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Who is Sylvester Stallone?

by Ratan Srivastava
Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone is indeed an actor, screenwriter, director, as well as producer from the United States. He gained his first critical praise as that of an actor for his co-starring part as Stanley Rosiello in The Lords of Flatbush, after labouring as a struggling actor for such a number of years after coming to New York City in 1969 and then Hollywood in 1974. Starting in 1976 with his role as boxer Rocky Balboa in the first film of the successful Rocky series (1976–present), for which he also wrote the screenplays, Stallone gradually found work as an extra or side character in films with a large budget until he achieved his greatest critical and commercial success as an actor and screenwriter. Rocky is presented in the movie as an underdog boxer who defeats multiple severe opponents and twice wins the world heavyweight championship.

Stallone was indeed the third actor in film history to get two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay as well as Best Actor in 1977. Rocky, directed by Sylvester Stallone, was entered into National Film Registry, and its props were donated to the Smithsonian Museum. The Rocky Steps were called after Stallone’s usage of the front entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series. Rocky does have a permanent statue near the museum in Philadelphia, and he has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Stallone’s movies were not significant box office hits unless they were Rocky sequels until 1982, and none of them got the critical praise that the original Rocky did. This changed after he starred in the hit action film First Blood, in which he played PTSD-stricken soldier John Rambo.

The script for First Blood, which was based on David Morell’s eponymous novel, was drastically changed by Stallone during the film’s production. Stallone would go on to play Rambo in a total of five films. From the mid-1980s through the late 1990s, Stallone became one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors by starring in a string of commercially successful action pictures that were lambasted by critics. Cobra, Tango and Cash, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, and The Specialist are among them.

In the early 2000s, Stallone’s popularity waned, although he resurfaced in 2006 with the sixth chapter in the Rocky franchise and in 2008 with the fourth instalment in the Rambo franchise. Stallone established The Expendables film series in the 2010s, in which he starred as mercenary Barney Ross.

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