Hollywood salutes ‘Rocky’ actor

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The American actor Carl Weathers has died at the age of 76.

Weathers was known for his role as the boxer Apollo Creed in the popular Rockymovies starring Sylvester Stallone.

Weathers, who also appeared in the 1987 film Predator opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, was recently in the series The Mandaloriana byproduct of the Star Wars-movies, to see. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on this series.

His family confirmed his death in a statement.

“Carl was an exceptional person who lived an extraordinary life. Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sport, he distinguished himself and he is held in high esteem worldwide and across generations.”

According to the statement, Weathers “died peacefully in his sleep”. No cause has been disclosed.

Before Weathers gained fame as an actor, he was for a short time a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, an American football team. In his more than 50-year career as an actor, Weathers appeared 75 times in movies and television series.

In The Mandalorianwhich is currently on Disney+, Weathers stars as Greef Karga, the head of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild.

Fans will his voice also in the popular animation Toy Story 4 recognized, in which he is the voice of Combat Carl. This movie was released in 2019.

Weathers further received praise for his role as a golf coach in Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore.

However, the role for which he will probably be best remembered is that of the jingoistic heavyweight boxing champion Apollo Creed, who stood in the way of the rough-and-tumble Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).

Rocky, which was first released in 1976, won the 1977 Academy Award for Best Picture, and was also nominated for a host of other awards. Director John Avildsen also has an Oscar for Rocky palmed

Weathers has his role as Apollo Creed Rocky II resumed in 1979, where he again boxed Balboa.

He was back again for 1982’s Rocky III and was in the year after Rocky IV to see his character killed by Russian heavyweight champion Dolph Lundgren.

Stallone, meanwhile, paid tribute to his co-star and described him as an “integral part of the success of Rocky” described.

“When he walked into that room and I saw him for the first time, I saw greatness,” Stallone said in a video on Instagram.

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“Without him, I would never be with Rocky could not have achieved what I have. He was absolutely brilliant. His voice, his size, his strength, his athletic ability, but more importantly, his heart, his soul.”

Schwarzenegger described Weathers as a “legend” since his death, while Sandler will remember him as a great man and friend with phenomenal talent.