Sly’s Early Birthday

His birth certificate reads: “Born:  July 6, 1946,” but Sylvester Stallone celebrated his 60th birthday on June 3 in Las Vegas, surrounded by family and friends. Too many of ’em would have been away on location or vacation in July.

The birthday party was a reunion with his Planet Hollywood partners Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Robert Earl. It was appropriately at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, which will have its own official opening celebration in March 2007.

Sly’s wife Jennifer hosted close to 100 celebrants via chartered plane from Burbank to Vegas, Saturday noon. And following the big birthday bash that night, winged ’em all back to L.A.

During the party, the walls of the hotel’s curved lounge screened clips of Sly’s life and career. The live portion of the entertainment included a welcoming by Robert Earl, and a grateful speech by Arnold, who credited Stallone with giving credibility to action films. Others toasting Stallone with kind words included Jimmie Can, Brother Frank, and wife Jennifer. Tom Jones led the singing of “Happy Birthday.” There was also a performance by the Pussycat Dolls.

Las Vegas will again toast Stallone June 14 with a star ceremony at the Cine Vegas and Brendan Theaters film fest. “Rocky Balboa” will bow on Dec. 22 on 3,000 screens nationwide.

Irwin Winkler and Bob Chartoff, who launched “Rocky” and segued to exec produce on the latest — with their sons Charles and David Winkler and Bill Chartoff now producing — were among those on hand at the birthday bash. Irwin is now in post-production on “Home Of The Brave” which he directs and produces. A far different film — “Brave” is the no-punches-pulled story of three GIs returned home from Iraq. It opens Dec.15 and a 38-minute promo reel was shown at Cannes.

Among others  who winged up for the birthday: John Travolta, William Bratton, Jake Bloom, Jeff Berg, David Slade, Ron Meyer and Tony Curtis, who arrived at the party from his own birthday celebration that night. June 3 was really his birthday. He was 81.   

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