The entertainment world mourns the loss of legendary actor Carl Weathers, known for iconic roles in movies like Rocky and Predator, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 1 at the age of 76. The news was confirmed by his family through his agent.
In a heartfelt statement, his family praised Weathers as an exceptional human being who led an extraordinary life. They acknowledged his contributions to film, television, the arts, and sports, highlighting the indelible mark he left across generations. Remembered as a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend, Carl Weathers’ legacy extends far beyond the silver screen.
Weathers gained prominence for portraying Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films alongside Sylvester Stallone, with footage also used in the Creed films led by Michael B Jordan. His journey into acting began after a successful college football career in the 1960s and an early retirement from professional sports in the early ’70s.
Breaking into Hollywood with small roles in blaxploitation cinema, Weathers’ breakout role came in 1976’s Rocky, where he took on a character initially intended for real-life boxer Ken Norton. He later starred in three more Rocky movies, 1987’s Predator alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and headlined 1988’s Action Jackson.
Weathers diversified his career, appearing in comedies like Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler and taking on roles in TV shows such as Arrested Development and as the voice of Combat Carl in Toy Story 4. His recent roles included Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, earning him an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series. He also directed two episodes of the hit show.
Fellow actor Adam Sandler paid tribute to Weathers as a “true great man” and a multifaceted talent. Weathers’ impact transcended entertainment, making him a beloved figure to those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Carl Weathers is survived by two sons, and his contributions to the entertainment industry will be remembered as a true legend.