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Sylvester Stallone
Forecourt Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 29, 1983
Born: Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, July 6, 1946, in New York, New York
Age at the time of the ceremony: 36
Sylverster Stallone is perhaps one of the most recognized movie stars on earth. Breaking onto the scene in a low-budget boxing film, Rocky, Stallone has made an astonishing number of films, some good, some — well, people like the guy, yu'know?

Sylvester Stallone was born in New York's Hell's Kitchen area. His father was a beautician, while his mother was a dancer and women's wrestling promoter (!). The misuse of forceps during his birth has paralysed parts of Stallone's left side of his face, resulting in the look we have all come to recognize.

After the family moved to Washington D.C., Sylvester attended Norte Dame Academy; with his parent's divorcing in 1957 caused Sylvester to attend Lincoln High School in Philadelphia. He spent time at a military academy before attending Miami Dade College and the University of Miami. Stallone dropped out, heading to New York to seek his stardom in film work.

Broke and kicked out of his apartment, he agreed to work in a soft-core porn film The Party at Kitty and Stud's (released in February 1970), for $200. After this, Stallone got small bit parts in films shooting in New York, such as Woody Allen's Bananas (released in April 1971).

He got his first break playing in an ensemble of Brooklyn teenagers in The Lords of Flatbush (released in May 1974), with Henry Winkler. Stallone was credited with writing some of the dialog. He played a henchman in Capone (released in April 1975), with Ben Gazzara in the title role, and has a huge role in Death Race 2000 (released in April 1975), with David Carradine. Stallone guested, played a rookie cop nicknamed "Rocky," on Police Story aired over NBC in September 1975.

Stallone got inspired. He wrote a script for himself to play and got producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff (Woody Allen's producers, BTW) interested. Rocky (released in December 1976), was filmed on a low budget, and became a world-wide smash hit, winning the Oscar for Best Picture. Now Stallone could write his own ticket.

The first director who wanted that Stallone magic was Norman Jewison who cast him as a union official in F.I.S.T. (released in April 1978), with Rod Steiger, and while it didn't set the world on fire, neither did Paradise Alley (released in September 1978), which Stallone wrote and directed.

Not to worry. Stallone starred, wrote and directed Rocky II (released in June 1979), providing him with a solid hit. He next starred for director John Huston in Victory (released in July 1981), with Michael Caine, the did his triple-threat act again with Rocky III (released in May 1982), which made more money that the first two.

No one was really expecting First Blood (released in October 1982), to work, but Stallone, playing veteran John Rambo, made it work — the film became a "video hit" in the new video tape markets.

Stallone directed the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive (which played the Chinese in June 1983), with John Travolta, then, starred in the big-budget action sequel Rambo: First Blood Part II (released in May, 1985). After divorcing his first wife, Stallone married model Brigitte Nielsen, and starred with her in Cobra (which played the Chinese in May 1986). They would divorce before his next film even came out: Tango & Cash (which played the Chinese in December 1989), with Kurt Russell, was another hit.

Stallone dabbled in sci-fi films with mixed results. Demolition Man (which played the Chinese in October 1993), with Wesley Snipes, is fun, while Judge Dredd (released in June 1995), is dour. More in-line with Stallone's personality was Cop Land (released in August 1997), with Robert De Niro, and he had fun providing a voice for Weaver in the animated Antz (released in October 1998).

Stallone could get almost anything greenlit, and directors clamoured to get his participation. This did not always work: Get Carter (released in October 2000), flopped, and so did Driven (which played the Chinese in April 2001).

Undaunted, Stallone returned to his most successful character: Rocky Balboa (released in December 2006), with Milo Ventimiglia, became a hit, then he mined the Rambo (released in January 2008), paywall once more before turning his talents to The Expendables (released in August 2010), which he directed and co-wrote. He did the same for The Expendables 2 (released in August 2012), but only co-wrote the script while starring.

Stallone was delightful in the aging boxing picture Grudge Match (released in December 2013), with Robert De Niro, and starred in a Rocky offshoot Creed (released in November 2015), with Michael B. Jordon. He did a walk-on for his buddy Milo Ventimiglia for his This is Us show, aired over NBC in October 2017.

Revisiting old franchises, Stallone co-starred as Rocky Balboa in Creed II (which played the Chinese in November 2018) with Michael B. Jordan and returned as you-know-who in Rambo: Last Blood (released in September 2019) with Paz Vega. He did the voice for King Shark in the re-do of The Suicide Squad (which played the Chinese in August 2021).

He starred in Samaritan with Javon "Wanna" Walton (released in August 2022), and has the lead in nine episodes of Tulsa King with Andrea Savage (released in November 2022).
Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Sylvester Stallone Forecourt block.Executed by John Tartaglia, Wednesday, June 29, 1983. 50 x 42 inches.
Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Sylvester Stallone Forecourt ceremony, Wednesday, June 29, 1983. Mr. Stallone looks up for a moment while making his inscription.
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