Hall of Fame: John Rambo
The third inductee into the Bulletproof Action Hall of Fame was an icon of the 80’s and the Reagan Era in the United States. In fact, President Ronald Reagan would reference this inductee on numerous occasions during his time as the most powerful man in the free world… I’m talking about John Rambo.
The character was first introduced to the world in the novel First Blood by David Morrell way back in 1972, but it was a decade later when Sylvester Stallone would bring the character to life in the movie First Blood. Stallone managed to get the audience to sympathize with the John Rambo character, a Vietnam Veteran suffering from PTSD, despite the fact that in actuality the audience should be terrified of him since he is a trained killing machine and one man army.
And the one man army aspect is something we would see time and time again in other movies including Commando, Cannon’s Missing in Action series and of course the Rambo sequels. A fifth and final Rambo film, entitled Rambo: Last Blood is currently listed as being in pre-production. The movie will be released more than 30 years after the original film… that folks is longevity.
Rambo is the only action movie character that I know of that is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary. That’s impressive.
John Rambo was so huge in the 1980’s that he became a cartoon character for kids, capitalizing on the success that G.I. Joe was enjoying at that time.
The character John Rambo earned two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars for valor, four Purple Hearts, one Distinguished Service Cross and one Medal of Honor.
Now John Rambo has earned a place in the Bulletproof Action Hall of Fame.
We salute you John Rambo.