Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone born July 6, 1946, nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. Stallone is an icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism. He has played two characters who have become a part of the American cultural: Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame odds to fight for love and glory, and John Rambo, a courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescue and revenge missions.

Stallone's film
Rocky was inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum. Stallone's use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps. Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum, on the right side before the steps.

Sylvester-Stallone---Rocky-III-Photograph-C12150466.jpgEarly life
Stallone was born in
New York City, the son of Frank Stallone, Sr., a hairdresser, and Jackie Stallone an astrologer, former dancer and promoter of women's wrestling. Stallone's mother was born in Washington, D.C. her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Odessa and her mother was a Parisian socialite.

In 1970 Stallone had his first starring role in the
softcore pornography feature film Party at Kitty and Stud's, later re-released as Italian Stallion He was paid US$200 for two days' work. An "uncut" version of the film was released in 2007.
stallone also starred in the erotic off-Broadway stage play Score which ran for 23 performances at the Martinique Theatre from October 28 - November 15, 1971 and was later made into
a film by Radley Metzger.

Early film roles,
Stallone's other first few film roles were minor, and included brief uncredited appearances in
Woody Allen's Bananas 1971 as a subway thug, in the psychological thriller Klute 1971 as an extra dancing in a club, and in the Jack Lemmon film The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1975 as a youth. In the Lemmon film, Jack Lemmon chases, tackles and mugs Stallone, thinking that Stallone's character is a pickpocket. He had his second starring role in The Lords of Flatbush 1974. In 1975, he played supporting roles in Farewell, My Lovely, Capone and Death Race 2000. He made guest appearances on the TV series Police Story and Kojak.
Stallone had another major franchise success as
Vietnam veteran John Rambo in the action adventure film First Blood 1982. The first installment of Rambo was both a critical and box office success. The critics praised Stallone's performance, saying he made Rambo seem human as opposed to the way he is portrayed in the book of the same name, First Blood and in the other films. Three Rambo sequels Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985, Rambo III 1988 and Rambo followed. Although box office hits, they met with much less critical praise than the original. He also continued his box office success with the Rocky franchise and wrote, directed and starred in two more sequels to the series: Rocky III 1982 and Rocky IV 1985. Stallone has portrayed these two characters in a total of ten films.
Stallone's newest release is the fourth installment of his other successful movie franchise,
Rambo, with the sequel being titled simply Rambo. The film opened in 2,751 theaters on January 25, 2008, grossing $6,490,000 on its opening day and $18,200,000 over its opening weekend.