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Join WatchMojo.com as we take a look at the film career of Sylvester Stallone.
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Female Speaker: He is an American action icon who has become synonymous with the 1970's and 80's. Welcome to watchmojo.com and today we'll be taking a look at the career and come back of actor Sylvester Stallone.
Male Speaker: Its over.
Male Speaker: Nothing is over, nothing, you just don't turn it off.
Female Speaker: Born on July 6 1946 in Hell's Kitchen New York. He suffered nerve damage to his face during child birth due to complications during pregnancy. The misuse of forceps accidentally severed a nerve causing him paralysis in parts of his face resulting in his signature speech and drooping lower lip.
In the 1960's Stallone attended Beauty School but dropped out when he won a scholarship to study drama at the American college of Switzerland. After returning home he pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at the university of Miami before seeking work as an actor finding it difficult to not only break into the film industry but also even to survive as an actor Stallone's film debut was in the 1970 softcore porn the party at Kitty and Stud's, shockingly the film was later renamed the Italian Stallion due to a sudden rise world wide superstardom in 1976 when he brought boxer Rocky to life.
Before this Stallone had only been cast as an extra and starred in the gang drama The Lords of Flatbush but it was the rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa that prompted a high demand for the actor and several subsequent returns to the iconic role that made him a star.
Male Speaker: Rocky, you went the distance you went the 15 rounds, how do you feel?
Male Speaker: All right, its all right.
Male Speaker: What were you thinking about when that buzzer sounded?
Male Speaker: Adrian.
Male Speaker: What were you thinking about when the 15th round when you are coming out.
Male Speaker: Adrian.
Female Speaker: When not in the boxing ring Stallone starred in several highly praised projects, these roles included a union organizer in the drama fist and a con artist in Paradise Alley. Stallone took on another iconic role when he became Vietnam War veteran Rambo in 1982's First Blood.
Male Speaker: Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe.
Female Speaker: Dominating the box office the actor was praised for adding complex and emotional dimensions to the character rather than going through the emotions of an ordinary action flick, Stallone then spent the 80's bouncing back and forth between Rambo and Rocky with each sequel getting less praise and attention than the last.
Rounding up the decade he starred along side Kurt Russel in the buddy action comedy Tango and Cash.
Male Speaker: Do you think he is telling the truth?
Male Speaker: I don't know, but its not raining and he is standing on a puddle.
Male Speaker: Disgusting.
Female Speaker: The early 90's weren't kind to the actor, the film Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot was both pinned critically and commercially and quickly hailed as his worst project. Luckily he made a come back with a string of back to back hits, these included his role as a mountain climber and rescue worker caught in a deadly situation in Cliff Hanger, as a cop unfrozen in the future in Demolition Man and as an explosions expert in 1994's The Specialist.
Male Speaker: You like watching them die? You like taking them down? Now I'm taking you down.
Female Speaker: It was his international appeal that manage to save Judge Dredd from becoming a box office disaster. He then increased his appeal by starring opposite Antonio Banderas in Assassins before starring in the disaster film Daylight.
Male Speaker: I know you've been through hell, dying here, I can see that but I'm just asking you to be patient.
Female Speaker: Stallone ended the 90's in the highly acclaimed role of a cop surrounded by police force corruption in Copland and by lending his voice to the computer animated feature Antz. Unfortunately he soon received a Razzie award for worst actor in 2000. Interestingly it was based on 95% of the films he had done in his career rather than for a single movie part.
With a career that was clearly on a downward spiral he took a three year hides from film making to plan his come back with the sixth Rocky film and fourth adventure as John Rambo. Amazingly the long pause between installments bared tremendous fan interest and the project showed that even in his 60's he could still hold his own as an action star.
In 2010 Stallone then starred in wrote and directed the big budget action film The Expendables. Notable for paying tribute to action films of the 80's and 90's it starred in a ray of action veterans from those decades as hired guns on a mission to overturn a cold blooded 0:04:11. The film also further demonstrated the star's refusal to let his age stop him from thrilling audiences.
Male Speaker: Are you crazy, you could've killed me.