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SYLVESTER STALLONE (Barney Ross, Screenplay by) has established worldwide recognition as an actor, writer and director, since he played the title role in his own screenplay of "Rocky;" which won the Academy Award® in 1976 for Best Picture.

Since that seminal motion picture, "Rocky" grew to become a franchise of five sequels and in 2006, Stallone concluded the series with "Rocky Balboa." It was a critical and audience success, which resolutely confirmed both "Stallone" and "Rocky" as iconic cultural symbols. A musical version of "Rocky" will debut in Hamburg, Germany in 2012.

In addition to commemorating a character which has become as real as any living person, to film-going audiences around the world, a statue of ‘Rocky Balboa' was placed at the foot of the now-famous steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum at a dedication ceremony presided over by the Mayor.

Stallone wrote, directed, and starred in "Rambo," which continued the saga of the Vietnam vet, "John Rambo," twenty-five years after the debut of "Rambo: First Blood." For this latest installment, Stallone took the company on location to the inner jungles of Burma; basing the compelling story in a country where crimes against humanity, civil war, and genocide have existed for over 60 years, and no one is doing anything about it.

Last summer, Stallone released the action thriller "The Expendables," which he co-wrote, directed, and starred in, and for which he hired an all-star cast including Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren and Steve Austin, as well as Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sly took the company on location to the interior of Brazil and the city streets New Orleans, filming for just a few short months. "The Expendables" has previously opened to number one at the box office and ultimately grossed over $274 million worldwide, making him the only actor to open a number one Film across five decades.

Born in New York City, Stallone attended school in suburban Philadelphia, where he first started acting and also became a star football player. He then spent two years instructing at the American College of Switzerland in Geneva.

Returning to the United States, he enrolled as a drama major at the University of Miami and also began to write. Stallone left college to pursue an acting career in New York City, but the jobs did not come easily. By 1973, Stallone had auditioned for almost every casting agent in New York and had gone on thousands of acting calls, with little success.

During this period, he turned more and more to writing, churning out numerous screenplays while waiting for his acting break. The opportunity first came in 1974 when he was cast as one of the leads in "The Lords of Flatbush." He also received his first writing credit for "additional dialogue" on this film.

With the money earned from that film, Stallone left New York for Hollywood. He again began to make the rounds of studios and casting agents, managing to get a few small roles in television and movies. He also continued to pursue writing.

Prizefighter ‘Rocky Balboa' was born and given life in a script Stallone wrote in longhand. Several producers offered to buy the screenplay, wanting to cast a name star in the title role; which Stallone insisted on playing himself.

Although his bank balance was barely one hundred dollars, Stallone held fast with his perseverance finally paying off in a big way.

In addition to "Rocky Balboa" and "Rambo," Stallone's credits as actor/writer/director are "Rocky II" and "Paradise Alley." As actor and co-writer, Stallone filmed "F.I.S.T.," "First Blood," "Rambo First Blood Part II," "Rhinestone," and "Rambo III." He co-wrote, directed, and produced "Staying Alive" and starred in "Nighthawks," "Victory," "Tango & Cash" and "Lock Up." "Rocky V," starring and written by Stallone and directed by John Avildsen, opened in 1990.

He also starred in "Demolition Man," which set box-office records for its fall 1993 release and in the films "The Specialist," "Assassins" and "Daylight."

Stallone starred in the challenging and unique role of ‘Freddy Heflin' in the Miramax feature film "Copland," which garnered him further international critical and audience acclaim.

He had the starring role in "Get Carter" for Warner Brothers, co-starring Michael Caine, which opened in the fall of 2000. Stallone wrote and starred in the number one box office race car thriller "Driven," co-starring Burt Reynolds and Christian de la Fuente. In addition, he filmed "Avenging Angelo," co-starring Madeline Stowe. Both films were for Warner Brothers. He also starred in the role of ‘The Toymaker' for director Robert Rodriguez in the hit film "Spy Kids 3," the final installment of that successful film franchise.

He was associated with "The Contender," a powerful and action-packed unscripted series that aired on the NBC Television Network and then ESPN.

In 2002, Stallone 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 addition, Stallone's influence and fan appreciation is acknowledged worldwide. In 2008, The Zurich Film Festival presented him with the Festival's Inaugural Golden Icon Award, which recognized his achievements as a great American Actor and Filmmaker. In 2009, The Venice Film Festival honored Stallone with their Glory to the Filmmaker Award. For the 2010 release of "The Expendables," Stallone was honored at the Spike TV's, "Guy's Choice Awards" with the coveted GuyCon Award, presented by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was also feted at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival as the event's Honored Guest, and received the Visionary Award at the Hollywood Reporter Key Arts 2010 Event. At the 2010 Comic-Con Convention, he was the first inductee into the IGN Action Hero Hall of Fame.

In 2013, audiences will see Stallone in "Bullet To The Head," which is veteran director Walter Hill's first theatrical feature in a decade. The movie centers on a cop and a hit man who form an alliance to bring down their common adversary.

Presently, he is filming "The Tomb" on location in New Orleans, co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Jim Caviezel and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Stallone is one of the founding partners of Planet Hollywood, the internationally famous chain of entertainment complexes which includes the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

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