Critic Reviews of "Rocky II"
VarietyMarch 26, 2009
Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff know from experience audiences love to root for the underdog and have concocted an irresistible final 30 minutes.
Chicago ReaderDecember 19, 2006
Sylvester Stallone's follow-up to his runaway success of 1976 is a little more threadbare in spots than the original, but it still has some conviction and spunk.
Time OutFebruary 09, 2006
Stallone's performance as a Philadelphia saint in a B movie physique leaves you undecided whether to gag or sob, but the final fight sequences make up for it; a full-blooded Hollywood finale reaching giddy heights of cathartic glee.
New York TimesMay 09, 2005
Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.
Common Sense MediaDecember 15, 2010
Sly sequel is as predictable as a gym workout.
Matt's Movie ReviewsJuly 07, 2010
Taking what John G. Avildsen accomplished with the first film and then adding his own style, Stallone comes forward as an action visionary, with the fight scene a vast improvement when compared to the original.
Video-Reviewmaster.comMarch 21, 2009
Pretty good sequel, among several that followed, this time directed by Stallone.
TV GuideDecember 19, 2006
Considerably less satisfying than the original Rocky, but head and shoulders above the later installments.
Reel Film ReviewsDecember 06, 2006
...can't help but come off as the most needless installment of the bunch...
Arizona Daily StarSeptember 01, 2006
"Rocky II" represents far more than just a good-looking fight. It's all about trusting in yourself and overcoming fear in striving for greatness.
FulvueDrive-in.comFebruary 18, 2006
A very good sequel even though the result of the climactic Balboa vs. Creed rematch is pretty much a foregone conclusion. This is where the series should have ended.
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Sylvester StalloneBirth date: 6 July 1946, New York City, New York, USADescription: This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws.Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946, in New York's gritty Hell's Kitchen, to Jackie Stallone (née Labofish), an astrologer, and Frank Stallone, a beautician and hairdresser. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother's heritage is half French (from Brittany) and half German. The young Stallone attended the American College of Switzerland and the University of Miami, eventually obtaining a B.A. degree. Initially, he struggled in small parts in films such as the soft-core The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970), the thriller Klute (1971) and the comedy Bananas (1971). He got a crucial career break alongside fellow young actor Henry Winkler, sharing lead billing in the effectively written teen gang film The Lords of Flatbush (1974). Further film and television roles followed, most of them in uninspiring productions except for the opportunity to play a megalomaniac, bloodthirsty race driver named "Machine Gun Joe Viterbo" in the Roger Corman-produced Death Race 2000 (1975). However, Stallone was also keen to be recognized as a screenwriter, not just an actor, and, inspired by the 1975 Muhammad Ali-Chuck Wepner fight in Cleveland, Stallone wrote a film script about a nobody fighter given the "million to one opportunity" to challenge for the heavyweight title. Rocky (1976) became the stuff of cinematic legends, scoring ten Academy Award nominations, winning the Best Picture Award of 1976 and triggering one of the most financially successful movie franchises in history! Whilst full credit is wholly deserved by Stallone, he was duly supported by tremendous acting from fellow cast members Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith and Burt Young, and director John G. Avildsen gave the film an emotive, earthy appeal from start to finish. Stallone had truly arrived on his terms, and offers poured in from various studios eager to secure Hollywood's hottest new star.Stallone followed Rocky (1976) with F.I.S.T (1978), loosely based on the life of Teamsters boss "Jimmy Hoffa", and Paradise Alley (1978) before pulling on the boxing gloves again to resurrect Rocky Balboa in the sequel Rocky II (1979). The second outing for the "Italian Stallion" wasn't as powerful or successful as the first "Rocky"; however, it still produced strong box office. Subsequent films Nighthawks (1981) and Victory (1981) failed to ignite with audiences, so Stallone was once again lured back to familiar territory with Rocky III (1982) and a fearsome opponent in "Clubber Lang" played by muscular ex-bodyguard Mr. T. The third "Rocky" installment far outperformed the first sequel in box office takings, but Stallone retired his prizefighter for a couple of years as another mega-franchise was about to commence for the busy actor.The character of Green Beret "John Rambo" was the creation of Canadian-born writer David Morrell, and his novel was adapted to the screen with Stallone in the lead role in First Blood (1982), also starring Richard Crenna and Brian Dennehy. The movie was a surprise hit that polarized audiences