Carl Weathers, best known as Apollo Creed in the Rocky films but likely known by younger Star Wars fans for his role on The Mandalorian, has died, his manager confirmed. He was 76.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” his family said in a statement. “He died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, February 1st, 2024. He was 76 years old. 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.”
Weathers was a former football player who got into acting with bit roles before his breakout performance as Creed in Rocky. But the prolific actor’s roles in films like Force 10 from Navarone, Predator, and Action Jackson cemented his status as an action film star.
Later roles rounded out his filmography, including appearances on cult classic comedy sitcom Arrested Development, Adam Sandler-starring Happy Gilmore, and the voice of Combat Carl in the Toy Story franchise.
Weathers found renewed fame on Disney+’s marquee Star Wars show as Greef Karga, a former agent for the Bounty Hunters’ Guild-turned-magistrate and a key ally of Pedro Pascal’s Mandalorian. He earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor in 2021 for the role.
In reaction, Pascal went on Instagram to post a photo of Weathers and the short message: “words fail” and a broken heart emoji. Sandlier likewise posted several photos and his own note on Instagram. “A true great man. Great dad. Great actor. Great athlete. So much fun to be around always. Smart as hell. Loyal as hell. Funny as hell. Loved his sons more than anything. What a guy!! Everyone loved him. My wife and I had the best times with him every time we saw him. Love to his entire family and Carl will always be known as a true legend,” it read.
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