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Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers
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Weathers at the New York Comic Con in October 2017
Born (1948-01-14) January 14, 1948 (age 73)
Alma mater
Occupation
  • Actor
  • American football player
  • television director
Years active
  • 1973-present (actor)
  • 1970-1974 (football player)
Height6 ft 2 in (1.87 m)
  • Mary Ann Castle
    (m. 1973; div. 1983)
  • Rhona Unsell
    (m. 1984; div. 2006)
  • Jennifer Peterson
    (m. 2007; div. 2009)
Children2

Football career
No. 49, 55
Position:Linebacker
Career information
College:San Diego State
Undrafted:1970
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor, television director and former professional American football player. He is known for his roles as Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films, George Dillon in Predator, Action Jackson in Action Jackson (1988), Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore and in Little Nicky, Det. Beaudreaux in television series Street Justice, a fictionalized version of himself in the comedy series Arrested Development, a recurring role as Greef Karga in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian and Combat Carl in the Toy Story franchise.

As a football player, Weathers played from 1970 to 1971 for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League and from 1971 to 1973 for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Early life

Weathers was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] His father was a day laborer. As an eighth-grade student, he earned an athletic scholarship to St. Augustine High School, a private school.[2] He was an all-around athlete, involved in boxing, football, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and wrestling. He graduated in 1966.

Football career

Weathers played football as a defensive end in college. He started his college career in 1966 at Long Beach City College,[2] where he did not play in 1966 due to an ankle injury suffered when he tripped over a curb surrounding the running track while warming up for practice with another linebacker, Paul Snow. He then transferred and played for San Diego State University, becoming a letterman for the San Diego State Aztecs in 1968 and 1969, helping the Aztecs win the 1969 Pasadena Bowl, finishing with an 11-0 record, and a No. 18 ranking in the Final UPI Poll,[3] playing for head coach Don Coryell.

After he went undrafted, Weathers signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 1970. Now playing as a linebacker,[2] Weathers played in seven games for the Raiders in 1970, helping them win the AFC West Division title, on their way to the first-ever AFC Championship Game. Weathers only played in one game in 1971, before the Raiders released him. He then signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1971 and played until 1973,[4] playing 18 games in total. During the off-seasons, Weathers attended San Francisco State University and earned a bachelor's degree in drama in 1974. He retired from football in 1974, and began pursuing an acting career.[5]

Weathers narrated NFL Films' season recap of the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons.[6] During the 2017 NFL Draft, he appeared on NFL Network's pre-draft coverage.[7]

Acting career

Weathers began working as an extra while still playing football.[2] He had his first significant roles in two blaxploitation films directed by his longtime friend Arthur Marks: Bucktown (1975) and Friday Foster (1975). Weathers also appeared in an episode of the 1970s sitcom Good Times titled "The Nude", portraying an angry husband who suspected his wife of cheating on him with J.J. In 1975, he guest-starred in an episode of Kung Fu titled "The Brothers Caine", and also appeared in an episode of Cannon titled "The Hero" in 1975. In 1976, he appeared as a loan shark in an episode of the crime-drama Starsky and Hutch, and in the Barnaby Jones episode "The Bounty Hunter" as escaped convict Jack Hopper.

While auditioning for the role of Apollo Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, Weathers criticized Stallone's acting, which led to him getting the role.[8] He reprised the role of Apollo Creed in the next three Rocky films: Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), and Rocky IV (1985).

Weathers is briefly seen as an Army MP in one of the three released versions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (originally released in 1977). In 1978, Weathers portrayed Vince Sullivan in a TV movie, Not This Time. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Weathers starred in a number of action films for the small and big screen, including Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Predator (1987), Action Jackson (1988), and Hurricane Smith (1992). As a member of the cast of Predator, Weathers worked with future California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and future Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura. Many years later he appeared in a spoof segment on Saturday Night Live, announcing that he was running for political office and urging viewers to vote for him on the basis that "he was the black guy in Predator".[9]

He also appeared in Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" music video and co-starred in the Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore, as Chubbs, a golf legend teaching Happy how to play golf. He reprised the role nearly four years later in the Sandler comedy Little Nicky.

