Sylvester Stallone Wrote a Devastating Amount of Screenplays for Films While He Was Still an Usher Before Rocky Fame

Before gaining recognition in Hollywood through his Rocky screenplay, Sylvester Stallone wrote 16 screenplays

sylvester stallone wrote a devastating amount of screenplays for films while he was still an usher before rocky fame


  • Sylvester Stallone is an action icon and is an inspiration to many aspiring actors who start with nothing
  • Stallone had to make his place in Hollywood with his own screenplay for Rocky, as he sold it only under the condition that he plays the lead role
  • Stallone shared that he wrote around 16 screenplays when he worked as an usher
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Apart from being an exceptional actor, Sylvester Stallone has also showcased his talent in the writing world. Before becoming a well-known name in the industry, the actor took odd jobs, including a job as an usher in a theatre. In his latest documentary, SLY, the actor revealed that he used that opportunity to watch films and write screenplays after getting inspired by it. During that period, Stallone watched many films and changed the dialogues in order to create his own story.

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky V
Sylvester Stallone in Rocky V

With 1976’s Rocky, Stallone became a worldwide sensation. He went on to star in various films he wrote himself, proving his versatility as an actor as well as a writer. Today, the actor has a remarkable filmography that will inspire many aspiring actors.

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Sylvester Stallone wrote 16 scripts when he worked as an Usher

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky III
Sylvester Stallone in Rocky III

A documentary called SLY based on actor Sylvester Stallone‘s life is currently streaming on Netflix. In the documentary, the actor revealed that he wrote 16 screenplays when he was working as an usher before becoming famous. He said,

“I got a job as an Usher. I could watch films all day long and I would take a little inexpensive tape recorder, record the soundtrack and the dialogue, and go home and try to replace the dialogue. That’s what I started to do. I wrote and wrote for a couple of years until I had 15, 16 screenplays.”

Around that time, Stallone shared an apartment with his girlfriend, Sasha Czack, and did many odd jobs. Unfortunately, his theatre usher days were short-lived as he reportedly lost that job for scalping tickets. He then practiced writing by visiting the local library.

Also read: Rocky 5 Is More Heartbreaking For Sylvester Stallone Than Fans Realize For a Tragic Reason


Sylvester Stallone wrote 1976’s Rocky

Sylvester Stallone as John J. Rambo in a still from the Rambo franchise
Sylvester Stallone as John J. Rambo in a still from the Rambo franchise

By 1972, Stallone was on the verge of giving up as he struggled to find roles, however, four years later, the actor’s life changed. 1976’s Rocky, which was written by Stallone, was released and made Stallone a well-known name around the world. In the 1970s, Stallone also made his directorial debut and starred in the 1978 film Paradise Alley.

Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Stallone dominated the industry with his work in franchises like Rocky and Rambo. The actor became an action icon, starring in countless action movies around that time. The actor is still active today and even starred in the latest Expendables installment, Expend4bles. With his strong on-screen presence, breathtaking action sequences, and distinctive personality, Stallone became one of the biggest stars in the industry whose influence can even be felt today.

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