Sylvester Stallone rose to fame as the writer and lead actor in the Academy Award-winning film “Rocky” (1976). He became one of the world’s biggest action movie stars, reprising his roles in “Rocky” and “First Blood” (1982) for several sequels. After a mid-career slump, he rediscovered box-office success with “The Expendables” (2010) and won critical acclaim for reviving the Rocky franchise with “Creed” (2015), earning his first Golden Globe award and another Oscar nomination.
What is Sylvester Stallone’s net worth?
The famous American actor, Sylvester Stallone has a net worth of $400 million. He became one of the highest-paid actors of the 1980s and 1990s, after launching to superstar status thanks to “Rocky”. During his career, Sylvester Stallone has produced and written many highly-successful franchises such as “The Expendables”, “Rambo” and “Rocky”. His movies have generated more than $4 billion in global revenues, at the time this article is written.
Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for “Rocky” himself in only three days and found interest from multiple studios for his project. He was offered a salary of $23,000 by the film producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler. Today it would be around $110,000. With a budget of only $1 million, the film earned $225 million.
The actor earned $3.5 million in 1982 for the movie “First Blood”. The next year, he made $10 million, the inflation equivalent of $25 million, for “Staying Alive”. On his second Producer credit, “Rhinestone” from 1984, Stallone earned $4 million.
The next year he earned another Producer credit for “Rocky IV” and $12 million. With the movie “Over the Top” Stallone made $12 million. Also, he earned $16 million for “Rambo III”.
Sylvester Stallone earned $15 million for each of the next movies:
- The Expendables I;
- The Expendables II;
- Lock Up;
- The Specialist;
- Tango & Cash;
- Judge Dredd;
- Rocky V;
- Demolition Man;
Sylvester Stallone earned $20 million for “Eye See You”, another $20 million for “Driven” and $17.5 million for “Daylight”.
Stallone earned $300 million only in base film salaries between 1970 and 2012. In today’s dollars, after adjusting for inflation, that would be around $500 million.
Childhood and teenage years
Nicknamed “The Italian Stallion”, Stallone was born in New York in 1946. Due to complications during the birth, a nerve in his face was damaged, a condition that still persists today, but which helped him to have one of the most distinctive images in Hollywood. His parents, an Italian and a French, divorced when Sylvester was 11 years old. He was expelled from 14 schools for violent behavior until the age of 13, then he was sent to the American College in Geneva, Switzerland, a special school for troubled students.
After graduation, he returned to the USA. and studied Theater at the University of Miami. During this period, he began to write the first film scripts. He gave up his studies and returned to New York to become an actor, at first, he only managed to pose nude and play in some adult productions.
While waiting to be discovered as an actor, Sylvester Stallone accepted all kinds of jobs to support himself. At one point he even cleaned the lion cages at the Central Park Zoo, started a movie theater, and agreed to appear in an adult film called “The Party at Kitty and Stud’s” (1970). A few uncredited parts in mainstream films such as Woody Allen’s “Bananas” (1971) and “Klute” (1971) soon followed. He had a more substantial role playing a tough guy in the 1974 independent film “The Lords of Flatbush” with Henry Winkler and Perry King. During this period, Stallone married Sasha Czack.
Released in 1976 and directed by John G. Avildsen, “Rocky” became a critical and commercial success. The film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including nominations for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. “Rocky” faced stiff competition in the best picture category from the likes of “Taxi Driver”, “All the President’s Men” and “Network”, but it proved to be the little film with a big punch and won the coveted Oscar. Rocky Balboa’s story struck a chord with moviegoers, earning over $117 million at the box office.
To follow up his breakthrough role, Stallone then starred in “F.I.S.T.” (1978). He received some favorable reviews for his work, but the film failed to attract much audience. Returning to the film that made him famous, Sylvester Stallone wrote, directed, and starred in “Rocky II” (1979). He kept the franchise going a few years later with “Rocky III” (1982).
That same year, Stallone introduced viewers to a new character – John Rambo, a disenfranchised and troubled Vietnam veteran – in “First Blood” (1982).
By the mid-’90s, Stallone’s power as an action hero began to fade. He made a series of films that were quickly forgotten, including “Judge Dredd” (1995) and “Daylight” (1996). Taking a break from big-budget action films, Stallone played a supporting role in the independent drama “Cop Land” (1997).
Returning to his leading man status, Stallone starred in the thriller “Get Carter” (2000), which received mixed reviews. He then wrote, co-produced, and starred in the drama “Driven” (2001). It earned more than $32 million at the box office — a long way from its Rocky glory days. Another effort, “Shade” (2004), came and went without much notice.
Stallone is once again back in familiar territory to write another chapter in his most popular creation. The plot of “Rocky Balboa” (2006) somewhat mirrored Stallone’s own career. Fans turned out in large numbers to see Rocky’s final fight, which earned more than $70 million at the box office and another $85 million in foreign sales.
In 2010, Stallone starred alongside Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Expendables”.
In early 2018, he announced the release of “Creed 2” with an Instagram photo featuring Rocky’s protégé and another old rival, Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago. “Creed 2” did well commercially after its release in September 2018, surpassing $200 million at the global box office.
Sylvester Stallone sold his house in Coconut Grove, Florida in 1999 for $16 million.
Stallone and his wife, Jennifer Flavin, bought a vacation retreat in La Quinta, California, in January 2010 for $4.5 million. Starting in 2014 they tried to sell this home. They even lowered the price to $4.625 million in 2016 but finally sold it for $3.1 million in May 2020.
Sylvester purchased a 13,000-square-foot mansion in Palm Beach, Florida for $35.4 million in December 2020. This house was bought for $26 million in 2018. So, the seller made a profit of almost $10 million.
In January 2021 Sylvester listed his mansion from Beverly Hills for sale for the amazing sum of $130 million. However, he lowered the price to $85 million in August 2021. He accepted $58 million in December 2021 and sold the house to Adele. This was the highest price ever paid for a house in Beverly Park.
Sylvester Stallone paid $18.2 million for a house in Hidden Hills, California, in February 2022.
In 2017, Stallone provided the voice for the animated “Animal Crackers” and appeared in the Marvel Comics blockbuster sequel “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
In March 2018, Sylvester and Braden Aftergood created the film production studio, Balboa Productions.
Sylvester Stallone was married three times. He married Sasha Czack in 1974 and has two sons with her. The couple divorced almost a decade later.
After that, he married Brigitte Nielsen on December 15, 1985, but divorced her two years later in 1987.
In 1997, he married Jennifer Flavin. They have three daughters together. Stallone and Flavin announced in August 2022 that they were divorcing, but reconciled a month later.
As much success as Sylvester has had with his career, as much sadness he has accumulated in his personal life. In 2012, his first child, Sage Stallone, from the actor’s first marriage, died at only 36 years old, following a heart attack, apparently caused by a drug overdose.
But that’s not all. The drama in the life of the great actor has been going on for more than 30 years. In 1985, while he was happily married to Sasha Czack, Sylvester Stallone would learn that his life would change forever: his second son, Seargeoh, was diagnosed, at the age of just 3, with autism after he manifested communication problems. Seargeoh was hospitalized in several clinics and went to countless therapists, but he never recovered 100%.