“Rocky” And “Predator” Star Carl Weathers Dies At 76

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Carl Weathers, the former NFL player who made his mark in Hollywood as the boxer Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films and with appearances in such other films as Predator, Happy Gilmore and The Mandalorian, has died. He was 76. Weathers died Thursday in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles.

Weathers also portrayed Det. Beaudreaux on the 1991-1993 syndicated cop show Street Justice; the chief of police Hampton Forbes on the final two seasons of CBS’ In the Heat of the Night (1992-1994); a caricature of himself on episodes of Fox’s Arrested Development from 2004-13; and Combat Carl in Toy Story 4 (2019).

Weathers was enjoying a late career renaissance and building a new generation of fans thanks to his work in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

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