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Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
Born Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone[1]
July 6, 1946 (1946-07-06) (age 63)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film actor, Director, Screenwriter
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Sasha Czack (1974–1985)
Brigitte Nielsen (1985–1987)
Jennifer Flavin (1997–present)
Official website
.Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (pronounced /stəˈloʊn/; born July 6, 1946), nicknamed Sly Stallone,[2] is an American actor, director and screenwriter.^ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
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^ He was born Sylvester Enzio Stallone on the 6th of July, 1946, named after his paternal grandfather.
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^ Birth name : Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone .
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.One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s to the 1990s, Stallone is an icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism.^ One of the biggest boxoffice draws in the world from the '70s to the early '90s, Stallone is an international icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism.
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^ One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the '70s to the early '90s, Stallone is an international icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism.
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^ Biography by Sandra Brennan An icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism, Sylvester Stallone is responsible for creating two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the no-name boxer who overcame all odds to become a champion, and John Rambo, the courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescues and revenge.
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.He has played two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame odds to fight for love and glory, and John Rambo, a courageous but troubled soldier who specialized in violent rescue and revenge missions.^ Biography by Sandra Brennan An icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism, Sylvester Stallone is responsible for creating two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the no-name boxer who overcame all odds to become a champion, and John Rambo, the courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescues and revenge.
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^ He created two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame all odds to become a champion, and John Rambo, a sensitive soldier who specialized in violent rescues and revenge.
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^ He is responsible for creating two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the no-name boxer who overcame all odds to become a champion, and John Rambo, the courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescues and revenge.
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.The Rocky and Rambo franchises, along with several other hit films helped him become one of the major film stars and box office attractions during the 1980s...^ Stallone, as his other film was also a big hit.
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^ During the 1980s, he enjoyed phenomenal popularity and was one of the biggest movie stars in the world with the Rocky and Rambo franchises.
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^ Rocky film and a new Rambo film about to come out, and he's a bit narcissistic: "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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.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 film Rocky has also been inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum.
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^ In 2007, Stallone garnered controversy for his conviction for smuggling growth hormones into Australia while promoting "Rocky Balboa."
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^ As mentioned here already, watch films like F.I.S.T., Cop Land, Rocky as well as films like Nighthawks or Lords of Flatbush, and you’ll see that Stallone is easily on the level of a De Niro.
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.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.^ Stallone's film Rocky has also been inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum.
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^ Even 30 years later, the most affecting moment comes when Rocky sprints up the grand steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which opens out to the city’s breathtaking skyline.
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^ But Stallone wanted to take the fight in Rocky Balboa one step further.
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.Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum, on the right side before the steps.^ His immense popularity there has led to a statue of his Rocky character being placed permanently near the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a cultural landmark.
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^ Stallone's film Rocky has also been inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum.
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^ Even 30 years later, the most affecting moment comes when Rocky sprints up the grand steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which opens out to the city’s breathtaking skyline.
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Contents

Early life

.Stallone was born in New York, New York,[3] the son of Frank Stallone, Sr., a hairdresser, and Jackie Stallone (born Jacqueline Labofish), an astrologer, former dancer and promoter of women's wrestling.^ Stallone's parents, Jacqueline Labofish - who would later achieve pseudo-celebrity in the 1980s as a wrestling promoter and astrologer - and Frank Stallone Sr.
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^ Astrologer, former dancer.
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^ Stallones parents, Jacqueline Labofish who would later achieve pseudo-celebrity in the 1980s as a wrestling promoter and astrologer and Frank Stallone Sr.
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.He is the brother of actor and musician Frank Stallone.^ Other famous members in Stallone's family are his brother, actor/singer Frank Stallone and his mother, Jackie Stallone, who achieved notoriety in the middle 1990s as an astrologist and as a professional wrestler.
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^ Stallone took over completely, writing, directing and hiring brother Frank to provide the music for Staying Alive.
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^ BROTHER: Frank Stallone.
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.Stallone's father was born in Gioia del Colle, in the region of Apulia, and immigrated to the United States as a child,[4] while Stallone's mother was born in Washington, D.C. of French and Russian Jewish descent.^ Born on May 5, 1976; mother, Sasha Stallone; made film debut in "Rocky V" (1990).
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[5][6][7]
.Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone's face, resulting in his signature slurred speech and drooping lower lip.^ Birth complications caused partial paralysis in parts of Stallone's face, resulting in his signature slurred speech and drooping lower lip.
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^ Synopsis: In this early Sylvester Stallone vehicle, a radical student is forced to decide whether to be with his gentle lady love, or continue working for terrorists during the 1960s.
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^ Born Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone in Hells Kitchen, NY on July 6, 1946, his first moments set the tone for a challenging life: an accident during his forceps delivery severed a nerve in his face, which resulted in his trademark slurred speech and drooping facial features.
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[8] .Between the ages of two and five Stallone was boarded in Queens, seeing his parents only on weekends.^ If there is a god, we will see an tagteam cagematch at the republican convention between huckabee/norris and mcain/stallone .
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^ Stallone himself was nominated for two Oscars Actor and Screenplay and his Hollywood career was effectively launched quite famously at age 30.
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^ As it turned out, Nielsen had obsessed over Stallone since seeing Rocky at the age of 11 and had written to him many times.
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In 1951 he returned to live with his parents in Silver Spring, Maryland where they operated a chain of beauty salons. .In 1961 he was enrolled in Devereux Manor High School, a private school for problem children located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and following graduation enrolled in a beauty school.^ Eventually, at great expense running into the tens of thousands, Jackie enrolled him at the Manor High School, a private institution for problem kids run by the Devereux Foundation.
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[citation needed]
.In the 1960s, Stallone dropped out of the beauty school after winning a scholarship for the American College of Switzerland in Leysin where he studied drama and was well received in school productions.^ A one-time beauty school student, Stallone discovered a passion for acting while studying on scholarship at the American College in Switzerland.

^ He returned to the United States and studied drama at the University of Miami, dropping out before graduation to move back to New York and pursue an acting and screenwriting career.

^ Once more Jackie would come good, seeking out the American College in Leysin, Switzerland, close to the French border, near Montreux and Lake Leman at the western foot of the Alps.
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.Returning to America he enrolled in the Theater Arts Department at University of Miami for three years.^ He returned to the United States in 1967 and studied drama at the University of Miami, but departed for New York to find work just two years later and three credits shy of a degree.
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^ Enrolled in University of Miami; dropped out two years later to pursue acting career .
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^ In 1967, Stallone enrolled at the University of Miami as a theatre major, keen to maintain the momentum he'd built up in Switzerland.
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.He came within a few credit hours of graduation before he decided to drop out and pursue a career writing screenplays under the pen names Q. Moonblood and J.J. Deadlock (under neither of which names he sold any scripts) while at the same time taking bit parts in movies.^ Sylvester studied drama at the University of Miami, though he dropped out and returned to New York to appear in a few small Off-Broadway plays.
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^ He returned to the United States and studied drama at the University of Miami, dropping out before graduation to move back to New York and pursue an acting and screenwriting career.

^ According to Stallone he's halfway through the script and he takes time to reveal that there's something a little different about this Rambo, Rambo 5....

Career

Italian Stallion and Score

.Stallone had his first starring role in the softcore pornography feature film The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970).^ Stallone had his first starring role in the softcore feature film Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970), which was later re-released as Italian Stallion (the title taken from Stallone's nickname and a line from the film) and Cocky.
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^ First film appearance, a soft-core porn, "Party at Kitty and Stud's" .
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^ His speech impediment made it difficult for him to find substantial work, but his brawny physique ensured him of a certain type of role - he was a randy telephone repairman in the bawdy off-Broadway play "Score" (1971) and appeared nude in a softcore grindhouse feature called "Party at Kitty and Studs" (1970), which was revived in the mid-70s after he rose to fame with "Rocky."
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He was paid US$200 for two days' work. .Stallone later explained that he had done the film out of desperation after being bounced out of his apartment and finding himself homeless for several days.^ Now, some new information on the film has surfaced, straight from Sly Stallone himself.
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^ Speaking at the Venice film festival, where he is receiving a special award, Stallone explained the thinking behind the movie.
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^ Critics would dismiss the play as pornographic garbage, but Stallone would be singled out by Variety for being "comically lecherous".
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.In the actor's words, "it was either do that movie or rob someone, because I was at the end - the very end - of my rope"[9].^ What's very unusual in my life is that I'm now, at this age, starting to develop what I should have done 20 years ago which is more directing and writing and especially not the movies I am in.
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^ It's very difficult for me to bury my ego and my ambitions and realize that I am going to live through someone else.