because of its commentary about the Vietnam war, which was still relatively fresh in the American public's psyche. Political viewpoints aside, the film was a worldwide smash, and a sequel soon followed with Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), which drew even stronger criticism from several quarters owing to the film's plotline about American MIAs allegedly being held in Vietnam. But they say there is no such thing as bad publicity, and "John Rambo's" second adventure was a major money spinner for Stallone and cemented him as one of the top male stars of the 1980s. Riding a wave of amazing popularity, Stallone called on old sparring partner Rocky Balboa to climb back into the ring to defend American pride against a Soviet threat in the form of a towering Russian boxer named "Ivan Drago" played by curt Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV (1985). The fourth outing was somewhat controversial with "Rocky" fans, as violence levels seemed excessive compared to previous "Rocky" films, especially with the savage beating suffered by Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, at the hands of the unstoppable "Siberian Express".Stallone continued forward with a slew of macho character-themed films that met with a mixed reception from his fans. Cobra (1986) was a clumsy mess, Over the Top (1987) was equally mediocre, Rambo III (1988) saw Rambo take on the Russians in Afghanistan, and cop buddy film Tango & Cash (1989) just did not quite hit the mark, although it did feature a top-notch cast and there was chemistry between Stallone and co-star Kurt Russell.Philadelphia's favorite mythical boxer moved out of the shadows for his fifth screen outing in Rocky V (1990) tackling Tommy "Machine" Gunn played by real-life heavyweight fighter Tommy Morrison, the great-nephew of screen legend John Wayne. Sly quickly followed with the lukewarm comedy Oscar (1991), the painfully unfunny Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), the futuristic action film Demolition Man (1993), and the comic book-inspired Judge Dredd (1995). Interestingly, Stallone then took a departure from the gung-ho steely characters he had been portraying to stack on a few extra pounds and tackle a more dramatically challenging role in the intriguing Cop Land (1997), also starring Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta. It isn't a classic of the genre, but Cop Land (1997) certainly surprised many critics with Stallone's understated performance. Stallone then lent his vocal talents to the animated adventure story Antz (1998), reprised the role made famous by Michael Caine in a terrible remake of Get Carter (2000), climbed back into a race car for Driven (2001), and guest-starred as the "Toymaker" in the third chapter of the immensely popular "Spy Kids" film series, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). Showing that age had not wearied his two most popular franchises, Stallone has most recently brought back never-say-die boxer Rocky Balboa to star in, well, what else but Rocky Balboa (2006), and Vietnam veteran Rambo (2008) will reappear after a 20-year hiatus to once again right wrongs in the jungles of Thailand.Love him or loathe him, Sylvester Stallone has built an enviable and highly respected career in Hollywood; plus, he has considerably influenced modern popular culture through several of his iconic film characters.
Talia ShireBirth date: 25 April 1946, Lake Success, Long Island, New York, USADescription: Talia Shire was born on April 25, 1946 in Lake Success, Long Island, New York, USA as Talia Rose Coppola. She is an actress, known for Rocky (1976), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Godfather (1972). She was previously married to Jack Schwartzman and David Shire.
Burt YoungBirth date: 30 April 1940, New York City, New York, USADescription: Burly, talented character actor who has remained consistently busy playing "rough at the edge" type characters, often on the wrong side of the law. Young was born on April 30 1940 in New York City, the son of a high school shop teacher. He is of Italian descent. Young received his dramatic arts training under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.Young first gathered notice playing tough thugs in such films as The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971), Across 110th Street (1972), Chinatown (1974) and The Gambler (1974). Fiery director Sam Peckinpah cast Young as the getaway driver / assassin, "Mac", in The Killer Elite (1975), and Young came to the attention of newcomer Sylvester Stallone, who cast him as future brother-in-law 'Paulie' in the 1976 sleeper hit Rocky (1976). The talented Young was nominated for an Oscar, and has gone on to reprise the role in all five "Rocky" sequels to date! Peckinpah re-hired him to play renegade trucker "Pigpen" in the moderately successful Convoy (1978) (watch for "Pigpen's" Mack truck where the writing on the door states "Paulie Hauling"!).Young has also appeared in numerous other major productions, including Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002).
