American actor Carl Weathers, who became world famous as Apollo Creed in the first four ‘Rocky’ films, has died. He was 76 years old. He recently played in The Mandalorian.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” his family said. “Carl was an exceptional person who led an exceptional life. Through his contributions to film, television, art and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized worldwide and across generations. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend.”
According to the family, the actor died peacefully in his sleep.
Weathers was born in New Orleans on January 14, 1948 and, in addition to being an actor, was also a gifted athlete, who participated in boxing, American football, wrestling and gymnastics. During his time as a young football player at San Diego State University, Weathers earned a degree in theater arts. He played eight more games in the NFL, the top division in American football, before devoting himself fully to acting in the 1970s.
After some small roles he was cast in the film Rocky about boxer Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone. He then also played in the three sequels.
In total, Weathers has appeared in more than 75 films and TV series during his fifty-year career. In addition to playing opposite Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky series, the American actor is also known for roles in films such as Predator (1987) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Happy Gilmore (1996) with Adam Sandler. His last contribution was in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian in which he played Greef Karga for three seasons. It earned him an Emmy nomination in 2021 in the best guest actor category.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have expressed their condolences. They call Weathers a great man.