The Legendary Carl Weathers, Star of Rocky and Predator, Dies at 76

The Legendary Carl Weathers, Star of Rocky and Predator, Dies at 76

Hollywood has lost a titan. Carl Weathers, the commanding actor behind some of the most iconic roles in film history, has passed away at the age of 76.

Weathers was best known for playing the legendary boxer Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise opposite Sylvester Stallone. Their electric on-screen rivalry as Balboa and Creed captured the imaginations of generations of moviegoers. But Weathers was more than just a powerhouse in the ring – he also battled ferocious aliens as Dillon in Predator alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of the most intense sci-fi thrillers ever made.

More recently, Weathers made his mark on a galaxy far, far away playing the charismatic Greef Karga on The Mandalorian. His magnetic performance as the head of a bounty hunters’ guild was a bright spot in the Star Wars universe, earning him an Emmy nomination.

Off-screen, those who knew Weathers describe him as a deeply caring person with an unforgettable laugh. According to his family, he “lived an extraordinary life” and his passing has “left an indelible mark” on the arts.

Weathers got his start as an athlete, playing football for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders before discovering his passion for acting. He lit up the stage before making his mark on screens big and small. From Rocky to Predator to Happy Gilmore and beyond, Weathers’ commanding screen presence and dedication to his craft has cemented his place in Hollywood history. He was a true original – the kind of larger-than-life character that the entertainment world just doesn’t make anymore. Rest in peace, Carl Weathers. You brought joy to millions and left an unmatched legacy behind.

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