9 Things You Didn’t Know About Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

1. One of Stallone’s first film roles was as ‘Subway Thug #1’ in Woody Allen’s Bananas.

2. Stallone directed the sequel to Saturday Night Fever in 1983.

After calling the shots on Rocky II and Rocky III, he was given the chance to helm the semi-forgotten Staying Alive.

3. He has also dabbled in the fine arts since the 70s.

Stallone was recently invited to show his works at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg.

Stallone Art 2
In interviews he’s stated that his artistic influences include the late Francis Bacon.

Sylvester Stallone's art
While Degas had his ballerinas and Monet had his water lilies, the subject of Sylvester Stallone’s art seems to be ‘the actor Sylvester Stallone’.

4. In 2011, Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


5. Before his big break, he starred in a soft-core adult film called Party at Kitty and Stud’s. He, of course, played the protagonist, Stud.

After the success of Rocky, Playboy retitled the film ‘The Italian Stallion’ and released this (rather SFW) trailer. It even features some eerily familiar music.

6. For a period of three years in the 80s, he was married to his Rocky IV co-star Brigitte Nielsen. This union provided Celebrity Big Brother with its greatest ever moment in 2005, when Stallone’s mother Jackie was reunited with her former daughter-in-law.

7. Speaking of Big Brother, Sly’s younger sibling Frank is a professional musician.

Frank Stallone
Last December, he auctioned off the privilege of having him gate-crash your New Year’s Eve party (see above). Frank’s only Top 100 hit was 1983’s Far From Over. It featured on the soundtrack of Staying Alive, a film that was coincidentally directed by his big brother!

8. He briefly dipped his toe into the world of monthly periodicals as the publisher of Sly magazine.

Its purview was to provide health tips and celebrity interviews to his core demographic of men over 40.

9. Stallone is  a prolific screenwriter.

On top of every single Rocky picture, he’s had screenplay credits on such eternal classics as Cliffhanger, Over the Top and Driven. In fact, he wrote the new Jason Statham action-thriller Homefront, which is now out on blinkbox!

Homefront is now available at blinkbox

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