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Actor Carl Weathers, Best Known for His Role as Apollo Creed, from 'Rocky' Dies at 76

Carl Weathers. Photo/Disney/IMDb

According to his manager, Matt Luber, former NFL player and actor Carl Weathers, died at 76. Carl was best known for his role as Apollo Creed in the uber-popular Rocky movies. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, Weathers' family said in a statement to Deadline Hollywood that he died peacefully in his sleep and added, "Carl was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life. Through his contributions to film, television, the arts 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."

Sylvester Stallone & Carl Weathers in 'Rocky.' Photo/Shutterstock

Weathers played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders before starting a career in Hollywood. In addition to his recurring role in Rocky, he starred in many other successful film roles, such as The Mandalorian (Star Wars spinoff), Happy Gilmore, Predator, Action Jackson, and the TV show Chicago Justice. Creed and its sequels are Rocky spinoffs based on the life of Apollo Creed's son, Adonis Creed (starring Michael B. Jordan). The actor and athlete was also the voice for Combat Carl in Toy Story 4 and other Disney productions and received an Emmy nomination for his role in The Mandalorian.

Carl Weathers in 'The Mandalorian.' Photo/Disney

According to NBC News, Adam Sandler posted on the X platform on Friday that his "Happy Gilmore" costar will forever be known as a "true legend." "A true great man. Great dad. Great actor. Great athlete. So much fun to be around always," Sandler wrote. He continued, "Smart as hell. Loyal as hell. Funny as hell. Loved his sons more than anything," Sandler said. "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." 

Weathers is survived by his children and grandchildren. His talent will be missed. To follow this story and other news, click the link to subscribe to Volume 82.


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