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Carl Weathers, known for his portrayal of Apollo Creed in the Rocky films, has passed away at the age of 76

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The family of Carl Weathers, a prominent American actor, has announced his passing at the age of 76.


Weathers, renowned for his portrayal of Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky flicks, passed away in a tranquil slumber, as stated by his family. 

He has also appeared in other films such as Predator, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore. According to his family's statement, Weathers, who initially pursued a career as an NFL linebacker, was an incredible individual who had an extraordinary life.


The family said that he has made significant contributions to movies, television, the arts, and sports, leaving a lasting impact that is acknowledged globally and by people of all ages. "He was an adored sibling, parent, grandparent, significant other, and companion."


The actor, who transitioned from being an athlete, showed ease and proficiency in portraying roles in both action and comedy genres. Notably, he showcased his talent in many television shows, including Arrested Development and The Mandalorian, where he made appearances across all three seasons of the immensely popular Disney+ series.


Former California governor and renowned action actor Schwarzenegger, who formerly worked with him, expressed admiration for Weathers on X, now known as Twitter, stating, "Carl Weathers will forever be regarded as a legendary figure." A remarkable athlete, an exceptional actress, and an admirable guy.


"Predator would not have been possible without his contribution." Moreover, we surely would not have had such a delightful time creating it. 

Weathers was born in 1948 in New Orleans. He started his professional journey by playing football at San Diego State University, where he pursued studies in theatre acting. Subsequently, in 1970, he became a member of the Oakland Raiders.


According to Deadline, he had a career in Hollywood that spanned over 50 years and included appearances in over 75 films and TV series.

In 2021, he received an Emmy nomination for his performance in The Mandalorian. He helmed two episodes of the Star Wars franchise, in addition to directing episodes of Law & Order and Chicago Med.


In addition, he gained recognition for his roles in Action Jackson, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Eight Crazy Nights, Little Nicky, and the Toy Story trilogy. Adam Sandler expressed his admiration on social media, stating: "A truly exceptional individual." Exemplary father. Exceptional performer. Exceptional athlete. "What an exceptional individual!" "He was adored by everyone," he wrote. "Affection extends to his entire family, and Carl will forever be recognised as an authentic legend."


Giancarlo Esposito, known for his role in Breaking Bad, expressed his deep sorrow and longing for his close friend and colleague, Carl Weathers. You are undeniably one of the most remarkable individuals I have had the privilege and pleasure of sharing my time with! 


Sylvester Stallone, in a video shared on Instagram, said that Carl Weathers played a vital role in his life and contributed significantly to his achievements. Stallone acknowledged Weathers with utmost admiration and recognition. "Without him, I would not have been able to achieve the level of success we did with Rocky." "He was exceptionally brilliant," Stallone said in a heartfelt tribute. 


Weathers described himself as fortunate during an interview with the Detroit News last year.  "There are numerous individuals who came before me, whom I greatly admired and aspired to replicate their success. I aimed to achieve the same milestones of success that they did, as they paved the way for me to follow and ultimately find success," he said. "Moreover, I aspire to serve as a source of inspiration for others, motivating them to engage in commendable endeavours." "I consider myself fortunate."


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