Sylvester Stallone is the Oscar-nominated star of the Rocky and Rambo franchises. In 1976, Rocky launched Stallone's career and earned him Oscar nominations for acting and writing. From 1979 to 2006, Stallone wrote and directed five more sequels. In 1982, the actor portrayed Rambo for the first time in First Blood. He went on to reprise the character in three more films from 1985 to 2008. Stallone created his third film franchise in 2010 with The Expendables, which saw him act alongside fellow action stars Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Expendables 3 hits theaters in August.