Hollywood mourns the loss of Carl Weathers, the actor renowned for his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky series, who has passed away at the age of 76. His family announced that he died peacefully in his sleep, marking the end of a remarkable journey in the film and entertainment industry.

Weathers’ portrayal of Apollo Creed became a cornerstone of the Rocky saga, endearing him to fans across the world. His career, however, spanned beyond the boxing ring of Rocky, with significant roles in films such as “Predator” alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and the comedy “Happy Gilmore” with Adam Sandler. Before his ascent to Hollywood, Weathers had a successful stint as an NFL linebacker, embodying the spirit of an athlete both on and off the screen.

In a heartfelt statement, his family described him as an “exceptional human being” with an “extraordinary life.” Weathers’ contributions to film, television, arts, and sports have left an indelible mark, earning him worldwide recognition. He was also celebrated for his roles in various genres, including his comedic appearances in “Arrested Development” and his action-packed performance in all three seasons of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred with Weathers in “Predator,” paid tribute to him on X, highlighting his legendary status, athletic prowess, acting skills, and personal warmth. “Carl Weathers will always be a legend… We couldn’t have made Predator without him,” Schwarzenegger noted.

Born in New Orleans in 1948, Weathers’ career transition from football to acting showcased his diverse talents. After playing football at San Diego State University and joining the Oakland Raiders, he ventured into acting, leaving a legacy with over 75 film and TV appearances. His directorial efforts, including episodes of “The Mandalorian,” “Law & Order,” and “Chicago Med,” further showcased his multifaceted talent in the industry.

As the entertainment world remembers Carl Weathers, his role as Apollo Creed and his extensive career in acting and directing stand as a testament to his enduring legacy.