Sylvester "Sly" Stallone
Sylvester Stallone - Action Star, Writer, Director, Bodybuilder
Here we'll explore Sly Stallone's biography, Stallone's wife Jennifer and his 3 daughters, Sylvester Stallone's son, Sage Stallone's tragic death, Stallone's height, Stallone's workout routines, Stallone's movies and many other common questions about the infamous Rocky and Rambo action star.
At age 65 (as of this writing), the Italian Stallion has proven that he is made up of the stuff his larger than life characters personify in his films. Sly is still going strong, coming off the blockbuster success of The Expendables 2.
Read on as we explore the life of Sly Stallone--the man, the icon, the legend.
Sylvester Stallone Bio
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Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone was born July 6, 1946. Commonly known as Sylvester Stallone and given the nickname Sly Stallone, he is an American actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, film director and occasional painter. Stallone is known for his machismo and Hollywood action roles. Two of the notable characters he has portrayed include boxer Rocky Balboa and soldier John Rambo. The Rocky and Rambo franchises, along with several other films, strengthened his reputation as an actor and his box office earnings.
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. It was announced on December 7, 2010 that Stallone was voted into boxing's Hall of Fame.
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Sylvester Stallone's Son Sage Stallone
Sage Stallone Died July 2012
Sage Stallone is the son of Sasha Czack (Sly's first wife prior to Brigitte Nielsen) and actor Sylvester Stallone. Sage has a younger brother named Seargeoh Stallone and is the half-brother of Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet Stallone (Sly's children with current wife Jennifer Flavin). Sage's uncle is actor/singer Frank Stallone and Jackie Stallone is his grandmother. Jennifer Flavin is Sage's stephmother.
Sage made his acting debut alongside his dad Sly, portraying Rocky's son, in Rocky V (1990). He played the role of Robert Balboa, Jr. Sage also appeared in the film Daylight (1996), another Sylvester Stallone production. Since that time, Sage has primarily acted in low-budget films and seems to have steered away from the acting bug.
In 1996, Sage and film editor Bob Murawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a Los Angeles based company dedicated to the restoration and preservation of exploitation films. In more recent years, Sage Stallone directed his first short film Vic which screened at the 2006 Palm Springs, California Film Festival.
Update: Tragically in July of 2012, Sage Stallone was discovered dead in his Hollywood home at the young age of only 36. Sly is reported to be "devastated" by the news, which he discovered while promoting The Expendables 2 at Comic Con in San Diego.
For the entire story including the results of the autopsy, go here: Sage Stallone Dies at Age 36
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Sylvester Stallone's Wife and Daughters
Sylvester Stallone's wife Jennifer Flavin
Stallone met his would-be wife Jennifer Flavin at a Beverly Hills restaurant when she was only 27. The two became engaged in January 1996. Nearly a year and a half later, they were married on May 17, 1997. The wedding ceremony took place at The Dorchester Hotel in London, England followed by a chapel ceremony at Blenheim Palace in Oxford. Together Sly and Jennifer have 3 daughters, Sophia Rose Stallone (born August 27, 1996), Sistine Rose Stallone (born June 27, 1998) and Scarlet Rose Stallone (born May 25, 2004).
Jennifer Flavin spent her teens modeling as a means of making an income. Many people don't realize that Flavin made a brief appearance in Rocky 5. She has also appeared as herself in numerous documentary programs, including Stallone's boxing series "The Contender." More recently, Flavin is now the co-founder of her own cosmetics company called Serious Skin Care. She appears frequently on the Home Shopping Network and at events to help promote her organization as well as her husband Sly's many projects.
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Sylvester Stallone's Height
Sly Stallone's height
Sylvester Stallone's height is a subject of debate and conjecture. Conflicting reports have the action star ranging anywhere from 5' 6'' to 5'10''.
The most commonly accepted measurement for Stallone's height is 5' 9''. Regardless of Sly's true height, the characters he portrays in his films are larger than life and truly inspiring. That is the important takeaway.
Sylvester Stallone's Workout Routine
Stallone has always maintained a low bodyfat percentage (typically between 4% - 7%). While filming Rocky III, Sly came in at an unbelievable 2.8% bodyfat percentage which is unheard of even among professional bodybuilding competitors. Stallone typically weights in around 200 - 210 pounds of solid muscle during filming of his many action movies.
According to Sylvester Stallone, "I follow a high-protein diet: Anything with a face, that's what I eat, with something green next to it. Over the years, my biggest flaw was overtraining. In the gym six days a week, doing more sit-ups at night ... my body was in a constant state of breakdown. Now I focus on a variety of exercises, working out three times a week for 90 minutes per session. I really feel good--much stronger than I've ever felt, actually. Something's working."
