Sylvester Stallone

by ethnic on February 27, 2008

Birth Name: Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 6, 1946

Ethnicity:
*50% Italian
*25% French (Breton)
*25% unclear; possibly German

Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, writer, and director. He is the son of Jacqueline Frances (Labofish), an astrologer, dancer, and women’s wrestling promoter, and Frank Stallone, Sr., who owned beauty salons and played polo. His brother is actor Frank Stallone. Sylvester is married to model Jennifer Flavin.

Sylvester’s nickname is “The Italian Stallion”. Sylvester’s father was an Italian immigrant (from Gioia del Colle, Apulia). Sylvester’s maternal grandmother was French (with Breton ancestry).

It is not completely clear what Sylvester’s maternal grandfather’s background was; his family was German, and possibly lived in the Russian Empire. An article in The Daily Mail, a British middle-market tabloid, stated that Sylvester’s maternal grandfather was of Jewish heritage, but it is not clear if this is accurate. There are many indications that he was not Jewish, and, it appears that, at least after they moved to the United States, Sylvester’s maternal grandfather’s family were Christians by religion (although it’s possible that they were born Jewish).

Sylvester was raised Catholic.

Sylvester’s paternal grandfather was Silvestro Stallone (the son of Domenico Stallone and Maria Giuditta Patarino). Sylvester’s grandfather Silvestro was born in Gioia del Colle, Provincia di Bari Puglia, Italy. Domenico was the son of Silvestro Stallone and Pasqua Guida. Maria was the daughter of Gaudenzio Patarino and Maria Masi. Pictures of Sylvester’s father and paternal grandfather can be seen here.

Sylvester’s paternal grandmother was Pulcheria Nicastri (the daughter of Francesco Nicastri and Nunziata Speranza). Pulcheria was Italian.

Sylvester’s maternal grandfather was John Paul Labofish (the son of Charles Schachan/Shashan Labofish/Labofisz and Rose Ethel Lemlich/Lamlec/Lamletz/Lemletz). John was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. On census records and in other documents, Charles and Rose were listed as born in Germany most of the time, or in Russia, some of the time. Their language was usually listed as “German”.

Sylvester’s maternal grandmother was Jeanne Victoria Adrienne Anne Clérec (the daughter of Louis Victor Clérec and Marie Pauline Rodrigue). Jeanne was born in Brittany, France, to French (Catholic) parents, and had Breton ancestry. Louis was the son of Victor Clérec and Marie Perrine Calonec. Sylvester’s great-grandmother Marie Rodrigue was the daughter of Jean Jacques Edouard Rodrigue and Jeanne Marie Cavallan.

Sources: Genealogies of Sylvester Stallone – http://www.wikitree.com
https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Sylvester Stallone (focusing on his father’s side) – http://geneasud.com

Immigration record of Sylvester’s father – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Sylvester Stallone (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Sylvester’s maternal grandfather, John Paul Labofish, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
John Paul Labofish on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
John Paul Labofish on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
John Paul Labofish on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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neiltennant March 29, 2017 at 11:41 am

on wikipedia it is stated that he has also Russian Jewish roots
please mind that and there are 8 sources mentioned

andrew March 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

@bablah

Have you checked?

bablah March 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm

I did. It seems that his mother’s story of them being Jews from Odessa is true. Her story is just missing the ”via Berlin” part, since some of the Labofish kids were born in Berlin.

follers March 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Have you seen any evidence that they were Jewish?

I think none of the Labofish children married Jews in the U.S., which almost certainly means they were Christian by religion when they came to the U.S. I believe the Labofish father re-married to a non-Jew in the U.S., as well.

But they could have been Jewish back in the Russian Empire.

Interestingly, I’ve rarely encountered whole families of Jews who converted to Christianity and then moved to the U.S. during that time period (as opposed to an individual who converted by themselves; Jewish families who specifically adapted Christian Science are a little different). John Kerry’s paternal grandparents were among the rare examples.

bablah March 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Shashan sound like something Hebrew (like maybe Shashak), and his last name sounds suspiciously like Leibowitz.

If Mrs. Stallone’s story is correct, they were rich. Rich people rarely follow the norm.

follers March 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm

I think “Schachan” is a German surname. That’s one of the reasons I think they may have been ethnic Germans.
https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3ASchachan~

I haven’t really heard of Jews named “Shashan”. (“Shashak” seems non-Jewish – https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3AShashak~).

Speaking of rich people, I thought perhaps Ansel Elgort’s paternal grandmother’s family were wealthy Russian Jews, which could explain some of the assimilated first names.

Not sure if that’s the case there or here.

bablah March 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Schachan in German is pronounced as Sha-hun.
Shashak is Biblical, and it’s a first name. It’s not very common nowadays.
Example:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VMWZ-T4C

follers March 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Most reference books spell the name specifically as “Schachan”.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=%22Schachan%22+%22Labofish%22&btnG=Search&hl=en-CA&gbv=1&tbm=bks

bablah March 21, 2017 at 5:45 pm

But it’s still his middle name, not his last name. His last name is Labofish, which is not very German.

follers March 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm

“Labofish” isn’t very anything. I think it could be German or changed from something German. There are lots of German surnames like “Kleefisch”.

