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[[caption-width-right:350:'''[[MemeticMutation Live for nothing or die for something, your call.]]''']]
->''"Yo, [[SayMyName Adrian!]] I did it!"''

Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter and [[OldShame former]] [[BleachedUnderpants porn star]]. One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s to the 1990s, Stallone is an icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism. He is by far one of the most iconic action heroes ever, alongside Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. While not a very large man (standing at about 5'9), his MrFanservice musculature is the result of hard work with weight training and nutritional supplements (such as [[http://www.examiner.com/celebrity-fitness-and-health-in-national/expendables-star-sylvester-stallone-ripped-to-shreds-at-64-stunning-video HGH and testosterone]]). His identifiable "marble-mouth" voice is the result of complications during birth and having little feeling on one side of his body.

He has played two characters who have become a part of the American [[PersonAsVerb cultural lexicon]]: Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame odds to fight for love and glory, and John Rambo, a courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescue and revenge missions. And he has also been a driving force behind the camera for the majority of his movies, having written the original story for Rocky and directing most of the sequels.

During the 1980s and best part of 1990s, he was one of the biggest movie stars in the world with the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' franchises. In the late 90's he started to struggle with a series of Box Office duds as he found that the public was slowly losing interest in the Stallone-style "StrictlyFormula" films. He decided to go into more character-piece films where he was praised for expanding his range and acknowledging his advancing age.

This led into him reviving his ''Rocky'' and ''Rambo'' franchises, with the two restoring confidence that he can still be an action hero and do character pieces at the same time. His latest major film ''Film/TheExpendables'' gathered an impressive group of past and present action heroes for a new "old school" action movie, including Creator/JasonStatham, Creator/DolphLundgren, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/JetLi, Mickey Rourke and even a cameo by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. He ups the ante later with ''Film/TheExpendables 2'', also bringing in Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme and Creator/ChuckNorris.

Stallone's ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' was inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum. Stallone's use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps. Philadelphia has a statue of his Rocky character placed permanently near the museum, on the right side before the steps.
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!!Selected Films
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}''
* ''Film/{{Assassins}}''
* ''Film/BulletToTheHead''
* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}''
* ''Film/{{Cobra}}''
* ''Film/{{Daylight}}''
* ''Film/DeathRace2000''
* ''Film/DemolitionMan''
* ''Film/{{Driven}}''
* ''Film/EscapePlan''
* ''Film/EscapeToVictory''
* ''Film/TheExpendables''
** ''TheExpendables2''
* ''Film/{{FIST}}''
* ''Film/GetCarter''
* ''Film/GrudgeMatch''
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''
* ''Film/{{Nighthawks}}''
* ''Film/{{Oscar}}''
* ''Film/OverTheTop''
* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' (Series)
** ''Film/FirstBlood''
** ''RamboFirstBloodPartII''
** ''RamboIII''
** ''Film/{{Rambo}}''
* ''Film/{{Rhinestone}}''
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' (Series)
** ''Rocky''
** ''RockyII''
** ''RockyIII''
** ''RockyIV''
** ''Film/RockyV''
** ''RockyBalboa''
* ''Film/TheSpecialist''
* ''SpyKids3DGameOver''
* ''Film/StayingAlive'' (Director only, with a blink-and-miss it cameo)
* ''Film/StopOrMyMomWillShoot''
* ''Film/TangoAndCash''
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