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Sylvester Stallone net worth:
$400 Million

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Among the most famous film stars Sylvester Stallone net-worth is comparatively enormous – it’s 275 million dollars. There are several film stars who bring in considerably more, but considering many others, who aren’t so well-paid, Sylvester Stallone appears to be receiving fantastic amounts of cash. Sylvester Stallone is an American celebrity, director and screenwriter. The star was born in NYC and spent his youth in both Nyc and Silver Spring in Maryland. He determined to cease it so as to be a screenwriter, when he attended school.

Sylvester Stallone Net-Worth – 275 Million Dollars

The picture which made him well-known on a global scale was “Rocky”, which brought enormous pile of cash into Sylvester Stallone net-worth. Following the launch of the picture, Sylvester Stallone received an A – list standing within the film circuit. Also, it’s worth to notice the picture “Rocky” was compiled by Steven Spielberg himself.

In amount of both Rocky and Rambo movies, he’s appeared in 10 of these. Huge success was brought by the films and following their launches, Steven Spielberg became a massive star, which likewise enriched whole Sylvester Stallone net-worth. Furthermore, he appeared in quite a few other pictures. They scored extremely nicely abroad, although they didn’t obtain a recognition and success within america. These movies contain “Tango and Cash”, “Cliffhanger”, “Demolition Man” and “The Specialist”. In 2000, he starred in the last number of both Rocky and Rambo. Furthermore, he nevertheless continued to write and direct pictures. He was a author in the all Rocky pictures.

Along with that, in addition, he cowrote “Cobra”, “Driven” and “Cliffhanger”. Sylvester Stallone appears to be a very great and gifted director, screenwriter and performer, which indicates that if he continues his career, Sylvester Stallone net-worth is merely going to grow.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Idol's Eye2018pre-productionTony Accardo
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 22017post-production
Animal Crackers2017post-productionBullet-Man (voice)
OmertaTV Movie announcedRaymonde Aprile
ScarpaannouncedGregory Scarpa
Ratchet & Clank2016Victor (voice)
Creed2015Rocky Balboa
Reach Me2014Gerald
The Expendables 32014Barney Ross
Grudge Match2013Henry 'Razor' Sharp
Saturday Night Live2013TV SeriesThree Wise Guys
Escape Plan2013Ray Breslin
Bullet to the Head2012James Bonomo
The Expendables 22012Barney Ross
Zookeeper2011Joe the Lion (voice)
The Expendables2010Barney Ross
Kambakkht Ishq2009Sylvester Stallone
Rambo2008John Rambo
Boxing Bloopers2007Video shortRocky Balboa (uncredited)
Rocky Balboa2006Rocky Balboa
Las Vegas2005TV SeriesFrank the Repairman
Shade2003Stevens
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over2003Toymaker
Taxi 32003Passenger to Airport (uncredited)
Liberty's Kids: Est. 17762002TV SeriesPaul Revere
Avenging Angelo2002Frankie Delano
Eye See You2002Jake Malloy
Driven2001Joe Tanto
Get Carter2000Jack Carter
Antz1998Weaver (voice)
The Good Life1997Boss
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn1997Sylvester Stallone
Cop Land1997Freddy Heflin
Daylight1996Kit Latura
Assassins1995Robert Rath
Judge Dredd1995Judge Dredd
Your Studio and You1995ShortSylvester Stallone (uncredited)
The Specialist1994Ray Quick
Demolition Man1993John Spartan
Cliffhanger1993Gabe Walker
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot1992Joe Bomowski
Dream On1991TV SeriesSylvester Stallone
Oscar1991Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone
Rocky V1990Rocky Balboa
Tango & Cash1989Lt. Raymond Tango
Lock Up1989Frank
Rambo III1988Rambo
Over the Top1987Lincoln Hawk
Cobra1986Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti
Rocky IV1985Rocky Balboa
Rambo: First Blood Part II1985Rambo
Rhinestone1984Nick
Staying Alive1983Man on Street (uncredited)
First Blood1982Rambo
Rocky III1982Rocky Balboa
Victory1981Captain Robert Hatch - The Players: U.S.A.
Nighthawks1981Deke DaSilva
Rocky II1979Rocky Balboa
Paradise Alley1978Cosmo Carboni
F.I.S.T.1978Johnny Kovak
Rocky1976Rocky
Cannonball!1976Mafioso (uncredited)
Kojak1975TV SeriesDet. Rick Daly
Police Story1975TV SeriesElmore 'Rocky' Caddo
Farewell, My Lovely1975Jonnie
Mandingo1975Young Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Death Race 20001975Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
Capone1975Frank Nitti
The Prisoner of Second Avenue1975Youth in Park
The Lords of Flatbush1974Stanley Rosiello
Klute1971Discotheque Patron (uncredited)
Bananas1971Subway Thug #1 (uncredited)
Rebel1970Jerry Savage
Pigeons1970Party Guest (uncredited)
Lovers and Other Strangers1970Wedding Guest (uncredited)
The Party at Kitty and Stud's1970Stud
Downhill Racer1969Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Death Wish2017producer filming
The Expendables2017TV Series executive producer announced
Expendabellesproducer announced
OmertaTV Movie executive producer announced
Ultimate Beastmaster2016TV Series producer
S.T.R.O.N.G.2016TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Creed2015producer
Homefront2013/Iproducer
Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables'2010TV Movie documentary producer
The Contender2006-2009TV Series executive producer - 21 episodes
The Contender Rematch: Mora vs. Manfredo2005TV Movie executive producer
Father Lefty2002TV Movie executive producer
Driven2001producer
Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story1985TV Movie executive producer
Staying Alive1983producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Expendables 4screenplay announced
Creed2015characters
The Expendables 32014screenplay / story
Homefront2013/Iscreenplay by
Rocky 3 in the Playroom2012Video short characters - uncredited / story - uncredited
The Expendables 22012screenplay
Rocky XXX: A Parody Thriller2011Video characters - uncredited
The Expendables2010screenplay
Rambo2008written by
Rocky Balboa2006characters / written by
Father Lefty2002TV Movie written by
Rocky Legends2002Video Game characters
Driven2001screenplay
Cliffhanger1993screenplay
Rocky V1990written by
Rambo III1988written by
Over the Top1987screenplay
Cobra1986screenplay
Rocky IV1985written by
Rambo: First Blood Part II1985screenplay
Rhinestone1984screenplay
Staying Alive1983written by
First Blood1982screenplay
Rocky III1982written by
Rocky II1979written by
Paradise Alley1978written by
F.I.S.T.1978screenplay
Rocky1976written by
The Lords of Flatbush1974additional dialogue
The Evil Touch1973TV Series written by - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Expendables2010
Rambo2008
Rocky Balboa2006
Rocky IV1985
Staying Alive1983
Rocky III1982
Rocky II1979
Paradise Alley1978

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Interview with Dan Rather2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grudge Match2013performer: "The Star Spangled Banner"
Dateline NBC1994TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Rhinestone1984performer: "Stay Out of My Bedroom If You Can't Take the Heat, "Woke Up In Love", "Drinkenstein", "Sweet Lovin' Friends", "Be There"
Rocky III1982performer: "Take You Back" - uncredited
The Muppet Show1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
Paradise Alley1978performer: "TOO CLOSE TO PARADISE"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grudge Match2013boxing choreographer
Rocky Balboa2006boxing choreographer
Rocky III1982boxing choreographer
Rocky II1979boxing choreographer
Rocky1976boxing choreographer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs2017Documentary special thanks filming
Dirty Cops: Ta Batsonia: A Greek Novel About Crisis2014Video thanks / to satirize adventurous movies in his own style
No More Funny Show!2013Video documentary inspiration
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon2013Documentary special thanks
Micro SD2013Video short special thanks
Rev 132013Short very special thanks
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2012-2013TV Series very special thanks - 2 episodes
A Fighting Man2012Short dedicatee
Funny Show Part Two: The Video - Movie2012Video inspiration
Live with It2008/IShort very special thanks
Exact Bus Fare2008Short very special thanks
The Assassin2008Short special thanks
Taste of Flesh2008Video very special thanks
Ten Empty2008special thanks
Love and Mary2007special thanks
Rocky: The Final Battle2007Short grateful thanks
Son of Rambow2007thanks
Resurrecting the Champ2007special thanks
The Curse of Blanchard Hill2006Video special thanks
Deaden2006special thanks
Iron and Beyond2002Video documentary short special thanks
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories2002TV Special documentary thanks
We Get to Win This Time2002Video short documentary special thanks
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentary producers gratefully acknowledge - 1 episode
Cop Land1997special thanks - director's cut

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHimself - presenter
21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards2016TV MovieHimself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special2016TV SpecialHimself
73rd Golden Globe Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Winner
E! Live from the Red Carpet2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - After Party Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1976-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself
From Rocky to Creed: The Legacy Continues2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Director's Chair2015TV SeriesHimself
UFC Embedded on FOX2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Expendables 3: New Blood - Stacked and Jacked2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Expendables 3: The Total Action Package2014Video shortHimself
The Making of 'The Expendables 3'2014Video documentaryHimself
IMDb: What to Watch2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Unscripted2014TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 31988-2014TV SeriesHimself
Cinerockom2014TV SeriesHimself - Lifetime Award Winner
Le grand journal de Canal+2008-2014TV Series documentaryHimself
In the Ring with Kevin Hart2014Documentary short
Kevin Hart Unedited2014Documentary short
The Bull & the Stallion2014Documentary short
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Escape Plan: Clash of the Titans2014Video shortHimself
Executing the Plan: The Making of 'Escape Plan'2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Project2014TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHimself
The View1997-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
ABC News Nightline2013TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Wetten, dass..?2008-2013TV SeriesHimself
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon2013DocumentaryHimself
Milius2013DocumentaryHimself
Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring2013DocumentaryHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2013TV SeriesHimself
Reel Junkie2013TV SeriesHimself
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
ES.TV HD2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980's and the Rise of the Action Film2012Video documentary shortHimself
Gods of War: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Anti-Heroes2012Video documentary shortHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
Biography2005-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Action: 'The Expendables'2011Video shortHimself
Sylvester Stallone: A Director in Action2011Video shortHimself
Close Up2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Actor
ESPN Friday Night Fights2011TV SeriesHimself - Hall of Fame Ceremony / Himself
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Before the Battle: The Making of' 'The Expendables'2010Video documentary shortHimself
From the Ashes: Post-Production and Release of 'The Expendables'2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Expendables: Comic Con Panel2010Video documentaryHimself
FightZone Presents2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables'2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
Gomorron2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - The Expendables / Himself - varför han gjorde filmen Rambo
Getaway2010TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Traveller
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael1990-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rambo: To Hell and Back - Director's Production Diary2010Video documentaryHimself
Guys Choice2010TV MovieHimself
Caiga quien caiga - CQC1997-2010TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan On...2010TV SeriesHimself
Street Customs2009TV SeriesHimself
Amerika Idol2009DocumentaryHimself
TMZ on TV2008TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2000-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
A Hero's Welcome: Release & Reaction2008Video shortHimself
Art of War: Completing Rambo2008Video documentary shortHimself
A Score to Settle: The Music of Rambo2008Video documentary shortHimself
It's a Long Road: Resurrection of an Icon2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Weaponry of Rambo2008Video documentary shortHimself
Diálogos de cine2008TV MovieHimself
HBO Boxing2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Audience Member
Film '722007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2008TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Quelli che... il calcio2008TV SeriesHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Caiga quien caiga2008TV SeriesHimself
El hormiguero2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman2008TV SpecialHimself
Hannity's America2008TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2008TV SeriesHimself
Gala Tribute AFI's 40th Anniversary2007TV MovieHimself - Speaker
Reality in the Ring: Filming Rocky's Final Fight2007Video documentary shortHimself
Skill vs. Will: The Making of 'Rocky Balboa'2007Video documentary shortHimself
A Current Affair2007TV SeriesHimself
FIBO 2004: Muscle to the Max2007Video documentaryHimself
L'hebdo cinéma2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Cartelera2007TV SeriesHimself
Stern TV2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Taff2006TV SeriesHimself
The 700 Club2006TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2006TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rome Is Burning2006TV SeriesHimself
Ali's Dozen2006TV SeriesHimself
Ali Rap2006TV MovieHimself
In the Ring2006Video documentaryHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2006TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tribute to Burgess Meredith2006Video documentary shortHimself
2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
This Morning1989-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hogan Knows Best2005TV SeriesHimself
Make Your Own Damn Movie!2005Video documentaryHimself
The Contender2005TV SeriesHimself - Host / Boxing Mentor
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
WrestleMania 212005TV SpecialHimself
WWE Hall of Fame 20052005Video documentaryHimself
Howard Stern1997-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Early Show2005TV SeriesHimself
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch2005TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2005TV SeriesHimself
Dennis Miller2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Best Damn Sports Show Period2005TV SeriesHimself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Film Clip from "Million Dollar Baby"
ESPN SportsCentury2004TV Series documentaryHimself
2004 Radio Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Complete History of the Philadelphia Eagles2004Video documentaryHimself
Cop Land: The Making of an Urban Western2004Video shortHimself
Driven: The Making of 'Driven'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Shootout2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show2004TV SeriesHimself
God kveld Norge2003TV SeriesHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Big Brother VIP: México2003TV SeriesHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Making 'Avenging Angelo'2003Video short documentaryHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '032003TV SpecialHimself
Afghanistan: Land in Crisis2002Video documentary shortHimself
Guts and Glory2002Video shortHimself
Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron'2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Back in the U.S.2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Iron and Beyond2002Video documentary shortHimself - Actor & Director
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHimself
Drawing First Blood2002Video documentary shortHimself
We Get to Win This Time2002Video short documentaryHimself
Larry King Live1995-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Muhammad Ali's All-Star 60th Birthday Celebration!2002TV SpecialHimself
America: A Tribute to Heroes2001TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand2001TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
MSNBC Live2001TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look1995-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The World Sports Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The BBC and the BAFTA Tribute to Michael Caine2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
