Are you a fan of the Rocky franchise? What if we say Apollo Creed? Today, we are having a detailed look into the very actor who played Apollo Creed in Rocky movies. Here is everything you need to know about Carl Weathers’ net worth, private life, spouses, children, movies and TV shows.
In the world of entertainment, particularly Hollywood that has international patronage and viewership, it is common for audiences to get attached and relate to specific characters. Because of this, actors who play memorable characters also gain a solid following.
This is particularly true for actors who star in film franchises. Not only do they gain steady work and income for years, but they also become household names.
However, although ideal, this phenomenon also has a negative effect. Fans who get too attached to a character have a hard time dissociating the actor from the character. As a result, when the actor performs in new films and shows, playing a different character, fans cannot seem to fully accept the fact that the actor is not the character, and they need to play other roles to grow their career, too.
Among the actors who went through this phenomenon is Carl Weathers. Because of his successful portrayal as Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise, he didn’t gain as much recognition for his next roles as much as he did when he played Apollo. Many people may not even remember that he was also in Predator.
However, just recently, Carl Weathers’ name came to prominence again when news broke out that he will be a part of the upcoming TV series Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
In today’s article, we’ll take a look at Carl Weathers’ life, as well as his career then and now.
Carl Weathers’ Personal Life
Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Carl’s father worked as a day laborer. Carl got an athletic scholarship in eight grade that allowed him to enter St. Augustine High School, a private high school. While in high school, Carl was an all-around athlete. He got involved in football, boxing, soccer, judo, wrestling, and even gymnastics. Carl Weathers graduated in 1966.
Family and Relationships
Carl Weathers has married and divorced three times. He has two children, sons Jason and Matthew.
Carl Weathers’ Career
Before becoming an actor, Carl Weathers made a solid career as a professional football player. Let’s take a look back at his career.
Carl Weathers in the Professional Football Scene
Carl Weathers started his football career in 1966 playing as a defensive end in collegiate football at Long Beach City College. He later transferred to San Diego State University, where he served as a letterman for the San Diego State Aztecs from 1968 to 1969. He played for head coach Don Coryell.
While not drafted, Carl signed with the Oakland Raiders in 1970 as a free agent. He served as a linebacker. He played a total of seven games for the Raiders between 1970 and 1971. When the Raiders let go of Carl in 1971, he then signed with the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions. He stayed with them until 1973.
During off-seasons, Carl pursued a college degree. He attended San Francisco State University and took up a bachelor’s degree in drama. When he retired from professional football in 1974, he pursued a career in acting.
Every once in a while, Carl still gets involved in things football. He narrated NFL Films’ recaps of the 1999, 2000, and 2001 seasons. He also appeared during the NFL Network’s pre-draft coverage in 2017.
Carl Weathers As an Actor: From Being Apollo Creed and Beyond
While still playing football, Carl Weather was already dipping his toes into the pool that is Hollywood. He took acting gigs as an extra. In 1975, he landed significant roles in blaxpoitation films Bucktown and Friday Foster, both directed by Arthur Marks. He also started performing in several TV shows, including the sitcom Good Times and The Brothers Caine.
He then auditioned for the role of Apollo Creed. It was said that during the audition, Carl criticized Sylvester Stallone’s acting. Though that may sound mean, it actually helped land him the role as Rocky’s main opponent. He starred as Apollo Creed in the first installment of Rocky in 1976. He reprised the role for the following installments of the franchise, which hit the cinemas in 1979, 1982, and 1985.
After doing the first Rocky film, Carl Weathers also performed in a few other movies before doing the next Rocky sequels. He played as an Army MP in Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977. He also played alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator in 1987. Several years later, Carl guested in the comedy show Saturday Night Live where he alluded to his role in Predator. In the segment, he announced that he was running for political office, then urged the viewers to vote for him as he was “the black guy in Predator.”
From the 80s to the 2000s, Carl Weathers has appeared in different films and TV shows. In 2019, he became active again, starting by giving the voice to Toy Story 4’s Combat Carl. Then, he is set to appear in the upcoming TV series, Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
Here’s Carl Weather’s complete filmography:
Magnum Force – 1973
Friday Foster – 1975
Bucktown – 1975
The Four Deuces – 1976
Rocky – 1976
Semi-Tough – 1977
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 1977
The Bermuda Depths – 1978
Force 10 from Navarone – 1978
Rocky II – 1979
Death Hunt – 1981
Rocky III – 1982
Rocky IV – 1985
Braker – 1985
The Defiant Ones – 1986
Predator – 1987
Action Jackson – 1988
Dangerous Passion – 1990
Hurricane Smith – 1992
OP Center – 1995
Happy Gilmore – 1996
Shadow Warriors: Assault on Devil’s Island – 1997
Shadow Warriors 2: Hunt for the Death Merchant – 1999
Little Nicky – 2000
Eight Crazy Nights – 2002
Balto III: Wings of Change – 2004
Alien Siege – 2005
The Sasquatch Gang – 2006
The Comebacks – 2007
American Warships – 2012
Sandy Wexler – 2017
Toy Story 4 – 2019
Pinky Malinky – 2019
Good Times – 1975
The Six Million Dollar Man – 1975
Kung Fu – 1975
Starsky & Hutch – 1976
Quinn Martin’s Tales of the Unexpected – 1977
Fortune Dane – 1986
Tour of Duty – 1989–1990
Street Justice – 1991–1993
In the Heat of the Night – 1993–1995
The Shield – 2003–2007
Arrested Development – 2004–2013
Phoo Action – 2008
ER – 2008
Psych – 2010
Regular Show – 2011–13
Toy Story of Terror! – 2013
Colony – 2016
Chicago P.D. – 2016
Chicago Justice – 2017
Star vs. the Forces of Evil – 2017–19
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – 2018
Magnum P.I. – 2018
The Mandalorian – 2019
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction – 2005
Mortal Kombat X – 2015
Carl Weathers’ Net Worth 2019
As a retired football player and an actor for movies and TV, Carl Weathers’ net worth is estimated to be around $6 million.
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