Carl WeathersBirth date: 14 January 1948, New Orleans, Louisiana, USADescription: Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A famous and successful football star at San Diego State, he played with the Oakland Raiders and retired from the sport in 1974, in order to give full attention to his goal: to be a real actor. Weathers first played small parts in two blaxploitation flicks, Friday Foster (1975) (in which he played "Yarbro") and Bucktown (1975) (playing "Hambone"), both made in 1975 and directed by Arthur Marks. However, his big break came the following year when producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff chose him to play "Apollo Creed" in the blockbuster "sleeper" Rocky (1976) (real-life boxing legend Ken Norton was originally signed for the part, but it eventually went to Weathers). He went on to play "Creed" in three other "Rocky" movies, and the characters' adversarial relationship eventually evolved into a warm friendship. After Creed's death in Rocky IV (1985), Weathers met with producer Joel Silver and agreed to play an important supporting role in Predator (1987), an action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The following year, Silver produced Action Jackson (1988), a first starring role for Weathers, but it performed poorly at the box office and was panned by the critics. During the 1990s, Weathers starred in four In the Heat of the Night (1988) two-hour TV specials that were much better received by critics and viewers alike. In 1996, he played the part of "Chubbs Peterson" in the blockbuster Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore (1996). He returned to his "action roots" in two TV-movies with Hulk Hogan: Assault on Devil's Island (1997) and Shadow Warriors II: Hunt for the Death Merchant (1999). In addition to his acting career, Weathers is also a member of the Big Brothers Association and the U.S. Olympic Committee, handling the career of athletes of various sports such as gymnastics, wrestling, swimming and judo.
Burgess MeredithBirth date: 16 November 1907, Cleveland, Ohio, USADescription: One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century who often suffered lesser roles, Burgess Meredith was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 and educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts before joining Eva Le Gallienne's stage company in New York City in 1933. He became a favorite of dramatist Maxwell Anderson, premiering on film in the playwright's Winterset (1936). Meredith served in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, reaching the rank of captain. He continued in a variety of dramatic and comedic roles until being named an unfriendly witness by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the early 1950s, whereupon studio work disappeared. His career picked up again, especially with television roles, in the 1960s, although younger audiences know him best for either the Rocky (1976) or Grumpy Old Men (1993) films. Meredith also did a large amount of commercial work, serving as the voice for Skippy Peanut Butter and United Air Lines, among others. He was also an ardent environmentalist who believed pollution one of the greatest tragedies of the time, and an opponent of the Vietnam War. Burgess Meredith died at age 89 of Alzheimer's disease and melanoma in his home in Malibu, California on September 9, 1997.
Tony BurtonBirth date: 23 March 1937, Flint, Michigan, USADescription: Tony Burton, who is famous for playing the corner man in six "Rocky" movies, was himself, in real life, a professional heavyweight boxer. Boxing in such avenues as Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California, the 6 feet 200 pound Burton knocked-out among others, Bob Smith and Denny Chaney. His most important match was an April 4, 1959 6th round knockout defeat at the hands of undefeated Lamar Clark at Palm Springs, California. Clark was the 10th rated heavyweight and had won 38 straight knockouts. Burton gave as good as he got for 5 rounds, but Clark's relentless mauling style finally wore him down.
Joe SpinellBirth date: 28 October 1936, New York City, New York, USADescription: Joseph J. Spagnuolo was born on October 28, 1936 in Manhattan, New York City at his family's apartment on 2nd Avenue. Spinell was a tough guy on and off screen all his life. During his teen years, while still in high school, he acted in various plays on the New York stage, on and off Broadway, eventually earning a place in Joe Papp's Shakespeare Festival Theater. In 1960, he parlayed his stage work into a performing contract for MGM where it was suggested that he change his name to Joe Spinell to make his name easier to pronounce. For nine years, Spinell worked with the group, which was also known as the Theater of the Forgotten, which also put on plays in prisons for the inmates. His minimal salary for his stage work forced him to hold down other jobs to make ends meet. Those jobs included working as a taxi driver, a post office clerk, and a liquor store clerk during Christmas holidays.In 1972, Spinell was first noticed when he appeared in his first movie role which was a small, uncredited speaking part in The Godfather (1972), the right film for a tough, mean-looking Italian with a New York City accent. After his success, he became a familiar character actor that appeared in violent urban movies where he was usually cast as vicious thugs or seedy gang leaders. In both Godfather movies he was the hit man Willy Cici. In Rocky (1976), the first of several films he made with Sylvester Stallone, he was the loan shark Gazzo who employs Rocky as a collector.His best (or worst) or most disgusting role is probably the one where is his best remembered; in a rare starring role, his character of Frank Zito in Maniac (1980) is a serial killer that kills women and uses their scalps to dress up female mannequins he keeps in his apartment. After Maniac (1980), Spinell continued acting with big-name Hollywood and independent movie directors usually playing villainous thugs in small to medium roles.During the last years of his life Spinell's choice of projects becomes increasingly suspect; for example imprisoned serial killer John Wayne Gacy wanted Spinell to play him in a movie. But with Maniac (1980) still on his mind, Spinell always wanted to do a sequel to the movie and with New York filmmaker Buddy Giovinazzo, they shot a 10-minute promo reel in 1986 titled Mr. Robbie, which was to be the sequel for Maniac (1980). After a few years of hard work and searching, Spinell found financing for the sequel. But just as pre-production was to begin, Joe Spinell suddenly passed away in his apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, New York on January 13, 1989, at age 52 due to undetermined causes, still the subject of much speculation. Some say he died of a heart attack because of his failing health in recent months due to his heavy drinking, drug use, and the emotional turmoil resulting from his mother's death (who passed away in 1987.) Others say he died from an asthma attack, or that he bled to death from an accidental (or deliberate) cut since he was a hemophiliac.Spinnel left behind an impressive body of film work that stands as a testament to his talent and unique screen presence as a character actor. He is survived by an ex-wife, a daughter, two brothers and a sister.