During the final two seasons of In the Heat of the Night, his character, Hampton Forbes, replaced Bill Gillespie as the chief of police. Another noted TV role was Sgt. Adam Beaudreaux on the cop show Street Justice. He also played as MACV-SOG Colonel Brewster in the CBS series Tour of Duty.[10]

In 2004, Weathers received a career revival as a comedic actor beginning with appearances in three episodes of the comedy series Arrested Development as a cheapskate caricature of himself, who serves as Tobias Fünke's acting coach. He was then cast in the comedies The Sasquatch Gang and The Comebacks. Weathers had a guest role in two episodes of The Shield as the former training officer of main character Vic Mackey.[11]

Weathers provided the voice for Colonel Samuel Garrett in the Pandemic Studios video game Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction. In 2005, he was a narrator on Conquest! The Price Of Victory - Witness The Journey of the Trojans!, an 18-part television show about USC athletics. Weathers is a principal of Red Tight Media, a film and video production company that specializes in tactical training films made for the United States armed forces.[12] He also appeared in one episode of ER as the father of an injured boxer during their 2008 finale season.

For the sixth film in the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa (2006), Stallone asked Weathers, Mr. T, and Dolph Lundgren for permission to use footage from their appearances in the earlier Rocky films. Mr. T and Lundgren agreed, but Weathers wanted an actual part in the movie, even though his character had died in Rocky IV.[13] Stallone refused, and Weathers decided not to allow Stallone to use his image for flashbacks from the previous films. They instead used footage of a fighter who looks similar to Weathers.[14] Weathers and Stallone patched up their differences and Weathers agreed to allow footage of him from previous films to be used throughout Creed.[13]

Weathers portrayed the father of Michael Strahan and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell's characters on the short-lived 2009 Fox sitcom Brothers. Weathers is currently acting as Brian "Gebo" Fitzgerald in advertising for Old Spice's sponsorship of NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. He also appears in an ongoing series of web-only advertisements for Credit Union of Washington, dispensing flowers and the advice that "change is beautiful" to puzzled-looking bystanders. He is also starring in a series of commercials for Bud Light, in which he introduces plays from the "Bud Light Playbook." At the conclusion of each commercial, Weathers can be seen bursting through the Bud Light Playbook and shouting "Here we go!"[15]

In 2019, Weathers appeared as Greef Karga in several episodes of the first season of the Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. He returned for the second season and also directed the episode "Chapter 12: The Siege".[16] His performance earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor.

Personal life

Weathers and his ex-wife, Mary Ann, have two sons.[2]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Magnum Force Demonstrator Uncredited
1975 Friday Foster Yarbro
Bucktown Hambone
1976 The Four Deuces Taxi Cab Driver
Rocky Apollo Creed
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind MP Officer
Semi-Tough Dreamer Tatum
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Sgt. Olen Weaver
1979 Rocky II Apollo Creed
1981 Death Hunt George Washington Lincoln "Sundog" Brown
1982 Rocky III Apollo Creed
1985 Rocky IV
1987 Predator Colonel Al Dillon
1988 Action Jackson Sgt. / Lt. Jericho "Action" Jackson Nominated-NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
1992 Hurricane Smith Billy "Hurricane" Smith
1996 Happy Gilmore Chubbs Peterson
2000 Little Nicky Uncredited
2002 Eight Crazy Nights GNC Water Bottle Voice
2004 Balto III: Wings of Change Kirby Voice
2006 The Sasquatch Gang Dr. Artimus Snodgrass
2007 The Comebacks Freddie Wiseman / Narrator
2013 Sheriff Tom Vs. The Zombies President Weathers
2014 Think Like a Man Too Mr. Davenport Uncredited
2019 Toy Story 4 Combat Carl Voice