My VH1 Music Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inside the Actors Studio1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: America's Greatest Screen Legends1999TV Special documentaryHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrity Profile1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHimself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Jackie Chan: My Story1998Video documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: In Search of1998TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies1998TV Special documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Daylight'1998Video documentary shortHimself
Body of Work1998DocumentaryHimself
The Secret World of 'Antz'1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Venice Report1997TV Short documentaryHimself / Sheriff Freddy Heflin (segment "Cop Land")
Saturday Night Live1997TV SeriesHimself - Host / Rocky Balboa
Planet Hollywood and the All Star Cafe Melbourne Grand Opening1997TV MovieHimself
Charlie Rose1996-1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Very Important Pennis1997TV SeriesHimself
Sports on the Silver Screen1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Mundo VIP1997TV SeriesHimself
A Century of Science Fiction1996Video documentaryHimself
Dateline NBC1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1988-1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jet 71996TV SeriesHimself (1998)
Clive Anderson All Talk1996TV SeriesHimself
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Original Song
Moviewatch1993-1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Planet Hollywood Sydney Grand Opening1995TV MovieHimself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told1994TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Movie Magic1994TV Series documentaryHimself
John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning1989-1993TV SeriesHimself
Aspel & Company1993TV SeriesHimself
Stallone on the Edge: The Making of Cliffhanger1993TV Short documentaryHimself
The Word1992TV SeriesHimself
Gran premio internazionale della TV1990-1992TV SeriesHimself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration1992TV SpecialHimself
La nuit des Césars1992TV Series documentaryHimself - César d'honneur
The Making of 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot'1992Video shortHimself
Wogan1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Showbiz Today1991TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Two Rooms: A Tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin1991TV Movie documentaryHost
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas1991TV Special documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1976-1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Donahue1989-1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Grand Opening of Universal Studios New Theme Park Attraction Gala1990TV MovieHimself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
Flames 88-891989Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 34th Annual Thalians Ball1989TV MovieHimself
Champs-Elysées1988TV SeriesHimself
Evening Magazine1979-1988TV SeriesHimself
Hey Hey, It's Saturday1988TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1988TV SeriesHimself
Crook & Chase1988TV SeriesHimself
Der große Preis1988TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck1987TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder1986TV Special documentaryHimself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Favourite Actor in Motion Picture
The CBS Morning News1985TV SeriesHimself
CBS Early Morning News1984TV SeriesHimself
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHimself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Merv Griffin Show1982TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'First Blood'1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
Clapper Board1980TV SeriesHimself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1979TV SeriesHimself
The Muppet Show1979TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest Star
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Actor / Hmself - Actor
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee1978TV SpecialHimself - Interview
Ciné regards1978TV Series documentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 49th Annual Academy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Best Original Screenplay & Co-presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama and Accepts Best Motion Picture-Drama
40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic2017Documentary pre-productionHimself
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs2017Documentary filmingHimself
Today1976-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood2007-2016TV SeriesHimself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
20/202016TV Series documentaryHimself - Best Supporting Actor Nominee
The 24th Annual Movieguide Awards2016TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight1982-2016TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
1002 Momentos de la tele2013TV SeriesHimself
Today2012TV SeriesHimself
Gracias por venir, gracias por estar2012TV SeriesHimself
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
American Greed2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Frollo Show2011TV SeriesJudge Dredd
Music Box2011TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Real Rocky2011TV MovieHimself
Rude Tube2011TV SeriesJohn Rambo
ESPN Friday Night Fights2011TV SeriesHimself
Today Tonight2011TV SeriesRocky
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel2011DocumentaryMachine Gun Joe Viterbo (uncredited)
Close Up2011TV SeriesHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2010TV SeriesLt. Raymond Tango
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff2010DocumentaryRambo
VH1 News Presents: Plastic Surgery Obsession2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rove Live2009TV SeriesHimself
Memòries de la tele2009TV SeriesHimself
30 for 302009TV Series documentaryHimself
Revealed2009TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Lives2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Los mejores momentos de 'Sé lo que hicisteis'2009VideoHimself
Banda sonora2007-2008TV SeriesRocky Balboa
Premio Donostia a Antonio Banderas2008TV SpecialRobert Rath
A Company of Players2008Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesRocky Balboa
25 Most Sensational Hollywood Meltdowns2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bigger Stronger Faster*2008DocumentaryHimself
Stern TV2008TV Series documentaryHimself / Rocky Balboa
Eckis Welt2007DocumentaryHimself
20 to 12007TV Series documentaryHimself
On the Lot2007TV Series
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 22006Video documentaryHimself
VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed - Scenes They Don't Want You to See2006TV ShortHimself
Sir! No Sir!2005DocumentaryJohn J. Rambo (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Taboo: The Beginning of Erotic Cinema2004Video documentaryHimself
Pelé Eterno2004DocumentaryHimself / Captain Robert Hatch (segment "Victory")
Celebrities Uncensored2004TV SeriesHimself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHimself
Celebrity Naked Ambition2003TV Movie documentary
History's Mysteries: Infamous Murders2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentaryRocky Balboa
Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Ultimate Fights from the Movies2002Video documentaryJohn J. Rambo
Driven2001Video GameJoe Tanto
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
In the Shadow of Hollywood2000DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
CyberWorld2000ShortWeaver
A Personal Introduction from Renny Harlin2000Video documentary shortHimself
Les guignols, les dix premières années1999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Biography1999TV Series documentaryAngelo Provolone
Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity1999Video documentaryHimself
Celebrity Profile1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras1998TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Femmes Fatales: Sharon Stone1998TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Men in Black1997Alien on TV Monitor (uncredited)
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Dateline NBC1994TV Series documentaryNick Martinelli
Dolly Parton: In Country1994Video documentaryHimself
Dolly Parton: In the Movies1994Video documentaryHimself
The Crazy World of Dolly Parton1994Video documentaryHimself
Last Dance1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Best of the Don Lane Show1994TV MovieHimself
Fame in the Twentieth Century1993TV Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Peter's Friends1992Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Gremlins 2: The New Batch1990John J. Rambo (uncredited)
A Man Called... Rainbo1990Jim Ramroc Jim Rainbo (uncredited)
Rambo III1989/IVideo GameJohn Rambo
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen1988TV Movie documentary
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years1986TV MovieHimself
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show'1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Vif2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Coffee Time me ta Asteria tou Leo2016TV Mini-Series documentaryRocky Balboa
Entertainment Tonight1990-2016TV SeriesHimself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2015TV SeriesHimself
No Sleep TV32015TV SeriesMachine Gun Joe Viterbo
The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special2015VideoRay Breslin (uncredited)
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Rocky IV: le coup de poing américain2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
2nd Independent Video Film Festival of Youtube 20142014TV MovieHimself
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryLincoln Hawk (uncredited)
The Graham Norton Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHenry Razor Sharp in 'Grudge Match'
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesRay Breslin
Le Fossoyeur de Films2013TV Mini-Series documentary
The O'Reilly Factor2013TV SeriesRocky Balboa (segment "Watters' World")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureCreed (2015)
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Motion PictureCreed (2015)· Irwin Winkler (producer)
· David Winkler (producer)
· Kevin King Templeton (producer)
· Robert Chartoff (producer)
· William Chartoff (producer)
2016Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016Redeemer AwardRazzie AwardsFrom All-Time RAZZIE Champ to award contender for Creed.
2016Montecito AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalCreed (2015)
2015Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleCreed (2015)
2015BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015BOFCA AwardBoston Online Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actor of the YearCreed (2015)
2015Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015OFCC AwardOklahoma Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015PCC AwardPhoenix Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2013Lifetime Achievement Diamond AwardCineRockom International Film FestivalLifetime Achievement AwardRocky IV (1985)
2012CinemaCon AwardCinemaCon, USACareer Achievement
2011Lifetime Achievement AwardPublicists Guild of America
2010Lifetime Achievement AwardHollywood Film Awards
2008Golden Icon AwardZurich Film Festival
2005Taurus Honorary AwardWorld Stunt Awards
2004Golden CameraGolden Camera, GermanyBest International Actor
2004Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorSpy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
2003Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorSpy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
2000Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Actor of the CenturyFor 99.5% of everything he has EVER done.
1998Desert Palm Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
1997Lifetime Achievement AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1997Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale Star of the Year
1997Best ActorStockholm Film FestivalCop Land (1997)
1995Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleThe Specialist (1994)· Sharon Stone
1995Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActorAssassins (1995)
1993Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorStop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
1992Honorary CésarCésar Awards, France
1990Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Actor of the Decade

For Cobra

1989Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorRambo III (1988)
1986Man of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1986People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1986Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorRambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
1986Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorRocky IV (1985)
1986Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayRambo: First Blood Part II (1985)· James Cameron
· Kevin Jarre (story)
1985Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1985Sour AppleGolden Apple Awards
1985Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorRhinestone (1984)
1984Special AwardShoWest Convention, USAStar of Stars
1984Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn June 14, 1984 at 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
1983Showmanship AwardPublicists Guild of AmericaMotion Picture
1982Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International ActorFirst Blood (1982)
1979Special AwardShoWest Convention, USAStar of the Year
1978Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActorF.I.S.T (1978)
1977DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)Rocky (1976)
1976KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorRocky (1976)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleCreed (2015)
2016Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2016VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleCreed (2015)
2015WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2014Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorBullet to the Head (2012)
2011Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorThe Expendables (2010)
2002Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleDriven (2001)· Burt Reynolds
2002Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorDriven (2001)
2002Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayDriven (2001)· Jan Skrentny (story)
· Neal Tabachnick (story)
2001Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorGet Carter (2000)
2001Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActorDriven (2001)
1999Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorAn Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)
1997Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorDaylight (1996)
1996Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale Star of the Year
1996Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorAssassins (1995)
1996Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActorDaylight (1996)
1995Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorThe Specialist (1994)
1994Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayCliffhanger (1993)· Michael France (also story)
1994Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActorThe Specialist (1994)
1992Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorOscar (1991)
1991Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorRocky V (1990)
1991Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayRocky V (1990)
1990Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorLock Up (1989)
1989Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayRambo III (1988)· Sheldon Lettich
1988Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorOver the Top (1987)
1987Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorCobra (1986)
1987Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayCobra (1986)
1986Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayRocky IV (1985)
1985Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayRhinestone (1984)· Phil Alden Robinson (also story)
1980People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1979People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1979Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActorRocky II (1979)
1978BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorRocky (1976)
1978BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ScreenplayRocky (1976)
1978People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1978Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!)Paradise Alley (1978)
1977OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleRocky (1976)
1977OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenRocky (1976)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in Motion Picture - DramaRocky (1976)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureRocky (1976)
1977WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Drama Written Directly for the ScreenRocky (1976)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
2015VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)
1988Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1987Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1986Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)
1983Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actor (Schauspieler)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorCreed (2015)

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

#Fact
1Holds the record for the longest unbroken streak of nominations at the Razzie awards (13 years). He was nominated every year from 1985 to 1997.