Leonard GainesBirth date: 13 September 1922, USADescription: Leonard Gaines was born on September 13, 1922 in the USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Rocky II (1979), Scent of a Woman (1992) and New York, New York (1977). He died on February 15, 2007 in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sylvia MealsBirth date: 13 June 1943, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Sylvia Meals was born on June 13, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Sylvia Elaine Hicks. She was an actress, known for Rocky II (1979), Rocky IV (1985) and Tournament of Dreams (2007). She was married to Robert L. Meals. She died on March 29, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Frank McRaeBirth date: 3 June 1942, Memphis, Tennessee, USADescription: African-American former NFL player, with plenty of height and built like an ox, has scored over 40 film appearances predominantly as tough thugs, authority figures or even successful comedy roles. McRae first came to attention playing a grinning jail inmate, "Reed Youngblood", helping Warren Oates escape in Dillinger (1973), and then quickly notched up minor tough guy roles in several films including Hard Times (1975), F.I.S.T (1978) and Big Wednesday (1978). However, not to be typecast as a brute, McRae turned in some light-hearted & comedic performances in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), *batteries not included (1987) and as a foul-mouthed mechanic in the hilarious Used Cars (1980). Also turned in quite funny performances in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), and as Arnold Schwarzenegger's long-suffering police captain in Last Action Hero (1993).
Al SilvaniBirth date: 26 March 1910Description: Al Silvani was born on March 26, 1910. He is known for his work on Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979) and Rocky III (1982). He died on January 10, 1996 in North Hollywood, California, USA.
John PleshetteBirth date: 27 July 1942, New York City, New York, USADescription: John Pleshette was born on July 27, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Truman Show (1998), Rocky II (1979) and Knots Landing (1979). He is married to Lynn Pleshette. They have one child.
Stu NahanBirth date: 23 June 1926, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Stu Nahan was born on June 23, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Rocky IV (1985), Rocky II (1979) and Rocky III (1982). He was married to Sandy Nahan. He died on December 26, 2007 in Studio City, Los Angeles.
Bill BaldwinBirth date: 26 November 1913, Pueblo, Colorado, USADescription: Bill Baldwin was born on November 26, 1913 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as William Theodore Baldwin. He was an actor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979) and Rocky III (1982). He died on November 17, 1982 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.
Jerry ZiesmerBirth date: 1939, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADescription: Grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and acted in little theaters in the Milwaukee area. After acting with Ethel Waters in a touring company of "The Member of the Wedding", he went to the High School Institute at Northwestern University, in Illinois, and studied under acting coach Alvina Krause (whose other students included Charlton Heston, Jennifer Jones, Richard Benjamin, and Karen Black). He then pursued an acting career in Hollywood, while getting a master's degree at the Univ. of California, Los Angeles. In 1967, he was accepted into the Assistant Director training program from the Directors Guild and the Motion Picture Producers Association, and graduated in 1969.
Paul MicaleBirth date: 2 January 1916, Cleveland, Ohio, USADescription: Paul Micale was born on January 2, 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Paul J. Micale. He was an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and Herbie Rides Again (1974). He died on January 16, 1999 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Earl MontgomeryBirth date: 17 April 1921, Memphis, Tennessee, USADescription: Earl Montgomery was born on April 17, 1921 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Love of Life (1951). He died on March 4, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Herb NanasBirth date: 17 April 1921, Memphis, Tennessee, USADescription: Herb Nanas is a producer and actor, known for First Blood (1982), Rocky III (1982) and 2 Days in the Valley (1996).
