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

*50% Italian
*25% French Breton
*25% unclear; possibly German or Ashkenazi Jewish

Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, director, producer, and filmmaker.

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’s nickname is “The Italian Stallion.” Sylvester’s father was an Italian emigrant, 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 ethnic background was. There are some indications that the family was German, and 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 Christian by religion (although it is possible that they were born Jewish).

Sylvester was raised Catholic.

Sylvester is married to model, entrepreneur, and business owner Jennifer Flavin. He has two children, including late actor Sage Stallone, with his first wife, Sasha Czack; and three children, including actress Sophia Rose Stallone and model Sistine Stallone, with Jennifer.

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, from Gioia del Colle.

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 was the daughter of Jean Jacques Edouard Rodrigue and Jeanne Marie Cavallan.

Sources: Genealogy of Sylvester Stallone –

Genealogy of Sylvester Stallone (focusing on his father’s side) –

Immigration record of Sylvester’s father –

Obituary of Sylvester’s father –

Genealogy of Sylvester Stallone (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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

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neiltennant October 13, 2018 at 8:34 am


another italian american with several other ethnic backgrounds

Manila February 19, 2018 at 7:48 am

Sylvester is still alive. Don’t trust the fake news about his “death”.

neiltennant October 13, 2018 at 8:28 am

i dont think that this guy ever will die

giants and legends never die

andrew October 5, 2017 at 1:26 pm
andrew October 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm

Pulcheria Nicastri was also born in Gioia del Colle

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


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.

I haven’t really heard of Jews named “Shashan”. (“Shashak” seems non-Jewish –

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.

follers March 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Most reference books spell the name specifically as “Schachan”.

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.

neiltennant October 13, 2018 at 8:32 am

nobody looks the same like a 20s in later life

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. (
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.

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


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

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?)

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 12:38 am

How can Dayli Mail know, why smb. emigrated? They just used one more opportunity for propaganda. They should be a mixed family (because of pani Kravtchenko)

It’s not my aim to give him a “great arish certificate”.
He would manage his career without it. Like Rogge (D)
Or Helmuth Schmidt.

It’s enough for me, that his french grandma made him
to cross-breed 2 degree, and the fact, that granddad
wasn’t a judaist, is enough for “small arish certificate”
(D). They very really from Empire (Ukraienean part),
Germany should be just a short stop. (opposite to
“vodka Smirnoff” Di Caprio)

I can’t understand, why postsovjet mass-media and
jewish immigrants lie, his mother is “a jew”. Why they
are obsessed of catholic lunatic, the friend of Mel Gibson
and Sophia Loren? I think, it’s more hate.
It’s the same, as they post videos “Hitler was a jew”
and “David Ducke is a jew” (you can find plenty of
them in web)

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 1:33 am

Cuz Lamlec and Labofish are from Johns birth
certificate. And where are evidences, that smb. was
“persecuted”, even if she was jewish? ( or, in view
of Kravtschenko, partly jewish). “Persecuted” is
really a bit “excessive”

You with your Hefener again. Do you understand,
his heritage is irrelevant? Hugh doesn’t look like
as smb, who has a jewish ancestor from 18 century
, he looks like a full jew. You friend
Nicolas had during 200 years 100 opportunities to
cross-marry with jews. And he did it, it’s enough to
see Hugh’s face. The unformation, that his parents
were ethnic jews, used to be in Wikipedia

BTW, I never denied, that Labofish is a jewish name
“Fish” isn’t slavic, “Ryba” is slavic. I just mean, it’s
funny, how quickly come journalists to “persecution”.
Unfortunatelly, they can’t speak about “Holocaust”

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 1:44 am

You didn’t read my previous commentar.
About the ount Ewdokia. Is Ewdokia is jewish to

What to Hugh, his mother can’t be sweden.

Do you know, many jews themselves are proud
of that old masturbant.