2Two of his real life sons played his character Rocky Balboa's son Robert Balboa, Jr. in the "Rocky" film series: Seargeoh Stallone in Rocky II (1979) and Sage Stallone in Rocky V (1990).
3Oscar-nominated a second time in 2016 for his performance as Rocky Balboa in Creed (2015) at the age of 69, the same age as Burgess Meredith when he was nominated for his performance as Mickey Goldmill in Rocky (1976), and also for playing the coach.
4He has played the same character (Rocky Balboa) in films released in five different decades from the 1970s to the 2010s: Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed (2015).
5The 39-year hiatus between his Academy Award nominations (Rocky (1976); Creed (2015)) is a record. The previous record of 38 years was held by Helen Hayes (1931/32; 1970), Jack Palance (1953; 1991) and Alan Arkin 1968; 2006).
6He is only one of six performers to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. He was nominated as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976) and Creed (2015). The other five are Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), Peter O'Toole as Henry II in Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968), Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986), and Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998) and The Golden Age (2007).
7Along with Barry Fitzgerald and Al Pacino, he is one of only three actors to receive Oscar nominations for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same character: (1) Fitzgerald was nominated for both awards for playing Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (1944), (2) Pacino was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for playing Michael Corleone The Godfather (1972) and Best Actor for the same role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and (3) Stallone was nominated for Best Actor for playing Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976) and Best Supporting Actor for the same role in Creed (2015).
8He said it was a stroke of good luck that got Rocky (1976) made. He met with the producers to audition for another film, but was turned down for the part. In the course of conversation Stallone said that he was not only an actor, but also a writer. As he started to leave the room, the producers asked him if he was working on any scripts. That's when Stallone pitched them the story for Rocky (1976) and the producers asked to read the script. Stallone has mentioned this anecdote as an example of the adage "Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity.".
9The middle name of his late son Sage Stallone was Moonblood.
10He auditioned for the roles of Paulie Gatto and Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather (1972) before John Martino and Gianni Russo were cast respectively.
11Stallone reportedly turned down playing Stanley in a remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (1984), a part eventually played by Treat Williams.
12Only Hollywood star to have box office hit movies in each of 5 consecutive decades (1970s-2010s).
13Sofia, Bulgaria: Filming The Expendables 2 (2012). [October 2011]
14Inducted Hulk Hogan (Terry Bolea) in the WWE Hall of Fame, as part of the Class of 2005. This is the first time between these two that wrestling fans had seen them together since Rocky III (1982). [April 2005]
15Signed a deal with "Nu Image/Millennium Films", the new owners of the "Rambo" franchise. The deal will put Stallone and his compound bow will be back with in front of the cameras at age 60. Rambo (2008) (aka "Rambo IV") is slated to go into production in early 2006 with a target release date in late 2006 or early 2007. [June 2005]
16After 7 years of fruitless struggle and with only $115 in the bank he turned down a $330,000 offer for his Rocky screenplay and earned $230 a week starring in it himself.
17The longest he has gone without a Razzie nomination is 7 years, between Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and The Expendables (2010).
18Since his evolution to fame and fortune, he stopped going to church. But in 2006, he came back to the Catholic church when he started filming "Rocky Balboa".
19His publicist is Michelle Bega.
20His son, Sage Stallone, was found dead on July 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.
21Is good friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.
22Before Rocky (1976), he played a character, nicknamed "Rocky", in the Police Story (1973) episode, Police Story: The Cutting Edge (1975).
23Was inspired in high school to adopt bodybuilding into his lifestyle, after watching Steve Reeves' film, Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959) (aka "Hercules Unchained").
24In 1992, he was due to star in a feuding neighbors comedy with John Candy called Bartholomew vs Neff. The script was written by the late John Hughes for the then-mighty Carolco studios. Stallone chose to do Cliffhanger (1993) for Carolco instead and the project was shelved after John Candy died in 1994 and Carolco went bust in 1996. The movie remains unproduced to this day.
25The Expendables (2010) opened at number one at the U.S. box office with a first weekend gross of $35 million. This makes Sylvester Stallone the only person in Hollywood history to have starred in films that have opened atop the box office charts over five consecutive decades.
26Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
27He will receive the prestigious Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, at the Venice Film Festival in September 2009, which is awarded to an artist who has "left his mark in contemporary cinema" and has previously been given to cinema heavyweights such as Takeshi Kitano and Abbas Kiarostami. The prize intends to celebrate Stallone's stature as a filmmaker. A festival spokesman said: "Stallone has shown an original eye and an auteur's determination.".
28Turned down the roles played by Richard Gere in American Gigolo (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Pretty Woman (1990).
29Turned down the role played by Keith Carradine in Pretty Baby (1978).
30Turned down the Dudley Moore role in Arthur (1981).
31Turned down Basic Instinct (1992).
32Dated Janice Dickinson from December 1993 to July 1994. Sly thought that he was the father of her daughter Savannah Dickinson, but when he discovered that the real father of girl was Michael Birnbaum, he left her.
33Was considered for the role of "Joey Zasa" in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
34Along with Jon Voight and Paula Abdul, took part in a fundraising, solidarity concert for the besieged Israeli city of Sderot, which has been hit by more than 7,000 Kassam rockets in the past seven years. Entitled "Live for Sderot," the concert features a performance by Israeli singer Ninette Tayeb. (2 March 2008).
35Was voted the pupil most likely to die in the electric chair.
36Born in the charity ward of a hospital in the New York ghetto of Hell's Kitchen. At his birth, the doctor's forceps accidentally severed a nerve in his cheek, leaving him with his trademark droopy mouth.
37Expelled from 14 schools for antisocial and violent behavior before the age of 13.
38Publicly endorsed Senator John McCain as his choice for Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential election.
39Turned down Christopher Reeve's role in Superman (1978), Jon Voight's role in Coming Home (1978), Eddie Murphy's role in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Harrison Ford's role in Witness (1985), Bruce Willis's roles in Die Hard (1988) and Pulp Fiction (1994), John Travolta's role in Face/Off (1997), Samuel L. Jackson's role in Rules of Engagement (2000), and Kurt Russell's role in Death Proof (2007).
40Was Joel Schumacher's second choice to play Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
41Is a close friend and fan of Sir Elton John.
42Stallone claims to have been able to bench press 385-400 lbs (174.6-181.4 kg) and squat 500 lbs (226.8 kg) in his prime. While in a bench pressing contest with former Mr Olympia Franco Columbu, he severely tore his pectoral muscle and needed over 160 stitches on it. This is why one half of his chest is more veiny than the other.
43Pleaded guilty to bringing vials of restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia and faces sentencing next week. Lawyers for Stallone entered the guilty pleas on behalf of the actor, who did not appear before Sydney's Downing Center Local Court. The star was accused of bringing banned substances into Australia after a customs search of his luggage during a 16 February 2007 visit to Sydney revealed 48 vials of the human growth hormone product, Jintropin. (14 May 2007).
44Was offered a part in Quentin Tarantino's section of Grindhouse (2007) ("Death Proof"), but turned it down.
45Is a fan of the English soccer team Everton FC.
46All his children's names begin with the letter "S": Sage, Sargeoh, Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.
47In 1998, following the murder of his friend Phil Hartman, Stallone, then living in England, called for America to ban all guns. This caused some controversy, since he had used guns in many of his movies.
48Godfather of his son Sage Stallone was his best friend Joe Spinell.
49Supported Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger in his re- election bid for Governor of California in 2006, and donated $15,000 to his campaign.
50Despite his long association with the Republican Party, Stallone supported President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial and hosted a Democratic fund raiser at his Miami home on 9 July 1998.
51A lifelong Republican, he is one of President George W. Bush's two favorite actors. The other is fellow action hero and conservative Republican Chuck Norris. Both men attended Bush's inauguration as President in 2001.
52In an interview in January 2002, Stallone confirmed he was still interested in reprising his roles as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, but feared that at fifty-five he was too old. Nearly four years later, in October 2005, he confirmed his intention to make Rocky Balboa (2006) and Rambo (2008).
53His full frontal nude scene was edited out of Demolition Man (1993) prior to release, but can be viewed on the Internet.
54The wax figure portraying Stallone as Rocky Balboa at the now defunct Movieland Wax Museum (Buena Park, California) was 5' 7" tall.
55Rocky (1976) is ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
56His performance as Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies is ranked #64 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
57He and Dolly Parton honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June 14, 1984).
58He was a manager for the Lee Canalito vs. Curtis Whitner Boxing Match on his 36th birthday in July 6th, 1982, at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ. His brother Frank Stallone was a corner man for Canalito in this match.
59In 1971 he auditioned for a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) but didn't get it. He decided he might have better luck as a writer. He wrote the screenplay for the modestly successful The Lords of Flatbush (1974) and had a featured role in the film.
60He was honored by the Video Dealers Software Association when he was presented with the "Action Star of the Millennium Award" at the organization's 21st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV. [July 2002]
61At the age of five, he returned to live with his parents and younger brother Frank Stallone, this time in Silver Springs, Maryland. After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother and her new husband, a pizza manufacturer, Anthony 'Tony' Filiti, to Philadelphia.
62Moved to Philadelphia in the early 1960s, living in Frankford and Rittenhouse Square. He went to Lincoln High School but never completed 10th grade. In 1963 he enrolled in the Devereux Manor High School in Berwyn, Chester County, a school for emotionally troubled youths.
63Received the first Boxing Writers Association of America's award for lifetime cinematic achievement in boxing at the organization's 81st annual Awards Dinner at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (5 May 2006)
64Turned down the lead role in Coming Home (1978) (for which Jon Voight won an Oscar).
65In 1986, following the enormous success of Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Stallone was received at the White House by President Ronald Reagan.
66In the 1950s he and his brother Frank Stallone lived in Philadelphia with their mother Jackie Stallone for approximately two years and attended Notre Dame Academy, a private Catholic school on Rittenhouse Square in center city (no longer there). It is the same school that John Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore had once attended.
67Along with Bruce Willis, he is a staunch supporter of the Republican party.
68He was presented with a certificate of recognition by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for filming Rocky Balboa (2006) in Los Angeles at a time when other filmmakers are moving their business to cheaper states or overseas locations to cut costs. (22 December 2005).
69Was said to have only $106 in his bank account at the time the Rocky (1976) project was given the green light by producer Irwin Winkler.
70The voice of Lou the cop in The Simpsons (1989) is based on him.
71Stallone has never recaptured the critical success he won initially after Rocky (1976), when Roger Ebert said he could be the next Marlon Brando. He has been nominated a record 30 times for the Golden Raspberry Awards, usually in the "Worst Actor" category, and has won 10 times. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation awarded him a special "Worst Actor of the Century" award in 2000.
72In 1988 he was offered $4 million to do an advert for an American beer commercial under the condition that he cut his hair; when he refused they offered a further $1 million to go to the barber - he still refused.
73Did all of his own singing in Rhinestone (1984).
74Holds the record for the longest unbroken streak of nominations at the Razzie Awards - thirteen straight years. He received a Razzie Nomination every year (mostly for Worst Actor) from 1985 to 1997.
75Is a fan of "Bollywood" movies
76A noted fan of cigar smoking, he quit smoking cigarettes while filming Rocky (1976) when he was thirty after he found himself getting out of breath in the ring.
77Had a huge fan following from Bollywood Asia. Film stars like Salman Khan, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Dharmendra, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty and Hrithik Roshan are his die-hard fans. Sunny Deol even named one of his sons "Rocky".
78Listed as one of the top heroes of all time by the American film Institute (AFI) on 2003, he listed seventh behind Gregory Peck, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper and Jodie Foster.
