"Rocky" Actor, Carl Weathers, Passes Away At 76


Hollywood is thrown into mourning at the sad news of  the death of veteran actor, Carl Weathers.  According to reports, Weathers peacefully  passed away yesterday in his sleep at his Los Angeles home. He was 76.

Before his acting career, Weathers was a professional football player; playing in college before signed up by the Oakland Raiders and then to the BC Lions in Canada. While still an athlete, he studied Drama at the San Francisco State University. He pursued acting retiring  from football in 1974, the same year he obtained his degree. 

After some TV guest apperances and roles in blaxploitation films, he was cast as Apollo Creed in the sports drama, Rocky- written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. He reprised his iconic role in Rocky II, Rocky III and Rocky IV. His character appeared in  flashback in Creed; the film focusing on Apollo's  son, Adonis, who follows his footsteps as a boxer. 

Weathers' other acting credits include the comedy Happy Gilmore, (his character, Chubbs, making a cameo in Little NickyThink Like a Man Too,  and The Mandalorian

Sylvester Stallone paid tribute to his late co-star and friend: 

"Carl Weathers was such an integral part of my life, my success, everything about it. We lost a legend yesterday. My life was forever changed for the better the day I met Carl Weathers. Rest in power and keep punching." 

Adam Sandler, who played the lead character in Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky eulogised:

"Great dad. Great actor. Great athlete. So much fun to be around always. Smart as hell. Loyal as hell. Funny as hell. Loved his sons more than anything. What a guy!! Everyone loved him. My wife and I had the best times with him every time we saw him. Love to his entire family and Carl will always be known as a true legend.”

From Viola Davis: 

"RIP to the champ, our Apollo Creed....always saw you as a hero. Rest well, Mr. Carl Weathers"

Carl Weathers is survived by his 2 children and 3 ex wives. 

He will be greatly missed. 


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