Carl Weathers, who played ‘Apollo Creed’ in the Rocky motion pictures, Star Wars series ‘The Mandalorian’ and the satire film ‘Happy Gilmore, has died.
Carl Weathers passed on February 1, as per his family in a statement.
Carl who was an extraordinary person and carried on with a remarkable life, passed on in his sleep.
Through his commitments to film, TV, arts and sports, he has created a permanent imprint and is widely recognized overall and across ages.
The actor left behind his children Matthew, 47, and Jason, 44, who he shared with his first spouse Mary Ann.
Born in New Orleans in 1948, Weathers initially pursued a career in professional football, playing for the Oakland Raiders between 1970 and 1971, before turning his sights towards acting.
After making appearances in shows like ‘Good Times and The Six Million Dollar Man’, he landed his breakthrough role of the adversary-turned-friend of Sylvester Stallone’s character ‘Rocky Balboa’ in the 1976 boxing film Rocky, reprising the role in the first three sequels.
Following his time in the ring, he starred in the 1987 film Predator with another action film icon—Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Carl subsequently found success in comedy, teaming up with Adam Sandler in the comedy flick Happy Gilmore, playing the title character’s golf coach and mentor, Chubbs. The two reunited in the 2000 movie Little Nicky, with Weathers reprising his part in an uncredited role, and the 2002 animated film Eight Crazy Nights.