Idol's Eye 2018 pre-production Tony Accardo
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 post-production
Animal Crackers 2017 post-production Bullet-Man (voice)
Omerta TV Movie announced Raymonde Aprile
Scarpa announced Gregory Scarpa
Ratchet & Clank 2016 Victor (voice)
Creed 2015 Rocky Balboa
Reach Me 2014 Gerald
The Expendables 3 2014 Barney Ross
Grudge Match 2013 Henry 'Razor' Sharp
Saturday Night Live 2013 TV Series Three Wise Guys
Escape Plan 2013 Ray Breslin
Bullet to the Head 2012 James Bonomo
The Expendables 2 2012 Barney Ross
Zookeeper 2011 Joe the Lion (voice)
The Expendables 2010 Barney Ross
Kambakkht Ishq 2009 Sylvester Stallone
Rambo 2008 John Rambo
Boxing Bloopers 2007 Video short Rocky Balboa (uncredited)
Rocky Balboa 2006 Rocky Balboa
Las Vegas 2005 TV Series Frank the Repairman
Shade 2003 Stevens
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 Toymaker
Taxi 3 2003 Passenger to Airport (uncredited)
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 2002 TV Series Paul Revere
Avenging Angelo 2002 Frankie Delano
Eye See You 2002 Jake Malloy
Driven 2001 Joe Tanto
Get Carter 2000 Jack Carter
Antz 1998 Weaver (voice)
The Good Life 1997 Boss
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn 1997 Sylvester Stallone
Cop Land 1997 Freddy Heflin
Daylight 1996 Kit Latura
Assassins 1995 Robert Rath
Judge Dredd 1995 Judge Dredd
Your Studio and You 1995 Short Sylvester Stallone (uncredited)
The Specialist 1994 Ray Quick
Demolition Man 1993 John Spartan
Cliffhanger 1993 Gabe Walker
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 Joe Bomowski
Dream On 1991 TV Series Sylvester Stallone
Oscar 1991 Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone
Rocky V 1990 Rocky Balboa
Tango & Cash 1989 Lt. Raymond Tango
Lock Up 1989 Frank
Rambo III 1988 Rambo
Over the Top 1987 Lincoln Hawk
Cobra 1986 Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti
Rocky IV 1985 Rocky Balboa
Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 Rambo
Rhinestone 1984 Nick
Staying Alive 1983 Man on Street (uncredited)
First Blood 1982 Rambo
Rocky III 1982 Rocky Balboa
Victory 1981 Captain Robert Hatch - The Players: U.S.A.
Nighthawks 1981 Deke DaSilva
Rocky II 1979 Rocky Balboa
Paradise Alley 1978 Cosmo Carboni
F.I.S.T. 1978 Johnny Kovak
Rocky 1976 Rocky
Cannonball! 1976 Mafioso (uncredited)
Kojak 1975 TV Series Det. Rick Daly
Police Story 1975 TV Series Elmore 'Rocky' Caddo
Farewell, My Lovely 1975 Jonnie
Mandingo 1975 Young Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Death Race 2000 1975 Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
Capone 1975 Frank Nitti
The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1975 Youth in Park
The Lords of Flatbush 1974 Stanley Rosiello
Klute 1971 Discotheque Patron (uncredited)
Bananas 1971 Subway Thug #1 (uncredited)
Rebel 1970 Jerry Savage
Pigeons 1970 Party Guest (uncredited)
Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 Wedding Guest (uncredited)
The Party at Kitty and Stud's 1970 Stud
Downhill Racer 1969 Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Death Wish 2017 producer filming
The Expendables 2017 TV Series executive producer announced
Expendabelles producer announced
Omerta TV Movie executive producer announced
Ultimate Beastmaster 2016 TV Series producer
S.T.R.O.N.G. 2016 TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Creed 2015 producer
Homefront 2013/I producer
Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables' 2010 TV Movie documentary producer
The Contender 2006-2009 TV Series executive producer - 21 episodes
The Contender Rematch: Mora vs. Manfredo 2005 TV Movie executive producer
Father Lefty 2002 TV Movie executive producer
Driven 2001 producer
Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story 1985 TV Movie executive producer
Staying Alive 1983 producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Expendables 4 screenplay announced
Creed 2015 characters
The Expendables 3 2014 screenplay / story
Homefront 2013/I screenplay by
Rocky 3 in the Playroom 2012 Video short characters - uncredited / story - uncredited
The Expendables 2 2012 screenplay
Rocky XXX: A Parody Thriller 2011 Video characters - uncredited
The Expendables 2010 screenplay
Rambo 2008 written by
Rocky Balboa 2006 characters / written by
Father Lefty 2002 TV Movie written by
Rocky Legends 2002 Video Game characters
Driven 2001 screenplay
Cliffhanger 1993 screenplay
Rocky V 1990 written by
Rambo III 1988 written by
Over the Top 1987 screenplay
Cobra 1986 screenplay
Rocky IV 1985 written by
Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 screenplay
Rhinestone 1984 screenplay
Staying Alive 1983 written by
First Blood 1982 screenplay
Rocky III 1982 written by
Rocky II 1979 written by
Paradise Alley 1978 written by
F.I.S.T. 1978 screenplay
Rocky 1976 written by
The Lords of Flatbush 1974 additional dialogue
The Evil Touch 1973 TV Series written by - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Expendables 2010
Rambo 2008
Rocky Balboa 2006
Rocky IV 1985
Staying Alive 1983
Rocky III 1982
Rocky II 1979
Paradise Alley 1978

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grudge Match 2013 performer: "The Star Spangled Banner"
Dateline NBC 1994 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Rhinestone 1984 performer: "Stay Out of My Bedroom If You Can't Take the Heat, "Woke Up In Love", "Drinkenstein", "Sweet Lovin' Friends", "Be There"
Rocky III 1982 performer: "Take You Back" - uncredited
The Muppet Show 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Paradise Alley 1978 performer: "TOO CLOSE TO PARADISE"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grudge Match 2013 boxing choreographer
Rocky Balboa 2006 boxing choreographer
Rocky III 1982 boxing choreographer
Rocky II 1979 boxing choreographer
Rocky 1976 boxing choreographer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017 Documentary special thanks filming
Dirty Cops: Ta Batsonia: A Greek Novel About Crisis 2014 Video thanks / to satirize adventurous movies in his own style
No More Funny Show! 2013 Video documentary inspiration
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 2013 Documentary special thanks
Micro SD 2013 Video short special thanks
Rev 13 2013 Short very special thanks
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2012-2013 TV Series very special thanks - 2 episodes
A Fighting Man 2012 Short dedicatee
Funny Show Part Two: The Video - Movie 2012 Video inspiration
Live with It 2008/I Short very special thanks
Exact Bus Fare 2008 Short very special thanks
The Assassin 2008 Short special thanks
Taste of Flesh 2008 Video very special thanks
Ten Empty 2008 special thanks
Love and Mary 2007 special thanks
Rocky: The Final Battle 2007 Short grateful thanks
Son of Rambow 2007 thanks
Resurrecting the Champ 2007 special thanks
The Curse of Blanchard Hill 2006 Video special thanks
Deaden 2006 special thanks
Iron and Beyond 2002 Video documentary short special thanks
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories 2002 TV Special documentary thanks
We Get to Win This Time 2002 Video short documentary special thanks
HBO First Look 2001 TV Series documentary producers gratefully acknowledge - 1 episode
Cop Land 1997 special thanks - director's cut

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 47th NAACP Image Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - presenter
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself
Extra 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2016 TV Special Himself
73rd Golden Globe Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Winner
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - After Party Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1976-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself
From Rocky to Creed: The Legacy Continues 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Director's Chair 2015 TV Series Himself
UFC Embedded on FOX 2015 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Expendables 3: New Blood - Stacked and Jacked 2014 Video documentary short Himself
The Expendables 3: The Total Action Package 2014 Video short Himself
The Making of 'The Expendables 3' 2014 Video documentary Himself
IMDb: What to Watch 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Unscripted 2014 TV Series Himself
Cinema 3 1988-2014 TV Series Himself
Cinerockom 2014 TV Series Himself - Lifetime Award Winner
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2008-2014 TV Series documentary Himself
In the Ring with Kevin Hart 2014 Documentary short
Kevin Hart Unedited 2014 Documentary short
The Bull & the Stallion 2014 Documentary short
The Broadway.com Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Escape Plan: Clash of the Titans 2014 Video short Himself
Executing the Plan: The Making of 'Escape Plan' 2014 Video documentary short Himself
The Project 2014 TV Series Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fox and Friends 2013 TV Series Himself
The View 1997-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
ABC News Nightline 2013 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
Wetten, dass..? 2008-2013 TV Series Himself
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 2013 Documentary Himself
Milius 2013 Documentary Himself
Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring 2013 Documentary Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2013 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2013 TV Series Himself
Reel Junkie 2013 TV Series Himself
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
ES.TV HD 2010-2012 TV Series Himself
Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980's and the Rise of the Action Film 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Gods of War: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Anti-Heroes 2012 Video documentary short Himself
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2013)
Biography 2005-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Action: 'The Expendables' 2011 Video short Himself
Sylvester Stallone: A Director in Action 2011 Video short Himself
Close Up 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Actor
ESPN Friday Night Fights 2011 TV Series Himself - Hall of Fame Ceremony / Himself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Before the Battle: The Making of' 'The Expendables' 2010 Video documentary short Himself
From the Ashes: Post-Production and Release of 'The Expendables' 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The Expendables: Comic Con Panel 2010 Video documentary Himself
FightZone Presents 2010 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables' 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 7PM Project 2010 TV Series Himself
Gomorron 2008-2010 TV Series Himself - The Expendables / Himself - varför han gjorde filmen Rambo
Getaway 2010 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Traveller
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2005-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 1990-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rambo: To Hell and Back - Director's Production Diary 2010 Video documentary Himself
Guys Choice 2010 TV Movie Himself
Caiga quien caiga - CQC 1997-2010 TV Series Himself
Piers Morgan On... 2010 TV Series Himself
Street Customs 2009 TV Series Himself
Amerika Idol 2009 Documentary Himself
TMZ on TV 2008 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2000-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
A Hero's Welcome: Release & Reaction 2008 Video short Himself
Art of War: Completing Rambo 2008 Video documentary short Himself
A Score to Settle: The Music of Rambo 2008 Video documentary short Himself
It's a Long Road: Resurrection of an Icon 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Weaponry of Rambo 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Diálogos de cine 2008 TV Movie Himself
HBO Boxing 2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Audience Member
Film '72 2007-2008 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2008 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
Quelli che... il calcio 2008 TV Series Himself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Caiga quien caiga 2008 TV Series Himself
El hormiguero 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman 2008 TV Special Himself
Hannity's America 2008 TV Series Himself
Howard Stern on Demand 2008 TV Series Himself
Gala Tribute AFI's 40th Anniversary 2007 TV Movie Himself - Speaker
Reality in the Ring: Filming Rocky's Final Fight 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Skill vs. Will: The Making of 'Rocky Balboa' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
A Current Affair 2007 TV Series Himself
FIBO 2004: Muscle to the Max 2007 Video documentary Himself
L'hebdo cinéma 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Cartelera 2007 TV Series Himself
Stern TV 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Taff 2006 TV Series Himself
The 700 Club 2006 TV Series Himself
WWE Raw 2006 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rome Is Burning 2006 TV Series Himself
Ali's Dozen 2006 TV Series Himself
Ali Rap 2006 TV Movie Himself
In the Ring 2006 Video documentary Himself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... 2006 TV Series Himself
ESPN 25: Who's #1? 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tony Danza Show 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
Tribute to Burgess Meredith 2006 Video documentary short Himself
2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
This Morning 1989-2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hogan Knows Best 2005 TV Series Himself
Make Your Own Damn Movie! 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Contender 2005 TV Series Himself - Host / Boxing Mentor
Hannity & Colmes 2005 TV Series Himself
WrestleMania 21 2005 TV Special Himself
WWE Hall of Fame 2005 2005 Video documentary Himself
Howard Stern 1997-2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Early Show 2005 TV Series Himself
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch 2005 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2005 TV Series Himself
Dennis Miller 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Best Damn Sports Show Period 2005 TV Series Himself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter: Film Clip from "Million Dollar Baby"