.The film was released several years later as Italian Stallion, in order to cash on Stallone's newfound fame (the new title was taken from Stallone's nickname since Rocky and a line from the film).^ Where did Stallone get the title for his film?
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^ Following a two-year hiatus from film work, Stallone re-emerged in 2000 with a title role in the gangster movie Get Carter a re-make of the 1971 thriller starring Michael Caine.

^ Rocky III starts with the Italian Stallion so famous that his likeness is everywhere, including pinball machines.
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.An "uncut" version of the film was released in 2007, purporting to show actual hardcore footage of Stallone, but according to trade journal AVN, the hardcore scenes were inserts not involving the actor.^ An "uncut" version of the film was released in 2007, purporting to show actual hardcore footage of Stallone, but according to trade journal AVN the hardcore scenes were inserts not involving the actor.
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^ In 2008, scenes from Party at Kitty and Stud's surfaced in a German version of Roger Colmont's hardcore-film White Fire (1976).
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^ At 51, Stallones film career was at a crossroads his greatest successes lay with two roles, both of which he was growing too old to play at least, according to industry pundits.
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[10] .In 2008, scenes from Party at Kitty and Stud's surfaced in a German version of Roger Colmont's hardcore-film White Fire (1976).^ In 2008, scenes from Party at Kitty and Stud's surfaced in a German version of Roger Colmont's hardcore-film White Fire (1976).
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^ An "uncut" version of the film was released in 2007, purporting to show actual hardcore footage of Stallone, but according to trade journal AVN the hardcore scenes were inserts not involving the actor.
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^ Stallone had his first starring role in the softcore feature film Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970), which was later re-released as Italian Stallion (the title taken from Stallone's nickname and a line from the film) and Cocky.
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[11]
.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.^ Following a two-year hiatus from film work, Stallone re-emerged in 2000 with a title role in the gangster movie Get Carter a re-make of the 1971 thriller starring Michael Caine.

^ He even resorted to appearing in the softcore porn film, Party at Kitty's and Studs, which was later repackaged as The Italian Stallion after Stallone became famous.

^ Quite often, in the films I've made over the last 15 years, the dialogue was very confrontational, sometimes loud.

Early film roles, 1970–1975

.In addition to The Party at Kitty and Stud's, in 1970 Stallone appeared in the film No Place to Hide, which was re-cut and retitled Rebel, the second version featuring Stallone as its star.^ That same year Stallone, along with an all-star cast of celebrities, appeared in the Trey Parker and Matt Stone short comedy film Your Studio and You commissioned by the Seagram Company for a party celebrating their acquisition of Universal Studios and the MCA Corporation.
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^ Go back and re-watch his first film, Bodyheat and you'll see him steal every scene he appeared in.
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^ Following a two-year hiatus from film work, Stallone re-emerged in 2000 with a title role in the gangster movie Get Carter a re-make of the 1971 thriller starring Michael Caine.

.After the style of Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily?, this film, in 1990, was re-edited from outtakes from the original movie and newly shot matching footage, then redubbed into an award-winning parody of itself titled A Man Called...^ Following a two-year hiatus from film work, Stallone re-emerged in 2000 with a title role in the gangster movie Get Carter a re-make of the 1971 thriller starring Michael Caine.

^ Fed up with the fast-paced and frequently lonely lifestyle of a professional wrestler, Mane transitioned into the film industry and never looked back.
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^ The screenplay by Chris and Paul Weitz and Todd Alcott has uncredited input by Woody Allen (who matched dialogue to fit his usual style of verbal delivery).

.Rainbo.
[12] Again starring Stallone, this self-parody was directed by David Casci and produced by Jeffrey Hilton.^ Paradise Rocky Balboa - the Film Reviewed Review of the recent film release "Rocky Balboa", starring Sylvester Stallone By Cassandra Tenny   |  Published 1/12/2007 More topics: Rocky Balboa .
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^ Like its predecessor, Rocky Balboa is written and stars Stallone, who also directs and produces.
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^ Stallone is both star and producer of the film, which took him four years to get off the ground.

.A Man Called...Rainbo won Silver Awards at the Chicago International Film Festival and Worldfest - Houston, and was featured on Entertainment Tonight along with its credited star, Sylvester Stallone.^ The original title of John Rambo was perfect, it was a bit more human than just Rambo from the previous films, and kept in with Sylvester Stallone's recent success with the Rocky...

^ Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky VI, also called Rocky Balboa, has primarily been filmed throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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^ The movie grossed $117.3 million at the domestic boxoffice, making Stallone a film star and creating one of cinema's most famous characters.
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It received a Thumbs-Up on Siskel & Ebert, and was recommended by Michael Medved on the popular movie review show, Sneak Previews.
.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.^ Stallone, as his other film was also a big hit.
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^ Stallone's 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 vehicle The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) as a youth.
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^ Following a two-year hiatus from film work, Stallone re-emerged in 2000 with a title role in the gangster movie Get Carter a re-make of the 1971 thriller starring Michael Caine.

.In the Lemmon film, Jack Lemmon chases, tackles and mugs Stallone, thinking that Stallone's character is a pickpocket.^ In the latter film Jack Lemmon chases and tackles Stallone, thinking he is a pickpocket.
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^ The movie grossed $117.3 million at the domestic boxoffice, making Stallone a film star and creating one of cinema's most famous characters.
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^ Stallone worked with director of photography Clark Mathis to infuse the film with that pared-down style he sought that nonetheless reflected the characters of the film.
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.He had his second starring role in The Lords of Flatbush, in 1974, in whose script he had a hand in writing.^ The Lords of Flatbush (1974) 24.
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^ His first substantial role was in The Lords of Flatbush (1974), after which he moved to Hollywood.

^ He had his first starring role in the cult hit The Lords of Flatbush (1974).
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[citation needed] 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.

Success with Rocky, 1976

Stallone in 1978
.Stallone gained worldwide fame with his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976).^ Stallone did not gain world-wide fame until his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976), awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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^ Stallone didn't gain wide fame until his starring role in Rocky (1976), a film that he wrote in only three days and sold with the rider that he would play the lead.
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^ Rocky II, released in 1979, reunited Stallone in the title role with Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Burgess Meredith.
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.On March 24, 1975, Stallone saw the Muhammed AliChuck Wepner fight, which inspired the foundation idea of Rocky. That night Stallone went home, and in three days he had written the script for Rocky. After that, he tried to sell the script with the intention of playing the lead role.^ Try playing her role in a movie.
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^ To make matters worse, Stallone and Norris seem to have difficulty in accepting the fact that they are simply too old to play the roles that made them a name in the first place.
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^ Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky VI, also called Rocky Balboa, has primarily been filmed throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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.Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler in particular liked the script.^ Produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, Rocky was released by United Artists in 1976 and became an international box office phenomenon and all-time movie classic.
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^ This he'd take to Gene Kirkwood, head of script development for producers Bob Chartoff and Irwin Winkler .
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.A highly entertaining story about how Rocky was made was widely circulated after the film was completed.^ CrankyCritic: Let's talk about the process of getting this film made.

^ Some call it the best boxing film ever made, but what elevated Rocky in the eyes of critics and audiences alike is that it’s about real people in everyday desperate situations who long for something better.
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^ But it's similar to how 'Rocky' wasn't a boxing film, and 'First Blood' wasn't really a war movie.

.As the story goes, a broke Stallone refused ever larger sums of money (that he desperately needed) to sell the highly valued script because he insisted--against studio wishes--that he play the lead role.^ To make matters worse, Stallone and Norris seem to have difficulty in accepting the fact that they are simply too old to play the roles that made them a name in the first place.
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^ Stallone didn't gain wide fame until his starring role in Rocky (1976), a film that he wrote in only three days and sold with the rider that he would play the lead.
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^ 'Cop Land' was Stallone's last good flick, he played a role (an insecure, overweight deaf cop) which was the reverse of all of his action hero roles from before.
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The studio wanted a name star. .According to the legend, the studio finally relented by paying Stallone a modest $18,000 for the script with the agreement that the film would be made on a shoestring budget.^ Tags: action movies , entertainment , film , movies , Nu Image/Millennium Films , rambo , rambo 5 , rambo 5 script , rambo V , Rambo V: The Savage Hunt , Sylvester Stallone , the expendables .
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^ The film would be notable for sex scenes featuring Stone and a highly toned Stallone, but it didn't really work as a thriller and certainly didn't fit with Stallone's heroic persona.
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^ The film itself was nonsense, and got them nowhere, but the friendship would stand Stallone in good stead.
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.It was revealed years later that this story was largely made up, a marketing gimmick concocted by the studio to reinforce the underdog theme of the film.^ Little did I know that, 20 years later, that philosophy would end up being respected.

