Sylvester Stallone

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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Curious about ethnicity

84 Responses

  1. me says:

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

    • nnnnn says:

      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)

  2. mick says:

    His mother is a NUTCASE.

    • nnnnn says:

      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 says:

        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

  3. Junior says:

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

  4. jjy says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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”

  5. ?? says:

    and gee nicole, what are you?

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