Carl Weathers

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Carl Weathers
Carl Weathers Calgary 2015.jpg
Weathers at the Calgary Expo 2015
Born (1948-01-14) January 14, 1948 (age 71)
Alma mater San Diego State University
San Francisco State University (BA)
OccupationActor, professional football player
Years active1973–present (actor)
1970–1974 (football player)
Spouse(s)
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
Sacks:0
Games played (NFL):8
Games played (CFL):10
Player stats at NFL.com

Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor and former professional football player. He is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, Al Dillon in Predator , Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky , and a fictionalized version of himself on the comedy series Arrested Development . As a football player, Weathers played for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League and the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Apollo Creed fictional character from the Rocky films

Apollo Creed is a fictional character from the Rocky films. He was played by Carl Weathers. He is a tough but agile boxer, who is, as the series begins, the undisputed heavyweight world champion. The character was inspired by the real-life champion Muhammad Ali, having what one author remarked as the same "brash, vocal, [and] theatrical" personality. Sylvester Stallone stated, "[Jack] Johnson served as the inspiration for the character of Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies"; the character is loosely based on a combination of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Louis, and Jack Johnson. Protagonist Rocky Balboa, Creed's rival in Rocky and Rocky II, faces underdog odds and views Creed with respect, pointedly refusing the prodding of a reporter to "trash talk" against Creed by laconically remarking, "He's great."

<i>Rocky</i> (film series) boxing saga of popular films all written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa.

Rocky is a series of American boxing sports-drama films. The first film, Rocky (1976), and its five sequels centered on the boxing career of the eponymous fictional character, Rocky Balboa. For the seventh, a spin-off-sequel Creed (2015), and eighth, Creed II (2018), the series shifted its focus towards Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky's deceased rival and friend Apollo Creed, trained by a now retired Rocky. All films in the series were written or co-written by Stallone except for Creed, which was written by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington. The original film and the fifth installment were directed by John G. Avildsen, Creed was directed by Coogler, Creed II was directed by Steven Caple Jr., and the rest were directed by Stallone.

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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 high school. [2] During high school, he was an all-around athlete, involved in boxing, football, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and wrestling. He graduated in 1966.

New Orleans Largest city in Louisiana

New Orleans is a consolidated city-parish located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Louisiana. With an estimated population of 391,006 in 2018, it is the most populous city in Louisiana. A major port, New Orleans is considered an economic and commercial hub for the broader Gulf Coast region of the United States.

Louisiana State of the United States of America

Louisiana is a state in the Deep South region of the South Central United States. It is the 31st most extensive and the 25th most populous of the 50 United States. Louisiana is bordered by the state of Texas to the west, Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. A large part of its eastern boundary is demarcated by the Mississippi River. Louisiana is the only U.S. state with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are equivalent to counties. The state's capital is Baton Rouge, and its largest city is New Orleans.

Day labor

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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, [3] playing for head coach Don Coryell.

Defensive end Defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football

Defensive end (DE) is a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football.

Long Beach City College building in California, United States

Long Beach City College (LBCC) is a public community college in Long Beach, California. It was established in 1927 and is divided into two campuses. The Liberal Arts Campus is in Lakewood Village and the Pacific Coast Campus is in central Long Beach near Signal Hill. It is the only college in the Long Beach Community College District.

San Diego State University public research university in San Diego, USA

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university in San Diego, California. Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, it is the third-oldest university in the 23-member California State University (CSU) system. SDSU has a Fall 2018 student body of 34,828 and an alumni base of more than 280,000.

After he went undrafted, Weathers signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 1970. Now playing as a linebacker, [2] Weathers played seven games for the Raiders in 1970 and one in 1971. The Raiders released Weathers, and he signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1971 and played until 1973, [4] 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]

A draft is a process used in some countries and sports to allocate certain players to teams. In a draft, teams take turns selecting from a pool of eligible players. When a team selects a player, the team receives exclusive rights to sign that player to a contract, and no other team in the league may sign the player.

Oakland Raiders National Football League franchise in Oakland, California

The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football franchise based in Oakland, California. The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. Founded on January 30, 1960, they played their first regular season game on September 11, 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) which merged with the NFL in 1970.

