Carl Weathers, Star of the Rocky Franchise and The Mandalorian, Dies Aged 76

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  • Carl Weathers, known for his iconic roles in Rocky and The Mandalorian, has passed away at 76. He was an exceptional human being who left an indelible mark on the world.
  • Weathers began his career as a professional football player before pivoting to acting. His breakthrough role came as Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise.
  • Weathers had a diverse range of roles, showcasing his strength, integrity, and depth. He was also respected for his work behind the camera and his advocacy for education and the arts. Thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fans.


Carl Weathers, known for his iconic roles in Rocky and the Star Wars franchise’s The Mandalorian, has died at the age of 76. In a statement, his family broke the news, saying:

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers. He died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, February 1st, 2024. … 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.”

Born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Weathers began his career in the spotlight, not on the stage or screen, but on the football field. A talented athlete, he played professional football before pivoting to acting. Weathers’ breakthrough came with his role as Apollo Creed in the first four movies of the Rocky franchise.

rocky
Rocky

Release Date
November 21, 1976

Runtime
119

Tagline
His whole life was a million-to-one shot.

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Rocky

Appearing opposite Sylvester Stallone in 1976’s Rocky, Apollo Creed became the titular boxer’s first adversary. Weathers then returned for a rematch with Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in Rocky II, before helping to train the champ ahead of his fight with Mr T’s Clubber Lang in Rocky III. Weather’s last appearance in the series came in 1985’s Rocky IV, when Creed took on the formidable Russian heavyweight Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and was killed in the ring. However, the spirit of Apollo Creed still lives on thanks to the Creed franchise, which focuses on Adonis Creed, Apollo’s son, played by Michael B. Jordan.


Carl Weathers Career Beyond Rocky

Weathers’ career was characterized by a diverse range of roles that highlighted his ability to embody strength, integrity, and depth. From his action-packed performances in films like Predator to his comedic timing in Happy Gilmore, Weathers most recently appeared in the Star Wars franchise, playing the role of Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, as well as voicing Combat Carl in the Toy Story franchise. He also appeared as a guest star in many popular TV shows, including Cannon, Kung Fu, Starsky and Hutch, Psych and the reboot of Magnum P.I. among others.

Beyond his achievements on-screen, Weathers was also respected for his work behind the camera as a director and producer. Weathers helmed episodes of Law & Order, Hawaii Five-O, Chicago Med, and The Mandalorian. He also acted as a mentor to many younger actors he worked with. Away from the cinema screens, Weathers’ advocated for education and the arts, using his place in Hollywood to support communities that otherwise struggled to find a voice.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and legion of fans at this time.

You can see Weathers as Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise on Max, and in his final role in The Mandalorian on Disney+

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