79On 10 May 2005 he published his book "Sly Moves: My Proven Program to Lose Weight, Build Strength, Gain Will Power, and Live Your Dream".
80On 8 March 2005 he appeared in his first magazine issue of Sly which came out monthly. He was on the cover of every magazine and did most of the articles and interviews himself.
81In April 2004 he formed his own nutrition company InStone, that produces protein pudding, a testosterone booster, an energy booster and two different protein shakes.
82Attended the first inauguration of President George W. Bush along with other long-time Republican supporters Chuck Norris and Robert Duvall. (January 20th 2001)
83He joins Roberto Benigni, Prince, Kevin Costner, William Shatner, and Tom Green as being the only actors to direct themselves in performances that would "win" them a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.
84According to Anthony Holden's "Behind the Oscar" (New York: Simon & Shuster, 1993), the great Frank Capra was enlisted in the Oscar campaign for the original Rocky (1976). Capra was quoted as saying, "I think it's the best picture in the last ten years. It's got my vote for the Oscars all the way down the line."
85The ten awards from the Razzies that he's "won" so far are Worst Actor of 1985 for Rhinestone (1984), Worst Actor of 1986 for both Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Rocky IV (1985), Worst Director of 1986 for Rocky IV (1985), Worst Screenplay of 1986 with James Cameron and Kevin Jarre for Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Worst Actor of 1989 for Rambo III (1988), Worst Actor of the Decade (1980s), Worst Actor of 1993 for Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), Worst Screen Couple of 1995 with Sharon Stone in The Specialist (1994), Worst Actor of the Century, and Worst Supporting Actor of 2004 for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003).
86Oddly, 1994 was one of the few years he was not nominated for an acting Razzie Award, even though he had appeared in both Cliffhanger (1993) and Demolition Man (1993), which had been nominated, with "Cliffhanger" receiving a nomination for Worst Screenplay, which Stallone had written himself.
87Stepson of Anthony 'Tony' Filiti & Stephen Marcus Levine.
88Has the distinction of appearing in three of the 100 Most Enjoyably Awful Movies of All Time as listed in Razzie Award-founder John Wilson's book, "The Official Razzie Movie Guide": Rhinestone (1984), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)) and The Specialist (1994). He is thus tied with Joseph Cotten for having the second most titles among the 100. Ernest Borgnine has the most, appearing in four of the 100 titles.
89Mother Jackie Stallone was a fan of Tyrone Power and had originally named him Tyrone Stallone, but when she got the birth certificate it had been changed by Sly's father Frank Stallone to Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone.
90As of 2004 is the all time Razzie Award champion, with a record 30 nominations and 10 "wins", more than any other person in history.
91Turned down the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988). The part went to Bruce Willis instead.
92Entered into the house of Big Brother VIP 2 (Mexico) for a few minutes as a special guest. He was in Mexico promoting Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and was invited to participate.
93Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
94On 5 June 1994 he broke up with then-girlfriend Jennifer Flavin by sending her a "Dear Jane" letter via FedEx. They reconciled after one year, on 5 June 1995 and married on 17 May 1997.
95Went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Among his classmates were Goldie Hawn, Carl Bernstein and Ben Stein.
96Attended the University of Miami on an athletic scholarship
97Sylvester's father, Frank Stallone, was an Italian immigrant, born in Gioia del Colle, Apulia, to Silvestro Stallone and Pulcheria Nicastri. Sylvester's mother, Jackie Stallone, was born in Washington, D.C. Sylvester's maternal grandfather, John Paul Labofish, was born in Pennsylvania, to immigrants from the Russian Empire, Charles Schachan Labofish/Labofisz and Rose Ethel Lemlich/Lamlec. Sylvester's maternal grandmother, Jeanne Victoria Adrienne Anne Clérec, was French, born in Brittany, France, to Louis Victor Clérec and Marie Pauline Rodrigue.
98Was 23 years old when he got his first starring role in the softcore porno The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970) (which was re-released and renamed "The Italian Stallion" after his success with Rocky (1976)), in which he played the role of Stud The Italian Stallion. He was paid $200 to play the sex-craved gigolo and appeared nude.
99Former brother-in-law of Louis D'Alto and Markus Schaub.
100Has a total of five children: Sage Stallone and Seargeoh Stallone with first wife Sasha Czack and Sophia Rose Stallone, Sistine Rose Stallone and Scarlet Rose Stallone with third wife Jennifer Flavin.
1013rd child Scarlet Rose Stallone, with wife Jennifer Flavin, was born on 25 May 2002 in Los Angeles, weighing 7 lbs, 8 oz.
102Has a half-sister Toni D'Alto (Toni Anne Filiti), the daughter of his mother Jackie Stallone and her second husband, Tony Filiti.
103Created and produced a TV series pilot called "Father Lefty", with star Danny Nucci as an offbeat Miami priest. The pilot aired on CBS in 2002, but was not picked up as a series.
104His father Frank Stallone was a hairdresser and mother Jackie Stallone is a larger-than-life eccentric who's also sought fame as an astrologer and women's wrestling promoter. Her maiden name is Labofish.
10514 February 2002 - Sylvester sued his former business manager, Kenneth Starr, for giving him bad business advice. He claims $17M in damages. Part of the advice was for him to hold onto his shares in Planet Hollywood, the now bankrupt restaurant chain, despite it already being in a financial bind.
106Born on the same day as President George W. Bush and Fred Dryer.
107Sued by model Margie Carr, who contends that he tried to force her to have physical relations with him last year at a Santa Monica Gym. [February 2001]
108His mother, Jackie Stallone, is a fan of Jackie Chan. Chan and Stallone are very good friends.
109Dislikes his first name, usually referred to as "Sly."
110His Miami 24,000-square-foot villa and its three guest houses sold after two years on the market for $24 million.
111Cousin of Paul Dion Monte.
112Father of Sage Stallone, who has acted with him in Rocky V (1990) and also Daylight (1996).
113Brother of Frank Stallone, Toni D'Alto and Dante Stallone.
114Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.
115Stallone was paid a mere $60,000 to do Cop Land (1997). It is said that he did the film to play a serious role and escape his action hero cast type.
116Second son Seargeoh Stallone (b. 1979) is autistic.
117At 15, his classmates voted him the one "most likely to end up in the electric chair."
118He sued writer Peter "Taki" Theodoracopulos and the British magazine "The Spectator" in 1991 for suggesting he acted in a cowardly and hypocritical way when he "ducked the Vietnam War." He won the case.
119Birth complications, caused by forceps, resulted in paralysis of the lower left side of his face, manifested by a perennial snarl and slurred speech.
120Was part owner of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
121On August 27th, 1996, his first daughter Sophia Rose Stallone was born with fiancée, Jennifer Flavin.
122Daughter Sophia Rose Stallone, 2-1/2, by wife Jennifer Flavin. undergoes open heart surgery at UCLA Medical Center. The procedure went well. [November 1996]
123Ranked #92 in Empire (UK) magazine's list of "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time". [October 1997]
124On 27 June 1998, his second daughter, Sistine Rose Stallone was born to third wife, Jennifer Flavin.
125Oil paints in his spare time and considers 'Leonardo Da Vinci' his personal hero.

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1[on his tattoos] I have all kinds of chest injuries; I tore my vein during Rocky II (1979) and had 60 stitches. If you've seen Rocky Balboa (2006), you'll know how bad they look. It got worse and worse, and people were saying, "Ugh, has he got varicose veins?" So I thought, fuck it, and covered them with a tattoo of my wife. Then the tattoo started to grow and it went to a skull and before I knew it, I was a mural.
2(On his comedies) "The participants originally involved never came through, and I ended up working with different people, different concepts, and different scripts. I thought Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) would be a throwback to Where's Poppa? (1970) And with Oscar (1991), I thought I'd be doing something like The Lavender Hill Mob (1951). I've studied farce - farce is a constant revving at 150 miles per hour. Those movies just went on and on with no laughs."
3(1993) "Rocky V (1990) I loved. It lacked the fireworks, but it was the truthful segue into his life postfighting. Rocky I and Rocky V - I think they were good bookends."
4(On Rambo III (1988)) "There was a stunt I'm so incredibly proud of. I was on a horse and I had to reach down and pick up this sheep at a full gallop. I tore a muscle that took two years to come back. I don't know what I was thinking."The movie came out just when we wanted to treat the Russians as our friends. That hurt. I think if we had done the film a year earlier, the results would have been a lot different. So I've learned not to do geopolitical stories anymore."
5(Tango & Cash (1989)) "Even though it had conceptual contradictions, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience with a truly great friend in Kurt Russell."
6(On Lock Up (1989)) "Not a film that was produced and performed with enough maturity to really make a significant impact on the audience or my career. And that's the truth."
7(On Cobra (1986)) "My outlook at the time on police enforcement: If you play by the rules with felons, they're always going to win. So I created a character that basically gets down on their level - he was your first rock & roll cop. I tell you, if I had paid more attention to that character, he could have gone on to bigger and better things. I dropped the ball on that one."
8(On Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)) "It was released on the 10th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war, and America was going through this sabre-rattling stage. So we just let it fly. I wrote the line, and I tried to live up to it, "To win a war, you have to become war." I tried to play him as a complete machine - no sense of feelings, pain, or fear of death."
9(On Rocky IV (1985)) "I knew we'd done everything possible with the Rockys, so I tried to call upon a historical event - the Joe Louis- Max Schmeling fight. Also, it was kind of like tying it to my life when you sometimes get bigger than you really are. The character overwhelms the small man who created it. Dolph was a godsend. I had looked all over for big men - but he was the perfect creature."
10(On Over the Top (1987)) "It was not a very good experience. It was something I shouldn't have done. It caught me at a weak moment. There was a lot of money involved. And at the time I thought I could make anything work. It was just foolish."
11"I started to fall prey to 'He doesn't take any chances,' and that's when I did Rhinestone (1984). I thought it was going to be like a droll Mike Nichols comedy, but it turned into Porky's (1981) of the South. I came to the conclusion that if I want to stretch, I'll go to a gymnasium".
12(On Victory (1981)_) Working with John Huston was the enticement. At time, he was not feeling very well. I envisioned it to be like a Stalag 17 (1953), a depressive prisoner-of-war camp. What came out was like a holiday camp. It was just a little too benign.
13(On Nighthawks (1981)) "It was a little bit ahead of its time in that I was dealing with urban terrorism. Now, with the World Trade Center, it's happening. At the time, people couldn't relate to it, and the studio [Universal] didn't believe in it. Rutger Hauer's performance held it together - he was an excellent villain."
14(On Staying Alive (1983)) "I liked John, so I thought, okay, I'll do the script. But the story was very negative - he'd gotten into drugs, his girlfriend was a prostitute. So I rewrote it from page one."
15(On Rocky III (1982)) "To me, it's the smoothest of them all. Again I went back into my life. Now Rocky'd become very successful, and he'd lost his eye of the tiger, his edge. He'd developed fear of trying to do things new and unknown. That movie was kind of a psychodrama for me."
16(On First Blood (1982)) "I thought it was going to be the end of my career. The book was interesting, but I thought he was such a psychopath, it would never fly. Every day I worried. When we saw the first cut it was devastatingly bad. My agent said, 'Maybe we can buy it back.' But we cut it to about 90 minutes, and the result was, I think, one of the better vehicles I've ever been in."
17(On F.I.S.T. (1978)) A real eye-opener. That was the beginning of me understanding that I'd been typecast as Rocky (1976). F.I.S.T. (1978) and Nighthawks (1981) people bring up the most as my most forgotten films."
18(On The Lords of Flatbush (1974)_) "I have very fond memories of it. The acting was very naturalistic because we were really winging it, and I didn't know any 'cinema tricks."'
19(On Paradise Alley (1978)) "Also one of my better performances. The character I play is kind of distasteful, but I never worked more on trying to catch the Damon Runyonesque speech pattern. I loved directing. It just seemed to go naturally with my hyperactivity. Again - I use the word a lot - there was that naivete. But that's what was special about the early years before I became the old pro."
20(On Rocky II (1979)) "Once you've tasted success, to follow that up is almost as interesting. Of the Rockys, it was kind of overlooked, but I think it was one of the better written ones. Everyone had their characters so down, all I had to do was say, 'Action."'