ESPN SportsCentury 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
2004 Radio Music Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Complete History of the Philadelphia Eagles 2004 Video documentary Himself
Cop Land: The Making of an Urban Western 2004 Video short Himself
Driven: The Making of 'Driven' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Shootout 2003-2004 TV Series Himself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show 2004 TV Series Himself
God kveld Norge 2003 TV Series Himself
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Big Brother VIP: México 2003 TV Series Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
Making 'Avenging Angelo' 2003 Video short documentary Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '03 2003 TV Special Himself
Afghanistan: Land in Crisis 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Guts and Glory 2002 Video short Himself
Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron' 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Back in the U.S. 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Iron and Beyond 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Actor & Director
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years 2002 TV Movie Himself
Drawing First Blood 2002 Video documentary short Himself
We Get to Win This Time 2002 Video short documentary Himself
Larry King Live 1995-2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Muhammad Ali's All-Star 60th Birthday Celebration! 2002 TV Special Himself
America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand 2001 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
MSNBC Live 2001 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 1995-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The World Sports Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The BBC and the BAFTA Tribute to Michael Caine 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
My VH1 Music Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Daily Show 2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
Inside the Actors Studio 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends 1999 TV Special documentary Himself
The Directors 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Celebrity Profile 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Junket Whore 1998 Documentary Himself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Jackie Chan: My Story 1998 Video documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: In Search of 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
The Making of 'Daylight' 1998 Video documentary short Himself
Body of Work 1998 Documentary Himself
The Secret World of 'Antz' 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Venice Report 1997 TV Short documentary Himself / Sheriff Freddy Heflin (segment "Cop Land")
Saturday Night Live 1997 TV Series Himself - Host / Rocky Balboa
Planet Hollywood and the All Star Cafe Melbourne Grand Opening 1997 TV Movie Himself
Charlie Rose 1996-1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
Very Important Pennis 1997 TV Series Himself
Sports on the Silver Screen 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Mundo VIP 1997 TV Series Himself
A Century of Science Fiction 1996 Video documentary Himself
Dateline NBC 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1988-1996 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jet 7 1996 TV Series Himself (1998)
Clive Anderson All Talk 1996 TV Series Himself
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song
Moviewatch 1993-1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
Planet Hollywood Sydney Grand Opening 1995 TV Movie Himself
A Century of Cinema 1994 Documentary Himself
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told 1994 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Movie Magic 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
John & Leeza from Hollywood 1993 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 1989-1993 TV Series Himself
Aspel & Company 1993 TV Series Himself
Stallone on the Edge: The Making of Cliffhanger 1993 TV Short documentary Himself
The Word 1992 TV Series Himself
Gran premio internazionale della TV 1990-1992 TV Series Himself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1992 TV Special Himself
La nuit des Césars 1992 TV Series documentary Himself - César d'honneur
The Making of 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot' 1992 Video short Himself
Wogan 1991 TV Series Himself - Guest
Showbiz Today 1991 TV Series Himself
The Howard Stern Show 1991 TV Series Himself - Guest
Two Rooms: A Tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1991 TV Movie documentary Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas 1991 TV Special documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1976-1991 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1991 TV Series Himself - Guest
Donahue 1989-1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Grand Opening of Universal Studios New Theme Park Attraction Gala 1990 TV Movie Himself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
Flames 88-89 1989 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 34th Annual Thalians Ball 1989 TV Movie Himself
Champs-Elysées 1988 TV Series Himself
Evening Magazine 1979-1988 TV Series Himself
Hey Hey, It's Saturday 1988 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 1988 TV Series Himself
Crook & Chase 1988 TV Series Himself
Der große Preis 1988 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck 1987 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Winner: Favourite Actor in Motion Picture
The CBS Morning News 1985 TV Series Himself
CBS Early Morning News 1984 TV Series Himself
Breakaway 1984 TV Series Himself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards 1984 TV Special documentary Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Merv Griffin Show 1982 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'First Blood' 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
Clapper Board 1980 TV Series Himself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1979 TV Series Himself
The Muppet Show 1979 TV Series Himself - Special Guest Star
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1978 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself - Actor / Hmself - Actor
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee 1978 TV Special Himself - Interview
Ciné regards 1978 TV Series documentary Himself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Best Original Screenplay & Co-presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer
Dinah! 1977 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama and Accepts Best Motion Picture-Drama
40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic 2017 Documentary pre-production Himself
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017 Documentary filming Himself
Today 1976-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
Access Hollywood 2007-2016 TV Series Himself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
20/20 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Best Supporting Actor Nominee
The 24th Annual Movieguide Awards 2016 TV Special Himself
Entertainment Tonight 1982-2016 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
1002 Momentos de la tele 2013 TV Series Himself
Today 2012 TV Series Himself
Gracias por venir, gracias por estar 2012 TV Series Himself
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
American Greed 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
The Frollo Show 2011 TV Series Judge Dredd
Music Box 2011 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Real Rocky 2011 TV Movie Himself
Rude Tube 2011 TV Series John Rambo
ESPN Friday Night Fights 2011 TV Series Himself
Today Tonight 2011 TV Series Rocky
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 Documentary Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (uncredited)
Close Up 2011 TV Series Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2010 TV Series Lt. Raymond Tango
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2010 Documentary Rambo
VH1 News Presents: Plastic Surgery Obsession 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rove Live 2009 TV Series Himself
Memòries de la tele 2009 TV Series Himself
30 for 30 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Revealed 2009 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Lives 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Los mejores momentos de 'Sé lo que hicisteis' 2009 Video Himself
Banda sonora 2007-2008 TV Series Rocky Balboa
Premio Donostia a Antonio Banderas 2008 TV Special Robert Rath
A Company of Players 2008 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Rocky Balboa
25 Most Sensational Hollywood Meltdowns 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bigger Stronger Faster* 2008 Documentary Himself
Stern TV 2008 TV Series documentary Himself / Rocky Balboa
Eckis Welt 2007 Documentary Himself
20 to 1 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
On the Lot 2007 TV Series
Howard Stern on Demand 2006 TV Series Himself
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 2006 Video documentary Himself
VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed - Scenes They Don't Want You to See 2006 TV Short Himself
Sir! No Sir! 2005 Documentary John J. Rambo (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Taboo: The Beginning of Erotic Cinema 2004 Video documentary Himself
Pelé Eterno 2004 Documentary Himself / Captain Robert Hatch (segment "Victory")
Celebrities Uncensored 2004 TV Series Himself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary Himself
Celebrity Naked Ambition 2003 TV Movie documentary
History's Mysteries: Infamous Murders 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary Rocky Balboa
Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Ultimate Fights from the Movies 2002 Video documentary John J. Rambo
Driven 2001 Video Game Joe Tanto
Hollywood Remembers 2000 TV Series documentary
In the Shadow of Hollywood 2000 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
CyberWorld 2000 Short Weaver
A Personal Introduction from Renny Harlin 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Les guignols, les dix premières années 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Angelo Provolone
Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity 1999 Video documentary Himself
Celebrity Profile 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Femmes Fatales: Sharon Stone 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Men in Black 1997 Alien on TV Monitor (uncredited)
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
Dateline NBC 1994 TV Series documentary Nick Martinelli
Dolly Parton: In Country 1994 Video documentary Himself
Dolly Parton: In the Movies 1994 Video documentary Himself
The Crazy World of Dolly Parton 1994 Video documentary Himself
Last Dance 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Best of the Don Lane Show 1994 TV Movie Himself
Fame in the Twentieth Century 1993 TV Series documentary Himself (uncredited)
Peter's Friends 1992 Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 John J. Rambo (uncredited)
A Man Called... Rainbo 1990 Jim Ramroc Jim Rainbo (uncredited)
Rambo III 1989/I Video Game John Rambo
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen 1988 TV Movie documentary
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years 1986 TV Movie Himself
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
Vif 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
Coffee Time me ta Asteria tou Leo 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Rocky Balboa
Entertainment Tonight 1990-2016 TV Series Himself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2015 TV Series Himself
No Sleep TV3 2015 TV Series Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special 2015 Video Ray Breslin (uncredited)
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
Rocky IV: le coup de poing américain 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
2nd Independent Video Film Festival of Youtube 2014 2014 TV Movie Himself
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Lincoln Hawk (uncredited)
The Graham Norton Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Himself
Chelsea Lately 2013 TV Series Henry Razor Sharp in 'Grudge Match'
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Ray Breslin
Le Fossoyeur de Films 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary
The O'Reilly Factor 2013 TV Series Rocky Balboa (segment "Watters' World")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Creed (2015)
2016 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Motion Picture Creed (2015) · Irwin Winkler (producer)
· David Winkler (producer)
· Kevin King Templeton (producer)
· Robert Chartoff (producer)
· William Chartoff (producer)
2016 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 Redeemer Award Razzie Awards From All-Time RAZZIE Champ to award contender for Creed.
2016 Montecito Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival Creed (2015)
2015 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Creed (2015)
2015 BFCC Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 BOFCA Award Boston Online Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year Creed (2015)
2015 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 OFCC Award Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 PCC Award Phoenix Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2013 Lifetime Achievement Diamond Award CineRockom International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Rocky IV (1985)
2012 CinemaCon Award CinemaCon, USA Career Achievement
2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Publicists Guild of America
2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Hollywood Film Awards
2008 Golden Icon Award Zurich Film Festival
2005 Taurus Honorary Award World Stunt Awards
2004 Golden Camera Golden Camera, Germany Best International Actor
2004 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
2003 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
2000 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor of the Century For 99.5% of everything he has EVER done.
