On July 6, 1946, Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone was born in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.
Sylvester spent his childhood living in Washington, DC, with his family. He then went to university in Florida before moving back to New York City.
During the early 1970s, Sylvester struggled to support himself. After sleeping for three weeks in a bus terminal, he took a role in a soft core pornography film.
Years later, he gained international fame as the star and writer of Rocky. The film, which was made on an extremely small budget, was a huge hit. It was the highest-grossing film of 1976 and won three Oscars.
After the success of Rocky, Sylvester went on to write four sequels — and a fifth was written by someone else.
Sylvester’s romantic life was tabloid-fodder for years. He had five children throughout his three marriages, but his oldest son, Sage, passed away in 2012. His three youngest children, daughters Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet, are all grown up now and working as models.