^ "I like films that deal with two stories at the same time" Stallone explains when asked to explain his passion for getting this film made.
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^ I feel as though, after nine years of ups and downs, I've really seen the gold she's made out of.

.Rocky went through a development process that was much more mundane than this rags-to-riches fable would suggest.^ The original title of John Rambo was perfect, it was a bit more human than just Rambo from the previous films, and kept in with Sylvester Stallone's recent success with the Rocky...

^ Calista Flockhart Rocky Balboa a Much Better Film Than Expected I had serious doubts about another Rocky movie, but I was really surprised at how good Rocky Balboa was.
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.Rocky was nominated for ten Academy Awards in all, including Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay nominations for Stallone.^ The Academy were impressed, too, nominating Stallone as Best Actor alongside Robert De Niro , Peter Finch and William Holden, as well as for his screenplay.
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^ Sadly, Cop Land, though it won Stallone Best Actor at the Stockholm Film Festival, would not be a precursor to greater things.
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^ Stallone reportedly wrote the screenplay to Rocky (1976), the film that would make him a star, in just three days.

.Rocky won the Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Production (shared by Winkler&Chartoff) and Best Editing Academy Awards.^ Himself - Co-presenter: Best Actor The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) (TV) ....
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^ Stallone did not gain world-wide fame until his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976), awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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^ He wouldn't win, but Rocky was named Best Picture of 1976, beating Taxi Driver, Network, Bound For Glory and All The President's Men.
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Rocky, Rambo and new film roles, 1978–1989

Stallone in 1983
.The sequel Rocky II, which Stallone had also written and directed (replacing John G. Avildsen, who won an Academy Award for directing the first film) was released in 1979 and also became a major success, grossing US$200 million.^ The Expendables was written by Stallone, who is also set to direct the project.
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^ Stallone did not gain world-wide fame until his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976), awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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^ After marrying Sasha Czack in 1974 and raising two sons - Sage, who appeared as Rocky's son Robert in "Rocky IV" and later became a filmmaker and exhibitor; Seargeoh, who was autistic - Stallone filed for divorce and wed the over-the-top Nielsen.

.Apart from the Rocky films, Stallone did many other films in the late 1970s and early 1980s which were critically acclaimed but were not successful at the box office.^ Stallone, as his other film was also a big hit.
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^ Where did Stallone get the title for his film?
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^ Stallone did not gain world-wide fame until his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976), awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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.He received critical praise for films such as F.I.S.T. (1978), a social, epic styled drama in which he plays a warehouse worker, very loosely modeled on James Hoffa, who becomes involved in the labor union leadership, and Paradise Alley (1978), a family drama in which he plays one of three brothers who is a con artist and who helps his other brother who is involved in wrestling.^ He then penned and starred in "F.I.S.T. (1978), a drama about a laborer who becomes involved in union organization.

^ Stallone made his directorial debut with "Paradise Alley" (1978), a period drama about three Hell's Kitchen brothers - Stallone, Assante and Kevin Conway - who get involved with professional wrestling.

^ Get Carter where he play a Las Vegas mob enforcer who returns home to Seattle for his brother's funeral and takes bloody revenge on those involved in the death.
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Stallone made his directorial debut directing Paradise Alley.
.In the early 1980s, he starred alongside British veteran Michael Caine in Escape to Victory (1981), a sports drama in which he plays a prisoner of war involved in a Nazi propaganda football (soccer) tournament.^ Set during WW2, this would see POWs, coached by Michael Caine , taking on Nazi professional footballers, the game being designed to divert Kommandant Max Von Sydow's attention from an escape attempt.
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^ Stallone was a American POW in World War II who participates in a soccer match against his Nazi captors in John Huston's cult favorite "Victory" (1981), and donned a beard and glasses to play a cop on the trail of a terrorist (Rutger Hauer) for the underrated "Nighthawks" (1981) - the latter of which suffered cuts at the hands of its studio and underperformed at the box office.

^ Escape to Victory Nighthawks (1981) ....
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.Stallone then made the action thriller film Nighthawks (1981), in which he plays a New York city cop who plays a cat and mouse game with a foreign terrorist, played by Rutger Hauer.^ It's part of the game which Stallone loves to play.
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^ Action and adventure (Film blog) · Sylvester Stallone (Film blog) World news .
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^ Enter New York cabbie Stallone.
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Sylvester Stallone with Brigitte Nielsen, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan at the White House, 1985
.Stallone had another major franchise success as Vietnam veteran John Rambo, a former Green Beret, in the action-war film First Blood (1982).^ His other early successes were as John Rambo in First Blood, released in (1982), and its sequels.
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^ After Rhinestone, Stallone needed another hit and got one with Rambo: First Blood 2.
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^ While Stallone has attempted to extend his range into film comedies and drama, his real box office success continues in action films.
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.The first installment of Rambo was both a critical and box office success.^ While Stallone has attempted to extend his range into film comedies and drama, his real box office success continues in action films.
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^ This was a box office success, and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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^ It's too easy to slag off Stallone and Co as uninspiring and worthy of cinematic contempt, but you cannot argue with their combined box office success.
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.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.^ Stallone, as his other film was also a big hit.
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^ To make matters worse, Stallone and Norris seem to have difficulty in accepting the fact that they are simply too old to play the roles that made them a name in the first place.
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^ He'd be an extra in Lovers And Other Strangers, a comedy drama set at a wedding starring Bea Arthur and Bonnie Bedelia and featuring Diane Keaton's first performance.
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.Three Rambo sequels Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988) and Rambo followed.^ With the success of Rocky and its sequels (1979, 1982, 1985, and 1990), which he also directed, and the three Rambo movies in 1982, 1985, and 1988, Stallone was firmly established as an action-film hero.

^ Rambo 4: John Rambo (Singapore: English title) Rocky Balboa (2006) Rocky IV (1985) Staying Alive (1983) Rocky III (1982) Rocky II (1979) Paradise Alley (1978) Soundtrack: .
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^ His other early successes were as John Rambo in First Blood, released in (1982), and its sequels.
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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).^ ROCKY III, not ROCKY IV by justanothermoviefan .
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^ However, his attempts to expand his range floundered and he was forced to return to the Rocky franchise a number of times (1976, 1982, 1985, and 1990) to pay for the flops.
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^ While Stallone has attempted to extend his range into film comedies and drama, his real box office success continues in action films.
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.Stallone has portrayed these two characters in a total of ten films.^ In Rambo III Stallone's character is portrayed fighting alongside the Mujahideen, many of which later formed the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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^ "I like films that deal with two stories at the same time" Stallone explains when asked to explain his passion for getting this film made.
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^ Film Review Rambo While not quite as good as "Rocky Balboa," "Rambo" is a welcome return for one of Sylvester Stallone's most famous characters.
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It was during this time period that Stallone's work cultivated a strong overseas following. .He also attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, roles in different genres when he co-wrote and starred in the comedy film Rhinestone (1984) where he played a wannabe country music singer and the drama film Over the Top (1987) where he played a truck driver who enters an arm wrestling competition to impress his estranged son.^ He also appeared in the 1986 movie, Cobra, and the 1987 arm wrestling movie Over the Top.
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^ Stallone's family include former chart-topping singer Frank Stallone, his mother Jackie, who achieved fame in the middle 1990s as an astrologer and Sage Stallone, who played Rocky's son in 1990's Rocky V and in Stallone's 1996 Movie, Daylight.
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^ Stallone didn't gain wide fame until his starring role in Rocky (1976), a film that he wrote in only three days and sold with the rider that he would play the lead.
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For the Rhinestone soundtrack, he performed a song. .These films did not do well at the box office and were poorly received by critics.^ While Stallone has attempted to extend his range into film comedies and drama, his real box office success continues in action films.
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^ Despite the pasting he received during filming, Stallone did at least win back his wife, persuading Sasha to join him in Hungary.
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^ It was badly timed and did not deliver a profit at the US box office.
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.It was around 1985 that Stallone was signed to a remake of the 1939 James Cagney classic Angels With Dirty Faces. The film would form part of his multi-picture deal with Cannon Pictures and was to co-star Christopher Reeve and be directed by Menahem Golan.^ Stallone did not gain world-wide fame until his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976), awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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^ Stallone didn't gain wide fame until his starring role in Rocky (1976), a film that he wrote in only three days and sold with the rider that he would play the lead.
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^ Manero - like Stallone in real life - would furthermore dump his loyal girlfriend for a co-star.
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.The re-making of such a beloved classic was met with disapproval by Variety Magazine and horror by top critic Roger Ebert and so Cannon opted to make Cobra instead.^ The disfigured boy with the speech impediment and ADD had had uber-critic Roger Ebert describe him as possibly being the new Brando.
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.Cobra (1986) and Tango and Cash (1989) did solid business domestically but overseas they did blockbuster business grossing over $100 million in foreign markets and over $160 million worldwide.^ Tango & Cash 1989 R , 104 min.
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^ New York, New York would bomb, while Rocky would race past the $100 million mark, with its sequels grossing over a billion dollars.
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^ Jim Ramroc/Jim Rainbo Tango & Cash (1989) ....
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.The Rocky and Rambo franchises at the end of the decade were billion dollar franchises internationally.^ So this is the end of the Rambo franchise, right?
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^ Different perhaps the mentality that kept Stallone at the top of his game for two decades, through the successes of both the "Rocky" and "Rambo" franchises, and the failures of the likes of "Rhinestone", "Stop, Or my Mom will Shoot", and even last year's multi-million dollar fiasco, "Driven".
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^ New York, New York would bomb, while Rocky would race past the $100 million mark, with its sequels grossing over a billion dollars.
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[citation needed]