1998 Desert Palm Achievement Award Palm Springs International Film Festival
1997 Lifetime Achievement Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1997 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Male Star of the Year
1997 Best Actor Stockholm Film Festival Cop Land (1997)
1995 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screen Couple The Specialist (1994) · Sharon Stone
1995 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor Assassins (1995)
1993 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
1992 Honorary César César Awards, France
1990 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor of the Decade

For Cobra

1989 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Rambo III (1988)
1986 Man of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1986 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1986 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
1986 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Rocky IV (1985)
1986 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) · James Cameron
· Kevin Jarre (story)
1985 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actor (Schauspieler)
1985 Sour Apple Golden Apple Awards
1985 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Rhinestone (1984)
1984 Special Award ShoWest Convention, USA Star of Stars
1984 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On June 14, 1984 at 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
1983 Showmanship Award Publicists Guild of America Motion Picture
1982 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Actor First Blood (1982)
1979 Special Award ShoWest Convention, USA Star of the Year
1978 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor F.I.S.T (1978)
1977 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) Rocky (1976)
1976 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Rocky (1976)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Creed (2015)
2016 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2016 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Creed (2015)
2015 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2014 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Bullet to the Head (2012)
2011 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director The Expendables (2010)
2002 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screen Couple Driven (2001) · Burt Reynolds
2002 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Driven (2001)
2002 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Driven (2001) · Jan Skrentny (story)
· Neal Tabachnick (story)
2001 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Get Carter (2000)
2001 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor Driven (2001)
1999 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)
1997 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Daylight (1996)
1996 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Male Star of the Year
1996 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Assassins (1995)
1996 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor Daylight (1996)
1995 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor The Specialist (1994)
1994 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Cliffhanger (1993) · Michael France (also story)
1994 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor The Specialist (1994)
1992 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Oscar (1991)
1991 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Rocky V (1990)
1991 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Rocky V (1990)
1990 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Lock Up (1989)
1989 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Rambo III (1988) · Sheldon Lettich
1988 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Over the Top (1987)
1987 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Cobra (1986)
1987 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Cobra (1986)
1986 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Rocky IV (1985)
1985 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Rhinestone (1984) · Phil Alden Robinson (also story)
1980 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1979 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1979 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor Rocky II (1979)
1978 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Rocky (1976)
1978 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay Rocky (1976)
1978 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1978 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!) Paradise Alley (1978)
1977 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Rocky (1976)
1977 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Rocky (1976)
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in Motion Picture - Drama Rocky (1976)
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Rocky (1976)
1977 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen Rocky (1976)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
2015 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)
1988 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actor (Schauspieler)
1987 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actor (Schauspieler)
1986 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actor (Schauspieler)
1983 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actor (Schauspieler)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Creed (2015)

TitleSalary
The Expendables 3 (2014) $15,000,000
Escape Plan (2013) $10,000,000
Bullet to the Head (2012) $12,000,000
The Expendables 2 (2012) $15,000,000
D-Tox (2002) $20,000,000
Driven (2001) $20,000,000
Cop Land (1997) $60,000
Daylight (1996) $17,500,000
Assassins (1995) $15,000,000
Judge Dredd (1995) $15,000,000
The Specialist (1994) $12,000,000
Demolition Man (1993) $15,000,000
Cliffhanger (1993) $15,000,000
Oscar (1991) $15,000,000
Rocky V (1990) $15,000,000
Tango & Cash (1989) $15,000,000
Lock Up (1989) $15,000,000
Rambo III (1988) $16,000,000
Over the Top (1987) $13,000,000
Cobra (1986) $13,000,000
Rocky IV (1985) $12,000,000
Rhinestone (1984) $4,000,000
Staying Alive (1983) $10,000,000
First Blood (1982) $3,500,000
Rocky III (1982) $7,000,000
Rocky (1976) $23,000
Death Race 2000 (1975) $700
The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970) $200

#Fact
1 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.
2 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).
3 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.
4 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).
5 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).
6 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 The Golden Age (2007).
7 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).
8 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.".
9 The middle name of his late son Sage Stallone was Moonblood.
10 He auditioned for the roles of Paulie Gatto and Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather (1972) before John Martino and Gianni Russo were cast respectively.
11 Stallone reportedly turned down playing Stanley in a remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (1984), a part eventually played by Treat Williams.
12 Only Hollywood star to have box office hit movies in each of 5 consecutive decades (1970s-2010s).
13 Sofia, Bulgaria: Filming The Expendables 2 (2012). [October 2011]
14 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). [April 2005]
15 Signed a deal with "Nu Image/Millennium Films", the new owners of the "Rambo" franchise. The deal will put Stallone and his compound bow will be back with in front of the cameras at age 60. Rambo (2008) (aka "Rambo IV") is slated to go into production in early 2006 with a target release date in late 2006 or early 2007. [June 2005]
16 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.
17 The longest he has gone without a Razzie nomination is 7 years, between Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and The Expendables (2010).
18 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".
19 His publicist is Michelle Bega.
20 His son, Sage Stallone, was found dead on July 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.
21 Is good friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.
22 Before Rocky (1976), he played a character, nicknamed "Rocky", in the Police Story (1973) episode, Police Story: The Cutting Edge (1975).
23 Was inspired in high school to adopt bodybuilding into his lifestyle, after watching Steve Reeves' film, Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959) (aka "Hercules Unchained").
24 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.
25 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.
26 Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
27 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.".
28 Turned down the roles played by Richard Gere in American Gigolo (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Pretty Woman (1990).
29 Turned down the role played by Keith Carradine in Pretty Baby (1978).
30 Turned down the Dudley Moore role in Arthur (1981).
31 Turned down Basic Instinct (1992).
32 Dated Janice Dickinson from December 1993 to July 1994. Sly thought that he was the father of her daughter Savannah Dickinson, but when he discovered that the real father of girl was Michael Birnbaum, he left her.
33 Was considered for the role of "Joey Zasa" in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
34 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 Ninette Tayeb. (2 March 2008).
35 Was voted the pupil most likely to die in the electric chair.
36 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.
37 Expelled from 14 schools for antisocial and violent behavior before the age of 13.
38 Publicly endorsed Senator John McCain as his choice for Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential election.
39 Turned down Christopher Reeve's role in Superman (1978), Jon Voight's role in Coming Home (1978), Eddie Murphy's role in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Harrison Ford's role in Witness (1985), Bruce Willis's roles in Die Hard (1988) and Pulp Fiction (1994), John Travolta's role in Face/Off (1997), Samuel L. Jackson's role in Rules of Engagement (2000), and Kurt Russell's role in Death Proof (2007).
40 Was Joel Schumacher's second choice to play Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
41 Is a close friend and fan of Sir Elton John.
42 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.
43 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).
44 Was offered a part in Quentin Tarantino's section of Grindhouse (2007) ("Death Proof"), but turned it down.
45 Is a fan of the English soccer team Everton FC.
46 All his children's names begin with the letter "S": Sage, Sargeoh, Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.
47 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.
48 Godfather of his son Sage Stallone was his best friend Joe Spinell.
49 Supported Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger in his re- election bid for Governor of California in 2006, and donated $15,000 to his campaign.
50 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.
51 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.
52 In an interview in January 2002, Stallone confirmed he was still interested in reprising his roles as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, but feared that at fifty-five he was too old. Nearly four years later, in October 2005, he confirmed his intention to make Rocky Balboa (2006) and Rambo (2008).
53 His full frontal nude scene was edited out of Demolition Man (1993) prior to release, but can be viewed on the Internet.
54 The wax figure portraying Stallone as Rocky Balboa at the now defunct Movieland Wax Museum (Buena Park, California) was 5' 7" tall.
55 Rocky (1976) is ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
56 His performance as Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies is ranked #64 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
57 He and Dolly Parton honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June 14, 1984).
58 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.
59 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.
60 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]
61 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.
62 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.
63 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)
64 Turned down the lead role in Coming Home (1978) (for which Jon Voight won an Oscar).
65 In 1986, following the enormous success of Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Stallone was received at the White House by President Ronald Reagan.
66 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.
67 Along with Bruce Willis, he is a staunch supporter of the Republican party.
68 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).
69 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.
70 The voice of Lou the cop in The Simpsons (1989) is based on him.
71 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.
72 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.
73 Did all of his own singing in Rhinestone (1984).
74 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.
75 Is a fan of "Bollywood" movies
76 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.
77 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".
78 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.
79 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".
80 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.
81 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.
82 Attended the first inauguration of President George W. Bush along with other long-time Republican supporters Chuck Norris and Robert Duvall. (January 20th 2001)
83 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.
84 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."
85 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).
86 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.
87 Stepson of Anthony 'Tony' Filiti & Stephen Marcus Levine.
88 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.
89 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.
90 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.
91 Turned down the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988). The part went to Bruce Willis instead.
92 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.
93 Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
94 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.
95 Went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Among his classmates were Goldie Hawn, Carl Bernstein and Ben Stein.
96 Attended the University of Miami on an athletic scholarship
97 Sylvester's father, Frank Stallone, was an Italian immigrant, born in Gioia del Colle, Apulia, to Silvestro Stallone and Pulcheria Nicastri. Sylvester's mother, Jackie Stallone, was born in Washington, D.C. Sylvester's maternal grandfather, John Paul Labofish, was born in Pennsylvania, to immigrants 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.
98 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.
99 Former brother-in-law of Louis D'Alto and Markus Schaub.
100 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.
101 3rd child Scarlet Rose Stallone, with wife Jennifer Flavin, was born on 25 May 2002 in Los Angeles, weighing 7 lbs, 8 oz.
102 Has a half-sister Toni D'Alto (Toni Anne Filiti), the daughter of his mother Jackie Stallone and her second husband, Tony Filiti.
103 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.
104 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.
105 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.
106 Born on the same day as President George W. Bush and Fred Dryer.
107 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]
108 His mother, Jackie Stallone, is a fan of Jackie Chan. Chan and Stallone are very good friends.
109 Dislikes his first name, usually referred to as "Sly."
110 His Miami 24,000-square-foot villa and its three guest houses sold after two years on the market for $24 million.
111 Cousin of Paul Dion Monte.
112 Father of Sage Stallone, who has acted with him in Rocky V (1990) and also Daylight (1996).
113 Brother of Frank Stallone, Toni D'Alto and Dante Stallone.
114 Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.
115 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.
116 Second son Seargeoh Stallone (b. 1979) is autistic.
117 At 15, his classmates voted him the one "most likely to end up in the electric chair."
118 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.
119 Birth complications, caused by forceps, resulted in paralysis of the lower left side of his face, manifested by a perennial snarl and slurred speech.