Stuart K. RobinsonBirth date: 20 September 1955, USADescription: Stuart K. Robinson was born on September 20, 1955 in the USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Rocky II (1979), Better Off Dead... (1985) and Death Wish II (1982).
Frank StalloneBirth date: 30 July 1950, New York City, New York, USADescription: Grammy and Golden Globe nominated artist Frank Stallone is an actor, singer and musician.Frank has garnered four Platinum Albums, ten Gold Albums and five Gold Singles and has acted in over 60 films and TV shows including Walker Texas Ranger, multiple sitcoms and variety shows, Hudson Hawk, Staying Alive, Fred Claus, and Tombstone, in which he made a big impact as "Ed Bailey," a dangerous gunslinger. One of his most memorable film roles was as "Eddie," the bartender in Barfly. Frank recently made his online comedy debut with the parody film short "Chupacobra" from Break Media (Break.com), will be seen in the upcoming film Reach Me from director John Herzfeld and will soon be heard as the voice of "Thunderhoof" in Hasbro's hit animated series Transformers.Frank has written and published over 200 songs and, with a single in the hit film The Expendables 2 (Don't Want to Fight With Me) and three original songs, written and performed by him in the upcoming film Reach Me (Dir. John Herzfeld, 2014), Frank has written and recorded compositions for twelve films. The list includes Rocky I, II and III, Rambo II, Paradise Alley and Over the Top. But, it was Frank's nine songs that he wrote and recorded for the Saturday Night Fever Sequel Staying Alive that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Sound Track and a Grammy nomination for Best Original Song with his single, Far From Over. That song became a massive #1 hit around the world and stayed on the top charts for more than four months and his songs are still played on radio stations throughout the world.Stallone is the son of Jackie Stallone (née Labofish), an astrologer, and Frank Stallone, a beautician and hairdresser. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother's heritage is half French (from Brittany) and half German. His brother is actor Sylvester Stallone. At a young age, the Maryland-born, Philadelphia-raised native pursued his musical ambitions, forming a series of bands, and finally turned professional at the tender age of 15. His group, Valentine, included lead guitarist John Oates (Hall and Oates) and was signed to RCA Records in 1975, when they recorded their first album. Frank made his on-screen singing debut, performing the self-penned acapella song, Take You Back in the opening scene of the film Rocky.Frank has recorded nine solo albums receiving praise from legends Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Sammy Cahn. His rock-influenced Full Circle, was followed by his American songbook albums, In Love in Vain, with Sammy Nestico, Stallone on Stallone by Request, a compilation of Frank's film soundtrack tunes, and Songs from the Saddle, showing Frank's more acoustic side.Frank is a guitar, music, mafia and art aficionado, is one of the best boxing historians and collectors in the world and is an avid collector of guitars, guns and memorabilia. When he's not writing songs or filming a project, he can be found on a shooting range or at the gym.
Charles 'Honi' ColesBirth date: 2 April 1911, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Charles 'Honi' Coles was born on April 2, 1911 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Rocky II (1979) and The Rodney Dangerfield Show: It's Not Easy Bein' Me (1982). He was married to Marion Coles. He died on November 12, 1992 in New York City, New York, USA.
Doug FlorBirth date: 2 April 1911, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Doug Flor is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979).
Robert KondyraBirth date: 2 April 1911, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Robert Kondyra is known for his work on Rocky II (1979) and Committed (2000).
James ZazzarinoBirth date: 2 April 1911, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: James Zazzarino is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979).
Eddie 'El Annimal' LopezBirth date: 2 April 1911, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Eddie 'El Annimal' Lopez is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), The Champ (1979) and The Main Event (1979).