You don’t like him, it’s a reason, why I’m respect
you. I think, “LEvangelista” would like him

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 2:02 am

Well, was make Parasceva isn’t jewish? Go to
Scherzinger’s profile and claim, she’s of jewish

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 1:37 am

Valeiri’s family tree isn’t important. It was
EWDOKIA, who was Lamlec’s cousine.
If she was jewish, Scherzinger’s Paraskewa
is jewish too

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 1:57 am

I just hope, mr Krawtschenko will not read that
page. If you tell ostereropean maf… sorry, businessman, he’ s “jewish” (“oh weh”) I don’t want to be Follers

What to me: one more, it’s not important to me,
if Labofish was ethnic jewish or partly.
I’m just against a LIE. F.e. if french catholic Jeanne Clerec is slandert as a Sarah Rabiblablabla

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 2:18 am

I ment, jews from postcommunist countries
(but never american or canadian jews) lie,
she was a jew with THE SAME Rabiblabla name(!!!)
And Hitler’s mother and her morther-in-law had
a child with the same baron Rotchild(!!!) And DAVID
Ducke is a jew(!!!) One can see, communism makes
people especially stupid. But there are enough other idiots, who believe them

nnnnn March 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

Correction. In any case, tell ethnic,please, that funny “Rabi…” name should be removed and changed to Labofish.
This page is “ethnic celebrities” and not “Anatewka Gags”.
Nothing against “Anatewka Gags”, but not in serious researches

nnnnn March 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

Holly sh…! “Di Caprio’s phenomenon” again. Maybe
believe you now, that Leo is so “russian”, as Sylvester?

So, Karl Labofisch and Rosalinde or Rosemarie Lemletz.
Yes, Labofisch should be a name of chech-jewish origin
“Fish from Elbe”, but Lemlec or Lehmletz confuse me.
If it would be a jewish name, why postcommunists
“changed” it to Rabi-blablabla??

I don’t want to speculate, that they were christ or converted to christs, but they were surely not judaists.
French sources claim, that Jeanne-Victoria had no idea,
about her husband’s heritage. A woman would recognize, if her partner is a judaist (or muslim)

nnnnn March 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

If we are here, in Germany one can’t claim about
smb. “he is a jew” without bar-mitwah certificates.
Burocracy. And it’s good so, cuz nobody was killed
because of his name.
Otherwise, we have no baptize certificates, to claim
mr. Labofish as “arier”I’m not like all scisophrenes here to repeat desperate”he’ s not jewish at all”, cuz Labofish is a jewish name (although YOU claimed the name Israel is WASP)
But we can’t know, if Labofish is 100% 0r 1% ethnic
jewish. I know people, who have names Engelskirchen, Gottfried (converts names) or even
Goldmann, but they are not “jews by birth”, neither
their parent are Holocaust survivals. So is t “other
What to Lamlec, it can be polish or czech name,
otherwise sovjet mass-media wouldn’t change it
to explicit “Rabi” name

nnnnn February 28, 2013 at 2:53 am

Correction: “Ukrainean” should be added to his ethnicy.
Source : Article “Rambo’sci – Stallone’s russian secret”
(The ONLY ORIGINAL article about his grandfather’s roots)
claims, the mother of his grandfather (one more: her name
was Lemles, and not Rabinovic) was a cousine of some
“russian”, kalmyk or smth. else

andrew January 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Gardenzio lol

Hope Moretti September 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

i always thought he was italian. he looks italian

nnnnn September 28, 2012 at 12:14 am

“I always thought he was italian” – one more person, who
can’t read. He’s still 50% italian – isn’t italian enough for

nnnnn September 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Dear Ethnic, here is the official information: his ukrainian grandgrandmother’s name is Lemles, “Rabinovic” should be
a joke. Serious source: Will Stuart, Daily Mail April 2009.
Here is link: “Rambo-ski-Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone’s
Russian Secret”. You can also find this link under Wikipedia (english) article “Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone”

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 1:31 am

I saw his grandmother’s family tree, she has obwiously some spain blood, too, since her mother’s name was Rodrigue

APS August 29, 2012 at 4:58 am
nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

O’k. I though, Rodrigue is from Rodrigies.