120 Was part owner of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
121 On August 27th, 1996, his first daughter Sophia Rose Stallone was born with fiancée, Jennifer Flavin.
122 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]
123 Ranked #92 in Empire (UK) magazine's list of "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time". [October 1997]
124 On 27 June 1998, his second daughter, Sistine Rose Stallone was born to third wife, Jennifer Flavin.
125 Oil paints in his spare time and considers 'Leonardo Da Vinci' his personal hero.

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1 [on his tattoos] I have all kinds of chest injuries; I tore my vein during Rocky II (1979) and had 60 stitches. If you've seen Rocky Balboa (2006), you'll know how bad they look. It got worse and worse, and people were saying, "Ugh, has he got varicose veins?" So I thought, fuck it, and covered them with a tattoo of my wife. Then the tattoo started to grow and it went to a skull and before I knew it, I was a mural.
2 (On his comedies) "The participants originally involved never came through, and I ended up working with different people, different concepts, and different scripts. I thought Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) would be a throwback to Where's Poppa? (1970) And with Oscar (1991), I thought I'd be doing something like The Lavender Hill Mob (1951). I've studied farce - farce is a constant revving at 150 miles per hour. Those movies just went on and on with no laughs."
3 (1993) "Rocky V (1990) I loved. It lacked the fireworks, but it was the truthful segue into his life postfighting. Rocky I and Rocky V - I think they were good bookends."
4 (On Rambo III (1988)) "There was a stunt I'm so incredibly proud of. I was on a horse and I had to reach down and pick up this sheep at a full gallop. I tore a muscle that took two years to come back. I don't know what I was thinking. "The movie came out just when we wanted to treat the Russians as our friends. That hurt. I think if we had done the film a year earlier, the results would have been a lot different. So I've learned not to do geopolitical stories anymore."
5 (Tango & Cash (1989)) "Even though it had conceptual contradictions, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience with a truly great friend in Kurt Russell."
6 (On Lock Up (1989)) "Not a film that was produced and performed with enough maturity to really make a significant impact on the audience or my career. And that's the truth."
7 (On Cobra (1986)) "My outlook at the time on police enforcement: If you play by the rules with felons, they're always going to win. So I created a character that basically gets down on their level - he was your first rock & roll cop. I tell you, if I had paid more attention to that character, he could have gone on to bigger and better things. I dropped the ball on that one."
8 (On Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)) "It was released on the 10th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war, and America was going through this sabre-rattling stage. So we just let it fly. I wrote the line, and I tried to live up to it, "To win a war, you have to become war." I tried to play him as a complete machine - no sense of feelings, pain, or fear of death."
9 (On Rocky IV (1985)) "I knew we'd done everything possible with the Rockys, so I tried to call upon a historical event - the Joe Louis- Max Schmeling fight. Also, it was kind of like tying it to my life when you sometimes get bigger than you really are. The character overwhelms the small man who created it. Dolph was a godsend. I had looked all over for big men - but he was the perfect creature."
10 (On Over the Top (1987)) "It was not a very good experience. It was something I shouldn't have done. It caught me at a weak moment. There was a lot of money involved. And at the time I thought I could make anything work. It was just foolish."
11 "I started to fall prey to 'He doesn't take any chances,' and that's when I did Rhinestone (1984). I thought it was going to be like a droll Mike Nichols comedy, but it turned into Porky's (1981) of the South. I came to the conclusion that if I want to stretch, I'll go to a gymnasium".
12 (On Victory (1981)_) Working with John Huston was the enticement. At time, he was not feeling very well. I envisioned it to be like a Stalag 17 (1953), a depressive prisoner-of-war camp. What came out was like a holiday camp. It was just a little too benign.
13 (On Nighthawks (1981)) "It was a little bit ahead of its time in that I was dealing with urban terrorism. Now, with the World Trade Center, it's happening. At the time, people couldn't relate to it, and the studio [Universal] didn't believe in it. Rutger Hauer's performance held it together - he was an excellent villain."
14 (On Staying Alive (1983)) "I liked John, so I thought, okay, I'll do the script. But the story was very negative - he'd gotten into drugs, his girlfriend was a prostitute. So I rewrote it from page one."
15 (On Rocky III (1982)) "To me, it's the smoothest of them all. Again I went back into my life. Now Rocky'd become very successful, and he'd lost his eye of the tiger, his edge. He'd developed fear of trying to do things new and unknown. That movie was kind of a psychodrama for me."
16 (On First Blood (1982)) "I thought it was going to be the end of my career. The book was interesting, but I thought he was such a psychopath, it would never fly. Every day I worried. When we saw the first cut it was devastatingly bad. My agent said, 'Maybe we can buy it back.' But we cut it to about 90 minutes, and the result was, I think, one of the better vehicles I've ever been in."
17 (On F.I.S.T. (1978)) A real eye-opener. That was the beginning of me understanding that I'd been typecast as Rocky (1976). F.I.S.T. (1978) and Nighthawks (1981) people bring up the most as my most forgotten films."
18 (On The Lords of Flatbush (1974)_) "I have very fond memories of it. The acting was very naturalistic because we were really winging it, and I didn't know any 'cinema tricks."'
19 (On Paradise Alley (1978)) "Also one of my better performances. The character I play is kind of distasteful, but I never worked more on trying to catch the Damon Runyonesque speech pattern. I loved directing. It just seemed to go naturally with my hyperactivity. Again - I use the word a lot - there was that naivete. But that's what was special about the early years before I became the old pro."
20 (On Rocky II (1979)) "Once you've tasted success, to follow that up is almost as interesting. Of the Rockys, it was kind of overlooked, but I think it was one of the better written ones. Everyone had their characters so down, all I had to do was say, 'Action."'
21 "Rocky (1976) was probably the purest of all my performances and the most insightful. It was far better received than I ever thought it would be. Being naive, I thought I was basically doing a film to while away the summer. The most important scene was going to be cut for lack of money [Rocky's prefight crisis of confidence, when he confides to Talia Shire's Adrian, "I can't beat him. Who'm I kidding? All I want to do is go the distance."]. They were literally packing up the equipment. But I stood my ground. So they said, 'Okay, you only get one take, no angles, no coverage.' The next day, they said, 'You know, Sly, that's the most important scene in the movie.' I said, 'Thank you."'
22 (On which films he wished he hadn't done) Let me think...Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), Oscar (1991), Get Carter (2000), Driven (2001), Eye See You (2002) and certainly Rhinestone (1984), which I wish had been Romancing the Stone (1984).
23 (On Driven (2001)) A lot of it's autobiographical. Racing's very much like the world of acting. You have your front runners and you have guys that are there for the long race, and you have other guys that block for other people, that are called supporting and character actors. It's all the same kind of situation. And you realize that you can't always be No. 1. You just can't be the guy in front all the time. So what you can do is lend support to, and help and nourish and encourage someone else. So it's like your experiences live on in someone else. If you can find some young actor and you can say, 'Listen, don't do this and don't do that and avoid this and that,' and share your experiences, and he does succeed, you can say, 'You know what, I kind of contributed to that.' As an actor did you have to learn you can't always be No.1 the hard way? (Laughs) Unfortuantely I did.
24 (On Adrian's death in Rocky Balboa (2006)) "In the original script, she was alive," reveals Stallone, 60. "But it just didn't have the same dramatic punch. I thought, 'What if she's gone?' That would cut Rocky's heart out and drop him down to ground zero."
25 (On changing Rambo (2008)'s title) "You know Lionsgate jumped the gun on this. I just was thinking that the title John Rambo was derivative of Rocky Balboa (2006) and might give people the idea that this is the last Rambo film, and I don't necessarily feel that it will be. He's not an athlete, there's no reason he can't continue onto another adventure. Like John Wayne with The Searchers (1956)."
26 (On writing Driven (2001)) I'd gone through - and this is not bragging but showing my inadequacies in being able to get it right - about 25 drafts. And of those, about 20 were about this one man's journey, myself, through this film, and all his trials and tribulations. He'd fallen from a great height career-wise. He was a drunkard with all these problems and accidents because he and his wife Cathy, who's played by Gina Gershon, had this very tumultuous relationship. (Laughs) I'm giving you a little biographical hint here. And he just started to come apart. So he was brought back as kind of like how people should never be. It's like taking kids who are truants and then taking them to prison to see where they'll end up and scaring them straight. So I was brought back to basically prove to young Jimmy Bly how he should never be, as a bad example. And then the more we worked on it, it became the dark side, a little seedy, and I didn't know where the upside of it was ever going to be. So we began to reduce his role and make it more of an ensemble, so he's just there as a guy who did his job, wasn't very spectacular, would race like hell, sometimes he'd win, sometimes lose, but he had a certain work ethic code, that old school that could be applied to Jimmy. So that all made it more ensemble, and then in the editing we reduced it even more. I originally had a relationship going with the reporter. But that began to de-emphasise the other people, so we put that on the back burner.
27 The worst film I've ever made by far... maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we've never seen... a flatworm could write a better script then Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992). In some countries - China, I believe - running Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) once a week on government television has lowered the birth rate to zero. If they ran it twice a week, I believe in twenty years China would be extinct.
28 (If he was asked to appear in Terminator Salvation (2009)) No, that has never happened and I believe that's sacred ground for Arnold and would be an insult to encroach on his territory.
29 (If he'd do anything from his films differently) I would've played Oscar (1991) incredibly cynical like the original French version and I would've gone back to my original premise of Rambo III (1988), which was more in keeping with the theme of Tears of the Sun (2003), but set in Afghanistan.
30 Once you've been at the helm of a film and understand the basics of 101 filmmaking, you watch other directors with an educated eye. Its like if a film is going out of control, you want to contribute and quite often, a director resists any help because it usurps his power. I can understand this. I remember my first day on Judge Dredd (1995) when Danny Cannon had been chosen as the director. I knew there was going to be difficulties in communication between actors, director and crewmembers, and that's exactly what happened. So I believe the film reflects that lack of unity.
31 I would love to work with Quentin Tarantino and had heard rumours about this World War II epic. I would be insane not to work with such a brilliant filmmaker. I was hoping to work with Quentin in his new Grindhouse (2007) film, but unfortunately Rocky and Rambo (2008) duties prevented that from happening.
32 (On Andrey Konchalovskiy) Andrei was a real gentleman and I thought his take on Tango & Cash (1989) was very good and would've been infinitely more realistic had he been allowed to continue. His replacement was more attuned to comic pop culture so the film had a dramatic shift into a more light hearted direction.
33 Well I mostly keep the memories of the films that were enjoyable to do close to my heart, such as the Rockys, Paradise Alley (1978), F.I.S.T. (1978), Cliffhanger (1993), Demolition Man (1993), but the most fun I ever had on a movie was with Dolly Parton on Rhinestone (1984). I must tell everyone right now that originally the director was supposed to be Mike Nichols, that was the intention and it was supposed to be shot in New York, down and dirty with Dolly and I with gutsy mannerisms performed like two antagonists brought together by fate. I wanted the music at that time to be written by people who would give it sort of a bizarre edge. Believe it or not, I contacted Whitesnake's management and they were ready to write some very interesting songs alongside Dolly's. But, I was asked to come down to Fox and out steps the director, Bob Clark. Bob is a nice guy, but the film went in a direction that literally shattered my internal corn meter into smithereens. I would have done many things differently. I certainly would've steered clear of comedy unless it was dark, Belgian chocolate dark. Silly comedy didn't work for me. I mean, would anybody pay to see John Wayne in a whimsical farce? Not likely. I would stay more true to who I am and what the audience would prefer rather than trying to stretch out and waste a lot of time and people's patience.
