In 1971, a struggling 25-year-old Sylvester Stallone had to sell his dog named Butkus for $40 so he could afford food. A few years later, after the huge success of his film 'Rocky' (1976) he bought back Butkus for $15,000.
"We were both hungry and living in a flophouse above a subway stop. When things got even worse I had to sell him for $40 in front of a 7-eleven store, because i couldn't afford food. Then like a modern day miracle, the screenplay for rocky sold and I could buy him back, but the new owner knew i was desperate and charged me $15,000... he was worth every penny!"
Stallone won an oscar for 'Rocky' and Butkus even got to star in the first two movies before he passed away in 1981.❤️