Stallone's maternal ancestors lived in Odessa. Then his grandmother moved with her family to the United States, and in 1921, Sylvester's mother, Jacqueline Leibofish, was born in Washington. In 1945, she married Frank Stallone, a year later they had their first child, who was named Sylvester.
During childbirth, the doctor unsuccessfully applied forceps and injured the baby's facial nerve. This was the reason for the famous crooked smile of the actor. In addition, the child's speech was impaired. It took a very long time to get rid of this defect. As a child, peers often mocked him, therefore, Sylvester was a very aggressive teenager.
The path to fame was not easy for the guy: in his youth he had a chance to work as a bouncer in a nightclub, as a cleaner at a zoo. From time to time I managed to appear in films in episodic roles. But, the ambitious Stallone was not enough, he decided to write a script about the boxer Rocky Balboa. He wrote it in record time - in three and a half days. Before the filmmakers, Sylvester set a condition - he himself should star in the main role.
He was offered other conditions: to pay a fee of 200, 000 dollars (for three days of work!) And refuse the main role. Stallone was adamant, even agreed that he would receive only $ 23, 000 for the script, but he retained the main role.
In 1976, the film became the highest grossing in the United States, grossed about $ 225 million at the box office, and Sylvester Stallone himself turned from a supporting actor into a world cinema star.
But in order to look convincing on the screen as a boxer, Stallone had to train hard for five months. Every day I had to visit a boxing gym, "swing" with weights and run exhausting cross-country races.
Sylvester worked with weights before, but there was not enough money for good equipment. I had to go to the city dump and use the materials at hand as shells: parts from cars or concrete blocks.
At the moment, Stallone has already starred in more than 50 films, many of which have gained worldwide fame. The actor has won three Oscars, two of them for Rocky - Best Screenplay and Best Actor.
Stallone is not only a talented actor and screenwriter, but also a successful businessman. His fortune is estimated at more than $ 400 million.
In 2002, Jacqueline Stallone visited the homeland of her ancestors, Odessa, in order to get to know her pedigree better. She was very sorry that her son was very busy at that time and could not come with her, but expressed the hope that he will certainly visit here.
In 2011, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame despite never being a professional boxer. But, there is nothing surprising in this: this honor is awarded not only to the stars of the ring, but also to actors, journalists, writers who have made a great contribution to the development of this sport.
On the screens, the actor can often be seen with a weapon in his hands. But, this is only a stage image. Sylvester Stallone himself has repeatedly spoken out that he is opposed to the free sale of arms.