We all know Sylvester Stallone. The athletically built, dark-haired American actor that got famous thanks to the Rocky and Rambo movie franchise. Movie fans all over the world love to see Stallone’s movies for more than 30 years. He is one of the biggest box office draws. But it wasn’t always pretty. At one point, Stallone was broke. Now, Sylvester Stallone net worth is more than $400 million. How he got there?
Born in 1946, Sylvester Enzio Stallone is an American actor, director, producer, and artist. In the beginning, he was a struggling actor trying to make it in New York City. He arrived in Hollywood and was strolling to make ends meet for a couple of years. Then, he played in Rocky, and everything changed.
How Rocky Changed His Life
This might come as a surprise, but Sylvester Stallone worked in the porn industry. After trying some softcore porn, he turned to write his own movies. The first one was Rocky. Now, the screenplay was a hit among producers at the time.
But many of them didn’t like the idea of Stallone playing in the movie. As Stallone will tell you, they wanted a celebrated actor. And they also wanted big-name directors.
Some producers offered him $300,000 for the rights to Rocky. At the time, he was broke, but he still refused the offer. Sylvester was persistent in his effort, and in the end, Rocky earned $117 million.
Quick Career Summary
Stallone attended the University of Miami. Before graduation, he dropped out of school and moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. In the beginning, he worked as a theater usher, zookeeper, and took part in low-profile movies. And as we said before, even worked in the soft-porn industry.
Everything changed with Rocky. After a while, he managed to find two producers willing to take a risk. Those were Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff. The story of the aspiring boxer in Philadelphia was a huge success.
The first movie earned $117 million at the box office. Parts two and three followed quickly. Since the first Rocky movies, he had a bit of a decline in his acting career. Rocky earned 10 Academy Award nominations in 1977. As Stallone puts it, “10 months earlier I was parking cars, and now I am here at the Oscars”.
The 1970s were the Rocky years. The movie continued to be a success in the 1980s as well. But in the 1980s, Sylvester got a part in another successful movie franchise. He got cast as the main character in Rambo. The movie is a classic and got a few sequels as well.
During the 1990s, Sylvester played in funny, comedic, yet dramatic movies. For example, his best movie in the 1990s is “Stop, or My Mom Will Shoot”.
During the 2000s, Stallone was a bit absent from the big screen. He voiced a couple of characters, tried another sequel of Rocky, but nothing special.
And then, in 2010, he got a part in “The Expendables”. The movie franchise managed to pair almost all the big-name stars of action movies of the 1980s and 1990s. Think Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, and Jason Statham.
And there are even more movies to come. Despite having 70+ years, Sylvester is not stopping. In fact, there are rumors about Expendables 4.
Earnings and Income
Stallone wrote the ultimate underdog story. He practically lived Rocky. At the time he wrote Rocky, he had a couple of hundred bucks in his pocket. Nowadays, Sylvester Stallone net worth is more than $400 million.
For the first Rocky, he got a salary of $23,000. That is nothing compared to what followed. The movie was an instant hit and Stallone cashed in on it. He earned $3.5 million for the third movie, $12 million for Rocky IV, and $15 million for Rocky V.
In total, Rocky movies earned more than $1 billion at the box office. He also got a hefty paycheck for portraying John Rambo. His salary for the First Blood, the first installment, was $7 million. And he doubled down on that for Rambo III, going up to $16 million.
So far, Stallone starred in more than 80 movies. That is about one and a half movies per year. He earned up to $15 million for a couple of movies, including Tango & Cash, Oscar, Judge Dredd, Demolition Man, The Expendables, The Expendables II, The Specialist, Assassins, and more.
Some movies brought even more salary. For example, he got paid $20 million for Driven and Eye See You.
From the 1970s till now, Stallone earned more than $300 million in base film salary alone. On top of that, he got involved in more projects.
And with movies like Little America, Samaritan, and The Expendables 4 in plans, Sylvester Stallone net worth will only go up.
Awards and Achievements
We said before Stallone got nominated for an Oscar for Rocky. In total, he got 3 Oscar Nominations. So far, he got 58 wins in different awards and another 66 nominations.
The most notable are Oscar nominees for best performance in a supporting role for Creed, best actor in a leading role for Rocky, and best writing and screenplay for Rocky.
At the Golden Globes, he won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Creed and earned nominations for best actor and best screenplay for Rocky.
Top 10 Richest Actors
Sylvester Stallone net worth is more than $400 million. That puts him in the top 10 richest actors list. This might surprise you, but there are actors with more money in the bank account.
For example, Jack Nicholson also has a net worth of $400 million.
Amitabh Bachchan, one of the biggest names in the India film industry has a net worth of $400 million as well.
Adam Sandler, the king of romantic comedy movies, has a net worth of $420 million.
Mel Gibson is one of the best actors, but he is also a director and producer. His net worth is $425 million.
Robert De Niro, another old-school actor, has a net worth of $300 million.
George Clooney, an award-winning actor, has a net worth of $500 million.
Tom Cruise, the star of the Mission Impossible franchise, has a net worth of $570 million.
But on top of the list is Shah Rukh Khan. He is The King of Bollywood. The Indian actor has more than 80 Hindi movies and a net worth of $600 million.
Personal Life and Assets
Sylvester Stallone got married three times. His first wife is Sasha Czack. He married her when he was 28 years old. The couple has two sons, Seargeoh, and Sage Moonblood Stallone. Sage died of heart disease at age 36.
Stallone married his second wife, actress Brigitte Nielsen on December 15, 1985. The marriage lasted only two years.
In May 1997, he got married for the third time. This time with Jennifer Flavin. He has three daughters with her, Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet.
Sylvester Stallone net worth is more than $400 million. As such, he can afford a luxury car collection. He also owns a mega-mansion. He has a four-acre property in North Beverly Park, a gated community in Los Angeles. Not bad for a broke actor strolling in soft porn. His fleet of cars includes an Aston Martin DBS, custom Camaro SS, 1950 Mercury, and more. He used some of his cars in his movies.
Stallone is a millionaire and donates to charity. In 2016, he earned Heart of Hollywood award by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors for his philanthropic work.
Stallone is a supporter of Republican politicians. But he is not a member of the Republican Party. He is also an advocate for gun control. Stallone says he is the most anti-gun person working in Hollywood.