1990–2002

.With the then recent success of Lock Up and Tango and Cash, at the start of the 1990s Stallone starred in the fifth installment of the Rocky franchise Rocky V which was considered a box office disappointment and was also disliked by fans as an unworthy entry in the series.^ Lock Up would see him as a nice con coming to the end of his sentence but stitched up by wicked warden Donald Sutherland (who'd starred over Stallone in Klute nearly 20 years before).
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^ It's too easy to slag off Stallone and Co as uninspiring and worthy of cinematic contempt, but you cannot argue with their combined box office success.
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^ But still it died at the box office, Stallone's own $12 million paycheck eating nearly all the gross.
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It was intended to have been the last installment in the franchise at the time.[citation needed]
After starring in the critical and commercial disasters Oscar (1991) and Stop! .Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) (which he claimed was the worst film he appeared in)[citation needed] during the early 90s, he made a comeback in 1993 with the hit Cliffhanger which was a moderate success in the U.S. but more successful worldwide, grossing over US$255 million.^ Different perhaps the mentality that kept Stallone at the top of his game for two decades, through the successes of both the "Rocky" and "Rambo" franchises, and the failures of the likes of "Rhinestone", "Stop, Or my Mom will Shoot", and even last year's multi-million dollar fiasco, "Driven".
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^ Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) have largely failed to gain an audience among fans or critics, he scored action hits with Cliffhanger (1993) and Demolition Man (1993).

^ The film would gross a healthy $4.2 million in the States.
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.Later that year he had a hit with the futuristic action film Demolition Man which grossed in excess of $158 million worldwide.^ Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) have largely failed to gain an audience among fans or critics, he scored action hits with Cliffhanger (1993) and Demolition Man (1993).

^ Yet even using that argument, a Stallone film that takes some 2 years to hit cinemas, is a rarity, and the actor has no real answer.
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^ The film would gross a healthy $4.2 million in the States.
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His string of hits continued with 1994's The Specialist (over $170 million worldwide gross).
.In 1995, he played the comic book based title character Judge Joseph Dredd, who was taken from the British comic book 2000 AD in the film of the same name.^ Judge Dredd 1995 R , 101 min.
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^ Judge Dredd (1995) 22.
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^ Talking about the title of the new film he reveals that he didn't want it to be titled the same as Rocky Balboa was as that would...

.His overseas box office appeal saved the domestic box office disappointment of Judge Dredd with a worldwide tally of $113 million.^ But still it died at the box office, Stallone's own $12 million paycheck eating nearly all the gross.
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^ Sylvester Stallone, again, is exploiting an awful situation to make millions of dollars at the box office.
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.He also appeared in the thriller Assassins (1995) with co stars Julianne Moore and Antonio Banderas.^ Next would come Assassins, where Stallone would play a hit man competing with young turk rival Antonio Banderas over both the champion hit-man title and Julianne Moore .
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.In 1996, he starred in the disaster film Daylight which made only $33 million in the U.S but was a major hit overseas taking in over $126 million, totalling $159,212,469 worldwide.^ Yet even using that argument, a Stallone film that takes some 2 years to hit cinemas, is a rarity, and the actor has no real answer.
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^ With a beard and long hair, Stallone certainly looked different, and audiences weren't having it, Nighthawks taking only $14 million on its 1981 release.
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^ To wrest back his status he'd move on to Rambo III, at $58 million the most expensive film ever made.
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.That same year Stallone, along with an all-star cast of celebrities, appeared in the Trey Parker and Matt Stone short comedy film Your Studio and You commissioned by the Seagram Company for a party celebrating their acquisition of Universal Studios and the MCA Corporation.^ We may poke fun at Stallone and Norris but it's the same for all parties.
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^ Go back and re-watch his first film, Bodyheat and you'll see him steal every scene he appeared in.
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^ Following a two-year hiatus from film work, Stallone re-emerged in 2000 with a title role in the gangster movie Get Carter a re-make of the 1971 thriller starring Michael Caine.

.Stallone speaks in his Rocky Balboa voice with subtitles translating what he was saying.^ Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky VI, also called Rocky Balboa, has primarily been filmed throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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^ Sylvester Stallone 2006's Stallone Reprises Rocky Balboa Review of 2006s Rocky Balboa aka Rocky 6.
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^ Sylvester Stallone What I Learned from Rocky Balboa There are three lines in the movie Rocky Balboa that can change your life if you apply them.
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.At one point, Stallone starts yelling about how can they use his Balboa character, that he left it in the past; the narrator calms him with a wine cooler and calling him, "brainiac."^ Having decided to take it, they called him in again, to Stallone's embarrassment.
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^ Hell, their current hero (Reagan) was an actor, they wanted to, at one point and amend the Constitution so another actor could run (Arnie).
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^ "I think they were just taken aback and didn't quite know how to perceive it and I think when it was done they were just extremely nervous about the whole thing."
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.In response, Stallone says, "Thank you very much."^ Thank you very much for your time man.
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^ Thank you so much.
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^ Sylvester Stallone: Very much so.

He then looks at the wine cooler and exclaims, "Stupid cheap studio!"[13]
.Following his breakthrough performance in Rocky, critic Roger Ebert had once said Stallone could become the next Marlon Brando, though he never quite recaptured the critical acclaim achieved with Rocky. Stallone did, however, go on to receive much acclaim for his role in the crime drama Cop Land (1997) in which he starred alongside Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, but the film was only a minor success at the box office.^ However, he did have Rocky.
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^ I'd much rather be like I was in Cop Land.

^ Where did Stallone get the title for his film?
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.His performance led him to win the Stockholm International Film Festival Best Actor Award.^ Despite the pasting he received during filming, Stallone did at least win back his wife, persuading Sasha to join him in Hungary.
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^ Probably also having A-List actors beside him in that film like DeNiro, Keitel, and Liotta helped bring out his best acting traits.
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^ Sadly, Cop Land, though it won Stallone Best Actor at the Stockholm Film Festival, would not be a precursor to greater things.
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.In 1998 he did voice-over work for the computer-animated film Antz, which grossed over $90 million domestically.^ The film would gross a healthy $4.2 million in the States.
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^ After this there'd be the animated Antz, reuniting Stallone with both Woody Allen and Sharon Stone, where Stallone would voice a hard-working but unimaginative ant friend of Allen's neurotic hero.
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^ Jack Carter Antz (1998) (voice) ....
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.As the new millennium began, Stallone starred in the thriller Get Carter — a remake of the 1971 British Michael Caine film of the same name—but the film was poorly received by both critics and audiences.^ Following a two-year hiatus from film work, Stallone re-emerged in 2000 with a title role in the gangster movie Get Carter a re-make of the 1971 thriller starring Michael Caine.

