Carl Weathers
Born (1948-01-14) January 14, 1948 (age 72)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Mary Ann Castle (1973-1983) 2 children
Rhona Unsell (1984-?)
Jennifer Peterson (2007-2009)

Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948), is an American actor, as well as former professional football player in the United States and Canada. He is best known for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films. He also played Dillon in Predator, Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky, and an exaggeratedly frugal fictionalized version of himself in the television series Arrested Development.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Weathers was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] He graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1966 and then went to Long Beach City College and San Diego State University. Outside of acting, he is a member of both Big Brothers and the United States Olympic Committee. In February 1973 he married Mary Ann Castle with whom he has two children. They were divorced in July 1983. In February 1984 he married Rhona Unsell. He married Jennifer Peterson, his third wife, in 2007. They divorced in 2009.

Football career[edit | edit source]

Weathers played football both collegiately and professionally as a linebacker. He started his college career in 1966 at Long Beach City College, 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 in 1968 and 1969. This led to a brief professional career with the Oakland Raiders, where he played 7 games in 1970 and one game in 1971. He joined the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1971 and played until 1973, 18 games in total. He retired in 1974 and became an actor.

In his football career, he played for hall-of-fame coaches Don Coryell (at San Diego State) and John Madden with the Oakland Raiders. He was chosen to narrate NFL Films' season recap of the 2001 Raiders.

Acting career[edit | edit source]

Weathers had his first parts in two blaxploitation films directed by his longtime friend Arthur Marks: Bucktown and Friday Foster (both 1975). Weathers also appeared in an episode of the 1970s sitcom Good Times entitled "The Nude", portraying an angry husband who suspected his wife of cheating on him with J.J.

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Weathers portraying Apollo Creed

In 1976, he starred alongside Sylvester Stallone in Rocky as Apollo Creed, a role he would reprise in the next three Rocky films in 1979, 1982 and 1985. For the final film in the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone asked Weathers, Mr. T, and Dolph Lundgren for permission to use footage from their appearances in the earlier Rocky movies. Mr. T and Dolph Lundgren acquiesced, but Weathers wanted an actual part in the movie, even though his character died in Rocky IV. Stallone refused and Weathers decided not to allow Stallone to use his image for Rocky flashbacks from the previous movies. They instead used footage of a fighter who looks similar to Weathers.[2]

In 1978, Carl portrayed misogynist Vince Sullivan in a TV movie, Not This Time. Weathers also 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). He is briefly seen as an Army MP in one of the three released versions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 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".

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 season of In the Heat of the Night, his character of Hampton Forbes replaced Bill Gillespie as the chief of police. He continued that role in the television movies based on the series. 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.

In 2004, Weathers received a career revival as a comedic actor beginning with appearances in 3 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.

Weathers provided the voice for Colonel Samuel Garrett in the Pandemic Studios video game Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction.[3] 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.[citation needed]

He also appeared in one episode of ER as the father of an injured boxer during their 2008 finale season.

He 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.

Weathers, sporting an unfamiliar look (sans hair and mustache), portrayed the father of Michael Strahan and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell's characters on the short-lived 2009 Fox sitcom Brothers.

He is currently 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, shouting "Here we go!".

Filmography[edit | edit source]

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
Semi-Tough Dreamer Tatum
1978 The Bermuda Depths Eric
Force 10 from Navarone Sgt. Weaver
1979 Rocky II Apollo Creed
1981 Death Hunt Sundog/George Washington Lincoln Brown
1982 Rocky III Apollo Creed
1985 Rocky IV Apollo Creed
Braker Lieutenant Harry Braker
1986 The Defiant Ones
1987 Fortune Dane Fortune Dane TV series
Predator Major George Dillon
1988 Action Jackson Sgt./Lt. Jericho "Action" Jackson
1990 Dangerous Passion Kyle
1992 Hurricane Smith Billy 'Hurricane' Smith
1993 Dead On Delivery
1995 Op Center Gen. Mike Rodgers
1996 Happy Gilmore Chubbs Peterson
1997 Shadow Warriors: Assault on Devil's Island Roy Brown
1999 Shadow Warriors 2: Hunt for the Death Merchant Roy Brown
2000 Little Nicky Chubbs Peterson
2002 Eight Crazy Nights GNC Water Bottle voice only
2004 Balto III: Wings of Change Kirby voice only
2005 Alien Siege General Skyler
2006 The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang Dr. Artimus Snodgrass
2007 The Comebacks Freddie Wiseman/Narrator
2012 American Warships General McKraken

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