Carl Weathers, who gained popularity as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” movies and went on to feature in several movies and series, including “The Mandalorian” and “Predator,” has passed away. The cause of death was not specified.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers.” his family said in a statement, “He died peacefully in his sleep. 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.“
Carl Weathers Life
Before his iconic “Apollo Creed” role in “Rocky”, Weathers used to be a footballer. Ironically he never boxed before his role in the Academy-award-winning movie and its three sequels.
In a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Weathers recalled auditioning with Sylvester Stallone, saying he was informed the actor was the movie’s writer but didn’t realise Stallone was also the lead actor. “I just blurted out, ‘I could do a lot better if you got me a real actor to work with,” after believing that the reading had gone poorly.
Weathers used his exposure to “Rocky” to secure many more roles that benefited from his commanding physical presence, including the 1987 action-sci-fi film “Predator,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Most recently, Weathers directed one episode of the Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” and also played a significant supporting role. For this portrayal, he was nominated for an Emmy in the drama guest acting category.
In addition, Weathers had directed episodes of a number of television shows, such as “Chicago Med,” “Law & Order,” and “Hawaii Five-O.”
Adam Sandler and Arnold Schwarzenegger also paid their emotional tributes to the legendary actor.