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Carl Weathers, the actor who played Apollo Creed in Rocky, has died | Movie theater

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Carl Weathers, the actor who played Apollo Creed in Rocky, has died |  Movie theater

Carl Weathers, the former American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who played Apollo Creed in the films, has died Rocky​. She was 76 years old. The death of the former athlete and actor occurred on Thursday, but was only confirmed publicly this Friday by agent Matt Luber in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers. He passed away peacefully in his sleep.”

After retiring from American football in 1974, after playing for the North American Oakland Raiders and the Canadian BC Lions, Carl Weathers dedicated himself to cinema and television. With an acting course and some experience as an extra, which he gained while playing, he played more significant roles in films produced and directed for the black community in the United States.

But the role that brought him prominence in the film industry was that of Apollo Creed, a world boxing champion who sees his sovereignty threatened by Sylvester Stallone’s character, Rocky Balboa. Carl Weathers continues to appear in the four Rocky following as Apollo Creed, going from antagonist to right-hand man of the main character. In his last appearance, Apollo Creed breaks a five-year absence from the ring, but dies in a fight with a Russian who wanted to face Rocky.

After that, Carl Weathers also participates in the film Predatorby John McTiernan (1987)​ alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and in Action Jacksonby Craig R. Baxley (1988) where he utters one of the most iconic phrases of his journey through the seventh art: “How do you like your ribs?” (in a literal translation, “How do you like your sideburns?”), seconds before attacking the villain with a flamethrower.

Furthermore, the former athlete and actor, who was born in New Orleans, also participated in Happy Gilmore, of Dennis Duganwith Adam Sandler, in the television series Chicago Justice and still in The Mandalorian, a Disney+ series. Carl Weathers also lent the voice to the Combat Carl toy in the English version of the film Toy Storyda Disney.

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The taste for acting began early, when Weathers was still attending primary school. But sport got the better of him, already during secondary school: “When I discovered football, it was a completely different thing”, he told Detroit News. “It had more to do with the physical, although one thing feeds the other. You had to have some intelligence because there were playbooks to study and films to analyze.”

In a more recent interview with the same newspaper, last year, Carl Weathers paid tribute to black actors and athletes who inspired him in sport and the seventh art: “There are so many people who preceded me, who I admired and whose success I wanted to imitate, simply reach there, in terms of success. They created a path that I was able to follow. And I found success. I hope I can still inspire someone else to do good work. I’m a lucky guy”, he concluded.

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