Sylvester Stallone transformation from 1 to 71 years old
Sylvester Stallone through the years. Born on July 6, 1946, in New York City, Sylvester Stallone rose to fame as the writer and lead of the Academy Award-winning boxing film Rocky (1976).
He went on to become one of the biggest action stars in the world, reprising his characters from Rocky and First Blood (1982) for several sequels.
Following a mid-career decline, he rediscovered box-office success with a series of action films that included The Expendables (2010) and has earned critical acclaim reprising his Rocky role in Creed (2015), winning his first Golden Globe and receiving another Oscar nomination.
One of the most popular action stars of all time, Stallone is best known for portraying two heroic characters on the big screen—boxer Rocky Balboa and Vietnam War veteran John Rambo.
His trademark droopy visage was the result of a forceps accident at the time of his birth. A nerve was severed in the accident, which also left him with slurred speech.
Stallone had a difficult childhood. Both he and younger brother Frank were adversely affected by their parents’ hostile relationship, which later ended in divorce. Sylvester spent some of his earliest years in foster care.
When Stallone was around five years old, his father moved the family to the Washington, D.C. area where he started his own beauty parlor chain.
Stallone lived in Maryland for years, staying with his father after his parents’ divorce in 1957. He struggled emotionally and academically, and was expelled from several schools.
A few years later, Stallone went to live with his mother and her second husband in Philadelphia. There he attended a special high school for troubled youth.
After graduation, Stallone eventually went on to college. First, he attended the American College in Switzerland, where he studied drama.
Stallone then went to the University of Miami, again choosing to focus on the dramatic arts. He left school before completing his degree to move to New York City to pursue an acting career.
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