Carl Weathers, renowned for his iconic portrayal of Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” film series alongside Sylvester Stallone, passed away on Thursday at the age of 76, as confirmed by his manager Matt Luber to Variety.
In addition to his memorable role as Apollo Creed, Weathers made significant contributions to the entertainment industry, starring in films such as “Predator” (1987) and Adam Sandler’s “Happy Gilmore.” His versatile talent earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian.”
Weathers also provided the voice of Combat Carl in Toy Story 4 and played a fictional version of himself in the television series Arrested Development. His extensive filmography includes notable appearances in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Death Hunt,” and “The Comebacks,” among others.
Born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Weathers excelled in sports, including boxing, football, soccer, wrestling, and gymnastics. Despite his athletic achievements, he pursued a degree in theatre arts at San Diego State University. Following a brief stint with the Oakland Raiders in the NFL, Weathers transitioned to acting, securing roles in various films and television series.
In the cult classic “Predator,” Weathers portrayed Colonel Al Dillon alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura. He also made memorable appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and later reprised his role as Apollo Creed’s image in the “Creed” sequel series.
Weathers leaves behind a lasting legacy in the entertainment industry, earning accolades for his performances on both the big and small screens. He is survived by his ex-wife, Mary Ann, and their two sons.