34 (On The Hungerford Massacre) 'I carry the can for every lunatic in the world who goes crazy with a gun. 'But it wasn't Rambo who sent Michael Ryan mad. In fact Rambo is the opposite of people like Ryan. He is always up against stronger opposition and never shoots first. Murderers are always saying, "God told me to kill" or "Jesus ordered me to kill" - so should the rest of us stop praying? There are always sick people out there who will hang their illness on to your hook.'
35 Nighthawks (1981) was a very difficult film to make namely because no one believed that urban terrorism would ever happen in New York thus felt the story was far fetched. Nighthawks (1981) was even a better film before the studio lost faith in it and cut it to pieces. What was in the missing scenes was extraordinary acting by Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner, and the finale was a blood fest that rivaled the finale of Taxi Driver (1976). But it was a blood fest with a purpose. The stunts in the film were pretty extraordinary because they were invented along the way. Running through the tunnels of an un-built subway station was very dangerous, but exciting and we were only given one hour to do it. So that made for an interesting evening. Hanging from the cable car was probably one of the more dangerous stunts I was asked to perform because it was untested and I was asked to hold a folding Gerber knife in my left hand so if the cable were to snap, and I survived the 230 foot fall into the East River with its ice cold 8 mile an hour current, I could cut myself free from the harness because the cable when stretched out weighed more than 300 lbs. I tell you this because it's so stupid to believe that I would survive hitting the water so to go beyond that is absurd. So I actually thought the smart move would be to commit hari-kari on the way down and let the cards fold as they may. P.S. Several years later this cable did snap while testing it on a 100lb bag of sand.
36 (On Russell Mulcahy directing Rambo III (1988)) I remember calling him from an editing room and telling him what a wonderful job he had done. He answered back in a bored fashion "Why thank you darling." So I hired him. He went to Israel two weeks before me with the task of casting two dozen vicious looking Russian troops. These men were suppose to make your blood run cold. When I arrived on the set, what I saw was two dozen blond, blue-eyed pretty boys that resembled rejects from a surfing contest. Needless to say Rambo is not afraid of a little competition but being attacked by third rate male models could be an enemy that could overwhelm him. I explained my disappointment to Russell and he totally disagreed, so I asked him and his chiffon army to move on.
37 All basic laws are very simple. Working on Nighthawks (1981), for example, I spent 15 weeks in almost, total seclusion in my hotel room, between scenes. Those were the most stressful moments of my life. There had to be another answer. Not drugs: They're a psychological elevator. They move you up, they move you down, but they don't move you ahead. I finally just realized I was taking everything so damned seriously that I was wrecking my own peace of mind. I had to learn to let go.
38 I got into a lot of trouble with the first interviews I started giving after Rocky (1976) came out," he said. "I kept some tapes of some of them and I was listening to them the other day. I come over with a pretty big opinion of myself, and I said a lot of things that were supposed to be funny but weren't. I got the critics down on me and they retaliated by attacking Paradise Alley (1978). Call it insatiable retribution. "These days, I'm not one-half as aggressive as I was. I've been working on it. People have seemed to notice it. My energy level is just as high, but I can be more impersonal about myself. I'm learning to take life at face value. Instead of my greed, my demands, I'm turning things over to fate. I was always so serious about everything! Who was I trying to impress? I brought a lot of trouble down on myself. If you're too envious, too hostile, it all comes pouring down on you. There's a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.
39 There's a price you pay. Working in this business, I've met some of the champions, and tried to figure out how they do it. Training for Rocky (1976), I boxed with Muhammad Ali. Learning how to play soccer...tomorrow morning, I'm gonna get lessons from Pelé. What's next? I need a little quiet. Maybe chess with Bobby Fischer.
40 "Part of the problem is being identified so completely with a character. People are nuts about Rocky. The first movie just opened here in Hungary recently. You should have seen the posters: I'm in the ring with my hat on, I look like some kind of clown. And yet, the other day we went to the Hungarian-Austrian soccer game, and coming out of the stadium I thought our car would be mobbed. If I'd have gotten out of that car, I would have been goulash.
41 We all really only want one thing. To be happy, and to achieve total fulfillment on all conscious levels.
42 (On getting into shape for Victory (1981)) "My waist is down from 33 to 29 inches, I run every morning, I'm trying to look a little gaunt. I thought Rocky (1976) was tough, but I've never trained so hard. I thought soccer was a sissy sport until they kicked the ball into my stomach and I crossed the border into Austria with hematomas on both hips."
43 (On John Huston) "There are some directors you just almost automatically jump at the chance to work with."
44 (On doing stunts in Nighthawks (1981)) "I take those chances for myself," he said. "I've never been so scared in my life, as when I was dangling from that helicopter. I have a fear of heights that borders on mania. I had to do something like this once in my life. So there I was, hanging 250 feet up over the East River, with the wind blowing me back and forth and the constant danger that if the steel cable hit something it could shear in two. The day before, see, a guy had jumped off the bridge we were working next to. We all saw it happen. He hit the water and exploded. His body broke into several pieces, and the current was so fast that this was the 59th St. Bridge and they pulled the remains out of the water seven minutes later at the 20th St. Pier. I saw that, and had to go up the next day. There was a fireboat down below with two divers in it. I made the mistake of calling them 'lifeguards.' It was explained to me that they were not lifeguards. They were there to retrieve my body, if necessary. If you see the movie and look closely, you'll see that I'm holding a knife in the scene. My theory was that if I fell, the cable would make me sink unless I could cut the harness loose. After I saw that guy hit the water like it was cement, I changed my plan. The knife was to plunge into my heart a second before I hit."
45 Now, working with John Huston, I'm biting my lip to keep from giving suggestions. There's a misconception that I can't work with other directors. With Huston, he's so into it, he sits back, you don't even think he's working, he's so smooth, but all the time the incubation process is taking place. And he lets you come to him with input if he doesn't like your suggestion, you get a single 'no' and that's it.
46 (1980 interview with Roger Ebert) "When I'm on a location I pick a restaurant that's close and private and eat all my meals there. This table we're sitting at is directly above my room. That's all the farther I want to go. When I was a kid, my mother used to feed me mashed-potato sandwiches, brussels sprout sandwiches, my brain cells were starving from lack of food. I'll eat anything. I'll eat dirt."
47 (1980 interview with Roger Ebert) "If I have the nerve, if I have real nerve, Rocky should die at the end of the third film. I was originally thinking in more grandiose terms - the Coliseum and everything - but Rocky III (1982) should end with more than a fight. It should end with Rocky's life coming full cycle, The way I imagine it, after the fight, he's riding home in a cab, with the roar of the people chanting 'Rocky!' still in his ears. And he just drops over dead. In other words, he has achieved everything possible and he dies when he's on top. I don't think people want to see Rocky when he's 80. I don't know if I'll go with that ending, and him dying. But I know I'll have to film it. I'll have to shoot it for myself, whether or not I use it."
48 (On stunts) "The way they usually do it is they show you the double taking the hit, and then they cut in for a close-up of the actor's face. It's so phony you can smell it with the cable car sequence in Nighthawks (1981) for example, it's so phony to show some stuntman hanging from a cable and then cut to the inside of the car and it's me coming in the window. You have to do it on one unfaked take so the audience can see the actor is really doing it."
49 Most successful art reflects the exact ideas of the viewer - whether or not the viewer knows it, of course. Paintings that endure are paintings that inspire people to say, hey, that's the way I feel; those are the colours I see in my dreams. Even abstract art depends on that. When you get right down to it, Rocky (1976) said exactly the same things to a 5-year-old that it said to adults. There was nothing complicated about it.
50 (On Paradise Alley (1978) being re-edited) "I'll never forgive myself for the way I allowed myself to be manipulated during the editing of that film. There were a lot of scenes in there to give atmosphere and character, and they wanted them out just to speed things along. They removed 40 scenes, altogether. I put 10 of them back in for the version shown on TV. For example, the whole sequence of the soldier without legs, sitting in a bar eating peanuts."
51 (1980 interview with Roger Ebert) "It's incredibly difficult to direct yourself in boxing scenes. You're getting the crap beat out of you and trying to think about camera placement at the same time. And another thing, in Rocky III (1982) the pace is going to have to be quickened. It shouldn't be more than 90 minutes long. In the first two films, Rocky dictated his own pace. This time, like with any heavyweight champion, his pace is being dictated by the people around him. And we'll have a lot of action and be conservative with the dialogue. And also I hope I get out in one piece. For Rocky II (1979), I got a torn pectoral muscle, I got all beat up inside, I had to have an operation to splice things back together. The mouthpiece saved my teeth. For this one, basically what I need is a mouthpiece for my whole body."
52 I love Joe Spinell and considered him a dear friend and would do anything for him. We had met when I had one or two lines in Farewell, My Lovely (1975). He was truly one of a kind, but he had some very deep personal problems on the set of Nighthawks (1981) and became distant. It was around that time his mother also passed away, who he lived for and Joe was never the same.
53 (On Burgess Meredith) I remember the way Burgess played the scene with me in the apartment in the first Rocky (1976), and I had never seen such great character work up close. He was just eating me alive with his intensity and nuance. I asked him how did he do that, and he said, "Because I'm a better pretender than you are." I said, "Pretending?" and he said, "Yes, acting - it's just a child's game played by grownups. The biggest child usually wins." So from that day on, I tried to specialize in being very immature.
54 (If he's embarrassed by his early films) No, in the early films, I have to admit I enjoyed watching them, only because they were completely carefree and devoid of any movie-star acting tricks, simply because I didn't know any. So it's fun to watch a natural performance without any ego attached. I particularly enjoyed working on Capone (1975), because it was like the cheesy, mentally challenged inbred cousin of The Godfather (1972).
55 (If the Director's Cut of Cliffhanger (1993) will be released)) No, actually the director's cut was met with a lot of disapproval at the screening and received some alarmingly low scores. Mainly because the stunts were absurdly overblown. For example, the average man can jump maybe twelve feet across a gorge, and the stunts had me leaping maybe three hundred feet or more, so situations like that had to be pared down and still then were fairly extreme... so you're probably better off with this cut. By the way, the 2nd unit crew that filmed the majority of the action was extraordinary.
56 (If he'd ever reunite with Kurt Russell) No, the chances of that are pretty slim. The idea is intriguing, but it might look a little weathered, like two old ventriloquist dummies trying to play leading men. But thanks for suggesting it because I had a lot of great times on that film. Kurt nailed some of those scenes, like the pro he is.
