In a somber announcement on Friday, the family of Carl Weathers revealed that the legendary US actor, renowned for his portrayal of boxer Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” series, has passed away at the age of 76. Weathers, whose illustrious career spanned over five decades, made a significant impact with over 75 appearances in both movies and television.
The late actor’s journey in the entertainment industry commenced in the mid-1970s, with notable roles in Blaxploitation films that set the stage for his subsequent success. However, it was his portrayal of Apollo Creed, the formidable opponent to Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa, that etched his name in cinematic history. Weathers’s on-screen chemistry with Stallone created some of the most unforgettable and intense boxing moments, leaving an indelible mark on the “Rocky” franchise.
Beyond his role in the boxing world, Weathers also left an enduring impression in the 1987 film “Predator,” sharing the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger. His versatility shone through as he seamlessly transitioned from action-packed roles to the small screen.
In recent times, Carl Weathers captivated audiences with his appearance in the “Star Wars” spin-off series, “The Mandalorian,” earning him an Emmy nomination for his stellar performance.
The announcement of Carl Weathers’ passing has left the entertainment industry and fans alike in mourning. His contributions to cinema and television have left an indelible legacy, and he will be remembered not only for his iconic roles but also for his enduring impact on the world of entertainment.