Carl Weathers, a former NFL linebacker turned Hollywood action-comedy star, plays enemy-turned-ally Apollo Creed in the film. Rocky films, facing Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator and teach golf to Merry Gilmore, is dead. He was 76 years old.
Matt Luber, his manager, said Weathers died Thursday. His family released a statement saying he died “peacefully in his sleep.”
Comfortable flexing his muscles on the big screen in Action Jackson as he joked around on the small screen in shows such as Arrested developmentWeathers was perhaps most closely associated with Creed, who made his first appearance as the cocky, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in 1976. Rockywith Sylvester Stallone.
“It puts you on the map and makes your career, so to speak. But it’s a one-time situation, so you have to follow it up with something. Luckily, those movies kept coming, and Apollo Creed became more more popular. people’s awareness and welcome into their lives, and it was just the right person at the right time,” Weathers told The Daily Beast in 2017.
Most recently, Weathers starred in the Disney+ hit The Mandalorianappearing in all three seasons.