Actor Carl Weathers, renowned for his portrayal of the boxer Apollo Creed in the iconic “Rocky” series alongside Sylvester Stallone, has died at the age of 76, as confirmed by his family. Weathers, whose career spanned five decades and included notable roles in films like “Predator” (1987) with Arnold Schwarzenegger, recently gained acclaim for his role in “The Mandalorian,” earning an Emmy for his performance.
The family’s statement expressed deep sorrow over Weathers’ passing, describing him as an extraordinary individual who left an indelible mark on cinema, television, the arts, and sports. Although the cause of death was not disclosed, the family mentioned that Weathers passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday.
Weathers’ extensive career featured over 75 appearances in films and television, beginning with roles in Blaxploitation films in the mid-1970s. His portrayal of Greef Karga in Disney’s “The Mandalorian” and his vocal performance as Combat Carl in “Toy Story 4” showcased his versatility. However, he remains best known for his role as Apollo Creed, a charismatic heavyweight boxing champion, in the groundbreaking film “Rocky” (1976).
Weathers’ impact extended beyond the big screen, earning praise for roles in various genres, including comedy, such as his portrayal of a golf instructor in “Happy Gilmore.” The entertainment industry mourns the loss of an accomplished talent and beloved figure, with fellow actor and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura describing Weathers as a “phenomenal talent, a true professional, and a dear friend.”