From the moment he entered this world on July 6, 1946, Sylvester Stallone was faced with some difficult challenges.
From birth complications that left his face partially paralyzed to sleeping on the streets of New York, and losing his firstborn to a heart problem, the actor's faith has been tested multiple times.
However, he managed to come out on top each time, and worked his way up to being one of the world's biggest action film stars.
Since his lead role debut as Rocky Balboa in the 1976 film, Rocky, the actor has written and starred in numerous films including the Rambo franchise, Nighthawks, Demolition Man and Creed.
He amassed plenty of accolades during his decades-long career, including a Golden Globe Award, Critic's Choice Movie Award and People's Choice Awards. He is also a three-time Academy Award nominee.
Still, none of these achievements seem to be as meaningful to Stallone as his children are to him.
The 71-year-old fathered five children during his three marriages.
Two sons and three daughters
His sons, Sage Moonblood and Seargeoh, were born to his first wife, Sasha Czack, who he married in 1974.
In a heartbreaking turn of events, Sage died in 2012 at the age of 36. His death was caused by a hidden heart condition.
"This agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives," Stallone said in a statement. "Sage is our first child and the center of our universe and I am humbly begging for all to have my son’s memory and soul left in peace."
As for Seargeoh, aside from appearing as Rocky Balboa Jr. alongside his father in Rocky II, the public has not seen much of him. Although Stallone wanted him to pursue acting, the severity of Seargeoh's autism spectrum disorder wouldn't allow him to do so.
After Stallone's second marriage to actress and model Brigitte Nielsen also ended in divorce, he met his current wife, model Jennifer Flavin.
The couple's first child, Sophia, was born a year before they got married in 1997. They later welcomed two more daughters, Sistine and Scarlet.
The girls would often be seen accompanying their famous parents to events, and many assumed that they would dabble in acting just like their father and oldest siblings, but that wasn't the case.
All three girls are stepping into the limelight not as actresses, but as models, just like their mother.