Sylvester Stallone is known for portraying two of Hollywood’s most powerful characters in acting history; Robert Rocky Balboa of the Rocky franchise and John Rambo of the Rambo saga. Unarguably one of the best talents of his generation, this veteran actor has come a long way in the industry since the year 1970 when he kicked off his career. Stallone has been part of countless projects in the entertainment circle. Apart from working in front of the camera, he also boasts of lots of behind-the-camera works. He is a household name and has worked with several A-list thespians in different genres of movies. As expected, all of Slyvester Stallone facts are really interesting. From his acting career to his personal life and other endeavors, this accomplished Hollywood has passed through many processes and emerged victorious.
As a celebrity, Slyvester’s life has always been a subject of interest to the public, especially his fans. And in no small measure, he has certainly lived up to expectations. The son of an Italian-American beautician and hairdresser Francesco Stallone Sr. and an American mom with Ukrainian-Jewish and French origin Jacqueline Stallone, the actor’s full name is Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone and his date of birth is July 6, 1946.
Sylvester Stallone is a native of New York, precisely the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. He is the first son of his parents while his younger brother is the renowned guitarist, singer-songwriter, and actor Frank Stallone. The Rambo star spent several years studying at several notable academic institutions such as Charlotte Hall Military Academy, Notre Dame Academy, the University of Miami, Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, as well as Miami Dade College. Below is a compilation of Slyvester Stallone facts you probably didn’t know.
Sylvester Stallone Facts: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Actor
1. He Loves Painting
In addition to acting, oil painting is another beautiful art Stallone has a strong passion for. He mostly put his painting talent to work when he is not busy at work. Interestingly, his major influences are the renowned Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci and Boston, Massachusetts-born writer Edgar Allan Poe. As gathered, two of Stallone’s paintings have earned him $90,000.
2. Boxing Promotion Career
Before fame, precisely in the 1980s, the actor worked as a boxing promoter. He is said to have worked with the boxing promoting company “Tiger Eye Productions”, which is also the same company that signed world champion boxers Aaron Pryor and Sean O’Grady.
3. He Has Been Married Thrice
This talented screen star has been married three times. His first marriage was with Sasha Czack and it lasted from December 28, 1974, to February 14, 1985. Sasha had two sons named Sage Moonblood Stallone and Seargeoh with Stallone. The former who was born in 1976 died of a heart disease in 2012 at the age of 36 while the latter (born 1979) was diagnosed with autism at an early age.
Actress cum model Brigitte Nielsen is the actor’s second wife. They got married in Beverly Hills, California, on December 15, 1985, and divorced in 1987. Stallone shares three daughters with his third wife, Jennifer Flavin. The two tied the knot on May 1997, and are parents to Sistine, Sophia, and Scarlet.
4. He Does The Majority of His Own Stunts
Stallone is famed for playing physically demanding film roles and his love for doing his own stunts, which has led to him sustaining several injuries in movies. For a scene in Rocky IV, he ended up spending four days in intensive care at St. John’s Hospital. Stallone, while performing a stunt for The Expendables, broke his neck. The actor once broke a finger during the shooting of Escape to Victory while trying to save Brazilian footballer Pelé’s penalty kick.
5. Sexual Assualt Allegations
Sylvester has had his fair share of controversies irrespective of his successful career as an actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. Sometime in 2016, Stallone made headlines after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released a statement stating that a 16-year-old girl accused the actor of sexual assault while he was in Las Vegas for filming in the year 1986. The actor, was, however, defended by his ex-wife Brigette Nielsen, David Mendenhall (his Over the Top costar), and his spokeswoman.
Also, the actor was accused of assaulting a woman sexually in the early 1990s at his Santa Monica office. The woman made the allegations in November 2017 but the actor denied the claim although his attorneys confirmed the actor had a consensual relationship with the woman in the year 1987. Stallone was not charged for the alleged attack as the allegations were not collaborated by any witness.
6. Stallone Is A Staunch Campaigner for Gun Control
Sylvester Stallone is known as one of Hollywood’s anti-gun advocates. Though it seems contradictory given the fact that a lot of guns are used in many of his films, he is an advocate for gun control and was among those who called for a prohibition on guns in 1998 following the death of his friend Phill Hartman, an actor died from gunshots.
7. He Doesn’t Identify With Any Organized Church Institution
Though born and raised by devout Catholic, Stallone once mentioned that he is not part of any church institution. He considers himself a spiritual man, which is quite interesting and one of the amazing Slyvester Stallone facts.