Sylvester Stallone

Stallone in 2010, Featureflash /

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 Jackie Stallone (born 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, of 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, and is a practising 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 internet personality, model, and actress 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.” Charles was a patent attorney, and was the son of Eiel Labofish and Dora Brier.

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 Catholic parents, and was of 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 –

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 –

Death record of Sylvester’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Schachan/Shashan Labofish/Labofisz –


Curious about ethnicity

92 Responses

  1. Medusa says:

    Extremely handsome & Italian

    • muricansareallmutts says:

      It’s the opposite he’s fake Italian and not good looking I’m a real Italian from Italy and only the Southerns of Spaniard and part mixed Arab roots are like him he’s very exotic to be white in fact his daughters look both Arabs and Hispanics he’s not like every Italian men not the average.

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