The 19th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Kirk Douglas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)
One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s through the early 1990s, actor-writer-director-producer Sylvester Stallone combined sheer physical brawn with a touch of vulnerability in two major movie franchises - the Academy Award-winning "Rocky" (1976) and its five sequels, as well as the jingoistic, ultra-violent "Rambo" (1981) quartet. Frequently reviled by critics and pundits for his acting and movie choices, Stallone persevered through several major career eclipses, only to come back - much like Rocky Balboa - time and time again as the pop cultural icon that he most definitely was. Regardless of how the critics felt, Stallone was a major box office force, though he struggled outside the Rocky-Rambo universe with "Cliffhanger" (1993) and "Judge Dredd" (1995). He earned critical respect when he gained weight to play a good-hearted, but ostracized cop turning a blind eye to police corruption in "Cop Land" (1997), but the box office failure of that film prompted him to second-guess his choice of tackling more dramatic material. After starring in the remake of "Get Carter" (2000) and the action thriller "Driven" (2001), Stallone stepped back from acting to focus behind the scenes on his health/fitness magazine, as well as the sports-themed reality series, "The Contender" (NBC/ESPN/Versus, 2005-07). But unable to stay out of the spotlight for long, he struck box office gold revisiting "Rocky Balboa" (2006) and "Rambo" (2008), and starring in the ensemble action hit "The Expendables" (2010), which once again put Stallone back on top.