When Sylvester Stallone was born, doctors accidentally severed some nerves with a pair of forceps, leaving him partially but permanently paralyzed in the lower left side of his face, which accounts for his trademark expression and voice. We don’t care why, Sly, as long as you do what you do so well!
Stallone’s career got off to a “rocky” start, and when he was forced to sleep in the bus station because he couldn’t pay his rent, Sly answered the casting call for a softcore porn flick and soon he was showing off his oiled-up physique in The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970). Can we come to the party, Sly?
In 1974, Stallone appeared in the greaser nostalgia classic The Lords of Flatbush and in 1975 he played the pinstripe-wearing, tommy-gun-toting Joe in Roger Corman’s action-comedy cult classic Death Race 2000. The next year, he shot into stardom when he wrote and starred in the boxing masterpiece Rocky.
Three years after Rocky, he wrote, directed and starred in the sequel, Rocky II and in 1982 he started up yet another profitable film franchise when he played pissed off Viet Nam vet John Rambo in First Blood. While the characters of Rambo and Rocky were box office gold, Sly also had more than a few flops, including the 1984 comedy Rhinestone, in which he plays a would-be country and western singer, and 1987’s Over the Top, where he played a trucker and professional arm wrestler. Don’t worry Sly, we love your Stabone!