The role of "Rocky Balboa" in 1976 made Sylvester Stallone world famous. He also wrote the script and even received an Oscar nomination for the part of the working-class Boxer from Italian descent, who pursues the American dream. Stallone went on to also pen all the scripts for the five Rocky sequels, except for the spin-off Creed, which came out in 2015.
He might be 72 years old by now, but "Sly" still looks great. The talented actor still produces and stars in movies on a regular basis, and does so in style. For the 2015 Rocky spin-off Creed, he reprised his role of "Rocky Balboa" and received yet another Oscar nomination - this time, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role! Well deserved, if we may say so...
She was Stallone's leading lady: Talia Shire played "Rocky's" great love "Adrian" for the first five installments of the franchise - and who doesn't remember the legendary quote when the boxer yells out "Yo Adrian, i did it!"? Shire was also nominated for an Oscar twice for her great work in the franchise.
In case you did not know: Talia Shire is actually the sister of director Frandis Ford Coppola and therefore part of the famous Coppola family, one of the great Hollywood dynasties. Her son, Jason Schwartzman, is also a really successful actor!
Burt Young portrayed "Rocky's" friend and brother-in-law "Paulie Pennino" for all six movies of the franchise. Just like Stallone and Shire, he also received an Oscar nomination in 1977 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
This very ripped body belongs to "Rocky's" arch enemy "Apollo Creed", who was played by Carl Weathers in the first four movies. He later became a friend of the protagonist.
After his role in the Rocky franchise, Carl Weathers appeared mainly as a guest actor on variety of TV shows. On his résumé, we find shows such as The Shield, Arrested Development, Emergency Room, Psych and Chicago P.D. ...
In the fourth movie, which was aptly named Rocky IV, Dolph Lundgren took over as "Rocky's" nemesis in the ring and portrayed the Boxer "Ivan Drago", who hailed from the Soviet Union.
Dolph Lundgren, who actually also had a career as a boxer in real life, accepted the role of "Gunner Jensen" in The Expendables in 2010, which meant that he would star in another great franchise with his old pal Sylvester Stallone. What do they say? 'Never change a winning team!'
Brigitte Nielsen, who had not yet had plastic surgery back then, also appeared in Rocky IV. She played the part of "Ludmilla Vobet Drago", Dolph Lundgren's character's wife. In real life, she was actually together with none other than Sylvester Stallone himself!
The relationship between Nielsen and Stallone started in 1985 and ended in 1987. Afterwards, Nielsen mainly hit the headlines with stories from her private life: among others, she was together with stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Flavor Flav (from the band "Public Enemy"). In 2008, the Danish actress admitted to having a drinking problem...
In Rocky V, Stallone's son Sage, who was 14 at the time, also played his son on-screen: Sage's name was "Rocky Balboa Jr.".
Sylvester Stallone's son Sage Stallone in 2005.
In the 2006 installment Rocky Balboa, which is also known as Rocky VI, Milo Ventimiglia (who had already made a name for himself in Gilmore Girls) took over the role of "Rocky Jr.".
Milo has changed a lot since 2006 and now looks like a real grown man. Ventimiglia has also been successfully starring in the NBC prime time drama This Is Us as the family man "Jack Pearson".