Sylvester Stallone Confirms He’s Retiring From ‘Rocky Balboa’ Role After Over 40 Years

Sylvester Stallone confirmed “Rocky” fans have seen the last of him in character as the famed boxer as he shared an emotional video on Instagram this week.

Stallone, 72, who first started playing the iconic Rocky Balboa role over 40 years ago, said in a clip: “This is probably my last rodeo. All things must pass and end.”

His speech included, “Rocky will never die because he lives on in you.”

“There’s a whole new world that’s going to be opening up for the audience, for this generation. Now you have to carry the mantle,” he added, beckoning to Michael B. Jordan, who stars as Adonis Johnson in the “Creed” movies.

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Stallone said in the caption, “I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide world for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years.”

“It’s been my ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, sadly all things must pass… and end.”

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“I love you kind and generous people , and the most wonderful thing of all, is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you.”

He later posted:

Stallone has starred in both “Creed” and the recently released “Creed II”, with his character training the son of his friend-turned-foe Apollo Creed.

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