Carl Weathers, the actor known for his roles in ‘Rocky’, ‘Predator’ and ‘The Mandalorian’, has died

Carl Weathers, the actor known for his roles in ‘Rocky’, ‘Predator’ and ‘The Mandalorian’, has died
Carl Weathers, the actor known for his roles in ‘Rocky’, ‘Predator’ and ‘The Mandalorian’, has died

Actor Carl Weathers, who rose to fame as Apollo Creed in “Rocky” and starred in dozens of other films and television series, from “Predator” to “The Mandalorian”died at the age of 76, according to CNN.

“He died peacefully at home”Thursday, he told CNN to his manager, Matt Luber.

The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

“Carl was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life. Through his contributions to film, television, art and sport, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized around the world and across generations. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend“, his family said to CNN.

Carl Weathers, as Apollo Creed from the “Rocky” movies. PHOTO Facebook Carl Weathers

When he auditioned for the film “Rocky”, Weathers was just a former football player who had never boxed. He landed the role of Apollo Creed in the Oscar-winning film (and the three sequels) and got to meet the celebrity.

The character was obviously inspired by Muhammad Ali, whom Weathers later met.

Apollo Creed in “Rocky” was followed by a series of other roles

Notoriety gained with “Rocky” helped him in a number of other roles where his imposing physique was perfectly suited, including the sci-fi actioner “Predator” from 1987, with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In 1988 he played a Detroit cop in “Action Jackson“, a film that was poorly received.

Adam Sandler’s comedy “Happy Gilmore” and TV movies “In the Heat of the Night” show “Arrested Development” there are other films in which he appeared later. Carl Weathers also voiced the character Combat Carl in the franchise “Toy Story”.

Most recently, the actor played a key supporting role in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian (on Disney+), for which he received an Emmy nomination as guest actor in a drama, and directed one of the episodes .

Weathers has also directed episodes of several television series including “Chicago Med,” “Law & Order” and “Hawaii Five-O”.

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