21"Rocky (1976) was probably the purest of all my performances and the most insightful. It was far better received than I ever thought it would be. Being naive, I thought I was basically doing a film to while away the summer.The most important scene was going to be cut for lack of money [Rocky's prefight crisis of confidence, when he confides to Talia Shire's Adrian, "I can't beat him. Who'm I kidding? All I want to do is go the distance."]. They were literally packing up the equipment. But I stood my ground. So they said, 'Okay, you only get one take, no angles, no coverage.' The next day, they said, 'You know, Sly, that's the most important scene in the movie.' I said, 'Thank you."'
22(On which films he wished he hadn't done) Let me think...Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), Oscar (1991), Get Carter (2000), Driven (2001), Eye See You (2002) and certainly Rhinestone (1984), which I wish had been Romancing the Stone (1984).
23(On Driven (2001)) A lot of it's autobiographical. Racing's very much like the world of acting. You have your front runners and you have guys that are there for the long race, and you have other guys that block for other people, that are called supporting and character actors. It's all the same kind of situation. And you realize that you can't always be No. 1. You just can't be the guy in front all the time. So what you can do is lend support to, and help and nourish and encourage someone else. So it's like your experiences live on in someone else. If you can find some young actor and you can say, 'Listen, don't do this and don't do that and avoid this and that,' and share your experiences, and he does succeed, you can say, 'You know what, I kind of contributed to that.' As an actor did you have to learn you can't always be No.1 the hard way? (Laughs) Unfortuantely I did.
24(On Adrian's death in Rocky Balboa (2006)) "In the original script, she was alive," reveals Stallone, 60. "But it just didn't have the same dramatic punch. I thought, 'What if she's gone?' That would cut Rocky's heart out and drop him down to ground zero."
25(On changing Rambo (2008)'s title) "You know Lionsgate jumped the gun on this. I just was thinking that the title John Rambo was derivative of Rocky Balboa (2006) and might give people the idea that this is the last Rambo film, and I don't necessarily feel that it will be. He's not an athlete, there's no reason he can't continue onto another adventure. Like John Wayne with The Searchers (1956)."
26(On writing Driven (2001)) I'd gone through - and this is not bragging but showing my inadequacies in being able to get it right - about 25 drafts. And of those, about 20 were about this one man's journey, myself, through this film, and all his trials and tribulations. He'd fallen from a great height career-wise. He was a drunkard with all these problems and accidents because he and his wife Cathy, who's played by Gina Gershon, had this very tumultuous relationship. (Laughs) I'm giving you a little biographical hint here. And he just started to come apart. So he was brought back as kind of like how people should never be. It's like taking kids who are truants and then taking them to prison to see where they'll end up and scaring them straight.So I was brought back to basically prove to young Jimmy Bly how he should never be, as a bad example. And then the more we worked on it, it became the dark side, a little seedy, and I didn't know where the upside of it was ever going to be. So we began to reduce his role and make it more of an ensemble, so he's just there as a guy who did his job, wasn't very spectacular, would race like hell, sometimes he'd win, sometimes lose, but he had a certain work ethic code, that old school that could be applied to Jimmy. So that all made it more ensemble, and then in the editing we reduced it even more. I originally had a relationship going with the reporter. But that began to de-emphasise the other people, so we put that on the back burner.
27The worst film I've ever made by far... maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we've never seen... a flatworm could write a better script then Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992). In some countries - China, I believe - running Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) once a week on government television has lowered the birth rate to zero. If they ran it twice a week, I believe in twenty years China would be extinct.
28(If he was asked to appear in Terminator Salvation (2009)) No, that has never happened and I believe that's sacred ground for Arnold and would be an insult to encroach on his territory.
29(If he'd do anything from his films differently) I would've played Oscar (1991) incredibly cynical like the original French version and I would've gone back to my original premise of Rambo III (1988), which was more in keeping with the theme of Tears of the Sun (2003), but set in Afghanistan.
30Once you've been at the helm of a film and understand the basics of 101 filmmaking, you watch other directors with an educated eye. Its like if a film is going out of control, you want to contribute and quite often, a director resists any help because it usurps his power. I can understand this. I remember my first day on Judge Dredd (1995) when Danny Cannon had been chosen as the director. I knew there was going to be difficulties in communication between actors, director and crewmembers, and that's exactly what happened. So I believe the film reflects that lack of unity.
31I would love to work with Quentin Tarantino and had heard rumours about this World War II epic. I would be insane not to work with such a brilliant filmmaker. I was hoping to work with Quentin in his new Grindhouse (2007) film, but unfortunately Rocky and Rambo (2008) duties prevented that from happening.
32(On Andrey Konchalovskiy) Andrei was a real gentleman and I thought his take on Tango & Cash (1989) was very good and would've been infinitely more realistic had he been allowed to continue. His replacement was more attuned to comic pop culture so the film had a dramatic shift into a more light hearted direction.
33Well I mostly keep the memories of the films that were enjoyable to do close to my heart, such as the Rockys, Paradise Alley (1978), F.I.S.T. (1978), Cliffhanger (1993), Demolition Man (1993), but the most fun I ever had on a movie was with Dolly Parton on Rhinestone (1984). I must tell everyone right now that originally the director was supposed to be Mike Nichols, that was the intention and it was supposed to be shot in New York, down and dirty with Dolly and I with gutsy mannerisms performed like two antagonists brought together by fate. I wanted the music at that time to be written by people who would give it sort of a bizarre edge. Believe it or not, I contacted Whitesnake's management and they were ready to write some very interesting songs alongside Dolly's. But, I was asked to come down to Fox and out steps the director, Bob Clark. Bob is a nice guy, but the film went in a direction that literally shattered my internal corn meter into smithereens. I would have done many things differently. I certainly would've steered clear of comedy unless it was dark, Belgian chocolate dark. Silly comedy didn't work for me. I mean, would anybody pay to see John Wayne in a whimsical farce? Not likely. I would stay more true to who I am and what the audience would prefer rather than trying to stretch out and waste a lot of time and people's patience.
34(On The Hungerford Massacre) 'I carry the can for every lunatic in the world who goes crazy with a gun. 'But it wasn't Rambo who sent Michael Ryan mad. In fact Rambo is the opposite of people like Ryan. He is always up against stronger opposition and never shoots first. Murderers are always saying, "God told me to kill" or "Jesus ordered me to kill" - so should the rest of us stop praying? There are always sick people out there who will hang their illness on to your hook.'
35Nighthawks (1981) was a very difficult film to make namely because no one believed that urban terrorism would ever happen in New York thus felt the story was far fetched. Nighthawks (1981) was even a better film before the studio lost faith in it and cut it to pieces. What was in the missing scenes was extraordinary acting by Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner, and the finale was a blood fest that rivaled the finale of Taxi Driver (1976). But it was a blood fest with a purpose. The stunts in the film were pretty extraordinary because they were invented along the way. Running through the tunnels of an un-built subway station was very dangerous, but exciting and we were only given one hour to do it. So that made for an interesting evening. Hanging from the cable car was probably one of the more dangerous stunts I was asked to perform because it was untested and I was asked to hold a folding Gerber knife in my left hand so if the cable were to snap, and I survived the 230 foot fall into the East River with its ice cold 8 mile an hour current, I could cut myself free from the harness because the cable when stretched out weighed more than 300 lbs. I tell you this because it's so stupid to believe that I would survive hitting the water so to go beyond that is absurd. So I actually thought the smart move would be to commit hari-kari on the way down and let the cards fold as they may. P.S. Several years later this cable did snap while testing it on a 100lb bag of sand.
36(On Russell Mulcahy directing Rambo III (1988)) I remember calling him from an editing room and telling him what a wonderful job he had done. He answered back in a bored fashion "Why thank you darling." So I hired him. He went to Israel two weeks before me with the task of casting two dozen vicious looking Russian troops. These men were suppose to make your blood run cold. When I arrived on the set, what I saw was two dozen blond, blue-eyed pretty boys that resembled rejects from a surfing contest. Needless to say Rambo is not afraid of a little competition but being attacked by third rate male models could be an enemy that could overwhelm him. I explained my disappointment to Russell and he totally disagreed, so I asked him and his chiffon army to move on.
37All basic laws are very simple. Working on Nighthawks (1981), for example, I spent 15 weeks in almost, total seclusion in my hotel room, between scenes. Those were the most stressful moments of my life. There had to be another answer. Not drugs: They're a psychological elevator. They move you up, they move you down, but they don't move you ahead. I finally just realized I was taking everything so damned seriously that I was wrecking my own peace of mind. I had to learn to let go.
38I got into a lot of trouble with the first interviews I started giving after Rocky (1976) came out," he said. "I kept some tapes of some of them and I was listening to them the other day. I come over with a pretty big opinion of myself, and I said a lot of things that were supposed to be funny but weren't. I got the critics down on me and they retaliated by attacking Paradise Alley (1978). Call it insatiable retribution."These days, I'm not one-half as aggressive as I was. I've been working on it. People have seemed to notice it. My energy level is just as high, but I can be more impersonal about myself. I'm learning to take life at face value. Instead of my greed, my demands, I'm turning things over to fate. I was always so serious about everything! Who was I trying to impress? I brought a lot of trouble down on myself. If you're too envious, too hostile, it all comes pouring down on you. There's a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.
39There's a price you pay. Working in this business, I've met some of the champions, and tried to figure out how they do it. Training for Rocky (1976), I boxed with Muhammad Ali. Learning how to play soccer...tomorrow morning, I'm gonna get lessons from Pelé. What's next? I need a little quiet. Maybe chess with Bobby Fischer.
40"Part of the problem is being identified so completely with a character. People are nuts about Rocky. The first movie just opened here in Hungary recently. You should have seen the posters: I'm in the ring with my hat on, I look like some kind of clown. And yet, the other day we went to the Hungarian-Austrian soccer game, and coming out of the stadium I thought our car would be mobbed. If I'd have gotten out of that car, I would have been goulash.
41We all really only want one thing. To be happy, and to achieve total fulfillment on all conscious levels.
42(On getting into shape for Victory (1981)) "My waist is down from 33 to 29 inches, I run every morning, I'm trying to look a little gaunt. I thought Rocky (1976) was tough, but I've never trained so hard. I thought soccer was a sissy sport until they kicked the ball into my stomach and I crossed the border into Austria with hematomas on both hips."
43(On John Huston) "There are some directors you just almost automatically jump at the chance to work with."
44(On doing stunts in Nighthawks (1981)) "I take those chances for myself," he said. "I've never been so scared in my life, as when I was dangling from that helicopter. I have a fear of heights that borders on mania. I had to do something like this once in my life. So there I was, hanging 250 feet up over the East River, with the wind blowing me back and forth and the constant danger that if the steel cable hit something it could shear in two. The day before, see, a guy had jumped off the bridge we were working next to. We all saw it happen. He hit the water and exploded. His body broke into several pieces, and the current was so fast that this was the 59th St. Bridge and they pulled the remains out of the water seven minutes later at the 20th St. Pier. I saw that, and had to go up the next day. There was a fireboat down below with two divers in it. I made the mistake of calling them 'lifeguards.' It was explained to me that they were not lifeguards. They were there to retrieve my body, if necessary. If you see the movie and look closely, you'll see that I'm holding a knife in the scene. My theory was that if I fell, the cable would make me sink unless I could cut the harness loose. After I saw that guy hit the water like it was cement, I changed my plan. The knife was to plunge into my heart a second before I hit."
45Now, working with John Huston, I'm biting my lip to keep from giving suggestions. There's a misconception that I can't work with other directors. With Huston, he's so into it, he sits back, you don't even think he's working, he's so smooth, but all the time the incubation process is taking place. And he lets you come to him with input if he doesn't like your suggestion, you get a single 'no' and that's it.
46(1980 interview with Roger Ebert) "When I'm on a location I pick a restaurant that's close and private and eat all my meals there. This table we're sitting at is directly above my room. That's all the farther I want to go. When I was a kid, my mother used to feed me mashed-potato sandwiches, brussels sprout sandwiches, my brain cells were starving from lack of food. I'll eat anything. I'll eat dirt."
