Stallone's dog in the "Rocky" movies, Butkus, was actually his own pet in real life, whom he had to sell and later bought back after finding success.
Stallone was offered the role of John McClane in "Die Hard" but turned it down, and the role went to Bruce Willis.
Before his Hollywood success, Stallone worked various odd jobs, including cleaning lion cages at the Central Park Zoo.
Stallone's first acting role was in a softcore adult film called "The Party at Kitty and Stud's," later re-released as "The Italian Stallion."
Stallone wrote the script for "Rocky" in just three and a half days, refusing to sell it unless he could play the lead role.
Stallone is an accomplished painter who has held exhibitions of his artwork and sold paintings for significant amounts.
Stallone has a passion for watches and has an extensive collection, even designing his own timepiece.
Stallone is a licensed pilot and enjoys flying helicopters and private jets.
Stallone supports veterans and military charities, making donations to organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project and the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Stallone was nominated for both Best Actor and Worst Actor at the Razzie Awards in 1979, being recognized for "Rocky" and "Paradise Alley" respectively.