Far From Over
Singer, composer, guitarist, musician and actor Frank Stallone has received both mixed and good reviews since entering the entertainment industry in the mid of 1970s. This Grammy and Golden Globe nominated artist has released numerous successful albums such as Full Circle (2000), Frankie and Billy (2002) and In Love In Vain (2003), but it was his work on Staying Alive (1983) soundtrack that truly gave Frank prominence and appreciation. Thanks to the hit single “Far From Over,” he picked up a Golden Globe and a Grammy nominations. Seven years before, he came to the public notice with his brother’s legendary boxing film Rocky (1976), for which he appeared briefly and wrote and performed the song “Take You Back.” He picked up a Razzie Award for “Peace in Our Life” from Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) soundtrack.
On the movie front, since that encouraging debut in Rocky, Frank has appeared in over 50 vehicles, largely in crime and action-oriented projects. A gifted artist equally comfortable on screen or the concert stage, Frank, is probably best remembered for his portrayals of a brutish bartender in Barfly (1987) and Alvin Carpis in Public Enemies (1996). Other credits include Staying Alive (1983), Hudson Hawk (1991), Tombstone (1993) and, more recently, Rocky Balboa (2006). In addition, he has a supporting role in the upcoming action film Taken by Force (2007).
As for his personal life, 6-foot Frank is a bachelor. In his free time, he enjoys horseback riding, fishing and archery. He is also a noted authority on boxing and memorabilia. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
In New York, New York, Frank Stallone was born on July 30, 1950, to actress Jackie Stallone and Frank Stallone, who appeared as a timekeeper in 1976’s Rocky. He is the younger brother of actor/writer Sylvester ‘Sly’ Stallone and half-brother of Toni D’Alto (actress) and Dante Alexander Stallone. One of Frank’s nephews, Sage Stallone, Sly’s son with first wife Sasha Ash, is also an actor.
“I wanted to be a musician and singer from the very first time I heard Elvis. I have never for a moment been derailed from that ambition.” Frank Stallone
Frank, known by family and close friends as Frankie, knew that he wanted to be a musician when he was five years old. He was an amateur boxer in his salad days.
Frank Stallone recognized from an early age that music would play a dominant role in his life. He became involved in various bands throughout high school, and as a young man, he left his hometown and hit the road in search of his musical pursuit. Frank got his start as a street musician in New York City, before getting his first breakthrough with his on-screen appearance in his look-alike older brother, writer/actor Sylvester Stallone’s star-making boxing film Rocky (1976). He composed and performed the song “Take You Back,” which he sung A Capella in one the movie’s memorable street corner scenes.
Frank went on to profit from his brother Sly’s mammoth victory with additional singing appearances in 1978’s Paradise Alley, 1979’s Rocky II, 1982’s Rocky III, and in 1983, the talented musician received his next big break when he wrote and performed the hit song “Far From Over” for the Sly-helmed film Staying Alive (1983), the installment to Saturday Night Fever (1977), again starring John Travolta as Tony Manero. For his brilliant efforts, Frank nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song - Motion Picture, sharing with Vince DiCola, and a Grammy nomination for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special, a nomination he jointly earned with partners like DiCola, Bruce Stephen Foster, Thomas Marolda and Roy Freeland. A self-titled album followed in the next year, in the style of 1980s pop.
In the mid-1980s, Frank decided to branch out and courageously moved into the acting ring. He could be seen in such movies as The Pink Chiquitas (1987), Savage Harbor (1987), Heart of Midnight (1988), Outlaw Force (1988), Prime Suspect (1989) and Ten Little Indians (1989). In 1987’s Barfly, Frank offered a notable supporting turn as the brute-like bartender Eddie, opposite Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rourke as big-time boozers. On the music front, Frank earned negative reviews for his work on Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) soundtrack, in which the song “Peace in Our Life” brought him a Razzie for Worst Original Song, a notoriety he shared with Peter Schless and Jerry Goldsmith.
Next, Frank acted in many movies throughout the 1990s, including Lethal Games (1990), Masque of the Red Death (1990), Hudson Hawk (1991), Tombstone (1993), Taken Alive (1995), Lethal Cowboy (1995) and The Garbage Man (1996), The Good Life (1997) and Doublecross on Costa’s Island (1997). But, it was his supporting role as Alvin Carpis in the mobster film Public Enemies (1996), opposite Theresa Russell, Eric Roberts and Alyssa Milano, that once again garnered Frank attention. He maintained his musical career by releasing albums Day in Day Out (1991), Close Your Eyes (1993) and Soft and Low (1994).
Frank refocused on his music, and in 2000, he scored a success with Full Circle. Presenting more guitar driven and rock orientated, the album became his most promising projects so far since Staying Alive. Two years later, he released Stallone on Stallone - By Request, a collection of greatest hits he wrote and performed in some of his brother’s biggest films. One of the last of the real jazz and big band singers, who is now traveling and touring with the sound of “big band” jazz and long time conductor Paul Vesco, Frank also recorded a pair of Big Band albums with legendary arrangers Sammy Nestico and Billy May, Frankie and Billy (2002) and In Love In Vain (2003).
In 2005, Frank released the album Songs From the Saddle and served as a consultant and boxing power in Stallone’s brief TV reality show “The Contender.” The same year, he also was cast as Elvis Presley in the independent film Angels with Angles. Frank reunited with Sly for a bit part in Rocky Balboa (2006), and is scheduled to play the supporting role of Schultz in the forthcoming action film Taken by Force (2007), directed by Ron Althoff.