SYLVESTER STALLONE (Ray Breslin) 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 a franchise of five sequels and in 2006
Stallone concluded the series with Rocky Balboa, a critical and audience success which
resolutely confirmed both Stallone and Rocky as iconic cultural symbols. In addition, to
commemorate 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.
In more recent times, Stallone wrote, directed and starred in Rambo, which continued
the saga of Vietnam vet John Rambo twenty five years after the debut of Rambo: First Blood.
For the 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.
Stallone then released his a most ambitious project , the action thriller
The Expendables, which he wrote, directed and starred in, and for which he hired an all-star cast
including Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lungren and Steve Austin --
as well as Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, which opened to Number One at the Box
Office -- making him the only actor to open a Number One Film across Five Decades. Sly took
the company on location to the interior of Brazil and the city streets New Orleans, filming over
just a few short months.
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