Although he's best known for his iconic roles, even Hollywood legends like Sylvester Stallone came from somewhere. Sylvester has working class roots, and following the recent news of his mother's death, many of his fans want to know more about where he came from. Although he arrived in Hollywood telling a very personal story, there's a lot that the public still doesn't know about Sylvester's personal life.
Does Sylvester Stallone have siblings?
Sylvester has one full sibling and several more half-siblings. Sylvester is the eldest son of Frank Stallone Sr. and Jackie Stallone, and he was born in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan in 1946. His most well-known sibling is Frank Stallone Jr., who is his only full biological sibling. Frank is an actor and composer, and has written music for several of his brother's films, including Rocky. He also wrote "Far From Over," which was featured in Staying Alive.
In addition to Frank, Sylvester also has several other half-siblings, mostly on his father's side. Toni D'Alto, is the exception, and is Sylvester's only half-sister on his mother's side. Toni was born in 1964, and also had an acting career. She was best known for her role in The Appointment, and she died in 2012 after a battle with lung cancer.
Sylvester also has three additional siblings on his father's side. Bryan and Carla Stallone are private people, and not much is known about their lives. Sylvester's youngest half-brother is Dante, who is just 23 years old and is Frank Stallone Sr.'s final child. Dante is a student at Florida State University, and has already done some work as an actor and director as well. He's also more than 50 years younger than Sylvester.
Who were Sylvester's mother and father?
Although Sylvester's success likely redounded onto his parents, he comes from fairly working class roots, which is reflected in Rocky, the project that launched him to stardom. His father was born in Gioia del Colle in Italy and immigrated to the United States in the 1930s. In the early 1950s, Frank Sr. opened a beauty school after he moved the family to Washington, D.C. His mother, Jackie, was best known as an astrologer and psychic.
How did Sylvester's mother die?
News recently broke that Jackie had died at the age of 98. In a post on Instagram, Frank confirmed the news and expressed sorrow at her loss. "She died in her sleep as she had wished. It was hard not to like her, she was [a] very eccentric and flamboyant person," Frank wrote. He did not reveal the cause of his mother's death in the post.
Frank said that his mother had lived through Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II, and that he would often spend hours just talking with her. "It was a history lesson," he wrote. "Her mind was as sharp as a razor till the day she died. She never wore a mask a true revolutionary gal. I guess I'm drowning in my emotions in tears and to [sic] much vino. But when you've known someone for 70 yrs it [sic] tough and sad."