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Francesco “Frank” Stallone, Jr. (born July 30, 1950) is an American actor, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the younger brother of Sylvester Stallone and wrote music for his movies. His song "Far from Over", which appeared in the 1983 film Staying Alive and was also featured in the film's soundtrack, peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, for which he received Golden Globe and Grammy nominations.

Frank Stallone
Frank Stallone.jpg
Frank Stallone in May 2012
Born (1950-07-30) July 30, 1950 (age 69)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1976–present
Parent(s)Frank Stallone
Jackie Stallone
RelativesSylvester Stallone (brother)
Sage Stallone (nephew)
Sistine Stallone (niece)

Early lifeEdit

Stallone was born in New York City. He is the younger son of Jacqueline Stallone (née Labofish), an astrologer, former dancer, and promoter of women's professional wrestling, and Frank Stallone Sr., a hairdresser. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother's family was from Brittany (France) and Ukraine. Stallone's brother is actor Sylvester Stallone. In his teen years, he went to Lincoln High School in Northeast Philadelphia.[1]

CareerEdit

1980s to 1990sEdit

Stallone has worked as a singer. He wrote and performed "Far from Over" for the 1983 film Staying Alive which was written and directed by his older brother.[2] The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his only major pop hit, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special.

In the mid-1990s, Stallone became the subject of a running gag on Saturday Night Live, during its "Weekend Update" segment hosted by Norm Macdonald.[3] During each episode, Macdonald (at some point in the mock-newscast) would read a legitimate news headline, then would propose a question asking the cause of that news, which would always be answered by, "You guessed it—Frank Stallone." At that moment, a publicity photo of Stallone would appear on the screen. For example, Macdonald would say:

In economic news, unemployment figures rose slightly for the month of October, with declines in the Dow Jones and NASDAQ. The reason for the sudden downturn? You guessed it—Frank Stallone.

— Norm Macdonald, Saturday Night Live, November 2, 1996

Stallone also played himself in a recurring role on the short-lived sitcom Movie Stars, alongside fellow celebrity siblings Don Swayze and Joey Travolta.

2000s and 2010sEdit

Stallone appeared as a boxing consultant on the NBC reality television series The Contender in 2005. He appeared on the Howard Stern Radio and television show on several occasions. During one appearance on the Howard Stern Show, Frank Stallone had a boxing match with television reporter Geraldo Rivera; Frank Stallone won the bout. He was a contestant on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, a reality competition series on CMT that followed 10 celebrity contestants as they trained to be professional wrestlers. He also appeared on an episode of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.

A documentary directed and produced by Derek Wayne Johnson entitled STALLONE: Frank, That Is about the life, career and survival of Frank Stallone is due for release in 2019. The documentary will feature interviews with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Zane, Geraldo Rivera, Joe Mantegna and many others.[4]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Frank Stallone (1985)
  • Day in Day Out with The Billy May Orchestra (1991)
  • Close Your Eyes with The Sammy Nestico Big Band (1993)
  • Soft and Low (1999)
  • Full Circle (2000)
  • Frankie and Billy (2002)
  • Songs from the Saddle (2005)
  • Let Me Be Frank With You (2010)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Stallone on Stallone – By Request (2002)
  • In Love in Vain with The Sammy Nestico Orchestra (2003)

SinglesEdit

Title Release Peak chart positions Album
US
"Case of You" 1980 67 Heart and Souls
"Far from Over" 1983 10 Frank Stallone / Staying Alive soundtrack
"Moody Girl" Staying Alive soundtrack
"I'm Never Gonna Give You Up" with Cynthia Rhodes
"Darlin'" 1984 81 Frank Stallone
"If We Ever Get Back" 1985
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Frank Stallone [@Stallone] (April 7, 2016). "Just found my high school ring. Lincoln High School Philadelphia. www.instagram.com/p/BD5IxymHOlzHU_q30k8ZOO2C9VqwpT4gbanCzM0/" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ 80s Music Channel: Far From Over
  3. ^ MediaIte, Justin Baragona, March 31, 2018, Sylvester Stallone’s Brother Calls David Hogg a ‘P*ssy’, Wants Classmates to ‘Sucker Punch’ Him, Retrieved April 1, 2018, "... Frank Stallone ... the D-list younger brother of Sylvester ... once scored a Top 10 Billboard hit in the ’80s with the ultra-cheesy ‘Far From Over,’which Sly used in his film Staying Alive. Frank was also the subject of a running gag by Saturday Night Live’s Norm McDonald during the ’90s when McDonald hosted Weekend Update.
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Bobby. "Spoken Dreams: Derek Wayne Johnson, Filmmaker", KTLA, Los Angeles, CA, 19 February 2018. Retrieved on 21 August 2018.

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