Carl Weathers Dies at 76

Carl Weathers, best known for starring as Apollo Creed in the first four “Rocky” films opposite Sylvester Stallone, has died.

Born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Weathers rose to prominence as a professional football player before transitioning seamlessly into a successful acting career. His journey is a testament to perseverance, talent, and the ability to reinvent oneself.

Weathers’ early life was marked by his passion for sports. Excelling in both football and track and field, he earned a scholarship to San Diego State University. It was on the football field where he truly made a name for himself, playing as a linebacker. His exceptional talent led him to the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL) and later to the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the British Columbia Lions.

Despite a promising football career, Weathers decided to pursue his passion for acting. He began studying at the prestigious Actors Studio and made his on-screen debut in the blaxploitation film “Friday Foster” in 1975. However, it was his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the blockbuster film “Rocky” (1976) that catapulted him to international fame. The character of Apollo Creed, a charismatic and flamboyant boxer, showcased Weathers’ charisma and screen presence.

Weathers reprised his role as Apollo Creed in several “Rocky” sequels, solidifying his place in cinematic history. His performances were praised for their intensity and depth, and the chemistry between him and Sylvester Stallone became a highlight of the franchise. Beyond “Rocky,” Weathers showcased his versatility in various roles, including the action-comedy “Predator” (1987), “Happy Gilmore  (1996) and the comedy series “Arrested Development,” where he hilariously played a fictionalized version of himself.

In addition to his success in film, Carl Weathers has made a significant impact on television. One of his most notable roles is that of Greef Karga in the popular Disney+ series “The Mandalorian.” His portrayal of the cunning and enigmatic leader earned him acclaim from both fans and critics alike.

Carl Weathers was 76.