Sylvester Stallone is an American icon.

Born on July 6, 1946, in New York City, Sly is one of the most popular Hollywood action stars in the history of this rotating planet, creating iconic characters like Rocky Balboa, John Rambo and Sgt. Joe Bomowski from 'Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot.'

Sylvester Stallone movies will live on for generations. Our children will show them to their children -- right around the time 'Expendables 11' hits theaters.

Stallone turns 67 next week, and in honor of his birthday, we collected some classic shots of the Tinsel Town legend. These photos prove Stallone is more than an 'Italian Stallion' -- he's 100% certified, Grade A awesome.

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