57 (On the shower scene with Sharon Stone in The Specialist (1994)) Let it be known, I didn't want to do this scene because Sharon was not cooperating. We get to the set and she decides not to take her robe off. The director asks only a few of the crew to remain, and she still won't take it off. I promised her I wouldn't take any liberties, so what's the problem? She said, "I'm just sick of nudity." I asked her if she could get sick of it on someone else's film. She was having none of it, so I went down to my trailer, brought back a bottle of Black Death vodka that was given to me by Michael Douglas and after half-a-dozen shots we were wet and wild.
58 I grew up not very confident. I had tons of self-doubt and wasn't physically strong either, so the world appeared to be an extremely large and intimidating sphere. All my life, I always thought that I was alone in these disturbing thoughts, but the older I grew, the more I realized the world is made up of victims, victims of harsh reality, victims of inequality. I thought the most tragic thing one could be confronted with is the prospect of loneliness and the second, the lack of opportunity to prove one's self-worth. So Rocky was just a manifestation of all the underdogs who dream of one day having the opportunity to reach for the stars. They may not get there, but at least the opportunity to show what's in a person's heart is the main goal.
59 (On getting into shape for First Blood (1982)) The burnt toast rumour is false. I ate perhaps 10-12 eggs per day and only dined on fish so my body was getting ridiculously thin. If I had to do it over again, I would've definitely thrown in some good ol' pasta into that formula, because a strict diet of protein provides no warmth, and let me be clear, that was one cold and brutal shoot.
60 (If he directed Over the Top (1987)) I would have made it less glossy and set it more in an urban environment, for one. Next, I would've not used a never-ending stream of rock songs, but scored music instead, and most likely would've made the event in Vegas more ominous - not so carnival-like.
61 (Challenging Carl Weathers's statement that in a no holds bar match between himself and the other boxng stars of the Rocky) films and he said it would be Mr. T, him, Dolph Lundgren and Stallone) First of all, my brother Frank used to spar with Carl and chase him around the ring like a fox running from a hound. I saw Dolph Lundgren pick up Carl and heave him three feet into the corner when I was directing the scene between them; rather than retaliate, Carl got out of the ring and said something ferocious like, "I'm calling my agent... I quit!" So in order of boxing skills and fighting ability, I would say Dolph Lundgren, myself, Mr. T, Paulie, and then Apollo Creed.
62 (On his worst injury from a Rocky film) Well, the worst pre-injury was the torn chest muscles competing in the bench press competition before Rocky II (1979), and the worst was in Rocky IV (1985). In the first round, I thought these two characters should hate each other so much that they should just attack each other like pit dogs... professionalism be damned. So what you see in the first twenty seconds is real, and after the third take of taking body blows, I felt a burning in my chest, but ignored it. Later that night I couldn't breathe very well, and they took me to the emergency room. My blood pressure was 200+, and the next thing I knew I was on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, and there I resided in intensive care for eight days. What had happened is he struck me so hard in the chest that my heart slammed against my breastbone and began to swell, so the beating became labored, and without medical attention the heart would've continued to swell until it stopped. Many people that have car accidents die like this when the steering wheel slams into their chest. So in a sense I was hit by "a streetcar named Drago."
63 (On his early days) I do remember the windows and they were painted black, simply because my life was dedicated to writing since acting jobs had eluded me. But make no mistake about it, my writing was pretty atrocious in the beginning and my style left a lot to be desired. For example, I would begin writing at 11:00 at night as I listened to The Bee Gees' Odessa album over and over and over until 5:00 in the morning. The writing never amounted to much, but I memorized all the words to the album. It's safe to say I've long since abandoned that method of writing. The reason I painted the windows is, I didn't want any distractions or excuses to distract me from trying to work, such as, "My, what a nice day, I think I'll go outside and beg for food."
64 It's very simple why Eye See You (2002) landed in limbo. A film is a very delicate creature. Any adverse publicity or internal shake-up can upset the perception of - and studio confidence in - a feature. For some unknown reason the original producer pulled out and right away the film was considered damaged goods; by the time we ended filming there was trouble brewing on the set because of overages and creative concerns between the director and the studio. The studio let it sit on the shelf for many months and after over a year it was decided to do a re-shoot. We screened it, it tested okay, Ron Howard was involved with overseeing some of the post-production... but the movie had the smell of death about it. Actually, if you looked up, you could see celluloid buzzards circling as we lay there dying on the distributor's floor. One amusing note: It was funny, when we were met at the airport by the teamsters they'd have a sign in front of them saying Detox, and all these actors like Kris Kristofferson, Tom Berenger and myself looked like we were going into rehab rather than a film shoot.
65 (On Paradise Alley (1978)) I wrote the book first, then the screenplay. Both I wrote before I'd even thought about Rocky (1976), so originally they were done in 1974. But I was very broke and I optioned the screenplay of Paradise Alley (1978) to a real... how should I say this... maggot, who put his hooks in so deep I could never get it away from him. So the first time I went in to meet Chartoff and Winkler, I was there on an acting job. I didn't get it, but on the way out I said, "I have this screenplay called Paradise Alley (1978)." They said to bring it over and I did. They wanted to make it, but the other cretin that I had optioned it to was so obnoxious, so overbearing, that the producers wanted nothing to do with me or the screenplay. So on the way out, they said, "If you have any ideas, we'd be happy to look at them." That night I went home - even a fire extinguisher couldn't cool the burning in my brain. The door of opportunity was wide open and I had nothing to carry over its threshold. That's when I started to write Rocky (1976). So thank God for the maggot; otherwise I never would've written the story of Mr. Balboa.
66 (Asked if James Cameron was going to direct Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)) No, I think that James Cameron is a brilliant talent, but I thought the politics were important, such as a right-wing stance coming from Trautman and his nemesis, Murdock, contrasted by Rambo's obvious neutrality, which I believe is explained in Rambo's final speech. I realize his speech at the end may have caused millions of viewers to burst veins in their eyeballs by rolling them excessively, but the sentiment stated was conveyed to me by many veterans.
67 (On writing controversies) First of all, as for Chuck Wepner, he knows the truth and it had nothing do to do with his "personal life." I even regret the fact that he and Rocky (1976) are associated because the two people couldn't be more diverse. Second of all, I suppose James Cameron has a point, but in his original draft it took nearly 30-40 pages to have any action initiated and Rambo was partnered with a tech-y sidekick. So it was more than just politics that were put into the script. There was also a simpler story line. If James Cameron says anything more than that, then he realizes he's now doing the backstroke badly in a pool of lies. And finally, Joe Eszterhas wrote a script that was nearly 400 pages and was more of a novel than a shootable screenplay. A great deal of work was done by myself, along with Norman Jewison, to hammer it into shape, but Joe had conceived a great concept.
68 (Asked if he'd ever play a villain) I wouldn't be opposed to playing a truly horrific individual. God knows I saw enough of that growing up. The thing is... whether he's a bloodthirsty, flesh-ripping, Son of Sam-type or more psychologically sadistic, I would definitely opt for the latter. Maybe a remake of When Harry Beat Sally.
69 (Judge Dredd (1995)) From what I recall, the whole project was troubled from the beginning. The philosophy of the film was not set in stone - by that I mean "Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones" like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn't fit smoothly. It was sort of like a feathered fish. Some of the design work on it was fantastic and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication. I knew we were in for a long shoot when, for no explainable reason Danny Cannon, who's rather diminutive, jumped down from his director's chair and yelled to everyone within earshot, "FEAR me! Everyone should FEAR me!" then jumped back up to his chair as if nothing happened. The British crew was taking bets on his life expectancy.
70 I've always thought of Rocky as an individual that was chosen to take a journey that would bring together many "broken" people, including himself, and this group would achieve success because of their newfound self-respect. Good old-fashioned Christian values, nothing wrong with that.
71 I love Donald Trump. He's a great Dickensian character. You know what I mean? There are certain people like Arnold, Babe Ruth, that are bigger than life. But I don't know how that translates to running the world.
72 [Golden Globe Award 2016, thank you speech] I wanna thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa, for being the best friend I ever had.
73 The best thing about getting older is...nothing. There's zero good in getting older.
74 [on if having action hero status hurt acting opportunities] Absolutely. I think that there's a preconceived notion that an action film is a mindless exercise in visual dexterity. Quite often, they're right. But when you do it in a proper way, say like The Bourne Identity (2002), it's really intriguing, isn't it? You're able to combine all the different skill sets, acting, visual, and the kinetic energy. But it doesn't happen very often, and when you hear the word, "Action," you say, "Okay, the guy really can't act; all he can do is be very, very physical," In a sense you are considered more of an empty vessel. I get that just comes with the territory, and that if you stick around too long, it becomes kind of your epithet.
75 [on pushing himself too hard in the gym] It came right before Cop Land (1997). I had pushed a little too far and had an erratic heartbeat. So I said, maybe I should do a film that I can have pancakes and French Toast every morning and not stay on a treadmill for hours a day. That was Cop Land (1997). I had a great time working with Jim Mangold, De Niro and Keitel, and Ray Liotta. This was such a blessing, and I enjoyed it so much. If I could have stayed there, I would have. I loved doing ensemble work with Mangold and Harvey Weinstein really made a solid film. Creed (2015) has left me with the same good feeling.
76 [on Nighthawks (1981)] Yeah, I remember Nighthawks. Again, a film that didn't find an audience, but I thought Rutger Hauer was incredible. Maybe it was that urban terrorism wasn't perceived as a serious threat then, and they said, "Well, this so far-fetched," but I liked that film a lot. That was a tough movie. We shot nights, like 40 in a row. The shoot lived up to its title.
77 [on directing Rocky II (1979)] I didn't want to do it; John did a great job and won an Oscar. What had happened is, he didn't quite agree with the subject matter on the second one and just said, "I don't want to do it." Then the producers said, "Why don't you direct it?" I said, "Excuse me?" That was the adventurousness of Irwin Winkler and Bob Chartoff. "You wrote it, you understand it. Why not direct it." They gave me the nerve to do it. Paradise Alley (1978) hadn't come out yet. I started directing Rocky II (1979) and decided to work backwards, doing the fight first. So I'm directing that and we move to Philadelphia, and I'm nervous because, how can I come close to Rocky, as a director, but I'm trying. Paradise Alley (1978) comes out, and I go to see it during lunch and there are four people in the theater. Four. In Philadelphia, of all places. I went "Oh my God." I had to go back to the set. It didn't work out that badly for Paradise Alley, but my confidence was at an all-time low that day, and I had to tell myself, just keep punching.
78 [on Warrior (2011)] My God, I thought that was amazing. I felt like I knew exactly what those guys were feeling at night. Incredible dedication. Joel Edgerton, those were real performances. I think that the way it was positioned was, just a fight film. But what Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte did was, fantastic acting. I was taken aback by how good they were. I think if people had seen it in a Cain and Abel context, it might have been perceived as more of a cautionary tale rather than just a fight film.