47(1980 interview with Roger Ebert) "If I have the nerve, if I have real nerve, Rocky should die at the end of the third film. I was originally thinking in more grandiose terms - the Coliseum and everything - but Rocky III (1982) should end with more than a fight. It should end with Rocky's life coming full cycle, The way I imagine it, after the fight, he's riding home in a cab, with the roar of the people chanting 'Rocky!' still in his ears. And he just drops over dead. In other words, he has achieved everything possible and he dies when he's on top. I don't think people want to see Rocky when he's 80. I don't know if I'll go with that ending, and him dying. But I know I'll have to film it. I'll have to shoot it for myself, whether or not I use it."
48(On stunts) "The way they usually do it is they show you the double taking the hit, and then they cut in for a close-up of the actor's face. It's so phony you can smell it with the cable car sequence in Nighthawks (1981) for example, it's so phony to show some stuntman hanging from a cable and then cut to the inside of the car and it's me coming in the window. You have to do it on one unfaked take so the audience can see the actor is really doing it."
49Most successful art reflects the exact ideas of the viewer - whether or not the viewer knows it, of course. Paintings that endure are paintings that inspire people to say, hey, that's the way I feel; those are the colours I see in my dreams. Even abstract art depends on that. When you get right down to it, Rocky (1976) said exactly the same things to a 5-year-old that it said to adults. There was nothing complicated about it.
50(On Paradise Alley (1978) being re-edited) "I'll never forgive myself for the way I allowed myself to be manipulated during the editing of that film. There were a lot of scenes in there to give atmosphere and character, and they wanted them out just to speed things along. They removed 40 scenes, altogether. I put 10 of them back in for the version shown on TV. For example, the whole sequence of the soldier without legs, sitting in a bar eating peanuts."
51(1980 interview with Roger Ebert) "It's incredibly difficult to direct yourself in boxing scenes. You're getting the crap beat out of you and trying to think about camera placement at the same time. And another thing, in Rocky III (1982) the pace is going to have to be quickened. It shouldn't be more than 90 minutes long. In the first two films, Rocky dictated his own pace. This time, like with any heavyweight champion, his pace is being dictated by the people around him. And we'll have a lot of action and be conservative with the dialogue. And also I hope I get out in one piece. For Rocky II (1979), I got a torn pectoral muscle, I got all beat up inside, I had to have an operation to splice things back together. The mouthpiece saved my teeth. For this one, basically what I need is a mouthpiece for my whole body."
52I love Joe Spinell and considered him a dear friend and would do anything for him. We had met when I had one or two lines in Farewell, My Lovely (1975). He was truly one of a kind, but he had some very deep personal problems on the set of Nighthawks (1981) and became distant. It was around that time his mother also passed away, who he lived for and Joe was never the same.
53(On Burgess Meredith) I remember the way Burgess played the scene with me in the apartment in the first Rocky (1976), and I had never seen such great character work up close. He was just eating me alive with his intensity and nuance. I asked him how did he do that, and he said, "Because I'm a better pretender than you are." I said, "Pretending?" and he said, "Yes, acting - it's just a child's game played by grownups. The biggest child usually wins." So from that day on, I tried to specialize in being very immature.
54(If he's embarrassed by his early films) No, in the early films, I have to admit I enjoyed watching them, only because they were completely carefree and devoid of any movie-star acting tricks, simply because I didn't know any. So it's fun to watch a natural performance without any ego attached. I particularly enjoyed working on Capone (1975), because it was like the cheesy, mentally challenged inbred cousin of The Godfather (1972).
55(If the Director's Cut of Cliffhanger (1993) will be released)) No, actually the director's cut was met with a lot of disapproval at the screening and received some alarmingly low scores. Mainly because the stunts were absurdly overblown. For example, the average man can jump maybe twelve feet across a gorge, and the stunts had me leaping maybe three hundred feet or more, so situations like that had to be pared down and still then were fairly extreme... so you're probably better off with this cut. By the way, the 2nd unit crew that filmed the majority of the action was extraordinary.
56(If he'd ever reunite with Kurt Russell) No, the chances of that are pretty slim. The idea is intriguing, but it might look a little weathered, like two old ventriloquist dummies trying to play leading men. But thanks for suggesting it because I had a lot of great times on that film. Kurt nailed some of those scenes, like the pro he is.
57(On the shower scene with Sharon Stone in The Specialist (1994)) Let it be known, I didn't want to do this scene because Sharon was not cooperating. We get to the set and she decides not to take her robe off. The director asks only a few of the crew to remain, and she still won't take it off. I promised her I wouldn't take any liberties, so what's the problem? She said, "I'm just sick of nudity." I asked her if she could get sick of it on someone else's film. She was having none of it, so I went down to my trailer, brought back a bottle of Black Death vodka that was given to me by Michael Douglas and after half-a-dozen shots we were wet and wild.
58I grew up not very confident. I had tons of self-doubt and wasn't physically strong either, so the world appeared to be an extremely large and intimidating sphere. All my life, I always thought that I was alone in these disturbing thoughts, but the older I grew, the more I realized the world is made up of victims, victims of harsh reality, victims of inequality. I thought the most tragic thing one could be confronted with is the prospect of loneliness and the second, the lack of opportunity to prove one's self-worth. So Rocky was just a manifestation of all the underdogs who dream of one day having the opportunity to reach for the stars. They may not get there, but at least the opportunity to show what's in a person's heart is the main goal.
59(On getting into shape for First Blood (1982)) The burnt toast rumour is false. I ate perhaps 10-12 eggs per day and only dined on fish so my body was getting ridiculously thin. If I had to do it over again, I would've definitely thrown in some good ol' pasta into that formula, because a strict diet of protein provides no warmth, and let me be clear, that was one cold and brutal shoot.
60(If he directed Over the Top (1987)) I would have made it less glossy and set it more in an urban environment, for one. Next, I would've not used a never-ending stream of rock songs, but scored music instead, and most likely would've made the event in Vegas more ominous - not so carnival-like.
61(Challenging Carl Weathers's statement that in a no holds bar match between himself and the other boxng stars of the Rocky) films and he said it would be Mr. T, him, Dolph Lundgren and Stallone) First of all, my brother Frank used to spar with Carl and chase him around the ring like a fox running from a hound. I saw Dolph Lundgren pick up Carl and heave him three feet into the corner when I was directing the scene between them; rather than retaliate, Carl got out of the ring and said something ferocious like, "I'm calling my agent... I quit!" So in order of boxing skills and fighting ability, I would say Dolph Lundgren, myself, Mr. T, Paulie, and then Apollo Creed.
62(On his worst injury from a Rocky film) Well, the worst pre-injury was the torn chest muscles competing in the bench press competition before Rocky II (1979), and the worst was in Rocky IV (1985). In the first round, I thought these two characters should hate each other so much that they should just attack each other like pit dogs... professionalism be damned. So what you see in the first twenty seconds is real, and after the third take of taking body blows, I felt a burning in my chest, but ignored it. Later that night I couldn't breathe very well, and they took me to the emergency room. My blood pressure was 200+, and the next thing I knew I was on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, and there I resided in intensive care for eight days. What had happened is he struck me so hard in the chest that my heart slammed against my breastbone and began to swell, so the beating became labored, and without medical attention the heart would've continued to swell until it stopped. Many people that have car accidents die like this when the steering wheel slams into their chest. So in a sense I was hit by "a streetcar named Drago."
63(On his early days) I do remember the windows and they were painted black, simply because my life was dedicated to writing since acting jobs had eluded me. But make no mistake about it, my writing was pretty atrocious in the beginning and my style left a lot to be desired. For example, I would begin writing at 11:00 at night as I listened to The Bee Gees' Odessa album over and over and over until 5:00 in the morning. The writing never amounted to much, but I memorized all the words to the album. It's safe to say I've long since abandoned that method of writing. The reason I painted the windows is, I didn't want any distractions or excuses to distract me from trying to work, such as, "My, what a nice day, I think I'll go outside and beg for food."
64It's very simple why Eye See You (2002) landed in limbo. A film is a very delicate creature. Any adverse publicity or internal shake-up can upset the perception of - and studio confidence in - a feature. For some unknown reason the original producer pulled out and right away the film was considered damaged goods; by the time we ended filming there was trouble brewing on the set because of overages and creative concerns between the director and the studio. The studio let it sit on the shelf for many months and after over a year it was decided to do a re-shoot. We screened it, it tested okay, Ron Howard was involved with overseeing some of the post-production... but the movie had the smell of death about it. Actually, if you looked up, you could see celluloid buzzards circling as we lay there dying on the distributor's floor. One amusing note: It was funny, when we were met at the airport by the teamsters they'd have a sign in front of them saying Detox, and all these actors like Kris Kristofferson, Tom Berenger and myself looked like we were going into rehab rather than a film shoot.
65(On Paradise Alley (1978)) I wrote the book first, then the screenplay. Both I wrote before I'd even thought about Rocky (1976), so originally they were done in 1974. But I was very broke and I optioned the screenplay of Paradise Alley (1978) to a real... how should I say this... maggot, who put his hooks in so deep I could never get it away from him. So the first time I went in to meet Chartoff and Winkler, I was there on an acting job. I didn't get it, but on the way out I said, "I have this screenplay called Paradise Alley (1978)." They said to bring it over and I did. They wanted to make it, but the other cretin that I had optioned it to was so obnoxious, so overbearing, that the producers wanted nothing to do with me or the screenplay. So on the way out, they said, "If you have any ideas, we'd be happy to look at them." That night I went home - even a fire extinguisher couldn't cool the burning in my brain. The door of opportunity was wide open and I had nothing to carry over its threshold. That's when I started to write Rocky (1976). So thank God for the maggot; otherwise I never would've written the story of Mr. Balboa.
66(Asked if James Cameron was going to direct Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)) No, I think that James Cameron is a brilliant talent, but I thought the politics were important, such as a right-wing stance coming from Trautman and his nemesis, Murdock, contrasted by Rambo's obvious neutrality, which I believe is explained in Rambo's final speech. I realize his speech at the end may have caused millions of viewers to burst veins in their eyeballs by rolling them excessively, but the sentiment stated was conveyed to me by many veterans.
67(On writing controversies) First of all, as for Chuck Wepner, he knows the truth and it had nothing do to do with his "personal life." I even regret the fact that he and Rocky (1976) are associated because the two people couldn't be more diverse. Second of all, I suppose James Cameron has a point, but in his original draft it took nearly 30-40 pages to have any action initiated and Rambo was partnered with a tech-y sidekick. So it was more than just politics that were put into the script. There was also a simpler story line. If James Cameron says anything more than that, then he realizes he's now doing the backstroke badly in a pool of lies. And finally, Joe Eszterhas wrote a script that was nearly 400 pages and was more of a novel than a shootable screenplay. A great deal of work was done by myself, along with Norman Jewison, to hammer it into shape, but Joe had conceived a great concept.
68(Asked if he'd ever play a villain) I wouldn't be opposed to playing a truly horrific individual. God knows I saw enough of that growing up. The thing is... whether he's a bloodthirsty, flesh-ripping, Son of Sam-type or more psychologically sadistic, I would definitely opt for the latter. Maybe a remake of When Harry Beat Sally.
69(Judge Dredd (1995)) From what I recall, the whole project was troubled from the beginning. The philosophy of the film was not set in stone - by that I mean "Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones" like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn't fit smoothly. It was sort of like a feathered fish. Some of the design work on it was fantastic and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication. I knew we were in for a long shoot when, for no explainable reason Danny Cannon, who's rather diminutive, jumped down from his director's chair and yelled to everyone within earshot, "FEAR me! Everyone should FEAR me!" then jumped back up to his chair as if nothing happened. The British crew was taking bets on his life expectancy.
70I've always thought of Rocky as an individual that was chosen to take a journey that would bring together many "broken" people, including himself, and this group would achieve success because of their newfound self-respect. Good old-fashioned Christian values, nothing wrong with that.
71I love Donald Trump. He's a great Dickensian character. You know what I mean? There are certain people like Arnold, Babe Ruth, that are bigger than life. But I don't know how that translates to running the world.
72[Golden Globe Award 2016, thank you speech] I wanna thank my imaginary friend Rocky Balboa, for being the best friend I ever had.
73The best thing about getting older is...nothing. There's zero good in getting older.
