Remembering Former Football Player & Legendary Actor Carl Weathers


February 6, 2024

He was 76 years old.

On February 1, 2024, the world bid farewell to a true Hollywood legend as actor Carl Weathers passed away, Variety reports. With a career spanning decades, Weathers left a lasting legacy, charming audiences with his charisma, talent, and unforgettable performances.

Born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Weathers’s journey to stardom was marked by determination and passion for his craft. After graduating from San Diego State University, where he excelled in both football and theater, Weathers pursued his dream of becoming an actor. His breakthrough came with the iconic role of Apollo Creed in the 1976 boxing classic Rocky, which catapulted him to international fame and earned him widespread acclaim. His performance earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.


Following his success in Rocky, Weathers continued to captivate audiences with memorable roles in a range of films and television series. He reprised his role as Apollo Creed in several installments of the Rocky franchise. Additionally, Weathers showcased his talents in films like Happy Gilmore and Arrested Development, further demonstrating his versatility as an actor. He starred in the hit action series Predator and lent his voice to animated shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy, solidifying his status as a beloved and respected actor.

As news of Weathers’s passing made its way throughout the entertainment industry, tributes poured in from colleagues, fans, and admirers alike, honoring his contributions to cinema and celebrating his remarkable life. From fellow actors to directors and producers, Weathers was remembered not only for his talent but also for his kindness, generosity, and unwavering passion for his craft.

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In the wake of his passing, Weathers leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and entertain audiences for generations to come. As we mourn the loss of a true Hollywood icon, we also celebrate the incredible impact that Carl Weathers had on the world of entertainment and the enduring legacy that he leaves behind. Rest in peace, Carl Weathers.

Cover Photo: Carl Weathers in 1987. / Credit: Harry Langdon for Getty Images

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