R.I.P. Carl Weathers, ''In the Heat of the Night'' and ''Rocky'' actor

Weathers played as a football linebacker before becoming an actor and director.

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Carl Weathers, a talented actor in a variety of memorable roles, including Apollo Creed in the Rocky film series, has passed away.

Weathers previously played as a football linebacker before leaving the sport to pursue an acting career.

Weathers appeared in films like Bucktown and Friday Foster before winning the role of Rocky villain turned hero, Apollo Creed. It was a character he reprised in several of the following Rocky films. In an interview with The Cincinnati Post, Weathers insightfully pointed out that his experience in sports lent itself to his work as an actor.

He said, "I never act. I react, and I think that's what football players are used to doing, reacting." In addition, Weathers also appeared in the memorable role of Al Dillon in the John McTiernan film, Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Weathers also enjoyed a successful television career, guest-starring in shows like Good Times and Barnaby Jones. Weathers starred in the crime series Street Justice before starring in In the Heat of the Night, as Hampton Forbes, chief of police.

During an interview with the Clarion-Ledger, Weathers said that he knew star and producer, Carroll O'Connor, and was able to talk with him about the role before agreeing to take it on. Weathers said, "He [O'Connor] explained about the character, and it sounded really good. We really work well together."

Recently, Weathers appeared throughout three seasons of The Mandalorian as Greef Karga, a role that earned him an Emmy nomination. In addition, Weathers also directed some episodes of The Mandalorian.

According to reports, Weathers passed away in his sleep. His family released a statement and said, "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."

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Runeshaper 23 days ago
R.I.P. Carl Weathers. I loved him in everything I've ever seen him in. We'll miss you, dude!
GeorgeVieto 24 days ago
I enjoyed Carl's work as Apollo Creed in the Rocky Balboa franchise. I will miss him dearly.
MsRockford74 25 days ago
Did you know he was in the Streets of San Francisco? He arrests Mark Hamill. I guess you could say Greef Karga once arrested Luke Skywalker!! Will miss him on Mando:( :(
mromero379 25 days ago
A great actor who will be sorely missed! He played some really great characters throughout his 5-decade career.
Jeremy 25 days ago
I did not see that coming. He had such a commanding presence.
Goaltender30 25 days ago
I am just glad I was around to see his work. Frist saw him in an episode of six million dollar man. RIP Carl Weathers you will be missed.
Matsui 25 days ago
R.I.P. Carl Weathers. Action Jackson.
cperrynaples Matsui 25 days ago
Bonus Question: who were his leading ladies? Hint: One worked with a royal pop star and the other knew the wrong way to use an ice pick!
MadMat2102 cperrynaples 25 days ago
One, I know for sure: Denise Matthews, aka, Vanity, of "Vanity Six" who was Prince's girlfriend in the early 80s and was Weathers' co-star in "Action Jackson." RIP to both.
cperrynaples MadMat2102 23 days ago
Well, how could you not know Sharon Stone from Basic Instinct? That was obvious!
pitchin_bob 25 days ago
He was also very good in Tour of Duty!
BobbyTony 25 days ago
In addition to what others mentioned here, I liked him in Semi-Tough with Burt Reynolds. He got to play a football player! RIP
DethBiz 25 days ago
RIP Carl Weathers. Bucktown was such an underrated movie!
cperrynaples DethBiz 25 days ago
Yep, but let's not forget his role as Adam Sandler's mentor in Happy Gilmore! He died in a manner similar to Rocky IV!
Cougar90 25 days ago
You increased the quality of events in Sparta, Mississippi. Thank you, Chief Forbes.
Bapa1 25 days ago
RIP. "Be a thinker, not a stinker."
BrittReid 26 days ago
R.I.P. 'Al Dillon'. You will be missed.
sagafrat69 26 days ago
RIP Apolooo Creeeed! Terrific actor and I hear a really good guy. Wish Stallone hadn't been tempted by all that money and made the sequels. Should've been a one and done original movie. No way Rocky would've beaten a world class fighter like Creed. Would've been lucky to go the distance like in original "Rocky". Stallone got that right.
Cougar90 sagafrat69 25 days ago
Rocky, Rocky 3, Rocky Balboa, and the Creed films.
I am glad they made most of the sequels. Sometimes you can just enjoy seeing the characters and the actors again in a similar storyline.
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