I also think it would be odd for a Russian Jew to have this German surname “Schachan” somewhere in their name.

andrew July 10, 2016 at 2:13 pm
phaedra April 11, 2016 at 3:40 am

Looks 100% Italian.

andrew February 26, 2016 at 5:22 am
cwm85 November 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

First time learning he is just 50 percent Italian. Funny his french and possibly german is never mentioned

andrew November 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm
xoxo October 29, 2015 at 6:09 am

He used to be good-looking when he was younger. He looks weird af now.

andrew June 3, 2015 at 5:58 am
andrew June 3, 2015 at 6:06 am
undashing April 28, 2015 at 6:25 am

He looks very Italian imo.

ann April 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

All Russian language sources say that his great-grandmother Rose was from a wealthy Jewish family in Odessa. “Rose Leibowitz (sometimes Rabinovich or Lamlec) was from a wealthy Jewish family, who in the late nineteenth century had weaving factories and apartment houses on the fashionable street in Odessa…At the turn of the century she and her husband Charles, a representative of the famous firm “Singer”, moved to live in America.”
Everything focuses only on Rose, and almost nothing about Charles.
Rose had sister Eudoxia , and there her grandson Valeriy Kravchenko with Jacqueline. (http://www.livestory.com.ua/family/2009/04/13/014150.html)
No information about German roots at all. But I think Charles can be from Germany, but his (and Rose’s) surname is still sounds so Jewish.

follers April 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Thank you for looking.

I believe all those references are simply repeating the same story (the story possibly originated with what the KGB told Sylvester’s mother).

Of course “Rabinovich” and its variations sound very Jewish, but I wasn’t able to find any documentary proof that this was Rose’s surname. “Lamlec” sounds more plausible. “Eudoxia” also isn’t a very common Jewish name for the time.

I agree “Labofish” can sound Jewish, but I haven’t been able to find any Jews with this surname (or any other family). Many non-Jewish German surnames end with “fish” or “fisch”, and my theory that the family were ethnic Germans fits with the fact that they almost always listed “German” as their language on American censuses (and sometimes even as their birthplace).

BTW, not to bother you too much, but did you see the discussion about Ansel Elgort’s paternal grandmother? It’s very difficult to figure out her exact ethnicity (Polish? Russian? Jewish?). Her husband was Jewish for sure.
http://ethnicelebs.com/ansel-elgort

ann April 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

No problem!
Yes, fact what they listed “German”as their language really strange…Ok, If I find anything else, I’ll let you know. I will try to look for something about Rose’s parents and Charles.

About Elgort.
His grandmother’s name “Sophie Didimamoff” sounds Russian, but i can’t find NO ONE with that surname in Russia. The closest that I found to this name is “Dedimoff. Maybe their name was change on arrival in the US, like many others, maybe not.
Sophie’s brother’s name Constantine is popular name among ethnic Russians. But I am still absolutely not sure that they were not Jews.
Sophis’s mother name “Kurtz” can be also German.

follers April 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Russian Jews list their language as “German”, so the Stallone situation is unique.

Elgort is weird, too. I believe they listed their birthplace as “Galicia” (where many Jews came from). “Raphael” is an unusual name for a Russian of any sort of the time, but it did happen. There are some Polish people named “Kurtz”, but no Russians.

The Didimamoffs lived in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in 1910, but lived in mostly non-Jewish areas afterwards. After Raphael died, Catherine re-married to an ethnic Czech.

Also, very few ethnic Russians lived in New York in 1910. It was extremely unusual until the revolution. One of my theories is that the Didimamoffs were upper-class, assimilated Russian Jews, and that’s why they used “Constantine” and didn’t speak Yiddish. But I could be wrong.

It’s all very confusing.

ann April 18, 2015 at 2:28 am

Yes, upper-class, most likely that’s true, becouse all their names sounds more Russian then Jewish. But it’s all really confusing.

roman2886 March 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

He looks like he had his nose done his nose never used too look like that i’m not being funny.

follers February 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

nnnnn may have been right about Sylvester Stallone’s maternal grandfather not being Jewish.

While The Daily Mail states that Sylvester’s grandfather was of Jewish heritage (and Stallone and his mother may believe so as well), I can’t find any documentary evidence of Sylvester’s grandfather being Jewish.

While the surname “Labofish” does not sound like an ethnic Ukrainian or Russian surname, Sylvester’s grandfather could have been of ethnic German descent.

MichaelDubs February 13, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Does Sylvestore Stalloen like chicken nuggets?

visokozen February 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Where do you look for evidence? How do you decide whether is reliable or not?

follers February 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

For genealogy, I look at various records, already made genealogies, or birth/marriage/death announcements.

Newspapers, magazines, etc. are reliable to one degree or another, but none are definitive (for example, in their obituary of actor Leon Ames, The New York Times wrote that his parents were Russian immigrants, which is patently absurd).

Then again, records and already made genealogies are not definitive either.

andrew September 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm

his dad was from Gioia del Colle, Apulia

Correction

andrew February 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm
andrew February 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm
nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 12:43 am

Mistake in programm. That comment should be postet in profil
“Natalie Portmann”.
Delete that comment, please

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 12:41 am

Chrisian: even if she supported Israel, it’s normal for a jew.

Mila Kunis is nusty. Her family was persicuted in USSR, naive
amercians gave them the new home, money and opportunity
for an education. And she mocks about americans and their
faith.

She can’t understand, if americans were not good christs, they would treat her family, like people in USSR.

nnnnn April 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Sorry,sorry. “She” and “Israel supporter” is Nathalie
Portman, the “neigbour” profile. My PC plays crazy
(some virus?)

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