February 03. 2024 – Carl Weathers passed away at the age of 76
American actor Carl Weathers passed away on Thursday, February 1, at the age of 76, as confirmed by his family. The statement shared that he “died peacefully in his sleep.” Weathers gained immense popularity for his portrayal of Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise, and his death deeply saddened fans. Following the news, Sylvester Stallone, his co-star in the Rocky films, paid a heartfelt tribute to the late actor.
Carl Weathers led an amazing life and was an extraordinary person. His impact on film, television, the arts, and sports is remembered globally and across generations. He was a cherished brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend.
Before his successful acting career, Weathers was a former NFL linebacker. He gained fame for his role as boxer Apollo Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone in the original 1976 Rocky film. Additionally, he co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 movie Predator. More recently, he received an Emmy nomination for his role as Greef Karga in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian.
The actor starred in the lead role in the 1988 film Action Jackson. He also had notable funny roles, such as playing Chubbs in the 1996 golf comedy Happy Gilmore alongside Adam Sandler. Additionally, he portrayed a version of himself in the TV series Arrested Development.
Born in New Orleans, Weathers discovered his passion for performing at a young age, participating in plays. In 2020, he shared with Gambit, “I was bitten by the bug, as they say. On stage having people laugh at the good lines and applaud at the end — it’s pretty, pretty infectious. Once that bug gets inside you, it’s kind of hard to give it up.”
In the same year, speaking to British GQ, Weathers expressed his perspective on the distinction between being a “movie star” and an “actor.”