Prayers Up! ‘Rocky’ star Carl Weathers passes
Dear roommates, we are sad to report that the image Carl Weather has died. He was 76.
Weathers was an NFL linebacker who became a Hollywood act film and a comedy star. He is best known for playing Apollo Creed’s nemesis-turned-ally in the ‘Rocky’ films. Weathers also starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Predator’ and taught golf in ‘Happy Gilmore’.
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Matt Luber, his manager, said that Carl Weathers died on Thursday (February 1). His family released a statement saying he died ‘quietly in his sleep’. Two sons have survived.
“Carl was an extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. With his contributions to film, television, the arts and sport, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized around the world and across generations. He was a loving brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend,” the statement said, according to TMZ.
There are no additional updates on Carl Weathers’ cause of death at this time.
IKTR! Carl Weathers’ resume was stacked
Tracks weather turned from pro-athlete to Hollywood sensation and many projects have been hit because of it! In honor of his life and legacy, let’s run down some facts about Carl.
Growing up in New Orleans, Mr. Weathers began performing in plays as early as high school. In high school, athletics took him down another path, but he would reunite with his first love later in life.
Weathers played college football at San Diego State University and went on to play one season in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders in 1970. But athletics didn’t overshadow acting. He majored in theater in college.
After the Raiders, he entered the Canadian Football League, playing for two years while completing his studies at San Francisco State University during the offseason. He graduated with a BA in drama in 1974.
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Before becoming Apollo’s hitman for three ‘Rocky’ movies, Weathers made a splash in other movies and TV shows. The list includes, but is not limited to, ‘Good Times,’ ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,’ ‘In the Heat of the Night,’ and ‘Starsky & Hutch.’
Later in life, Weathers became passionate about directing large segments of ‘Silk Stalking’ and the Lorenzo Lamas vehicle ‘Renegade.’ He directed a season three episode of ‘The Mandalorian.’
He was as comfortable flexing his muscles on the big screen in ‘Action Jackson’ as he was on the small screen in shows like ‘Arrested Development,’
Rest in peace, Carl Weathers!
Associated Press editor Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.