Taurean BlacqueBirth date: 10 May 1940, Newark, New Jersey, USADescription: Although best known for his role as "Detective Sgt. Neal Washington" on the long-running and critically acclaimed police drama Hill Street Blues (1981), Taurean Blacque remains one of the best stage actors performing today. A long-time resident of Atlanta, Georgia, he has performed in several productions at the Alliance Theatre of Atlanta. Among his notable performances have been in the James Baldwin play "The Amen Corner" opposite Carol Mitchell-leon, Elizabeth Omilami and Crystal R. Fox; and as "Shealy" in the August Wilson play "Jitney" opposite such notables as John Lawhorn, John Beasley, Anthony Chisholm and Charles Canada. Both productions were directed by then-Alliance Artistic Director Kenny Leon. Noted for his involvement in the community as well, Blacque, who has two adult biological sons, adopted nine children in the late 1980s. A deeply spiritual man, he adopted the name "Taurean" from his astrological sign of "Taurus" and the name "Blacque" from his race.
James J. CasinoBirth date: 10 October 1920, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: James J. Casino was born on October 10, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Rocky II (1979), The Island (1980) and Paradise Alley (1978). He died on September 6, 1999.
Shaka CumbukaBirth date: 10 October 1920, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Shaka Cumbuka is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Brewster's Millions (1985) and Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force (1978).
Samuel DavisBirth date: 10 October 1920, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Samuel Davis is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979) and Friday Foster (1975).
Roberto DuránBirth date: 16 June 1951, Guararé, PanamaDescription: Roberto Durán was born on June 16, 1951 in Guararé, Panama. He is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Harlem Nights (1989) and The Panama Deception (1992).
Lou FillipoBirth date: 1 December 1925, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Lou Fillipo was born on December 1, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Louis Filippo. He was an actor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky IV (1985) and Rocky III (1982). He was married to Pat Filippo. He died on November 2, 2009 in Downey, California.
Ruth Ann FlynnBirth date: 1 December 1925, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Ruth Ann Flynn is an actress, known for Rocky II (1979).
Linda GreyBirth date: 1 December 1925, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Linda Grey is an actress, known for Rocky II (1979).
Grainger HinesBirth date: 30 November 1948, Greenwood, South Carolina, USADescription: Grainger recently appeared as, Captain August Robertson in the first two season of Steven Soderbergh's, "The Knick" on Cinemax. He also appeared in seasons two and three of the AMC series, "Hell on Wheels" as Doc Whitehead. Rounding out the last few years in period costume, as Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles in Steven Spielberg's, "Lincoln." A long career in episodic television, Grainger recently appeared in, "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," "Criminal Minds" and the finale of, "The Good Wife." Films released in 2016, "C Street" and "Kenshaw at the Bedfellow," and Jason Bateman's, " Family Fang. " In 2017, "The Final Interview," directed by Fred Vogal will be released. Grainger is an avid horseman and a playing member of the United States Polo Association.
Garrie KellyBirth date: 30 November 1948, Greenwood, South Carolina, USADescription: Garrie Kelly is an actress, known for Rocky II (1979), Melvin and Howard (1980) and North Dallas Forty (1979).
Ava LazarBirth date: 30 November 1948, Greenwood, South Carolina, USADescription: Ava Lazar was born in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany. She is an actress and producer, known for Scarface (1983), Rocky II (1979) and Forever Young (1992). She was previously married to John Tarnoff.
Joseph LetiziaBirth date: 30 November 1948, Greenwood, South Carolina, USADescription: Joseph Letizia is known for his work on Rocky (1976) and Rocky II (1979).
René Le VantBirth date: 30 November 1948, Greenwood, South Carolina, USADescription: René Le Vant is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) and And the Band Played On (1993).
Tawny LittleBirth date: 15 September 1956, Portland, Maine, USADescription: Tawny Little was born on September 15, 1956 in Portland, Maine, USA as Tawny Elaine Godin. She is an actress, known for Rocky II (1979), Money Talks (1997) and Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical Comes to L.A. (1995).
Paul McCraneBirth date: 19 January 1961, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Paul McCrane was born on January 19, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Paul David McCrane. He is an actor and director, known for The Shawshank Redemption (1994), ER (1994) and RoboCop (1987). He has been married to Dana McCrane since 1998. They have two children.
