Rocky star Carl Weathers dead at 76

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | February 03, 2024 IST

 Hollywood actor Carl Weathers, known for his role in 'Rocky' opposite Sylvester Stallone passed away at the age of 76

USA, Feb 3: Hollywood actor Carl Weathers, known for his role in 'Rocky' opposite Sylvester Stallone passed away at the age of 76. Known for his iconic role opposite Sylvester Stallone in 'Rocky,' Weathers peacefully passed away on Thursday.

 

In a statement, his family expressed deep sadness, describing Carl as an extraordinary person who led an exceptional life. Recognized globally across generations for his contributions to film, television, the arts, and sports, he was not only a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend but also left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

 

Born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Carl Weathers graced the screen for over 50 years, appearing in more than 75 films and TV shows. One of his notable recent roles was as Greef Karga, the head of the Bounty Hunters Guild, in nine episodes of the Disney+ Star Wars series 'The Mandalorian' over its three seasons.

 

While he had a diverse career, Carl Weathers is best remembered for portraying Apollo Creed, the heavyweight champion of the world, in the 'Rocky' franchise. His character provided the journeyman Philly boxer Rocky Balboa with a shot at the title in the 1976 film 'Rocky.' 

 

He reprised the role in 'Rocky II' (1979) and 'Rocky III' (1982), where he trained Balboa to face the formidable Clubber Lang (Mr. T). His final appearance in the franchise was in 'Rocky IV' (1985), where Creed met his demise in the ring against the Russian heavyweight Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).

 

Beyond the 'Rocky' series, Carl Weathers also made a mark in the entertainment world with roles in films such as 'Predator' (1987) and a memorable appearance in Adam Sandler's 'Happy Gilmore.' His legacy lives on through his extensive and impactful contributions to the world of entertainment.

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