^ Now, some new information on the film has surfaced, straight from Sly Stallone himself.
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^ Speaking at the Venice film festival, where he is receiving a special award, Stallone explained the thinking behind the movie.
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.Stallone's career declined considerably after his subsequent films Driven (2001), Avenging Angelo (2002) and D-Tox (2002) also underachieved expectations to do well at the box office and were poorly received by critics.^ If his film career was back on track, Stallone's private life was about to suffer another meltdown.
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^ But still it died at the box office, Stallone's own $12 million paycheck eating nearly all the gross.
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^ Sylvester Stallone, again, is exploiting an awful situation to make millions of dollars at the box office.
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.In 2000, Stallone received a special "Worst Actor of the Century" Razzie award, citing "95% of Everything He's Ever Done" rather than an individual movie.^ Speaking at the Venice film festival, where he is receiving a special award, Stallone explained the thinking behind the movie.
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^ Stallone The Top 30 Worst Movies of All Time This article identifies and outlines 30 of the worst movies of all time.
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^ Rather than joining in the fisticuffs, Whitaker's character will serve as the CIA liaison for a mercenary group played by Stallone, Li, Statham and Couture.
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.By 2000, Stallone had been awarded four Worst Actor Razzie awards for individual movies, a "Worst Screen Couple" Razzie, and a "Worst Actor of the Decade" Razzie for the 1980s.^ Stallone The Top 30 Worst Movies of All Time This article identifies and outlines 30 of the worst movies of all time.
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^ You wrote it over four years ago and started shopping it around --- Sylvester Stallone: That's almost a movie in itself.

^ Estelle Getty Four of the Worst Movie Sequels Ever Made Movie sequels are rarely ever something to shout about.
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[14] He had been nominated for the Worst Actor award for nine consecutive years from 1984 to 1992.

2003–2005

.In 2003, he played a villainous role in the third installment of the Spy Kids trilogy Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over which was a huge box office success (almost $200 million worldwide).^ But still it died at the box office, Stallone's own $12 million paycheck eating nearly all the gross.
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^ Sylvester Stallone, again, is exploiting an awful situation to make millions of dollars at the box office.
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^ In Spy Kids 3-D he'd then ham it up as the Toymaker, inventing a video game to take over the world and being foiled by those pesky kids.
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Stallone also had a cameo appearance in the 2003 French film Taxi 3 as a passenger.
.Following several poorly reviewed box office flops, Stallone started to regain prominence for his supporting role in the neo-noir crime drama Shade (2003) which was only released in a limited fashion but was praised by critics.^ It's too easy to slag off Stallone and Co as uninspiring and worthy of cinematic contempt, but you cannot argue with their combined box office success.
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^ With a beard and long hair, Stallone certainly looked different, and audiences weren't having it, Nighthawks taking only $14 million on its 1981 release.
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^ But still it died at the box office, Stallone's own $12 million paycheck eating nearly all the gross.
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[15] .He was also attached to star and direct a film tentatively titled Rampart Scandal, which was to be about the murder of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. and the surrounding Los Angeles Police Department corruption scandal.^ Arnold, Bruce and I will be working together for the first time, maybe in two weeks, so I had to grow back my beard and get ready to film it in Los Angeles.
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^ Stallone will return to the franchise to play the title character and direct the film.
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[16] It was later titled Notorious but was shelved.[17]
In 2005, he was the co-presenter, alongside Sugar Ray Leonard, of the NBC Reality television boxing series The Contender. That same year he also made a guest appearance in two episodes of the television series Las Vegas. In 2005, Stallone also inducted wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, who appeared in Rocky III as a wrestler named Thunderlips, into the WWE Hall of Fame; Stallone was also the person who offered Hogan the cameo in Rocky III.[18]

Revisiting Rocky and Rambo, 2006–2008

Sylvester Stallone Hollywood Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
.After a few years hiatus from films, Stallone made a comeback in 2006 with the sixth installment of his successful Rocky series, Rocky Balboa, which was a critical and commercial hit.^ The sixth installment of the Rocky series is here.
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^ Stallone, as his other film was also a big hit.
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^ Milo Ventimiglia Rocky Balboa Goes the Distance A year ago when it was announced that Sylvester Stallone would be doing a sixth installment of Rocky , collective chuckles could be heard around America.
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.After the critical and box office failure of the previous and presumed last installment Rocky V, Stallone had decided to end the series with a sixth installment which would be a more appropriate climax to the series.^ The reason for this extraordinary outburst was that Stallone was at last in a film that screamed out to be taken seriously.
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^ It's too easy to slag off Stallone and Co as uninspiring and worthy of cinematic contempt, but you cannot argue with their combined box office success.
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^ Whoever decided that the release of this piece of trash would be of any interest is either deluded, desperate or seriously drugged.
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.The total domestic box office came to $70.3 million (and $155.3 million worldwide).^ But still it died at the box office, Stallone's own $12 million paycheck eating nearly all the gross.
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The budget of the movie was only $24 million. .His performance in Rocky Balboa has been praised and garnered mostly positive reviews.^ Sylvester Stallone 2006's Stallone Reprises Rocky Balboa Review of 2006s Rocky Balboa aka Rocky 6.
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^ Paradise Rocky Balboa - the Film Reviewed Review of the recent film release "Rocky Balboa", starring Sylvester Stallone By Cassandra Tenny   |  Published 1/12/2007 More topics: Rocky Balboa .
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^ Film Review Rambo While not quite as good as "Rocky Balboa," "Rambo" is a welcome return for one of Sylvester Stallone's most famous characters.
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[19]
.Stallone's newest release was the fourth installment of his other successful movie franchise, Rambo, with the sequel being titled simply Rambo.^ Importing Sylvester Stallone Sports Aggrandized Violence, Weak Storyline in 'Rambo' Revival CHICAGO - The best quality about the fourth "Rambo" is its "Rambo" authenticity.
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^ Stallone will also direct the movie, just like he did for 2008's Rambo .
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^ Famous Faces Rambo 4 - Stallone Rambo 2008 Movie On rare occasions, a movie rises above itself, existing beyond the design and expectations of its creators and actors.
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.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.^ Next Showing: Rambo opens in theaters nationwide January 25, 2008.
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^ Himself - Episode dated 25 January 2008 (2008) TV episode ....
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^ Episode dated 18 January 2008 (2008) TV episode ....
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.Its current box office stands at $42,653,401 in the US and $112,481,829 worldwide.^ It was badly timed and did not deliver a profit at the US box office.
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Asked in February 2008 which of the icons he would rather be remembered for, Stallone said "it's a tough one, but Rocky is my first baby, so Rocky."[20]

Upcoming films

.Currently, Stallone is working on a film titled The Expendables, for which he will star, write and direct.^ Stallone is also writing and directing The Expendables .
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^ Where did Stallone get the title for his film?
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^ Stallone will return to the franchise to play the title character and direct the film.
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.Joining him in the film will be Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Robert Knepper, Eric Roberts, David Zayas, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, Danny Trejo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis.^ In addition to the big three, Stallone has also brought on board Mickey Rourke, flush from his success in The Wrestler, the Ultimate Fighting Championship star Randy Couture and the Chinese martial artist Jet Li.
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^ Digg it Ed Pilkington in New York guardian.co.uk , Sunday 13 September 2009 15.33 BST Sylvester Stallone: reuniting with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.
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^ He'd spent too much time and energy opening the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain with Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
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.Stallone will also provide the voice of a lion in Kevin James's planned comedy The Zookeeper. Stallone has also mentioned that he would like to adapt a Nelson DeMille novel, The Lion's Game and James Byron Huggin's novel Hunter, which Stallone had the film rights for several years and originally planned to use the plot from Hunter for Rambo V.^ Different perhaps the mentality that kept Stallone at the top of his game for two decades, through the successes of both the "Rocky" and "Rambo" franchises, and the failures of the likes of "Rhinestone", "Stop, Or my Mom will Shoot", and even last year's multi-million dollar fiasco, "Driven".
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^ Manero - like Stallone in real life - would furthermore dump his loyal girlfriend for a co-star.
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^ Yet even using that argument, a Stallone film that takes some 2 years to hit cinemas, is a rarity, and the actor has no real answer.
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.In addition, Stallone has continued to express his passion in directing a film on Edgar Allan Poe's life, a script he has been preparing for years.^ Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky VI, also called Rocky Balboa, has primarily been filmed throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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^ Back in the US, with Nighthawks and Escape To Victory both duds, Stallone was forced to again shelve his long-dreamt-of Edgar Allan Poe biopic and get back to the business of myth- and money-making.
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^ Whether he is promoting a film about which he is passionate or one that he admits isn't' perfect, Stallone knows how to play the room.
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The movie, called Poe, is to be produced by Avi Lerner and will feature Robert .Downey Jr.[citation needed] Stallone will also be making a fifth Rambo film after the success of the fourth one in 2008. In July 2009, he appeared in a cameo in the Bollywood movie Kambakkht Ishq where he played himself, for which he has been nominated by the Indian version of Razzies, Golden Kela Awards.^ Stallone will also direct the movie, just like he did for 2008's Rambo .
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^ To make matters worse, Stallone and Norris seem to have difficulty in accepting the fact that they are simply too old to play the roles that made them a name in the first place.
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^ Rocky film and a new Rambo film about to come out, and he's a bit narcissistic: "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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[21]

