Carl Weathers, with Tony Burton and Hank Rolike in “Rocky 2: Revenge” in 1979.
DEATH – An American icon is passing away. Actor Carl Weathers, known worldwide for his role as boxer Apollo Creed in the film saga Rocky died Thursday, as his manager announced this Friday, February 2 Variety.
The New Orleans-born actor died at the age of 76. At this point, the cause of his death has not been clarified.
Propelled to stardom by the saga imagined by Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers is not limited to this single role. Because initially, Carl Weathers was not really destined to become an actor. A professional American football player in the NFL, he branched off around the age of 30 to train as an actor.
His first real role, however, will be that of undefeated boxing champion Apollo Creed. He played this African-American puncher character in the first four films, sometimes enemy, sometimes ally of Sylvester Stallone's iconic character.
Rocky will then allow him to share the screen with one of the other stars of the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger In Predator by John McTiernan, the director of Crystal trap.
A return thanks to “Star Wars”
Praised for his performance in Happy Gilmore alongside Adam Sandler and Christopher McDonald, the actor will also find his place on the small screen with numerous secondary roles in successful television series: Starsky and Hutch, The Shield, ERor Arrested Developmentwhere he also played his own role.
But it was finally quite recently and with another great franchise in American cinema that Carl Weathers returned to center stage.
Carl Weathers, in the series “The Mandalorian” where Pedro Pascal plays a masked mercenary on the edge of the “Star Wars” galaxy.
Chosen to play Greef Karga in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, the actor was able to establish himself with this character of head of the bounty hunters' guild who will reappear regularly during the three seasons broadcast. Actor but also director for series episodes, he is behind two episodes of the Star Wars series with Pedro Pascal in the title role.
The latter was one of the first to pay tribute to him this Friday. “ Words are missing », simply wrote Pedro Pascal on Instagram, accompanying his message with a broken heart.
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