Stallone's Typical Workout (Back, Shoulders, Arms):
* Angled Weighted Pull-Up (3-4 sets, 6-12 reps) -- After one warm-up set using strictly bodyweight, Sly dons a weighted vest and alternates pulling his chin first toward his right hand and then his left.
* Unilateral Low-Cable Row (3-4 sets, 14-16 reps) -- Stallone uses a special machine with two weight stacks side by side and holds a D-handle in each hand. Sly does 10 reps using both arms together at the same time and then alternates each arm individually for 4-6 additional reps.
* Plate-Loaded Machine Shrug (3 sets, 6-12 reps) -- When doing shrugs, Sly exceeds more than 400 lbs.
* T-Bar Row (3 sets, 10-12 reps) -- Sly uses a barbell and places one end in a corner. He tends to do t-bar rows one arm at a time.
* Squat-Jump Pull-Up (3 sets, 8 reps) -- Using a pull-up bar that's approximately 8 feet high, Sly does bodyweight squats jumping from the floor on and grasping the bar. He then continues the move into a pull up. Immediately afterwards, Sly drops back to the floor into another squat and repeats the process until all reps have been completed.
* Uneven Standing Barbell Curl (3 sets, 8-12 reps) -- Stallone holds the barbell with one hand in the center and the other hand toward the end of the bar (his arms are deliberately off center to confuse the muscles). Sly switches grip position mid-set in order to work each arm equally.
* Strive Curl Machine (3 sets, 12-18 reps per set) -- Sly adjusts the curl machine 3 times during each set so as to create different stimuli on his biceps. He completes 4-6 reps on each setting.
* Dumbbell Hammer Curl (3 sets, 18-30 reps) -- Sly begins by lifting both dumbbells simultaneously for 8-10 reps and then finishes with fast paced alternating reps (an additional 10-20 total).
* Standing Calf-Machine Shrug (3 sets, 6-12 reps) -- Stallone shrugs to raise the shoulder pads as high as they will go, completing his workout circuit.
Note -- Sly also performs weighted ab training in between exercises. He finishes with forearm movements.
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I love this book. I read it cover to cover once and then read through it again a 2nd time. Not only is Stallone's book inspiring, but you also learn the exercises that the Rocky and Rambo action star does to be in such incredible shape even in his 60s. For anyone that wants to get into shape or is a Stallone fan, this book is a must have!
Sylvester Stallone Trivia
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* Sly's signature snarl and somewhat slurred speech came as the result of slight paralysis of the lower left side of his face caused by forceps during his birth.
* Stallone, along with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger was part owner of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain.
* Sly is an avoid painter and has produced numerous oil pantings. He is a big admirer of Leonardo Da Vinci.
* At age 15, Stallone's classmates voted him the one "most likely to end up in the electric chair."
* Stallone was a small kid with a scrawny, gangly frame. He idolized the superheroes he read about in comic books and the larger than life heroes he saw in movies such as bodybuilder Steve Reeves.
* Stallone was paid only $60,000 for his role in Cop Land (1997). Stallone decided to take on a more dramatic role in an effort to escape his action hero cast type. He delivered an impressive, critically acclaimed performance.
* Sly's mother, Jackie Stallone, is a big fan of Jackie Chan. As a result, Chan and Stallone are very good friends.
* Sly dislikes his first name (Sylvester).
* Sly has a total of 5 children: Sage Stallone and Seargeoh Stallone with first wife Sasha Czack; Sophia Rose Stallone, Sistine Rose Stallone and Scarlet Stallone with third (and current) wife Jennifer Flavin.
* Stallone starred in a pornographic film at age 23. In the film "The Party at Kitty and Stud's" (1970), which was later re-released and renamed "The Italian Stallion", Stallone portrayed the role of Stud the Italian Stallion. Sly was paid $200 to play the sex-craved gigolo and appeared nude in nearly every scene.
* Sly's mother Jackie Stallone was a fan of Tyrone Power and had originally named her son Tyrone Stallone. However, when she got the birth certificate it had been changed by Sly's father Frank to Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone.
* Stallone claims he was able to bench press 385-400 lbs and squat 500 lbs in his prime. While in a bench pressing contest with former Mr. Olympia Franco Columbu, he suffered a severe tear to his pectoral muscle. The surgery to repair the injury required over 160 stitches. This is why the right side of Stallone's his chest is noticably more veiny than the other side.
* Stalloned turned down several lead roles in big movies including: Christopher Reeve's role in Superman (1978), Jon Voight's role in Coming Home (1978), Eddie Murphy's role in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Harrison Ford's role in Witness (1985), Bruce Willis's roles in Die Hard (1988) and Pulp Fiction (1994), John Travolta's role in Face/Off (1997), Samuel L. Jackson's role in Rules of Engagement (2000), and Kurt Russell's role in Death Proof (2007).
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