Carl Weathers, star of Predator and Rocky films, dies at 76

Carl Weathers, a well-known American actor, director and former linebacker in football, has died at the age of 76. The cherished actor, best known for starring in Rocky and Predator, “peacefully passed away in his sleep,” his family said in a statement. Furthermore, Weathers earned praise for his recent performance as Greef Karga in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

In a statement, his family said to Deadline, “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers.” They added, “Carl was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life. Through his contributions to film, television, the arts, and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized worldwide and across generations. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner and friend.”

Carl Weathers’ early career contained outstanding roles in two blaxploitation movies helmed by his old friend Arthur Marks. His performance in the early 1975 episode of the comedy Good Times, titled The Nude, also helped him gain popularity.

Weathers got the role of Apollo Creed in Rocky despite criticizing Sylvester Stallone’s acting at the audition. He played Apollo Creed in the three Rocky films: Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), and Rocky IV (1985). Weathers rose to popularity in action movies throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, appearing in movies such as Predator, Force 10 from Navarone (1978) and others.

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