Condolences to Frank and Sylvester Stallone on the death of their father, Frank Stallone Sr., on Monday at age 91.
An Italian immigrant, Stallone came to America in 1932 and served in the Army from 1940 to 1945. He was a lifelong polo player, and owned and operated several hair salons in Maryland.
"He was a tireless worker, self-motivated," Frank remembered yesterday. He also remembered his father as a "fearless man who didn't back down from anyone." He shared a story about his father putting one of the Washington Redskins in the hospital after being called an Italian slur in the 1950s. Frank wasn't sure of the player's name but swears it is a true story.
"He leaped across the table and laid this guy out," Frank said.
He said his dad was proud of his and Sly's accomplishments, though his father recently teased Frank about getting a real job.
Frank said that he and Sly visited their dad on June 12 at his Florida home and that Frank Sr. said it was the happiest day of his life.
Sly and Frank lost their stepfather, Anthony Filiti, in March.
Growing up, the Stallone boys lived with Filiti, a South Philadelphia-raised cheese purveyor, and their mother, Jacqueline, on Rittenhouse Square and later in Holme Circle.