Actor Carl Weathers, who portrayed Sylvester Stallone’s boxing nemesis-turned-friend and mentor Apollo Creed in 4 “Rocky” movies, has died at age 76, his household introduced Friday.
In an announcement to Deadline, the household stated Weathers “died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday.”
“Carl was an distinctive human being who lived a rare life,” his household stated. “Via his contributions to movie, tv, the humanities and sports activities, he has left an indelible mark and is acknowledged worldwide and throughout generations. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, companion, and buddy.”
No different particulars had been instantly launched.
A local of New Orleans, Weathers performed faculty soccer at San Diego State College and performed briefly for the Oakland Raiders after which for the BC Lions of the Canadian Soccer League earlier than retiring and pursuing an performing profession.
He made appearances in a sequence of tv applications, together with “Kung Fu” and “Starsky and Hutch,” however rose to fame when he landed the position of boxing champion Apollo Creed, who offers Stallone’s Rocky Balboa a shot on the title within the 1976 movie “Rocky.” He reprised the position in three sequels, earlier than his character died within the ring in “Rocky IV.”
His different notable roles included a spot reverse Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Predator, and in movies together with “Motion Jackson” and “Blissful Gilmore.”
He extra just lately appeared within the fashionable Disney+ streaming sequence “The Mandalorian,” which earned him an Emmy nomination for excellent visitor actor.
–Metropolis Information Service