Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A-Z Challenge 2015: F is for Frank Stallone!

I guess my introduction to Frank Stallone came with my cable viewing of Rocky - when he is with the guys singing "Take You Back" on the street corner when Mr. Balboa (Frank's brother Sylvester Stallone, if you weren't aware) comes sauntering by.

"Take You Back...doo doo nnn doo doo...Take You Back..."

After that, while continuing his own musical career - favoring big band crooning in the Sinatra style - Frank also carved out a side career as an actor and pop singer - often working with brother Sly. He provided the song "Far from Over" for the Saturday Night Fever sequel Staying Alive which was directed by his brother - and this song garnered Frank nominations for both a Golden Globe and Grammy.

Let's get his most famous song in here - here's the video of Far from Over - with Frank performing over footage from Staying Alive...

On the acting side he started out in his brother's movies - appearing in the first three Rocky movies and Paradise Alley - but also got his own jobs on TV shows like It's a Living and Walker: Texas Ranger and movies like Barfly, Outlaw Force, Terror in Beverly Hills, Tombstone, Hudson Hawk, and two Roller Blade Seven flicks.

He's got 70 acting jobs listed on the IMDB - and a lot of them are genre movies that are this blog's bread and butter. Frank has also released a couple of albums, and continues to tour with his musical act.

I like the Stallone family - even mom Jackie has had her moments in the spotlight -  so I'm pleased Frank has managed to maintain an entertainment career out of his brother's shadow. Check out some Frank Stallone when you get the chance!

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!


  1. Famous brother of all time... good for him, he always seems kicked back and relaxed. Welcome in the letter "F"... thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
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  2. I've seen Frank Stallone's name pop up now and then, but I had no idea how much he looked like his brother. The resemblance in a some of those shots is uncanny!

    1. I agree - and they definitely emphasized that resemblance for the VHS box covers - in the hopes you'd rent thinking it was Sly.

  3. Thanks for posting this... I recently picked up the VHS of Terror in Beverly Hills, simply for the fact that it was Sly's brother... I didn't know previously that he had one, let alone one involved in show biz, too. I still haven't watched the tape, but will get to it soon. Interesting to note I've probably seen him in a few things at this point, and just not realised it. Strange, considering how much they look like each other!

    1. I have that VHS too - I think I watched it when it was a New Release - but it's also possible I'm mixing it up with the Ken Wahl flick The Taking of Beverly Hills. I'll have to plug that tape in soon and see...