Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films, has died at age 76. The artist was remembered for his roles in several films and series, such as Predator, The Mandalorian and Happy Gilmore. “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” his family wrote in a statement.
As they explained, the artist died in his sleep on Thursday, February 1, 2024. In the document, family members remembered his great career in film and television: “Carl was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life. Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized around the world and from generation to generation. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend.”
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Carl Weathers en “The Mandalorian” (Foto: Disney +)
Who was Carl Weathers?
Born on January 14, 1948 in New Orleans, Weathers appeared in more than 75 films and television shows during his 50-year film career. One of his last works was in the Disney + series The Mandalorian, where he played Greef Karga, the head of the Bounty Hunters Guild. In 2021, Weathers was nominated for a 2021 Emmy for the role and also directed a couple of episodes of the series in seasons 2 and 3.
The actor also lent his voice to Combat Carl in Toy Story 4. We also saw him as the protagonist of Action Jackson, which was produced after the success of Predator.
Carl Weathers in “Predator” (Photo: Imdb)
However, one of his most memorable roles is that of Apollo Creed, the world heavyweight champion who faced Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Weathers reprized the role in Rocky II (1979), which included a title rematch with Balboa, and 1982's Rocky III, where he feuded with Clubber Lang (Mr. T). Creed's last film in the franchise was Rocky IV (1985), where the character was killed in the ring by Russian heavyweight Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
Derick “Chubbs” Peterson was another of Weathers' memorable performances, who excelled in Happy Gilmore alongside Adam Sandler. In the film he played a golf coach who was forced to leave the tour after losing his hand to an alligator.