Other film work

.Stallone's debut as a director came in 1978 with Paradise Alley, which he also wrote and starred in.^ Paradise Rocky Balboa - the Film Reviewed Review of the recent film release "Rocky Balboa", starring Sylvester Stallone By Cassandra Tenny   |  Published 1/12/2007 More topics: Rocky Balboa .
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^ Sylvester Stallone Bad Movies of the 1970s: Paradise Alley Sylvester Stallone earned an Oscar for the film "Rocky".
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^ Human Growth Hormone Sylvester Stallone: Critically Acclaimed Director/Actor Sylvester Stallone is more than the action star seen in his action flicks, and more than a down-and-out boxer.
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.In addition, he directed Staying Alive (the sequel to Saturday Night Fever), along with Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky Balboa, and Rambo. In August 2005, Stallone released his book Sly Moves which claimed to be a guide to fitness and nutrition as well as a candid insight into his life and works from his own perspective.^ Stallone wrote and directed this sequel.
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^ Rambo III night, Sylvester Stallone's watch...
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^ Human Growth Hormone Sylvester Stallone Charged with Importing Human Growth Hormone The 60 year old star of Rocky and Rambo faces stiff fines after trying to take vials of a human growth hormone know as Jintropin into Australia, which restricts this product.
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.The book also contained many photographs of Stallone throughout the years as well as pictures of him performing exercises.^ Age is nothing to 61-year-old Stallone, who has recently been reprising the roles that brought him to fame with Rocky Balboa and Rambo .
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.In addition to writing all six Rocky films, Stallone also wrote Cobra, Driven, and Rambo. He has co-written several other films, such as F.I.S.T., Rhinestone, Over the Top, and the first three Rambo films.^ Different perhaps the mentality that kept Stallone at the top of his game for two decades, through the successes of both the "Rocky" and "Rambo" franchises, and the failures of the likes of "Rhinestone", "Stop, Or my Mom will Shoot", and even last year's multi-million dollar fiasco, "Driven".
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^ For a week, rumors have circulated that Sylvester Stallone was planning on making Rocky 7 after an interview with Tele 5 in Germany was quoted by Teensay.co.uk .
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^ Tags: action movies , entertainment , film , movies , Nu Image/Millennium Films , rambo , rambo 5 , rambo 5 script , rambo V , Rambo V: The Savage Hunt , Sylvester Stallone , the expendables .
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His last major success as a co-writer came with 1993's Cliffhanger.

Filmography

Personal life

Handprints of Sylvester Stallone
Stallone has been married three times. .At age 28, on December 28, 1974, he married Sasha Czack.^ Sasha, in the meantime, became his full-time aide and secretary, the couple marrying in December, 1974.
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.The couple had two sons, Sage Moonblood (b.^ Sasha gave birth to son Sage Moonblood and the family moved to Coldwater Canyon into the former home of comedian Ernie Kovacs.
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5 May 1976) and Seargeoh (b. 1979). .His younger son was diagnosed with autism at an early age.^ Worse, though, far worse, was son Seargeoh's being diagnosed with autism.
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The couple divorced on February 14, 1985. The same year his divorce finalized, he married model and actress, Brigitte Nielsen, on December 15, 1985, in Beverly Hills, California. Stallone and Nielsen's marriage, which only lasted two years, and their subsequent divorce, were highly publicized by the tabloid press[22][23][24]. .In May 1997, Stallone married Jennifer Flavin, with whom he shares three daughters: Sophia Rose (b.^ Next it was revealed that Dickinson had actually borne Stallone a daughter, named Savannah Rodin Stallone, two weeks before Flavin's own fateful delivery.
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^ They'd marry in England in 1997, their reception taking place at Blenheim Palace, and Flavin would bear him three daughters - Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.
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27 August 1996), Sistine Rose (b. 27 June 1998), and Scarlet Rose (b. 25 May 2002).
.Stallone has repeatedly used human growth hormone for its reputation of being anti-aging.^ Human Growth Hormone Sylvester Stallone Charged with Importing Human Growth Hormone The 60 year old star of Rocky and Rambo faces stiff fines after trying to take vials of a human growth hormone know as Jintropin into Australia, which restricts this product.
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^ Human Growth Hormone Sylvester Stallone: Critically Acclaimed Director/Actor Sylvester Stallone is more than the action star seen in his action flicks, and more than a down-and-out boxer.
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^ Freakishly ripped sexagenarian Sylvester Stallone pleaded guilty yesterday to bringing vials of restricted human growth hormone into Australia and faces sentencing next week, the Associated Press reports.
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.In 2007, he was caught in Australia with 48 vials of the synthetic human growth hormone Jintropin; this led to concerns that the resulting publicity would increase usage of the drug.^ Human Growth Hormone Sylvester Stallone Charged with Importing Human Growth Hormone The 60 year old star of Rocky and Rambo faces stiff fines after trying to take vials of a human growth hormone know as Jintropin into Australia, which restricts this product.
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^ Revival Stallone Charged with Importing Illegal Drug into Australia Sylvester Stallone, star of the Rocky films, was officially charged on Tuesday in a Sydney courtroom for bringing 48 vials of a banned human growth hormone into the country when he visited Australia in February to promote his new film, "Rocky Balboa."
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^ Sylvester Stallone uses human growth hormones, also, known as HGH, to get him to look as he does.
  • Chuck Norris Hearts Huckabee, But McCain has RAMBO! | Crooks and Liars 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC crooksandliars.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[25]
After Stallone's request that his acting and life experiences be accepted in exchange for his remaining credits, he was granted a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree by the President of the University of Miami in 1999.[26]
.Stallone grew up Catholic and stopped going to church as his acting career progressed.^ Interestingly, during his press tour for Rocky Balboa, Stallone claimed he didn't care if he acted again.
  • Sylvester Stallone - Biography 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.tiscali.co.uk [Source type: General]

He began to rediscover his childhood faith when his daughter was born ill in 1996, and is now a churchgoing Catholic.[27]
Stallone supports The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and is featured prominently on that organization's website along with other celebrities.[28]

Injury

.On January 6, 2010, Sylvester Stallone noted in an interview with FHM magazine that he broke his neck while filming his new movie, The Expendables. Stallone, now 63 years old, was filming a fight scene with former wrestling legend and co-star Stone Cold Steve Austin, but it all got so realistic that Stallone ended up with a hairline fracture in his neck.^ Sylvester Stallone to quip while he's ahead in The Expendables .
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis reunite for action film | Film | The Guardian 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Stallone's best movie in years, Cliffhanger.
  • Sylvester Stallone - Biography 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.tiscali.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Sylvester Stallone Great War on Terror Films that Never Were Does anyone remember that remarkable scene in Rambo IV: Holy War when Stallone, as the aging John Rambo, caught up with Bin Laden and engaged him in a brutal knife fight?
  • Sylvester Stallone - Associated Content - Topic - associatedcontent.com 11 September 2009 10:24 UTC www.associatedcontent.com [Source type: General]

"I'm not joking," he said. ."I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards.^ I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards.
  • Sylvester Stallone 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.reelzchannel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

I now have a metal plate in my neck."

References

  1. ^ Some sources indicate he was born as Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
  2. ^ Sly Stallone
  3. ^ Sylvester Stallone's official website
  4. ^ Video of Stallone visiting Italy
  5. ^ Stallone explained all this on Inside the Actors Studio in 1999.
  6. ^ (French) "Cinéma. Stallone est de Brest « même » !", Le Télégramme de Brest, 6 october 2009
  7. ^ Stewart, Will (2009-04-11). "Rambo-ski - Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone's Russian secret". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1169252/Rambo-ski--Hollywood-star-Sylvester-Stallones-Russian-secret.html. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  8. ^ The Biography Channel (2007). "Sylvester Stallone Biography". http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk/biographies/sylvester-stallone.html. Retrieved December 28, 2009. 
  9. ^ Sylvester Stallone interview, Playboy, september 1978
  10. ^ 'The 'Italian Stallion' Hoax: Stallone Never Did Hardcore'
  11. ^ Another World Entertainment Releases Hardcore ‘Italian Stallion’
  12. ^ A Man Called...Rainbo - IMDB.com
  13. ^ Your Studio and you (From Google Video)
  14. ^ "Complete RAZZIE History, Year-by-Year: 1980–2007". www.razzies.com. Published June 26, 2006. URL accessed June 5, 2008.
  15. ^ Shade at Rottentomatoes
  16. ^ Patel, Joseph (June 6, 2003). "Sylvester Stallone Making Movie About Biggie, Tupac Murders". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1472396/20030606/story.jhtml. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Stallone's Tupac/Biggie Movie a No Go: Actor was to play LAPD detective who found dirty cops at root of murders". EURWeb.com. December 7, 2006. http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur30196.cfm. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  18. ^ Sylvester Stallone Rocky- Celebrity Scene Monthly By Don Aly Vol 36
  19. ^ Balboa at RottenTomatoes
  20. ^ Sylvester Stallone: Rambo Returns, video interview with STV
  21. ^ Sylvester Stallone And Denise Richards Nominated For Razzies Equivalent, The Golden Kela Awards
  22. ^ Susan Zannos, Male Fitness Stars of TV and the Movies: Featuring Profiles of Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, and Wesley Snipes, Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2000, page 27
  23. ^ Stallone divorce stops Tabloid presses, Sarasota Herald Tribune - 23 july 1987
  24. ^ Stallone Seeks a Serious Turn for the Better, The New York Times, 10 August 1997
  25. ^ Will Stallone's HGH Secret Start a Trend?
  26. ^ University of Miami Alumni Page
  27. ^ ‘Rocky’ Stallone back in church as new movie in theaters
  28. ^ Brady Center