Sonny MelendrezBirth date: 19 January 1961, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: Sonny Melendrez grew up in San Antonio.Twice named Billboard Magazine's "Radio Personality of the Year," he was awarded the honor of Hispanic Radio Personality of the Year by Ricardo Montalban and the National Nosotros Organization. He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame and has the honor of being included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Top 100 Radio Personalities of All-Time.Radio being his first love, Melendrez has hosted drive time shows at some of America's greatest radio stations, including KIIS, KMPC, KFI, KMGG, and KRLA in Los Angeles.Sonny is equally at home serving as TV host, actor, radio personality, writer, commercial spokesman, comedian, motivational speaker, or cartoon voice artist. He has hosted or been featured speaker at such prestigious events as the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards; the National "Just Say No To Drugs" Rally at the Washington Monument; and the USO 50th Anniversary Gala at the Ambassador's Palace in Paris, France with guest of honor, the late Princess Grace of Monaco. As host of the award-winning children's television series, 'You And Me, Kid," on the Disney Channel, Sonny displayed his natural talent for working with children.Sonny's ability and willingness to rally people behind a cause is one reason he is involved in so many charities, both locally and nationally. He was named Inc. Magazine's "Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year" and awarded the "2000 Marketing Philanthropist Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Sales and Marketing Executives of San Antonio.President Ronald Reagan commended Sonny for his efforts in the war on drugs and he received the National Director's Community Leadership Award by the FBI. In 1990, in recognition for raising tens of thousands of dollars for youth scholarships, he was named "El Rey Feo" (The People's King) and presided over San Antonio's annual week-long Fiesta celebration.The City of San Antonio named the Sonny Melendrez Community Center located on the city's West Side in his honor as way to say "thank you" for his community involvement.Programs that benefit children have always been a priority for Sonny Melendrez. One of the projects of which he is most proud is the children's version of "We Are The World," which he created in Los Angeles in 1985. Over 1500 children participated in the recording and video, and proceeds from record sales benefited USA For Africa. Sonny received a Grammy nomination for "Best Children's Recording."The Sonny Melendrez Children's Foundation was created in 1998 to help disabled and disadvantaged youth in San Antonio. It is estimated that he has helped to raise over 100 million dollars in cash, goods and services for local and national charities during the last 25 years!Sonny is truly the man of a thousand voices. As a teenager he discovered an uncanny ability to imitate and create character voices. He has provided the voices of several characters in Hanna-Barbera's "Jetsons" cartoon series; created many of the sounds heard in the Gremlins movie; was the bug who yelled "Oh, no! It's Raaaaaaid!" in the popular TV commercial; played opposite Walter Mathau as the voice of Bob Cratchet in the animated TV classic, "The Stingiest Man in Town"; and was even the voice of the infamous Fred the Cockatoo in the 70"s NBC TV series, Baretta. He was chosen from a field of over 140,000 as the new voice of the Parkay Margarine Talking Tub! Recently, after a nationwide search, Sonny was chosen to provide the voice of Jerry Seinfeld in a campaign promoting The Bee Movie Game for ActiVision.Colleges, universities, school districts, and corporate groups of all types have been inspired by Sonny's captivating motivational presentations. His topics are designed to fire up team members, teachers, students, parents, and companies to get involved and make a difference in the world around them.In his new book, "The Art of Living With Enthusiasm!," Sonny offers the powerful benefits to be found in positive living through personal and powerful stories of encouragement, comfort, and joy.
Tony MunafoBirth date: 5 October 1945, Paterson, New Jersey, USADescription: Tony Munafo was born on October 5, 1945 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA as Anthony G. Munafo. He was an actor and producer, known for The Specialist (1994), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Rocky V (1990). He was married to Laurie J. and Marion E. He died on December 18, 2014 in Toms River, New Jersey.
Brent MusburgerBirth date: 26 May 1939, Billings, Montana, USADescription: Brent Musburger was born on May 26, 1939 in Billings, Montana, USA as Brent Woody Musburger. He is an actor, known for The Waterboy (1998), The 70th Annual Nokia Sugar Bowl (2004) and 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game (2012). He has been married to Arlene Clare Sander since June 8, 1963. They have two children.
Ed NessBirth date: 26 May 1939, Billings, Montana, USADescription: Ed Ness is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Sextette (1978) and Portrait of a Hitman (1979).