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Good Times Calvin Brooks Episode: "The Nude"
1975 Cannon Dan Daily Chronicle reporter Episode: "The Hero"
1975 The Six Million Dollar Man Stolar Episode: "One of Our Running Backs Is Missing"
1975 Kung Fu Bad Sam Episode: "The Brothers Caine"
1976 Starsky & Hutch Al Martin Episode: "Nightmare"
1976 Barnaby Jones Jack Hopper Episode: "The Bounty Hunter"
1977 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected Hank Dalby Episode: "A Hand For Sonny Blue"[17]
1978 The Bermuda Depths Eric Television film
1985 Braker Lt. Harry Braker
1986 The Defiant Ones Cullen Monroe
Fortune Dane Fortune Dane Main role, 5 episodes
1989-90 Tour of Duty Col. Brewster Recurring role, 9 episodes
1990 Dangerous Passion Kyle Western Television film
1991-1993 Street Justice Adam Beaudreaux Main role, 44 episodes
1993-1995 In the Heat of the Night Police Chief Hampton Forbes Main role, 28 episodes
1995 OP Center Gen. Mike Rodgers Television film
1997 Shadow Warriors: Assault on Devil's Island Roy Brown
1999 Shadow Warriors 2: Hunt for the Death Merchant
2003; 2007 The Shield Joe Clark Episodes: "Haunts", "Partners"
2004; 2013 Arrested Development Carl Weathers 4 episodes
2005 Alien Siege Gen. Skyler Television film
2008 Phoo Action Chief Benjamin Benson TV pilot
ER Louie Taylor Episode: "Oh, Brother"
2010 Psych Boone Episode: "Viagra Falls"
2011; 2013 Regular Show God of Basketball, Basketball King Voices; Episodes: "Slam Dunk", "Bank Shot"
2012 American Warships Gen. McKraken Television film
2013 Toy Story of Terror! Combat Carl and Jr Voice; TV special
2016 Colony Bolton "Beau" Miller Recurring role, 9 episodes
Chicago P.D. State's Attorney Mark Jefferies Episodes: "Justice"; "Favor, Action, Malice or Ill-Will"
2017 Chicago Justice Main role, 13 episodes
2017-2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Omnitraxus Prime, Additional voices Voice; Recurring role, 10 episodes
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit State's Attorney Mark Jefferies Episode: "Zero Tolerance"
Magnum P.I. Dan Sawyer Episode: "From the Head Down"
2019 Pinky Malinky The Apologizer Voice
2019-present The Mandalorian Greef Karga 7 episodes; Director: "Chapter 12: The Siege"
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2005 Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction Col. Samuel Garrett
2015 Mortal Kombat X Jax Briggs DLC; likeness
2021 The Artful Escape Lightman

References

  1. ^ "Carl Weathers Biography (1948-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Arnold, Gary (June 25, 1979). "Carl Weathers of 'Rocky II,' in Search of Something Cerebral". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "IT WAS 'BU WHO?' : Aztecs Saw Their Hopes of 'Big Time' Go Awry - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. December 28, 1986. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Hoglund, Andy (June 5, 1968). "When to Turn Your Football Career Into an Acting Career". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Peters, Ida. "The Afro American". Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Catching up with Carl Weathers: ROCKY'S Apollo Creed". Silver Screen Artists. Archived from the original on April 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Apollo Creed lives again: Carl Weathers joins NFL Draft coverage on 'Rocky' steps
  8. ^ Parker, Ryan (December 3, 2015). "Carl Weathers Looks Back on Creed: Sparring With Ali, Slighting Stallone and Passing the Torch". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0694513
  10. ^ "Thanks for the Memories". Tour of Duty Info. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Norden, Martin F. (2007). The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television. Rodopi. p. 116. ISBN 978-9042023246.
  12. ^ "Red Tight Media". Red Tight Media. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ a b Mitchell, Aric (November 24, 2015). "Carl Weathers, Sylvester Stallone May Have Mended Their Differences Over 'Creed'". Inquisitr. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ stated by Stallone on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (December 21, 2006).
  15. ^ "Bud Light Airraid: Carl Weathers and Bud Light steal Norm Chow's (and Bruce Eien's) playbook". Smart Football. October 23, 2010. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "https://twitter.com/thecarlweathers/status/1329649955192008704". Twitter. External link in |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977)". Ctva.biz. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved 2017.

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