It has been reported by his family that the American actor Carl Weathers has passed away at the age of 76.
“He passed away peacefully in his sleep,” according to a statement that was issued by his family, Weathers, who played the role of Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films, was said to have said.
Furthermore, according to the statement sent by his family, Weathers “was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life.” Weathers began his career as a linebacker in the National Football League.
“Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized worldwide and across generations,” according to the relatives.
“He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend.”
The former athlete turned actor was at ease appearing in both comedic and dramatic roles, making appearances in a wide variety of shows, from Arrested Development to The Mandalorian, where he appeared in all three seasons of the popular series that is available on Disney+.
On X, which was then known as Twitter, his former co-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was also a superhero action star and a former governor of California, voiced his admiration for Weathers, saying, “Carl Weathers will always be a legend.” One of the most remarkable athletes, an outstanding actor, and an outstanding guy.
BREAKING: Carl Weathers, the actor famous for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky films, has died aged 76 https://t.co/y6sbZ2hBn7
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 2, 2024
Without him, we would not have been able to create Predator. If we hadn’t been able to make it, we most certainly wouldn’t have had such a lovely day.
Weathers began his professional football career at San Diego State University, where he also studied theater acting. He joined the Oakland Raiders in 1970 after beginning his career as a football player at San Diego State University.
According to Deadline, he had a career in Hollywood that spanned over half a century and a half by appearing in more than seventy-five films and television shows.
The character that he played in The Mandalorian earned him a nomination for an Emmy in the year 2021. In addition to directing multiple episodes of Law & Order and Chicago Med, he was responsible for directing two episodes of the Star Wars series.
In addition to that, he was well-known for his roles in the films Action Jackson, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Eight Crazy Nights, Little Nicky, and the movie franchise Toy Story.
On his social media accounts, Adam Sandler paid tribute to the deceased, stating, “A real great man. Wonderful father. An outstanding performer. A fantastic athlete.”
What a sweetheart! “He was dearly loved by all,” he wrote. “Love to his entire family and Carl will always be known as a true legend.”
Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Carl Weathers on Breaking Bad, expressed his sorrow by saying, “I will miss my dear friend and brother Carl Weathers.” You are without a doubt one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the privilege of spending time with, and I am genuinely grateful for that distinction.
Weathers referred to himself as a “lucky guy” in an interview that he gave to the Detroit News the previously year.
He added, “There are a great number of people who came before me who I admired and whose success I wanted to emulate, and I just kind of hit the benchmarks they hit in terms of success, who created a pathway that I’ve been able to walk; as a result, I’ve been able to find success.” “And hopefully I can inspire someone else to do good work as well.”