Fred PinkardBirth date: 25 January 1920, Illinois, USADescription: Fred Pinkard was born on January 25, 1920 in Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), J.D.'s Revenge (1976) and You Must Remember This (1992). He died on August 2, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jane Marla RobbinsBirth date: 2 November 1943, New York City, New York, USADescription: Actress/Author/Life Coach Jane Robbins made two appearances in the ''Rocky'' film series; first as the owner of the pet shop Adrian Balboa (played by Talia Shire) used to work at in the first ''Rocky'' film, then reprised the role again in 1990's ''Rocky V'' film.A Magnum Cum Laude graduate from Bryn Mawr College, she completed post-graduate studies in psychology at Antioch College. Jane is also the author of the book ''Acting Techniques for Everyday Life'', which seeks to teach everyday people the proven techniques actors use to overcome their fears, to confront various difficult situations in their lives.Jane starred on Broadway at Lincoln Center in Reminiscences of Mozart by His Sister, her own one woman play, which was commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. where she initially performed it. Her first starring role on Broadway was in Morning Noon & Night, three one-act plays written by Israel Horowitz, Terrence McNally and Leonard Melfi. Her television credits include: ER, The Heidi Chronicles, Beverly Hills 90210, The Disappearance of Christina, Bloodlines, Afterburn, Murder She Wrote, Norman and the Killer, Brothers, Falcon Crest (one year), Knots Landing (six months), Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story, and 79 Park Avenue.Her film credits include: Rocky I, II, V, Arachnophobia, There Goes the Neighborhood, True Identitiy, Buckaroo Banzai, One Night Stand (directed by Rocky and Rocky V co-star Talia Shire) and Coming Apart (directed by Milton Moses Gingsburg).As a life coach, Jane has led many workshops in such places as New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA, Big Sur, CA, and for numerous law firms across the U.S.
Hank RolikeBirth date: 20 June 1927, Ohio, USADescription: Hank Rolike was born on June 20, 1927 in Ohio, USA as Henry Rolike. He was an actor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979) and A Small Town in Texas (1976). He was married to Rose. He died on October 14, 2002 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
David L. RossBirth date: 24 April 1939, MoroccoDescription: David L. Ross was born on April 24, 1939 in Morocco as David Lee Ross. He is an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Star Trek (1966) and Combat! (1962). He has been married to Malynda since January 12, 1980. They have four children.
Fran RyanBirth date: 29 November 1916, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: As an American character actress, Fran Ryan was a familiar face on stage, screen and television from her theatrical stage debut in the 1950s and continuing for nearly three decades. Ryan's similarity to actress Marjorie Main was soon noticed in the late 1960s, and she frequently played tough, mean-lipped, earthy and gruff-but-lovable female characters.One of Ryan's first major television roles was playing Aggie Thompson, the housekeeper on The Doris Day Show (1968) and quickly found her place as a last-minute replacement on several television shows. She replaced the late Barbara Pepper in playing Doris Ziffel on the final season of Green Acres (1965). She also successfully succeeded Amanda Blake to play Miss Hannah on the final season of Gunsmoke (1955). Ryan's best-known TV credits include General Hospital (1963) and No Soap, Radio (1982).Ryan also had supporting roles in major motion pictures including Big Wednesday (1978), The Long Riders (1980), Stripes (1981), Savannah Smiles (1982), Private School (1983), Eyes of Fire (1983) and Pale Rider (1985). Although she was never far from television, she returned to play Hannah the Barbarian in the short lived animated series Little Dracula (1991).Fran Ryan passed away at her home in Burbank, California on January 15, 2000 of natural causes.
Whitney RydbeckBirth date: 13 March 1945, USADescription: Whitney Rydbeck was born on March 13, 1945 in the USA. He is an actor and director, known for Rocky II (1979), Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) and Oliver & Company (1988).
Shepherd SandersBirth date: 1928, Chicago, Illinois, USADescription: Shepherd Sanders was born in 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Sherwin Seltzer. He was an actor, known for Rocky II (1979), Kelly's Heroes (1970) and The Sand Pebbles (1966). He died on September 14, 2016 in Palm Springs, California, USA.
Jeff TemkinBirth date: 25 September 1946, Wisconsin, USADescription: Jeff Temkin was born on September 25, 1946 in Wisconsin, USA. He was an actor, known for Rocky III (1982), Rocky II (1979) and The Champ (1979). He died on January 8, 1982 in Van Nuys, California, USA.
Allan WarnickBirth date: 25 September 1946, Wisconsin, USADescription: Allan Warnick is an actor, known for Chinatown (1974), Rocky II (1979) and The Two Jakes (1990).
Charles WinklerBirth date: 25 September 1946, Wisconsin, USADescription: Charles Winkler is a director and actor, known for Rocky Marciano (1999), Streets of Blood (2009) and The Net 2.0 (2006). He has been married to Sandra Nelson since September 6, 1998. They have one child.
Directors of "Rocky II"
Sylvester StalloneBirth date: 6 July 1946, New York City, New York, USADescription: This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, ...
Creators of "Rocky II"
Sylvester StalloneBirth date: 6 July 1946, New York City, New York, USADescription: This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, ...