74[on if having action hero status hurt acting opportunities] Absolutely. I think that there's a preconceived notion that an action film is a mindless exercise in visual dexterity. Quite often, they're right. But when you do it in a proper way, say like The Bourne Identity (2002), it's really intriguing, isn't it? You're able to combine all the different skill sets, acting, visual, and the kinetic energy. But it doesn't happen very often, and when you hear the word, "Action," you say, "Okay, the guy really can't act; all he can do is be very, very physical," In a sense you are considered more of an empty vessel. I get that just comes with the territory, and that if you stick around too long, it becomes kind of your epithet.
75[on pushing himself too hard in the gym] It came right before Cop Land (1997). I had pushed a little too far and had an erratic heartbeat. So I said, maybe I should do a film that I can have pancakes and French Toast every morning and not stay on a treadmill for hours a day. That was Cop Land (1997). I had a great time working with Jim Mangold, De Niro and Keitel, and Ray Liotta. This was such a blessing, and I enjoyed it so much. If I could have stayed there, I would have. I loved doing ensemble work with Mangold and Harvey Weinstein really made a solid film. Creed (2015) has left me with the same good feeling.
76[on Nighthawks (1981)] Yeah, I remember Nighthawks. Again, a film that didn't find an audience, but I thought Rutger Hauer was incredible. Maybe it was that urban terrorism wasn't perceived as a serious threat then, and they said, "Well, this so far-fetched," but I liked that film a lot. That was a tough movie. We shot nights, like 40 in a row. The shoot lived up to its title.
77[on directing Rocky II (1979)] I didn't want to do it; John did a great job and won an Oscar. What had happened is, he didn't quite agree with the subject matter on the second one and just said, "I don't want to do it." Then the producers said, "Why don't you direct it?" I said, "Excuse me?" That was the adventurousness of Irwin Winkler and Bob Chartoff. "You wrote it, you understand it. Why not direct it." They gave me the nerve to do it. Paradise Alley (1978) hadn't come out yet. I started directing Rocky II (1979) and decided to work backwards, doing the fight first. So I'm directing that and we move to Philadelphia, and I'm nervous because, how can I come close to Rocky, as a director, but I'm trying. Paradise Alley (1978) comes out, and I go to see it during lunch and there are four people in the theater. Four. In Philadelphia, of all places. I went "Oh my God." I had to go back to the set. It didn't work out that badly for Paradise Alley, but my confidence was at an all-time low that day, and I had to tell myself, just keep punching.
78[on Warrior (2011)] My God, I thought that was amazing. I felt like I knew exactly what those guys were feeling at night. Incredible dedication. Joel Edgerton, those were real performances. I think that the way it was positioned was, just a fight film. But what Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte did was, fantastic acting. I was taken aback by how good they were. I think if people had seen it in a Cain and Abel context, it might have been perceived as more of a cautionary tale rather than just a fight film.
79[on who intimidated him at the Oscars in 1976] Actually, the person I talked to first, was John Wayne. I didn't know anybody so I was sort of in the corner, feeling very awkward. He walked over and said, "I'd like to introduce myself. My name is John Wayne." I said, "I recognized you, slightly." He was just so humble, and he goes, "Welcome to the industry. I saw your film, and you were very good." That took away my breath, but I relaxed after that, thinking I was just going to sit back and enjoy the show.
80[on the character of Rocky] It's odd - I don't know if it's the first time in the cinema, but it's like I have to live up to the ethics of a fictional character. The identification is so close that I had to stop smoking 'cause people were so offended. They'd say, 'You aren't in training? Rocky wouldn't smoke...' I find it to be so fascinating now. I have been so rewarded by the character. I can't bite the hand that feeds me. It's a fact of life; it's something that I'll always be judged against. Every film I do is going to be judged against Rocky (1976). It's a fact. I can't fight it anymore.
81I was taken off the streets and put into the limos and then groomed and pushed out in poster sales and advertising sporting equipment and whatever... It just kept building and building - I thought everybody liked me; this is the thing to do. Success is like a jet stream; it just sucks you along.
82I am an artistic businessman, both. I think you have to be. It's a matter of self-preservation.
83Steven Seagal said that he, 'Didn't associate with that kind of element' - meaning me. So I slammed him up against a wall. At that time, our testosterone was running full bore. He was full of his height and I was full of... Myself. But we made up. He can be very abstract.
84[on The Expendables 3 (2014)] I believe we finally got it right in the third one - kind of like marriage.
85People think it's easy to make a sequel. It's not, because you've lost the element of surprise. How do you keep putting on layers without getting too pretentious or trying too hard - you know, when in doubt, shout.
86[on The Expendables 3 (2014)] We're trying to make an Event Movie - like The Avengers (2012). And I think we've accomplished it.
87[on casting The Expendables 3 (2014) and possible future Expendables movies] I was going to go call up Jack Nicholson and we just got there a little too late, because actually he had said he might be interested in it. So there are still interesting avenues out there. I want to get, if possible, the most unique actors from the past and just put 'em out there once and for all, you know? It just seems like an interesting... quest to do that, because I don't know if it's ever going to happen again. And we're certainly not getting any younger. Well, you know Clint Eastwood is so involved with what he's doing, so that's kind of a pipe dream.
88[advice to actors who are training to appear as boxers in a musical version of Rocky (1976)] The hardest thing to do is to sell the punch. You can teach a guy to punch, but the person receiving it has to have the body movement. It starts with the feet, the swivelling of the ankles, the knees and the hips, and then the head goes last. If you just throw punches using your arms it looks like flailing.
89[on working with Robert De Niro on Grudge Match (2013)] He was much more of a fearless actor early on. I'm doing Rocky (1976) and the next theatre over it's Taxi Driver (1976) - he was there with the mohawk, bloody nose, that took some guts to do. I really admire that he just wants to keep going. It was great working with Bobby because he's the complete antithesis of who I am. He's modest, he's quiet, he's reserved and I learned a lot from him.
90I turned down Witness (1985), which was great because I've never had a love affair with an Amish chick!
91Every time I use social media I get really in trouble! I think George Clooney said it best when he said you've got to be an idiot to be a celebrity and use Twitter. You wake up in the morning when you're sober and your career is over! You've got to be really, really careful. You think you're a genius up there in the middle of the night and you wake up an idiot.
92[on gun control] I know people get upset and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon'. But who needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you're carrying out an assault. You can't hunt with it. Who is going to attack your house - an army?
93[on the possibility of Mel Gibson directing The Expendables 3 (2014)] Mel is a magnificent director! Pure passion on every level. We'd be blessed to have him. A real long shot, but life is a long shot - right?
94[on First Blood (1982)] In the book, Rambo gets killed. I thought it was not the proper message. There had been close to 200,000 suicides by returning Vietnam vets. I said, "Why don't we take him right to the edge without annihilating him?" Quentin Tarantino said, "You're a coward, you should have killed him!" I said, "Quentin, you're a lunatic. I want to do some sequels, brother."
95Regular artists borrow, geniuses steal.
96Rambo is me before coffee in the morning. Rocky is me after coffee. Rambo has reverted into kind of like an id: primitive, reactive and instinctual - almost like an animal. I love this character because because he hasn't quite been fleshed out. He's like an errant knight, looking to die in a glorious fashion. He has no desire to go into old age or have a family. Rocky is the antithesis: he cannot live without a family. So you've got the American Frankenstein monster, then you have the American dream.
97I like a good adversary. It makes you lose sleep and want to get up on the morning and go to the gym.
98[on Rocky (1976)] It's a film I wanted to go to. It's an audience's inalienable right, when they go to a theater, to see something truly extraordinary, something that borders on day-dreamism.
99Halloween is the only time people can become what they want to be without getting fired.
100Doing The Expendables (2010) was brutal; no time, no rest and more difficult then the last three Rambos put together.
101Being ignorant is like getting dressed for Prom Night in the dark. You think you are looking good until somebody turns your lights on.
102You have to grab life by the throat and squeeze before it grabs you by your neck and breaks it. Own your destiny.
103If politicians really told the truth they'd be fired and Washington would be an overgrown parking lot. Sad but true.
104[on Arnold Schwarzenegger] When people ask me who is the most extraordinary guy I've ever met, I answer that it's him. Think about it - the force of will and the fact that he is successful in three diverse and impossibly difficult areas. The politics of bodybuilding? Forget about it. And he was and is the most influential bodybuilder who ever lived, by far. Then, in Hollywood, with his background of being Austrian and all this baggage of not being American, and he became No. 1. And then politics, it's off-the-chart hard, he's the governor of California. That's all, just the governor of the biggest state in population. This is not some city council somewhere. And he would make it as a presidential candidate. It's mind-blowing.
105I eat healthy Monday to Friday, pig out on the weekend, gain pounds, then lose it again Monday to Friday. No need to starve, or suffer!
106Exercise, I tell people, can kill you. It's double-edged. It's good for you but you've got to know what you're doing. Your joints become fragile after a certain point. When you're 20, they're like rubber. But now...there's no way I can do the old squats and stuff. No way. Can't do it.
107[on Rocky Balboa (2006)] I haven't seen a dime yet. It made nearly $200 million. That's life, eh? That's how it works these days. They have this thing called 'back end' You can make a movie for $12 million that makes $250 million, but it still ends up in the red. The studios say they added $50 million in publicity in the Ukraine or somewhere, and you're like, 'What?'
108[on wanting Arnold Schwarzenegger for The Expendables (2010) sequel] I would love to get him in the next one. I really think so. He's been out of the limelight a long time, and I think this is the kind of film that would be a nice intro. I saw his eyes light up. It's one thing to run a state, but it's another thing to get back to what you're really known for. Certain actors you're never going to see come down the pike again, and he's one of them.
109I'm past my prime in doing dramatic films, I think it becomes maybe, almost a pathetic cry out to be recognized as a serious actor. I did my little moment. I'm very proud of the drama in Rocky Balboa (2006), its about as deep as I can go, and Cop Land (1997). I would much rather just direct dramas.
110[on being asked about themes in his movies at a press conference] I always try to deal with redemption. I think everyone in this room like everyone on the planet has regret, that one moment when they made the wrong decision, sometimes you just never get your life back on course, and that theme from Rocky Balboa to Rambo, it just haunts me.
111I've made a lot of career mistakes - a lot! Sometimes you're making a film and you go, 'It's a turkey and it's not even Thanksgiving.' It's bad.
112The one thing in my films... I only kill people that need to be killed. Let me put it this way, the ones that deserve it get it and they get it good and the ones that go after women really get it, you know what I mean? Really get it.
113[on his 1980s rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger] He was far more diligent than me; I was too reckless. He's very machine-like and I did consider him an enemy. But, looking back, it was a good enemy.
114[on a shocking ad-lib by Bruce Willis in the scene with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables (2010)] He goes, 'Why don't you just suck each other's c**ks?' I thought, 'You can't tell Rambo and The Terminator to suck each other's c**ks!' I said to the guys, 'You know what, that's worth the price of admission alone!'
115People that spend time in a foxhole - they're never going to find that relationship anywhere else again...everything else pales next to that. When you think about the second World War vets - more than even the Vietnam vets - there's a brotherhood. They're 90 years old now, and they're still wearing the hats. The way they feel about each other. Time stopped. That was the ultimate of life. Everything after it was anticlimactic. After that it just wasn't the same.
116[on his failed audition for a part in The Godfather (1972)] I couldn't even be an extra at the wedding, that's how far down the food chain I was.
117[on his screen test for the part of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)] It didn't meet with much approval since when I stood in front of George Lucas he didn't look at me once. Well, obviously I'm not the right type... It all worked out for the best since I don't look good in spandex holding a ray gun!
118[on Dolph Lundgren]: Dolph, I think, is a fantastically cooperative, excellent guy.
119I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.
120[on Rambo] He'd murder Jason Bourne. I'm only kidding. Maybe the other guy...the one in The Transporter (2002), Jason Statham.
121[on Arnold Schwarzenegger] I see him every Saturday, at Café Roma in Beverly Hills. It's funny because we used to be so competitive in the Eighties and now we're the best buddies in the world.
122I have become more cynical as I have got older. Everything you were promised as a young person, it doesn't really come true.
