Carl Weathers’ Net Worth, Biography, Movies And TV Shows

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. 

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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.

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Carl Weathers’ Personal Life

Education And Sporting Interests

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, Ex-wives, children & Bio

Carl Weathers weighing in at 220lbs (100 kilos) and standing 6’2″tall, he has the stature of a football player.

He has been married and divorced 3 times between 1973 and 2009. 

His first wife Mary Ann Castle were together from 1973 until their divorce in 1983. Carl and Mary Ann have 2 sons Jason and Matthew.

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His second wife Rhona Unsell and they married in 1986 stayed together for 22 years before separating and divorcing in 2006. This was Carl’s longest marriage.

His third marriage to Jennifer Peterson was on 24th March 2007, short lived union as they were together for 2 years 2007 to 2009.

Carl Weather’s remains a single man after trying his hand at marriage.

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 in profesional football scene
Carl Weathers as Linebacker

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.

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Carl Weathers As an Actor

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:

Film

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

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Television

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

Video Games

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction – 2005

Mortal Kombat X – 2015

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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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