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New York personalities and their backgrounds – Silvester Stallone

Silvester Stallone is one of the greatest actors of our time and the most famous star in cinematic history. He was born on July 6, 1946, in New York City and people all over the world probably know him for his role in Rocky movies. This lead him to become the biggest action star in this industry. But, as all successful actors, he had a difficult childhood.

He and his brother Frank were significantly affected by their parents’ turbulent relationship, which later ended in divorce and Stallone spend some of his early years in foster care. When he was five, his father moved the entire family to Washington D.C. He owned there a beauty parlor chain Stallone lived there for years after his parents divorced. During that time, he had a lot of emotional problems, which lead him to be expelled from several schools.

After a few years, he left his father and moved to Philadelphia to live his mother and her second husband. Stallone attended there a special school for troubled youth and started American College in Switzerland. On this college, he studied drama and went to the University of Miami, but never graduated. He left to pursue his career in acting.

While he waited for his career to improve, Stallone had to work all kinds of jobs in order to survive. At the Central Park Zoo, he had to clean lion cages, and at the same time, he took a role in The Party at Kitty and Stud’s, an adult movie. During 70’s, Stallone was struggling with the small roles and made uncredited parts in mainstream movies such as Bananas in 1971, which Woody Allen directed and soon followed the Klute. In 1974, an independent movie The Lords of Flatbush came out, and Stallone was acting together with Henry Winkler and Perry King.

In 1976 Rocky was released and became a huge hit. The film earned 10 Oscar nominees and brought fame to Silvester Stallone. This move has marked his career and made him successful beyond the boundaries. From this time, his career is only growing.

Early beginnings of Tom Cruise

If we told you a name Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, you probably wouldn’t have an idea we are talking about Tom Cruise. He was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse New York to Mary and Thomas Mapother. His mother was an amateur actor and school teacher, while his father was an engineer. Because of his father’s career, Tom’s family had to move a lot, and eventually, they divorced when he was 11. Tom and his siblings inherited dyslexia, which caused him significant problems during his growing up. He was great in athletics, so he thought of perusing a career in professional wrestling, but injured knee stopped him at those intentions.

At age 14, Tom enrolled in a Franciscan seminary school with the thought of becoming a priest, but he left a school after a year. Later in his life devotion to church has come out in different forms and Tom became one of the most famous members of Scientology.

tom2When he was 16, a teacher encouraged him to participate in a school musical, Guys and Doll. He found that stage suited him well and he felt like home. At this point, his future path has been formed.

When Tom started acting, he determined a ten-year deadline for himself, where he will try to create a successful career. He Left Syracuse and moved to New York. While struggling through auditions, he landed the first role in 1981 in an Endless Love. At the same time, he was playing in a drama Taps, together with Sean Penn.

His role in Taps was improved after some time when a director of the play saw Tom’s potential. He was outstanding, and his performance caught an eye of critics and filmmakers. In 1983, Tom started working with Francis Ford Coppola on the movie The Outsiders, but the movie wasn’t well received by the audience. Even though The Outsiders haven’t made a huge success in theaters around the U.S., it allowed Tom to get an A-list status.

Three years later, Tom Cruise is already an established actor and when the Top Gun came out. But, this move brought him even bigger success, and it was the film with the highest gross in that years. From there Tom’s career has only been growing up and nowadays, he is one of the most famous actors in the world, well known for action movies.