123I am under pressure to perform. If I didn't have this goal I would be more than happy to throw 25 croissants down my throat and wash it down with a pint of beer, trust me. It is very, very hard to stay in shape.
124[on retiring from acting] I'm on borrowed time. At this age I hear the ticking clock and it's as loud as the gong on Big Ben. The ultimate ambition is to follow in Clint Eastwood's footsteps and move on to directing films without me having to be in them. I'm on borrowed time and know my longevity will be predicated on being able to make that move.
125[on working with Richard Gere on The Lords of Flatbush (1974)] Gere would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. (Having lunch in a Toyota) I was eating a hot dog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, 'That thing is going to drip all over the place.' He said, 'Don't worry about it.' I said, 'If it gets on my pants you're gonna know about it.' He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers, and to this day, seriously dislikes me. He even thinks I'm the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true, but that's the rumor.
126[on Rocky IV (1985)] Dolph Lundgren and I always went for it. I gave him orders to try to knock me out while the cameras were rolling. At one point, he hit me so hard on the head I felt my spine compress. He then hit me with an almighty uppercut. That night my chest started to swell, and I had to be helicopter-ambulanced from my hotel to a nearby emergency room. I was told that Dolph had punched my rib cage into my chest, compressing my heart. If it had swollen any more, I would have died. After that, I was like, 'Dolph, it's only a movie, bro.'
127[on The Expendables (2010)] Man, it was seven guys, kicking each other's a**, one guy tougher than the next. No joke, our stunt guys were begging for mercy. Actually, my fight with Stone Cold Steve Austin was so vicious that I ended up getting a hairline fracture in my neck. I'm not joking. I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards. I now have a metal plate in my neck.
128[on filming his scene in The Expendables (2010) with pals Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger] Bruce's character, who hires me to do the job the film's based on, turns to me and says, 'Look, there's one person I need to talk with before I give you the job.' At which point Arnold, who plays my oldest rival, walks out. And it's clear we have a lot of history there. So I tell him I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. And the scene goes from there. But man, those guys were up for it. They got out of bed at 5.30am just to shoot a small five-minute scene.
129[on Arnold Schwarzenegger] He's my best friend now. It's strange, given what big rivals we used to be. He's still ridiculously competitive, though. See this watch? This is the only one of its kind in the world, so I wore it to our last lunch. Arnold was desperate for me to get him one but I had to explain that wasn't possible. He was so mad!
130[on the difference between filmmaking and painting] Movies are a vision dependent upon 300 or 400 people to accomplish it. So there's great compromising. And so much is lost in the translation. So when you get up there, it's maybe 40% of the way you envisaged it. Because of the finance thing, and the actor doesn't interpret it properly. Or the director isn't on form that day and he missed the whole point. Whereas painting is all you do. It either soars or it crashes. There's no one to blame but one person.
13195% of the time, women are right. They can be emotional, but when they say your shoes are shit or your tie is wrong, they're often right.
132[on the character of Rocky Balboa] I have always seen him as a 20th Century gladiator in a pair of sneakers.
133The trouble with remakes is that people fall in love with the original. It's like peanut butter. If you try to change the taste of peanut butter, you're in trouble.
134[on The Expendables (2010)] I guess it's kinda like The Dirty Dozen (1967), or one of those films that comes along every once in a while, like The Magnificent Seven (1960), to try to take that old formula and move it into a modern era. We accomplished it; I'm very, very happy with the film.
135The whole thing about Rocky (1976) wasn't about him boxing. It was about aging -- that was what made the movie. It wasn't him. It was about her -- him finding love, him making someone's life better -- and, before you know it, the audience identified with it.
136[on what fans can expect from The Expendables (2010)] Let's say we dug up The Wild Bunch (1969) and gave them one more shot.
137[on Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (2008)] Mickey, if anybody deserves an Oscar, it's you. No question about it. You lived it. You earned it. You deserve it. You're an incredibly talented man. It's about time everyone says, 'You know what? Give it to the winner.'
138[at Rambo UK Premiere, 2008) I feel like I'm 20 again - but with arthritis!
139During Rocky IV (1985), Dolph Lundgren had hit me so hard I had swelling around the heart and had to stay in intensive care at St. John's Hospital for four days.
140Making Victory (1981) (aka Escape to Victory) was hard work. I thought Rocky (1976) was tough, but I'd never trained so hard in my life. My waist went down from 33 to 29 inches; I ran every morning, because I was trying to look a little gaunt. We were POWs, after all.
141Rocky gives out such a good vibe, while Rambo's the Prince of Darkness. The new Rambo is not a feelgood movie. Every actor would like to say that they're Daniel Day-Lewis and that they have this incredible palette, but quite often you're known for certain things. I accepted that. So I said to myself, "Boy, if I could end my career on something, I'd like to finish up the loose ends on Rambo, because the last one in Afghanistan didn't work."
142I'm often asked whether Rocky is an extension of myself. But the truth is I wish I could be as noble as Rocky. He never says a bad word about anyone, and he never complains. He's lost 24 times, his record is 54 and 24, he's lost a lot but he's philosophical and knows there will be another day. I'm not that. I wish I were.
143If I have a regret, it's that I didn't expand my acting when I was building my career. It often sounds pathetic when you hear actors say that they feel sorry for themselves - I've been very very blessed, believe me - but if I had to do it all over again I could have done both. You can do commercial films and then do small, independent, acting films. Bruce Willis has done it well, so it's possible. I wish I had done it, but that wasn't the style back then. You were either a studio actor or an independent actor. So I regret that.
144I look back on Judge Dredd (1995) as a real missed opportunity. It seemed that lots of fans had a problem with Dredd removing his helmet, because he never does in the comic books. But, for me, it is more about wasting such great potential there was in that idea... it didn't live up to what it could have been. It probably should have been much more comic, really humourous, and fun. What I learned out of that experience was that we shouldn't have tried to make it "Hamlet", it's more "Hamlet & Eggs".
145There's something about matching the character with the script. And right now, the script that's being written, and reality, is pretty brutal and pretty hard-edged, like a rough action film, and you need somebody who's been in that to deal with it. - On Senator John McCain.
146[speaking of his life with a wife and three daughters] Living in a house where you are the only man is a little like being the only guy left at The Alamo. They just rule. Even our dogs are female. So there is no chance.
147I never had extraordinary genes or great bone structure, and I'm still very thin. What I try to do is create a body that every man can look at and say, "You know, with a certain amount of dedication I can achieve the same thing." I try to keep it in the realm of athletic, rather than unapproachable.
148I abused my body so much throughout my career that I am literally held together by glue. The stuff I took thickens the bones and reinforces the tendons.
149[on Rhinestone (1984)] You'd have thought we all got together and decided how we could fastest ruin our careers.
150I'm now starting Rambo (2008) and I'm looking for a young actor to star opposite me. I've been looking for the next Robert Mitchum or Steve McQueen, but the fact is they just don't exist. Tough guys today are getting their hair done at Hollywood hairdressers. Whatever happened to having a beer and scratching your balls?
151[on Rocky Balboa (2006) and Rambo (2008)] Maybe these movies wouldn't have been as interesting five years ago, but look what's happened in the world in that time. It's a whole different climate, now.
152[on Rocky Balboa (2006)] I knew I would go through the embarrassment of hearing all the jokes about me. My wife begged me not to do it, and that's why I wrote a line . . . that I'd rather do something I love badly than to feel bad about not doing something I love.
153You wake up one morning and you go, "What happened? Where did it all go so fast? There are many more things I want to do." And I figure a lot of people feel the same. A lot of people have so much they want to do, but society says, "Step back, youth must be served." I say, "You're right, youth must be served - after us. Get in line. We're coming back for seconds and thirds, and when we're finished helping ourselves, it's your turn." Just because people get older doesn't mean they abandon their dream or their ability to want to do something, so Rocky is symbolic of still wanting to participate. Rocky says the last thing to age is the heart, so I wanted to do a film that shows our generation is not on the outside looking in; it's still vital and wants to be part of the parade, not watching the parade. I want to show that life is not over at 50. People say, "Come on, grow old gracefully." No, why? I'm not ready. I know people will think Rocky is my story, but it's also my generation's story.
154I enjoy comedy very much, but it just wasn't right for me. Sometimes it's better to just stay focused and do what you're really passionate about.
155I think the people who have been so supportive and loyal will be happy with the final chapter in Rocky Balboa's life because I think we bring the character to a final and noble conclusion.
156[on his marriage to Jennifer Flavin] It's been a fantastic revival of my life. As you know, my first marriage didn't go so well, though I have a relationship with my sons, but this marriage has been a second beginning. I used to think my career was number one, so I was gone nine months out of a year, but I learned the hard way that the most important thing is that you start at home and then comes the career.
157No one likes to fail at anything, but I believe I'm a better person for it. I learned life's lessons. You're given certain gifts and that's what you should try to be.
158I'd say between 3 pm and 8 pm I look great. After that it's all downhill. Don't photograph me in the morning or you're gonna get Walter Brennan.
159All art, in this business, is a matter of compromise. It's not one man's vision unless he takes very weak actors.
160I really am a manifestation of my own fantasy.
161I know I cannot hold on to them forever, but I will as long as I can. I pity the first boy to knock on the door for a date. I'm gonna buy ten more Rambo outfits just to make sure they're too scared to put a foot wrong. They will probably all run a mile, which suits me just fine. I know I won't be able to help myself playing the worried dad. My girls were born with the flirt gene. It's very funny, but it also worries me about what a handful I will have in a few years time. I know it's stupid - I just don't want them to grow up. I love my family. I can't imagine life without them all in the house.
162[1999] After I made Cop Land (1997) in which I played a timid, overweight cop, all of Hollywood turned their back. I'm surprised they even gave me this table. I'm like driftwood in here.
163I'm a very physical person. People don't credit me with much of a brain, so why should I disillusion them?
164I'll just go on playing Rambo and Rocky. Both are money-making machines that can't be switched off.
165[2002] We're talking about doing another Rambo because I think it's time to combine action with politics.
166I'm not a genetically superior person. I built my body.
167[Following John Ritter's death in 2003] It's a huge shock. It just makes me realize how fragile life is.
168People accept Rocky Balboa as authentic. I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and asked about my boxing career. It's like they really want to believe that Rocky exists. You know, I'm amazed by all of this. At one time I thought people would get over their fascination with the character and move on. Didn't happen. After 30 years, Rocky has taken hold to a degree I never could have imagined.
169[1991] I'm 5'10" and weigh 177 pounds. I'm pleased with my body now.
170I had no idea Ellen Barkin was in the restaurant. If she was coughing or dying, she was doing it politely. I would have been more than happy to reach down her throat or squeeze her hard. Sat there dumbfounded? Please! I would have rallied round - just to avoid paying the bill.
171[Talking about the proliferation of guns in the U.S., following the murder of Phil Hartman in 1998, who was shot to death by his wife] Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you're gonna have. It's pathetic. It really is pathetic. It's sad. We're living in the Dark Ages over there. It has to be stopped, and someone really has to go on the line, a certain dauntless political figure, and say, "It's ending, it's over, all bets are off." It's not 200 years ago, we don't need this any more, and the rest of the world doesn't have it. Why should we?
172[on Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign for Governor of California in 2003] I think it's very dangerous waters. In that particular field you can't yell "Action!" and "Cut!" and "Take two!" and "Take three!". I personally think actors should remain actors, but I know he's always had blind ambition for that, so maybe it'll work out for him.
173I'm not right wing, I'm not left wing. I love my country.
174[In 1976, after completing production on Rocky II (1979)] But there'll never be a "Rocky IV." You gotta call a halt.
175[Explaining to The New York Times how he wrote the script for Rocky (1976) in three days] I'm astounded by people who take 18 years to write something. That's how long it took that guy [Gustave Flaubert] to write "Madame Bovary". And was that ever on the best-seller list? No. It was a lousy book and it made a lousy movie.
176I'm not handsome in the classical sense. The eyes droop, the mouth is crooked, the teeth aren't straight, the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer, but somehow it all works.
177That's what Rocky (1976) is all about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood.
178Once in one's life, for one mortal moment, one must make a grab for immortality; if not, one has not lived.

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

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