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  • Best known for his Oscar-nominated role, Rocky Balboa, and his war hero character, John Rambo, Sylvester Stallone became one of the most popular action stars in Hollywood. Along with his success as a leading man, Stallone has also garnered success from screenwriting and producing. </br></br>Sylvester Stallone sits for a portrait session in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 26, 2016.
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  • Sylvester (Michael) Stallone in his eighth grade class photo from Montgomery Hills Junior High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, 1960.
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  • Sylvester Stallone's first lead role was starring alongside Henry Winkler in "The Lords of Flatbush," a film about a group of Brooklyn kids who form a gang who don't want to grow up. </br></br> From left; Paul Mace, as Wimpy Murgalo, Sylvester Stallone, as Stanley Rosiello, Henry Winkler, as Butchey Weinstein, and Perry King, as David 'Chico' Tyrell, pose for a promotional photo for "The Lords of Flatbush," 1974.
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  • Sylvester Stallone sits on a staircase, holding the leash of a dog wearing in a football jersey, in a still from the film, "Rocky," directed by John G. Avildsen, 1976. </br></br>Stallone was inspired to write the script to "Rocky" after seeing Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner in 1975.
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  • 5. Sylvester Stallone, as Rocky Balboa, and Talia Shire, as Adrian, in a scene from "Rocky." </br></br>Stallone snagged his first Academy Award nomination for his role as the underdog boxer. The film won the Oscar for best picture.
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  • Sylvester Stallone reacts to a question from host Johnny Carson during an interview on "The Tonight Show," Dec. 16, 1976.
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  • Sylvester Stallone alongside his first wife, Sasha Stallone, enjoy a party at Studio 54 in New York, July 6, 1978. </br></br>The pair were married for 10 years before filing for divorce, and had two sons together.
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  • Sylvester Stallone, as Johnny Kovak, on the set of "F.I.S.T.," directed by Norman Jewison. </br></br>Stallone plays a lowly warehouse worker who rises to power through the local Teamsters chapter only to have his mob-ties past ruin him.
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  • Sylvester Stallone relaxes in his hotel while on break in London, 1982.
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  • Sylvester Stallone plays Green Beret, and Vietnam war hero, John Rambo on the set of "First Blood." </br></br>Stallone co-wrote the screenplay for "First Blood" which is based on the novel by writer David Morrell.
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  • Sylvester Stallone directs the film "Staying Alive," the sequel to "Saturday Night Fever," Feb. 24, 1983, in New York. </br></br>The film is one of two that Stallone wrote, directed and produced but did not star in, however he does make a brief cameo.
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  • Sylvester Stallone, not pictured, imprints his hand and footprints in cement on June 29, 1983 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. </br></br>Stallone would also receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the following year alongside Dolly Parton.
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  • Sylvester Stallone, as Nick, and Dolly Parton, as Jake Farris, in a scene from the film "Rhinestone," 1984. </br></br>Stallone co-wrote the screenplay, which follows Parton's character as she tries to turn Stallone's into a singer.
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  • Sylvester Stallone, as MArion Cobretti, holds a machine gun in a scene from the film "Cobra," 1986. </br></br>Stallone plays a renegade cop who has to protect the a lone witness from a murdering gang of street thugs.
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  • Sylvester Stallone, as Lt. Raymond Tango, and Kurt Russell, as Lt. Gabriel Cash, on the set of "Tango & Cash" directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy.
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  • Actor and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone poses for a promotional photo on the set of "Rocky V" directed by John G. Avildsen. </br></br>Stallone revives his character, Rocky Balboa, in the fifth installment of the "Rocky" series. The movie follows Balboa home after his fight with Drago only to discover the fortune he amassed has been lost by his accountant.
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  • Sylvester Stallone, as John Spartan, on the set of "Demolition Man." </br></br>The film features Stallone as a cop brought out of suspended animation into a nonviolent future and co-stars Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock.
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  • Sylvester Stallone, as Freddy Heflin, in a scene from the film "Cop Land," written and directed by James Mangold.
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  • Sylvester Stallone and Frank Stallone attend the premiere of Lionsgate Films' "The Expendables 3" at the TCL Chinese Theater, Aug. 11, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif. </br></br>The Expendables franchise revitalized Stallone's career and brought him back as a leading action hero.
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  • Sylvester Stallone attends the opening of his art exhibition entitled "Real Love" at the Contemporary Gallery at Mamac Museum, May 16, 2015, in Nice, France. </br></br>Stallone is an accomplished painter and sculptor having shown works at Art Basil, The Russian State Museum and the Nice Museum of Contemporary Art.
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  • Sylvester Stallone accepts the award for best supporting actor in a motion picture for "Creed" during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Jan. 10, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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  • Boxing robes from "Rocky IV" are displayed during a press preview for auction of movie memorabilia from the "Rocky" and "Rambo" movies at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, Oct. 20, 2015, in New York.
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  • Sylvester Stallone, Sistine Stallone, Scarlet Stallone, Sophia Stallone and Jennifer Flavin Stallone, April 26, 2017, in Los Angeles. </br></br>Jennifer Flavin is Stallone's third marriage. The pair were wed in 1997 and have three daughters together.
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