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.Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter.^ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallonewas born on July 6, 1946 is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter.
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^ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
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^ He was born Sylvester Enzio Stallone on the 6th of July, 1946, named after his paternal grandfather.
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.He achieved his greatest successes in a number of action films, notably the Rocky and Rambo series.^ He achieved his greatest successes in a number of action films, notably the Rambo and Rocky series.
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^ Following Rocky (and its four sequels), Stallone launched his three-film John Rambo franchise in 1982 with First Blood.
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^ Through the 1990s, Stallone starred in a series of poorly received comedies and moderately successful action films, including Cliffhanger (1993).
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He is often referred to by his nickname, "Sly".

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  • Once in one's life, for one mortal moment, one must make a grab for immortality; if not, one has not lived
    • Sylvester Stallone[[1]]
  • Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure
    • Sylvester Stallone[[2]]
  • I've kind of fashioned my life after a Slinky.^ Where does sylvester stallone live?
    • Sylvester Stallone - Ask.com 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.ask.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Rocky film and a new Rambo film about to come out, and he's a bit narcissistic: "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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    ^ Date of birth (location) 6 July 1946 New York, New York, USA Mini biography Sylvester Stallone became one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, usually...
    • sylvester stallone - mickey baihn 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC beez.wetpaint.com [Source type: General]

    Bend me in a million shapes, and eventually I'll spring back to what I originally was. .
    • Silver|Joel Silver]], July, 1995[[3]]
  • I think every actor, every producer, every director, and every sports team has highs and lows, peaks and valleys.^ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
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    ^ Sylvester is an American Academy Award-nominated film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
    • Sylvester Stallone - Photos, Videos, Wallpapers and more at CelebritySpud.com 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.celebrityspud.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallonewas born on July 6, 1946 is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter.
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    .I think that if you survive your valleys, and if you stay true to what you are, your audience will rediscover you.^ A valley is an upside down mountain and when God elects to flip your dilemma you will not only get “double for your trouble” but become a much better candidate and champion.
    • Sylvester Stallone | Frankly Speaking 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC blog.frankshelton.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ With some planning, you can survive black ice after your wilderness adventure.
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    ^ Do you want to stay in the horror genre in your production company or are you going to look for movies outside of the genre?
    • Sylvester Stallone | Icon vs. Icon 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.iconvsicon.com [Source type: General]

    .People love to fall in love again.^ The trouble with remakes is that people fall in love with the original.
    • Sylvester Stallone 13 January 2010 8:48 UTC www.reelzchannel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    They fall out of love and in love, out of love, in love

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Sylvester Stallone
File:Sylvester Stalone by Gage
Sylvester Stallone in 2010
Born Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
July 6, 1946 (1946-07-06) (age 64)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Director, Writer
Years active 1970–present
Spouse Sasha Czack (1974–1985)
Brigitte Nielsen (1985–1987)
Jennifer Flavin (1997–present)

Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone[1] (born July 6, 1946), nicknamed Sly Stallone,[2] is an 48th Academy Awards Italian-American actor, director and screenwriter. He is one of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s to the 1990s, Sylvester Stallone is an action hero icon. He has played two famous movie characters: Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame challenges to fight for love and glory, and John Rambo, a brave soldier who did violent missions.

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Early life

Stallone was born in New York City,[3] and he is the son of Frank Stallone, Sr., a hairdresser, and Jackie Stallone, an astrologer, former dancer, and supporter of wrestling for women. During his birth, doctors used forceps, an instrument that looks like a pair of pincers or tongs, that damaged a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone's face. The paralysis caused his well known slurred speech and drooping lower lip.[4]

Stallone's grandfather, Silvestro Stallone, was an immigrant from Gioia del Colle, in the province of Bari (Apulia, Italy).[5] Stallone's mother was born in Washington, D.C., and she was the daughter of a Parisian socialite. When Stallone was between the ages of two and five he boarded in Queens, and he only saw his parents on the weekends. In 1951 he went back to live with his parents in Maryland where they owned beauty salons. In 1961 he was enrolled in Devereaux Manor, a private school for children that was located in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. After he graduated from there, he went to beauty school.

In the 1960s, Stallone stopped going to beauty school after he won a scholarship for the American College of Switzerland in Leysin. There, he studied drama and was well received in school productions. When he went back to America he went to the Theater Arts Department at University of Miami for three years. He came within a few credit hours of graduation before he decided to drop out and try a career at writing screenplays under the pen names Q. Moonblood and J.J. Deadlock. At the same time he started acting in small parts in movies.

Later, Stallone asked that his acting and life experiences be accepted in exchange for his remaining credits, and the President of the University of Miami gave him a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in 1999.[6]

Career

Italian Stallion and Score

Stallone had his first role in the softcore pornography film Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970), which was 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, and it claimed to show actual hardcore footage of Stallone. However, trade journal AVN, said that Stallone was not in the hardcore scenes.[7] In 2008, scenes from Party at Kitty and Stud's were in a German version of Roger Colmont's hardcore-film White Fire (1976).[8]

Stallone also starred in the erotic play called Score which had 23 performances at the Martinique Theatre from October 28 - November 15, 1971. It was later made into a film by Radley Metzger.

Early film roles, 1971–1975

Stallone's other first few film roles were small, and he did brief appearances that he did not get credit for in Woody Allen's Bananas (1971) as a subway thug, in the thriller Klute (1971) as an extra dancing in a club, and in the Jack Lemmon vehicle The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) as a young person. In the Lemmon film, Jack Lemmon chases, tackles and mugs Stallone, thinking that Stallone's character is a thief. He also starred in the cult hit The Lords of Flatbush (1974). In 1975, he played supporting roles in Farewell, My Lovely, Capone and, another cult hit, Death Race 2000. He also made guest appearances on the TV series Police Story and Kojak.

Success with Rocky, 1976

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Stallone in 1978

Stallone was not very well known by a lot of people until his role in Rocky (1976). On March 24, 1975, he saw the Muhammed Ali–Chuck Wepner fight which gave him the idea for Rocky. That night Stallone went home, and in three days he had written the script for Rocky. After that, he tried to sell the script with the intent of playing the lead role. Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler both liked the script (which Stallone submitted to them after a casting), and planned on having a star like Burt Reynolds or James Caan to play the lead character. Rocky was nominated for ten Academy Awards, this included Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay nominations for Stallone.

Rocky, Rambo and new film roles, 1978–1989

The second movie Rocky II which Stallone had also written and directed was released in 1979 and also became a huge success. The money it made was over US$200 million.

Apart from the Rocky films, Stallone did many other films in the late 1970s and early 1980s which were critically acclaimed but were not successful at the box office. He received critical praise for films such as F.I.S.T. (1978), a social, narrative styled drama where he plays a warehouse worker who becomes involved in the labor union leadership. In Paradise Alley (1978), he plays one of three brothers who is a con artist and who helps his other brother who is involved in wrestling.

In the early 1980s, he starred in a movie with the British veteran Michael Caine in Escape to Victory (1981), a sports drama where he plays a prisoner of war involved in a Nazi propaganda fußball (soccer) tournament. Stallone then created the action thriller film Nighthawks (1981), in which he plays a New York city cop who plays a cat and mouse game with a foreign terrorist.