79 [on who intimidated him at the Oscars in 1976] Actually, the person I talked to first, was John Wayne. I didn't know anybody so I was sort of in the corner, feeling very awkward. He walked over and said, "I'd like to introduce myself. My name is John Wayne." I said, "I recognized you, slightly." He was just so humble, and he goes, "Welcome to the industry. I saw your film, and you were very good." That took away my breath, but I relaxed after that, thinking I was just going to sit back and enjoy the show.
80 [on the character of Rocky] It's odd - I don't know if it's the first time in the cinema, but it's like I have to live up to the ethics of a fictional character. The identification is so close that I had to stop smoking 'cause people were so offended. They'd say, 'You aren't in training? Rocky wouldn't smoke...' I find it to be so fascinating now. I have been so rewarded by the character. I can't bite the hand that feeds me. It's a fact of life; it's something that I'll always be judged against. Every film I do is going to be judged against Rocky (1976). It's a fact. I can't fight it anymore.
81 I was taken off the streets and put into the limos and then groomed and pushed out in poster sales and advertising sporting equipment and whatever... It just kept building and building - I thought everybody liked me; this is the thing to do. Success is like a jet stream; it just sucks you along.
82 I am an artistic businessman, both. I think you have to be. It's a matter of self-preservation.
83 Steven Seagal said that he, 'Didn't associate with that kind of element' - meaning me. So I slammed him up against a wall. At that time, our testosterone was running full bore. He was full of his height and I was full of... Myself. But we made up. He can be very abstract.
84 [on The Expendables 3 (2014)] I believe we finally got it right in the third one - kind of like marriage.
85 People think it's easy to make a sequel. It's not, because you've lost the element of surprise. How do you keep putting on layers without getting too pretentious or trying too hard - you know, when in doubt, shout.
86 [on The Expendables 3 (2014)] We're trying to make an Event Movie - like The Avengers (2012). And I think we've accomplished it.
87 [on casting The Expendables 3 (2014) and possible future Expendables movies] I was going to go call up Jack Nicholson and we just got there a little too late, because actually he had said he might be interested in it. So there are still interesting avenues out there. I want to get, if possible, the most unique actors from the past and just put 'em out there once and for all, you know? It just seems like an interesting... quest to do that, because I don't know if it's ever going to happen again. And we're certainly not getting any younger. Well, you know Clint Eastwood is so involved with what he's doing, so that's kind of a pipe dream.
88 [advice to actors who are training to appear as boxers in a musical version of Rocky (1976)] The hardest thing to do is to sell the punch. You can teach a guy to punch, but the person receiving it has to have the body movement. It starts with the feet, the swivelling of the ankles, the knees and the hips, and then the head goes last. If you just throw punches using your arms it looks like flailing.
89 [on working with Robert De Niro on Grudge Match (2013)] He was much more of a fearless actor early on. I'm doing Rocky (1976) and the next theatre over it's Taxi Driver (1976) - he was there with the mohawk, bloody nose, that took some guts to do. I really admire that he just wants to keep going. It was great working with Bobby because he's the complete antithesis of who I am. He's modest, he's quiet, he's reserved and I learned a lot from him.
90 I turned down Witness (1985), which was great because I've never had a love affair with an Amish chick!
91 Every time I use social media I get really in trouble! I think George Clooney said it best when he said you've got to be an idiot to be a celebrity and use Twitter. You wake up in the morning when you're sober and your career is over! You've got to be really, really careful. You think you're a genius up there in the middle of the night and you wake up an idiot.
92 [on gun control] I know people get upset and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon'. But who needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you're carrying out an assault. You can't hunt with it. Who is going to attack your house - an army?
93 [on the possibility of Mel Gibson directing The Expendables 3 (2014)] Mel is a magnificent director! Pure passion on every level. We'd be blessed to have him. A real long shot, but life is a long shot - right?
94 [on First Blood (1982)] In the book, Rambo gets killed. I thought it was not the proper message. There had been close to 200,000 suicides by returning Vietnam vets. I said, "Why don't we take him right to the edge without annihilating him?" Quentin Tarantino said, "You're a coward, you should have killed him!" I said, "Quentin, you're a lunatic. I want to do some sequels, brother."
95 Regular artists borrow, geniuses steal.
96 Rambo is me before coffee in the morning. Rocky is me after coffee. Rambo has reverted into kind of like an id: primitive, reactive and instinctual - almost like an animal. I love this character because because he hasn't quite been fleshed out. He's like an errant knight, looking to die in a glorious fashion. He has no desire to go into old age or have a family. Rocky is the antithesis: he cannot live without a family. So you've got the American Frankenstein monster, then you have the American dream.
97 I like a good adversary. It makes you lose sleep and want to get up on the morning and go to the gym.
98 [on Rocky (1976)] It's a film I wanted to go to. It's an audience's inalienable right, when they go to a theater, to see something truly extraordinary, something that borders on day-dreamism.
99 Halloween is the only time people can become what they want to be without getting fired.
100 Doing The Expendables (2010) was brutal; no time, no rest and more difficult then the last three Rambos put together.
101 Being ignorant is like getting dressed for Prom Night in the dark. You think you are looking good until somebody turns your lights on.
102 You have to grab life by the throat and squeeze before it grabs you by your neck and breaks it. Own your destiny.
103 If politicians really told the truth they'd be fired and Washington would be an overgrown parking lot. Sad but true.
104 [on Arnold Schwarzenegger] When people ask me who is the most extraordinary guy I've ever met, I answer that it's him. Think about it - the force of will and the fact that he is successful in three diverse and impossibly difficult areas. The politics of bodybuilding? Forget about it. And he was and is the most influential bodybuilder who ever lived, by far. Then, in Hollywood, with his background of being Austrian and all this baggage of not being American, and he became No. 1. And then politics, it's off-the-chart hard, he's the governor of California. That's all, just the governor of the biggest state in population. This is not some city council somewhere. And he would make it as a presidential candidate. It's mind-blowing.
105 I eat healthy Monday to Friday, pig out on the weekend, gain pounds, then lose it again Monday to Friday. No need to starve, or suffer!
106 Exercise, I tell people, can kill you. It's double-edged. It's good for you but you've got to know what you're doing. Your joints become fragile after a certain point. When you're 20, they're like rubber. But now...there's no way I can do the old squats and stuff. No way. Can't do it.
107 [on Rocky Balboa (2006)] I haven't seen a dime yet. It made nearly $200 million. That's life, eh? That's how it works these days. They have this thing called 'back end' You can make a movie for $12 million that makes $250 million, but it still ends up in the red. The studios say they added $50 million in publicity in the Ukraine or somewhere, and you're like, 'What?'
108 [on wanting Arnold Schwarzenegger for The Expendables (2010) sequel] I would love to get him in the next one. I really think so. He's been out of the limelight a long time, and I think this is the kind of film that would be a nice intro. I saw his eyes light up. It's one thing to run a state, but it's another thing to get back to what you're really known for. Certain actors you're never going to see come down the pike again, and he's one of them.
109 I'm past my prime in doing dramatic films, I think it becomes maybe, almost a pathetic cry out to be recognized as a serious actor. I did my little moment. I'm very proud of the drama in Rocky Balboa (2006), its about as deep as I can go, and Cop Land (1997). I would much rather just direct dramas.
110 [on being asked about themes in his movies at a press conference] I always try to deal with redemption. I think everyone in this room like everyone on the planet has regret, that one moment when they made the wrong decision, sometimes you just never get your life back on course, and that theme from Rocky Balboa to Rambo, it just haunts me.
111 I've made a lot of career mistakes - a lot! Sometimes you're making a film and you go, 'It's a turkey and it's not even Thanksgiving.' It's bad.
112 The one thing in my films... I only kill people that need to be killed. Let me put it this way, the ones that deserve it get it and they get it good and the ones that go after women really get it, you know what I mean? Really get it.
113 [on his 1980s rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger] He was far more diligent than me; I was too reckless. He's very machine-like and I did consider him an enemy. But, looking back, it was a good enemy.
114 [on a shocking ad-lib by Bruce Willis in the scene with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables (2010)] He goes, 'Why don't you just suck each other's c**ks?' I thought, 'You can't tell Rambo and The Terminator to suck each other's c**ks!' I said to the guys, 'You know what, that's worth the price of admission alone!'
115 People that spend time in a foxhole - they're never going to find that relationship anywhere else again...everything else pales next to that. When you think about the second World War vets - more than even the Vietnam vets - there's a brotherhood. They're 90 years old now, and they're still wearing the hats. The way they feel about each other. Time stopped. That was the ultimate of life. Everything after it was anticlimactic. After that it just wasn't the same.
116 [on his failed audition for a part in The Godfather (1972)] I couldn't even be an extra at the wedding, that's how far down the food chain I was.
117 [on his screen test for the part of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)] It didn't meet with much approval since when I stood in front of George Lucas he didn't look at me once. Well, obviously I'm not the right type... It all worked out for the best since I don't look good in spandex holding a ray gun!
118 [on Dolph Lundgren]: Dolph, I think, is a fantastically cooperative, excellent guy.
119 I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.
120 [on Rambo] He'd murder Jason Bourne. I'm only kidding. Maybe the other guy...the one in The Transporter (2002), Jason Statham.
121 [on Arnold Schwarzenegger] I see him every Saturday, at Café Roma in Beverly Hills. It's funny because we used to be so competitive in the Eighties and now we're the best buddies in the world.
122 I have become more cynical as I have got older. Everything you were promised as a young person, it doesn't really come true.
123 I am under pressure to perform. If I didn't have this goal I would be more than happy to throw 25 croissants down my throat and wash it down with a pint of beer, trust me. It is very, very hard to stay in shape.
124 [on retiring from acting] I'm on borrowed time. At this age I hear the ticking clock and it's as loud as the gong on Big Ben. The ultimate ambition is to follow in Clint Eastwood's footsteps and move on to directing films without me having to be in them. I'm on borrowed time and know my longevity will be predicated on being able to make that move.
125 [on working with Richard Gere on The Lords of Flatbush (1974)] Gere would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. (Having lunch in a Toyota) I was eating a hot dog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, 'That thing is going to drip all over the place.' He said, 'Don't worry about it.' I said, 'If it gets on my pants you're gonna know about it.' He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers, and to this day, seriously dislikes me. He even thinks I'm the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true, but that's the rumor.
126 [on Rocky IV (1985)] Dolph Lundgren and I always went for it. I gave him orders to try to knock me out while the cameras were rolling. At one point, he hit me so hard on the head I felt my spine compress. He then hit me with an almighty uppercut. That night my chest started to swell, and I had to be helicopter-ambulanced from my hotel to a nearby emergency room. I was told that Dolph had punched my rib cage into my chest, compressing my heart. If it had swollen any more, I would have died. After that, I was like, 'Dolph, it's only a movie, bro.'