Mary March 29, 2012 at 2:03 am

What the fuck happened to his face?

christian March 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

he looks 80 percent italian



Roger Is My Lover March 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

What the fuck?

nnnnn May 9, 2012 at 2:10 am

No, his eyes say “let me in peace, jews. I’m a goy. I don’t want
your bar mizwah. I was never in synogogue, since I don’t
know, that ALL men must wear Kippa, and one may not
say “AMEN” there (Micki’s furneral)”

nnnnn November 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I don’t like my comment (November 20, 12.37) –
too rude. How can one remove/correct comments?

nnnnn January 18, 2013 at 12:17 am

Christian, you are ignorant. Bar Mizwah is only for boys,
who have judaistic parents or at least a full-jew mother.
Jews would never recognise him.
Even nazis didn’t treated persons with one jewish grandparent as jews.
And immigrants like Christians (who always scream, that german people are nazis) make stupid bar mizwah jokes.LOL

nnnnn January 18, 2013 at 12:38 am

O’k, at least one parent should be a jew. But even his
grandfather wasn’t judaist. (I mentioned their
family story in previous page). The great irony:
postcommunist mass-media “confuse” his antisemitic
grandmother with her hated mother-in-law and
claim she was an “ukrainan jew”

me March 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

He can be any race and he would still be the same hunk

nnnnn May 9, 2012 at 2:12 am

If he was a really jew, he wouldn’t be himself. His look and
his character are typical for latin gentiles (italian and
french blood predomination)

mick January 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

His mother is a NUTCASE.

nnnnn May 9, 2012 at 2:17 am

You are right. This stupid alcoholig goes to KGB(!), although
her son was a state enemy in USSR. of course, they are glad
to spread an information about jewish ancestry. You would
be surprised, how many morons claim in Internet now,
he’s a “jew”. About smb., who wears cross (disadvantage
in hollywood) and makes pro-christ movies!

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 1:54 am

Family background: maternal grandmother, (french-breton
descent, Jeanne Clerec by name) was “shocked” to learn, that
her american husband has jewish ancestry. He left him and
common children (information from french web). I’m pretty sure, that Jacky (actually Jaquline) didn’t told conservative catholic Franc Stallone, that she’s partly jewish. In any case, the family had never connections to “jewish life”. Jacky has a (relative) young lover now,he’s a jew.Obviously, she as not very intillegent and alcohol-addicted person is under his Influence. Her children never
stressed this slight part of jewish ancestry, neither in interwiews, no in movies

Junior July 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Really?, damn and i toght he was 100% Italian.

ethnic July 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

i think your not the only one!

jjy June 10, 2010 at 6:21 am

he is really only like an 1/8th jewish and its Russian Jewish. He is mainly Italian. It wouldnt be wrong to say he is just Italian.

Liam O'Connel January 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Yes you would be wrong to say he’s just Italian, he’s only half Italian..his mother is of no Italian ancestry at all…hence it would be beyond stupid to call him JUST Italian

Ari March 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

Well, Sly considers himself to be Italian, and always talks about himself in terms of his Italianness. Just as well, as I think we saw in all of his movies, there is always an undertone of Catholosism, which he admits to being.

I’ve never heard him once refer to himself as Jewish, Russian or anything else for that matter.

nnnnn May 9, 2012 at 2:20 am

In any case, he’s more Italian, as de Niro and di Caprio,
the last one is actually 3/4 german, but since he has
an italian name, he’s considered as “italian”

?? March 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

and gee nicole, what are you?

issiko rama January 26, 2010 at 7:49 pm

hi mr stallion , im from uganda at the university studying social sciences . i wanna become a star like you

Nicole December 21, 2009 at 4:51 am

I think what he IS is more important than what you feel he looks.

nnnnn September 6, 2012 at 12:09 am

Yes. And he IS PROVEN 0.75% GENTIL, so gentil.

ethnic September 12, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Id agree with you on that one. More specifically southern Italian.

jessica September 12, 2009 at 7:06 am

He looks Italian more than anything.

mzpreciousz March 29, 2009 at 1:18 am

His dad is Italian and his mom is Ukrainian, Jewish, and French. References at: because his mom’s mom is French and his mom’s dad is Ukrainian, and Jewish.

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