[[File:|thumb|right|250px|Sylvester Stallone with Brigitte Nielsen, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan at the White House, 1985]] Stallone had another major success when he played as a Vietnam veteran named John Rambo in the action adventure film First Blood (1982). The first chapter of Rambo was both a critical and box office success. The critics praised Stallone's performance, saying he made Rambo seem human despite the way he is described in the book of the same name, First Blood and in the other films. Two other Rambo movies Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Rambo III (1988) followed (and another, Rambo, in 2008). Although box office hits, the movies were given 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 movies to the series: Rocky III (1982) and Rocky IV (1985).

Stallone also unsuccessfully attempted roles in different genres. He wrote and starred in the comedy film Rhinestone (1984) where he played a wannabe country music singer and the drama film Over the Top (1987) where he played a truck driver who enters an arm wrestling competition to impress his estranged son. For the Rhinestone soundtrack, he performed a song. These films did not do well at the box office and were not well received by critics. It was around 1985 that Stallone was signed to a remake of the 1939 James Cagney classic Angels With Dirty Faces. The film would form part of his multi-picture deal with Cannon Pictures and he was to co-star with Christopher Reeve. It was going to be directed by Menahem Golan. The re-making of such a very much liked classic was given disapproval by Variety Magazine and horror by top critic Roger Ebert. So, Cannon decided to make Cobra instead. Cobra (1986) and Tango and Cash (1989) did solid business domestically but overseas they did blockbuster business making over $100 million in foreign markets and over $160 million worldwide. The Rocky and Rambo franchises at the end of the decade were billion dollar franchises internationally.

1990–2002

With the recent success of Lock Up and Tango and Cash, at the start of the 1990s Stallone starred in the fifth installment of the Rocky series Rocky V which was considered a box office disappointment and was also disliked by fans because it seemed like an unnecessary movie to the series. It was supposed to have been the last installment in the franchise at the time.

After starring in poorly received Oscar (1991) and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) during the early 90s, he made a big comeback in 1993 with the movie Cliffhanger which became an really successful film making over US$255 million worldwide. Later that year he enjoyed another hit with the futuristic action film Demolition Man which made over $158 million worldwide. His come back success continued with 1994's The Specialist (over $170 million worldwide).

In 1995, he played the comic book based character Judge Dredd who was taken from the well known British comic book 2000 AD in the film of the same name. The money he made from foregin countries saved the domestic box office disappointment of Judge Dredd with a worldwide tally of $113 million. He also appeared in the thriller Assassins (1995) with the other stars Julianne Moore and Antonio Banderas. In 1996, he starred in the disaster film Daylight which made only $33 million in the U.S but was a major hit overseas making $126 million, totaling $159,212,469 worldwide.

That same year Stallone, along with an all-star cast of celebrities, appeared in the Trey Parker and Matt Stone short comedy film Your Studio and You commissioned by the Seagram Company for a party celebrating their earning of Universal Studios and the MCA Corporation. Stallone speaks in his Rocky Balboa voice with subtitles translating what he was saying. At one point, Stallone starts yelling about how can they use his Balboa character, that he left it in the past; the narrator calms him with a wine cooler and calls him a "brainiac". In response, Stallone says, "Thank you very much." He then looks at the wine cooler and exclaims, "Fucking cheap studio!"[9]

Following his amazing performance in Rocky, critic Roger Ebert had once said Stallone could become the next Marlon Brando, although he never received the same critical praise achieved with Rocky. Stallone did, however, go on to receive much approval for his role in the crime drama Cop Land (1997) in which he starred alongside Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta. The film was only a small success at the box office. His performance led him to win the Stockholm International Film Festival Best Actor Award. In 1998 he did voice-over work for the computer-animated film Antz, which made over $90 million domestically.

Stallone starred in the thriller Get Carter — a remake of the 1971 British Michael Caine film of the same name—but the film was not very well received by both critics and audiences. Stallone's career declined a lot after the films Driven (2001), Avenging Angelo (2002) and D-Tox (2002).

In 2000, Stallone received a "Worst Actor of the Century" Razzie award, citing "95% of Everything He's Ever Done" rather than one movie. By 2000, Stallone had been awarded four Worst Actor Razzie awards for individual movies. These include a "Worst Screen Couple" Razzie, and a "Worst Actor of the Decade" Razzie for the 1980s.[10] He had been nominated for the Worst Actor award for nine different years from 1984 to 1992.

2003–2005

In 2003, he played as a villain in the third movie of the Spy Kids trilogy Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over which was a huge box office success (almost $200 million worldwide). Stallone also had a small appearance in the 2003 French film Taxi 3 as a passenger.

Following several poorly reviewed box office flops, Stallone started to regain fame for his role in the crime drama Shade (2003) which was a box office failure but was praised by critics.[11] He was also supposed to star and direct a film about the murder of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, entitled Notorious, but the film was not made due to legal issues presented by the 2009 film of the same name.

In 2005, he was the co-presenter alongside Sugar Ray Leonard of the NBC Reality television boxing series The Contender. That same year he also made a guest appearance in two episodes of the television series Las Vegas. In 2005, Stallone also inducted wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, who appeared in Rocky III as a wrestler named Thunderlips, into the WWE Hall of Fame; Stallone was also the person who offered Hogan the small part in Rocky III.[12]

Revisiting Rocky and Rambo, 2006–2008

After taking a break from making films, Stallone made a comeback in 2006 with the sixth and final installment of his successful Rocky series; Rocky Balboa, which was both a critical and commercial hit. After the critical and box office failure of the previous and presumed last movie Rocky V, Stallone had decided to end the series with a sixth movie which would be a more appropriate ending to the series. The total domestic box office came to $70.3 million (and $155.3 million worldwide). The budget of the movie was only $24 million. His performance in Rocky Balboa has been praised by mostly positive reviews.[13]

When he was asked in February 2008 about which of the icons he would want to be remembered for, Stallone said "it's a tough one, but Rocky is my first baby, so Rocky."[14]

Upcoming films

Currently, Stallone is working on a film titled The Expendables, he will star in it, write, and direct it. Others in the film will be Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Robert Knepper, Eric Roberts, David Zayas, Danny Trejo, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stallone has also said that he wants to adapt the Nelson DeMille novel, The Lion's Game. Also, Stallone has continued to express his passion in directing a film on Edgar Allan Poe's life, a script that he has been preparing for years. It has also been recently been confirmed that Stallone will be making a fifth Rambo film after the success of the fourth one in 2008.

Filmography

Other film work

Stallone's first work as a director came in 1978 with Paradise Alley, which he wrote and starred in. He also directed Staying Alive (the sequel to Saturday Night Fever), along with Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky Balboa, and Rambo. Stallone wrote all six Rocky films, He also wrote Cobra, Driven and Rambo. He has co-written several other films, such as F.I.S.T., Rhinestone, Over the Top and the first three Rambo films. His last major success as a co-writer was with 1993's Cliffhanger.

Competition with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Stallone has always been considered a opponent to Arnold Schwarzenegger as an action hero actor. Hints to this have been made in both of their films. In Schwarzenegger's Last Action Hero, Stallone is seen as playing the Terminator in a video advertisement in the film's alternate real life. In Stallone's Demolition Man, there is a futuristic reference to the Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library. Also in the movie Twins, Arnold Schwarzenegger walks by a giant movie poster for Rambo III. He glances at the size of Stallone's biceps on the poster, and then he feels his own and laughs at how much smaller Stallone's are. According to both Stallone and Schwarzenegger, despite their on camera "rivalry", they are both very close friends. While promoting the films Rocky Balboa and Rambo on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Stallone revealed that in the 1980s he and Schwarzenegger looked at each other as "Cain and Abel." Stallone then said that, in the 1990s, he and Arnold became the friends they are today. They became one time business partners in Planet Hollywood.

Personal life

Stallone has been married three times. At age 28, on December 28, 1974, he married Sasha Czack. The couple had two sons, Sage Moonblood (b. 5 May 1976) and Seargeoh (b. 1979). His younger son was diagnosed with autism at an early age. The couple divorced on February 14, 1985. The same year his divorce finalized, he married model/actress, Brigitte Nielsen, on December 15, 1985, in Beverly Hills, California. His second marriage only lasted two years. In May 1997, Stallone married Jennifer Flavin, and he has three daughters with her: Sophia Rose (b. 27 August 1996), Sistine Rose (b. 27 June 1998), and Scarlet Rose (b. 25 May 2002).

Politics

Although Stallone is registered as a Republican, he has donated $44,000 to Democratic Party candidates over the years, including $30,000 to the Democratic National Committee, as well as money to the campaigns of Bill Bradley and Joe Biden. However, he has also donated over $33,000 to Republicans over the years and publicly supported John McCain for president in 2008.[15]

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