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Sylvester Stallone had a fast start in his career, starring in Rocky which would win Best Picture in 1976. That and his Rambo franchise have kept him in the limelight for decades now, despite his incredibly up-and-down career. Here are 11 interesting facts about Sly Stallone you may not have known…
1. That now iconic sneer and mumble of Stallone’s was caused by birth complications that required forceps. The forceps paralyzed the lower left side of his face.
2. His father Frank Stallone was a hairdresser and mother Jackie Stallone is a larger-than-life eccentric who’s also sought fame as an astrologer and women’s wrestling promoter. Her maiden name is Labofish.
3. On 8 March 2005 he appeared in his first magazine issue of Sly which came out monthly. He was on the cover of every magazine and did most of the articles and interviews himself.
4. He holds the record for the longest unbroken streak of nominations at the Razzie Awards – thirteen straight years. He received a Razzie Nomination every year, most of which were for Worst Actor, from 1985 to 1997.
5. Stallone was said to have only $106 in his bank account at the time the Rocky project was given the green light by producer Irwin Winkler.
6. Despite his long association with the Republican Party, Stallone supported President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial and hosted a Democratic fundraiser at his Miami home on 9 July 1998.
7. In an interview in January 2002, Stallone confirmed he was still interested in reprising his roles as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, but feared that at fifty-five he was too old. Nearly four years later, in October 2005, he confirmed his intention to make Rocky Balboa and Rambo in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
8. Stallone was paid a mere $60,000 to do Cop Land. It is said that he did the film to play a serious role and escape his action hero cast type.
9. Stallone oil paints in his spare time and considers ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ his personal hero.
10. In 2002, Stallone sued his former business manager, Kenneth Starr, for giving him bad business advice. He claims $17M in damages. Part of the advice was for him to hold onto his shares in Planet Hollywood, the now bankrupt restaurant chain, despite it already being in a financial bind.
11. In 1986, following the enormous success of Rambo: First Blood Part II, Stallone was received at the White House by President Ronald Reagan.