Sylvester Stallone Net Worth

How much is Sylvester Stallone worth?

Net Worth:$420 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:July 6, 1946
Country:United States of America
1.77 m

About Sylvester Stallone

One of the greatest movie stars of the last 40 years Sylvester Stallone did not have a sudden or likely rise in the film industry. Both of his parents were immigrants, both emigrating to the USA between the two world wars. His mother was of French descent and worked as a beautician and hairdresser. His father held down all kinds of jobs, from an astrologer to a dancer and wrestling promoter. He has one younger brother called Frank, who is also an actor.

Due to complications at birth, and the in-expertise of some of the doctors that were delivering him he suffered damage to nerves in his face that never recovered afterward. Because of that, the left side of his face, his lips chin, and parts of his tongue are totally paralyzed. That is why he comes off as speaking in a sluggish, unclear manner. But as unlikely as it may seem, those impediments did not stop him in pursuing his dream as an actor.

As of 2021, Sylvester Stallone has an estimated net worth of $420 million dollars.

What makes him so successful?

The success of Sylvester Stallone is such an unlikely story. Born with defects that severely limit his potential an ability to act and perform he has become one of the biggest movie stars ever. How did that happen? What can explain something so unlikely?

First, we must look at Sylvester Stallone the person. He was always a workaholic and still is. No matter what happened he always worked. Worked on himself, his body, his talents and everything he could think of to just become better. When nobody wanted to give him a role, even as an extra, he wrote a script himself. Rocky. That script was the foundation of all his future success. But the path from his first acting gig to that movie script was full of despair, trouble, and hopelessness. But he persevered, never lost hope, or even dared to think about failure. Naturally, like anyone else, he was close to quitting. But pushed on. One has to admire the amount of rate and determination there is in a man like that.

How did Sylvester Stallone get so rich?

In the case of Sylvester Stallone, the saying that “The night is darkest before the dawn” proves correct. After working on some small parts, after working as a Zoo cleaner, he saw a Mohamed Ali fight. It was at that moment that the idea for a Rocky movie flashing into his mind. He said that he went straight home and worked on the movie for three days straight. And as soon as anyone read the script they knew that there was something special about it.

But there was one big problem, initially, there weren’t many movie studios who wanted to let Sylvester Stallone play the leading role. Some wanted Burt Reynolds in the part, others Robert Redford. But, finally, in 1977 the movie was released and it was an immense success on all fronts. He even was nominated for two Oscars, one for Best Original Screenplay and the other for The Best Lead Performance. That was only the third time in history that a person was nominated in those two categories at the same Oscars. The Rocky Balboa movie became the Rocky Franchise with six movies grossing well over $600 million dollars. Later it got a spin-off with two Creed movies, based on the son of Rocky’s first rival Apollo Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone playing an older Rocky Balboa.

A couple of years later he was able to start another movie franchise with the Rambo movies. Those movies followed the life of a PTSD suffering former Vietnam War veteran called John Rambo. It was likewise a huge success at the box office grossing almost $900 million combined, as well as gave Stallone worldwide recognition and fame. Those movies are praised as some of the best action movies ever made. Always the workhorse, Sylvester Stallone made a movie almost every year. But the 90s and the 2000s weren’t as successful as the 70s and the 80s.

Just when it seemed his career was slowing down, Sylvester rebounded with yet another movie franchise, The Expendables. That franchise is a throwback to his Rambo days. It stars him and various other action stars from the 80s and 90. The star-studded cast includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Landgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, and many more. As with Rocky and Rambo, the Expendables was a huge global hit grossing well over $200 million.

We calculate Sylvester Stallone to be worth $420 million dollars in 2020.

Why is he so famous?

As we have mentioned earlier, the road to success for Sylvester Stallone was a long, grueling one, full of trouble and despair. Once he moved to New York permanently, he struggled to find any acting work. The only work that he got during that time was a softcore pornographic movie called The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970). In fact Sylvester Stallone stared in a couple of movies at that time under the nickname “the Italian Stallion”. He got paid $200 dollars for two days’ work, which in the early 1970s and for Stallone at the time, was a lot of money.

At one point in his life he slept in the New York bus station, homeless and desperate. Desperation was what drove him to appear in pornographic movies. Later, he and his girlfriend supported each other by working odd jobs on the side and working on their film careers. As acting work became less and less likely he spent his time working harder and learning everything he could to give him an edge. He spent a lot of time in the library in those days, especially reading a lot of Edgar Allan Poe, who Sylvester Stallone states was a great influence on him. In 1972 he got close to giving up acting altogether. His biggest disappointments was that he couldn’t even book a gig as an Italian extra in the now-classic, all-time great movie The Godfather.

Fortunately he summoned the inner wisdom and courage to write the Rocky Balboa script and through sheer will and determination managed to get the picture made. If it weren’t for that spark of success early on, we may only know Sylvester Stallone as “the Italian Stallion” porno actor, or probably more likely, not at all.


Sylvester Stallone changed the way people approach movies and actors. Born with speaking defects he was able to forge a highly successful movie career. He has created two iconic movie characters, Rocky and Rambo both becoming multi-million dollar franchises. When we think about action movies, his face and the face of Arnold Schwarzenegger are the first ones that come to mind. He is also an example of what pure work ethic and determination can do. From a child of two people who came to a new world, to a man who the whole world knows and respects; from a homeless, jobless actor to one of the biggest names in show business today.

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