127 [on The Expendables (2010)] Man, it was seven guys, kicking each other's a**, one guy tougher than the next. No joke, our stunt guys were begging for mercy. Actually, my fight with Stone Cold Steve Austin was so vicious that I ended up getting a hairline fracture in my neck. I'm not joking. I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards. I now have a metal plate in my neck.
128 [on filming his scene in The Expendables (2010) with pals Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger] Bruce's character, who hires me to do the job the film's based on, turns to me and says, 'Look, there's one person I need to talk with before I give you the job.' At which point Arnold, who plays my oldest rival, walks out. And it's clear we have a lot of history there. So I tell him I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. And the scene goes from there. But man, those guys were up for it. They got out of bed at 5.30am just to shoot a small five-minute scene.
129 [on Arnold Schwarzenegger] He's my best friend now. It's strange, given what big rivals we used to be. He's still ridiculously competitive, though. See this watch? This is the only one of its kind in the world, so I wore it to our last lunch. Arnold was desperate for me to get him one but I had to explain that wasn't possible. He was so mad!
130 [on the difference between filmmaking and painting] Movies are a vision dependent upon 300 or 400 people to accomplish it. So there's great compromising. And so much is lost in the translation. So when you get up there, it's maybe 40% of the way you envisaged it. Because of the finance thing, and the actor doesn't interpret it properly. Or the director isn't on form that day and he missed the whole point. Whereas painting is all you do. It either soars or it crashes. There's no one to blame but one person.
131 95% of the time, women are right. They can be emotional, but when they say your shoes are shit or your tie is wrong, they're often right.
132 [on the character of Rocky Balboa] I have always seen him as a 20th Century gladiator in a pair of sneakers.
133 The trouble with remakes is that people fall in love with the original. It's like peanut butter. If you try to change the taste of peanut butter, you're in trouble.
134 [on The Expendables (2010)] I guess it's kinda like The Dirty Dozen (1967), or one of those films that comes along every once in a while, like The Magnificent Seven (1960), to try to take that old formula and move it into a modern era. We accomplished it; I'm very, very happy with the film.
135 The whole thing about Rocky (1976) wasn't about him boxing. It was about aging -- that was what made the movie. It wasn't him. It was about her -- him finding love, him making someone's life better -- and, before you know it, the audience identified with it.
136 [on what fans can expect from The Expendables (2010)] Let's say we dug up The Wild Bunch (1969) and gave them one more shot.
137 [on Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (2008)] Mickey, if anybody deserves an Oscar, it's you. No question about it. You lived it. You earned it. You deserve it. You're an incredibly talented man. It's about time everyone says, 'You know what? Give it to the winner.'
138 [at Rambo UK Premiere, 2008) I feel like I'm 20 again - but with arthritis!
139 During Rocky IV (1985), Dolph Lundgren had hit me so hard I had swelling around the heart and had to stay in intensive care at St. John's Hospital for four days.
140 Making Victory (1981) (aka Escape to Victory) was hard work. I thought Rocky (1976) was tough, but I'd never trained so hard in my life. My waist went down from 33 to 29 inches; I ran every morning, because I was trying to look a little gaunt. We were POWs, after all.
141 Rocky gives out such a good vibe, while Rambo's the Prince of Darkness. The new Rambo is not a feelgood movie. Every actor would like to say that they're Daniel Day-Lewis and that they have this incredible palette, but quite often you're known for certain things. I accepted that. So I said to myself, "Boy, if I could end my career on something, I'd like to finish up the loose ends on Rambo, because the last one in Afghanistan didn't work."
142 I'm often asked whether Rocky is an extension of myself. But the truth is I wish I could be as noble as Rocky. He never says a bad word about anyone, and he never complains. He's lost 24 times, his record is 54 and 24, he's lost a lot but he's philosophical and knows there will be another day. I'm not that. I wish I were.
143 If I have a regret, it's that I didn't expand my acting when I was building my career. It often sounds pathetic when you hear actors say that they feel sorry for themselves - I've been very very blessed, believe me - but if I had to do it all over again I could have done both. You can do commercial films and then do small, independent, acting films. Bruce Willis has done it well, so it's possible. I wish I had done it, but that wasn't the style back then. You were either a studio actor or an independent actor. So I regret that.
144 I look back on Judge Dredd (1995) as a real missed opportunity. It seemed that lots of fans had a problem with Dredd removing his helmet, because he never does in the comic books. But, for me, it is more about wasting such great potential there was in that idea... it didn't live up to what it could have been. It probably should have been much more comic, really humourous, and fun. What I learned out of that experience was that we shouldn't have tried to make it "Hamlet", it's more "Hamlet & Eggs".
145 There's something about matching the character with the script. And right now, the script that's being written, and reality, is pretty brutal and pretty hard-edged, like a rough action film, and you need somebody who's been in that to deal with it. - On Senator John McCain.
146 [speaking of his life with a wife and three daughters] Living in a house where you are the only man is a little like being the only guy left at The Alamo. They just rule. Even our dogs are female. So there is no chance.
147 I never had extraordinary genes or great bone structure, and I'm still very thin. What I try to do is create a body that every man can look at and say, "You know, with a certain amount of dedication I can achieve the same thing." I try to keep it in the realm of athletic, rather than unapproachable.
148 I abused my body so much throughout my career that I am literally held together by glue. The stuff I took thickens the bones and reinforces the tendons.
149 [on Rhinestone (1984)] You'd have thought we all got together and decided how we could fastest ruin our careers.
150 I'm now starting Rambo (2008) and I'm looking for a young actor to star opposite me. I've been looking for the next Robert Mitchum or Steve McQueen, but the fact is they just don't exist. Tough guys today are getting their hair done at Hollywood hairdressers. Whatever happened to having a beer and scratching your balls?
151 [on Rocky Balboa (2006) and Rambo (2008)] Maybe these movies wouldn't have been as interesting five years ago, but look what's happened in the world in that time. It's a whole different climate, now.
152 [on Rocky Balboa (2006)] I knew I would go through the embarrassment of hearing all the jokes about me. My wife begged me not to do it, and that's why I wrote a line . . . that I'd rather do something I love badly than to feel bad about not doing something I love.
153 You wake up one morning and you go, "What happened? Where did it all go so fast? There are many more things I want to do." And I figure a lot of people feel the same. A lot of people have so much they want to do, but society says, "Step back, youth must be served." I say, "You're right, youth must be served - after us. Get in line. We're coming back for seconds and thirds, and when we're finished helping ourselves, it's your turn." Just because people get older doesn't mean they abandon their dream or their ability to want to do something, so Rocky is symbolic of still wanting to participate. Rocky says the last thing to age is the heart, so I wanted to do a film that shows our generation is not on the outside looking in; it's still vital and wants to be part of the parade, not watching the parade. I want to show that life is not over at 50. People say, "Come on, grow old gracefully." No, why? I'm not ready. I know people will think Rocky is my story, but it's also my generation's story.
154 I enjoy comedy very much, but it just wasn't right for me. Sometimes it's better to just stay focused and do what you're really passionate about.
155 I think the people who have been so supportive and loyal will be happy with the final chapter in Rocky Balboa's life because I think we bring the character to a final and noble conclusion.
156 [on his marriage to Jennifer Flavin] It's been a fantastic revival of my life. As you know, my first marriage didn't go so well, though I have a relationship with my sons, but this marriage has been a second beginning. I used to think my career was number one, so I was gone nine months out of a year, but I learned the hard way that the most important thing is that you start at home and then comes the career.
157 No one likes to fail at anything, but I believe I'm a better person for it. I learned life's lessons. You're given certain gifts and that's what you should try to be.
158 I'd say between 3 pm and 8 pm I look great. After that it's all downhill. Don't photograph me in the morning or you're gonna get Walter Brennan.
159 All art, in this business, is a matter of compromise. It's not one man's vision unless he takes very weak actors.
160 I really am a manifestation of my own fantasy.
161 I know I cannot hold on to them forever, but I will as long as I can. I pity the first boy to knock on the door for a date. I'm gonna buy ten more Rambo outfits just to make sure they're too scared to put a foot wrong. They will probably all run a mile, which suits me just fine. I know I won't be able to help myself playing the worried dad. My girls were born with the flirt gene. It's very funny, but it also worries me about what a handful I will have in a few years time. I know it's stupid - I just don't want them to grow up. I love my family. I can't imagine life without them all in the house.
162 [1999] After I made Cop Land (1997) in which I played a timid, overweight cop, all of Hollywood turned their back. I'm surprised they even gave me this table. I'm like driftwood in here.
163 I'm a very physical person. People don't credit me with much of a brain, so why should I disillusion them?
164 I'll just go on playing Rambo and Rocky. Both are money-making machines that can't be switched off.
165 [2002] We're talking about doing another Rambo because I think it's time to combine action with politics.
166 I'm not a genetically superior person. I built my body.
167 [Following John Ritter's death in 2003] It's a huge shock. It just makes me realize how fragile life is.
168 People accept Rocky Balboa as authentic. I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and asked about my boxing career. It's like they really want to believe that Rocky exists. You know, I'm amazed by all of this. At one time I thought people would get over their fascination with the character and move on. Didn't happen. After 30 years, Rocky has taken hold to a degree I never could have imagined.
169 [1991] I'm 5'10" and weigh 177 pounds. I'm pleased with my body now.
170 I had no idea Ellen Barkin was in the restaurant. If she was coughing or dying, she was doing it politely. I would have been more than happy to reach down her throat or squeeze her hard. Sat there dumbfounded? Please! I would have rallied round - just to avoid paying the bill.
171 [Talking about the proliferation of guns in the U.S., following the murder of Phil Hartman in 1998, who was shot to death by his wife] Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you're gonna have. It's pathetic. It really is pathetic. It's sad. We're living in the Dark Ages over there. It has to be stopped, and someone really has to go on the line, a certain dauntless political figure, and say, "It's ending, it's over, all bets are off." It's not 200 years ago, we don't need this any more, and the rest of the world doesn't have it. Why should we?
172 [on Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign for Governor of California in 2003] I think it's very dangerous waters. In that particular field you can't yell "Action!" and "Cut!" and "Take two!" and "Take three!". I personally think actors should remain actors, but I know he's always had blind ambition for that, so maybe it'll work out for him.
173 I'm not right wing, I'm not left wing. I love my country.
174 [In 1976, after completing production on Rocky II (1979)] But there'll never be a "Rocky IV." You gotta call a halt.
175 [Explaining to The New York Times how he wrote the script for Rocky (1976) in three days] I'm astounded by people who take 18 years to write something. That's how long it took that guy [Gustave Flaubert] to write "Madame Bovary". And was that ever on the best-seller list? No. It was a lousy book and it made a lousy movie.
176 I'm not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren't straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer, but somehow it all works.
177 That's what Rocky (1976) is all about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood.
178 Once in one's life, for one mortal moment, one must make a grab for immortality; if not, one has not lived.

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1 Roles as John Rambo and Rocky Balboa
2 Roles in action films
3 Very muscular physique
4 Deep resonant voice and mumbling

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