Rocky actor, former NFL linebacker Carl Weathers has died at the age of 76

Carl Weathers, a former NFL player who became a Hollywood action-comedy star, plays enemy-turned-ally Apollo Creed in rocky Movies, facing Arnold Schwarzenegger in predator And teach golf in Happy Gilmore, He died. He was 76 years old.

Withers died Thursday, his manager, Matt Loper, said. His family issued a statement saying he died “peacefully in his sleep.”

Comfortable flexing his muscles on the big screen Action Jackson He also used to joke around on the small screen in such shows Arrested developmentWithers is perhaps most associated with Creed, who debuted as the upstart and undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in 1976. rockystarring Sylvester Stallone.

“It puts you on the map and makes your career, so to speak. But that’s a one-time thing, so you have to follow it up with something. And fortunately, those movies kept coming, and Apollo Creed became more and more popular,” Withers told The Daily Beast in 2017. “He was the right man at the right time.

Most recently, Weathers starred in the hit Disney+ film The Mandalorianappearing in all three seasons.

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