Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles. Two notable characters he has portrayed are the boxer Rocky Balboa, the title character of the Rocky series from 1976 to 2008 and soldier John Rambo from the Rambo saga, which ran from 1982 to 2008. He wrote every episode of the two eponymous franchises, and directed some of their installments as well.
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. It was announced on December 7, 2010 that Stallone was voted into boxing's Hall of Fame.
In 1977, Stallone was nominated for two Academy Awards for Rocky, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.