In professional sports, a free agent is a player who is eligible to sign freely with any club or franchise; i.e., not under contract to any specific team. The term is also used in reference to a player who is under contract at present but who is allowed to solicit offers from other teams. In some circumstances, the free agent's options are limited by league rules.

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]

NFL Films

NFL Films is a company devoted to producing commercials, television programs, feature films, and documentaries for and about the National Football League (NFL), as well as other unrelated major events and awards shows. Founded as Blair Motion Pictures by Ed Sabol in 1962, and run by his son Steve Sabol until his death, it is currently owned by the NFL and produces most of its videotaped content except its live game coverage, which is handled separately by the individual networks. NFL Films is based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

The 1999 Oakland Raiders season was the franchise's 30th season in the National Football League, the 40th overall, their 4th season since their return to Oakland, and the second season under head coach Jon Gruden. They matched their previous season's output of 8–8. Thirteen of the team's sixteen games were decided by a touchdown or less, and none of the Raiders' eight losses were by more than a touchdown.

The 2000 Oakland Raiders season was the franchise's 31st season in the National Football League, the 41st overall, their fifth season since their return to Oakland, and the third season under head coach Jon Gruden. The Raiders finished the season 12–4, winning the AFC West for the first time since 1990. They returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1993, when the club was still in Los Angeles.

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 entitled "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 entitled "The Brothers Caine" also appeared in episode of " Cannon" entitled "The Hero" in 1975. In 1976, he appeared as a loan shark in an episode of the crime-drama Starsky and Hutch.

A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background. War films and epic films often employ background actors in large numbers: some films have featured hundreds or even thousands of paid background actors as cast members. Likewise, grand opera can involve many background actors appearing in spectacular productions.

Blaxploitation film genre

Blaxploitation or blacksploitation is an ethnic subgenre of the exploitation film that emerged in the United States during the early 1970s. The films, while popular, suffered backlash for disproportionate numbers of stereotypical film characters showing bad or questionable motives including criminals, etc. However, the genre does rank among the first in which black characters and communities are the heroes and subjects of film and television, rather than sidekicks or villains or victims of brutality. The genre's inception coincides with the rethinking of race relations in the 1970s.

<i>Friday Foster</i> (film) 1975 film by Arthur Marks

Friday Foster is a 1975 American blaxploitation film written and directed by Arthur Marks and starring Pam Grier in the title role. Yaphet Kotto, Eartha Kitt, Scatman Crothers and Carl Weathers co-starred. It was an adaptation of the 1970-74 eponymous syndicated newspaper comic strip, scripted by Jim Lawrence and illustrated by Jorge Longarón and Gray Morrow. This was Grier's final film with American International Pictures. The tagline on the film's poster is "Wham! Bam! Here comes Pam!"

While auditioning for the role of Apollo Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone in Rocky , Weathers criticized Stallone's acting, which led him to get the role. [8] He reprised the role of Apollo Creed in the next three Rocky films in 1979, 1982, and 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".

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 . [9]

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. [10]

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. [11] 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 . [12] 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. [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!" [14]

Personal life

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

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1973 Magnum Force DemonstratorUncredited
1975 Friday Foster Yarbro
1975 Bucktown Hambone
1976 The Four Deuces Taxi Cab Driver
1976 Rocky Apollo Creed
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Military Police
1977 Semi-Tough Dreamer Tatum
1978 The Bermuda Depths EricTelevision film
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Sgt. Weaver
1979 Rocky II Apollo Creed
1981 Death Hunt George Washington Lincoln "Sundog" Brown
1982 Rocky III Apollo Creed
1985 Rocky IV Apollo Creed
1985 Braker Lieutenant Harry BrakerTelevision film
1986 The Defiant Ones Cullen MonroeTelevision film
1987 Predator Colonel Al Dillon
1988 Action Jackson Sgt. / Lt. Jericho "Action" Jackson
1990 Dangerous Passion Kyle WesternTelevision film
1992 Hurricane Smith Billy "Hurricane" Smith
1995 OP Center General Mike Rodgers, Deputy DirectorTelevision film
1996 Happy Gilmore Chubbs Peterson
1997Shadow Warriors: Assault on Devil's IslandRoy Brown
1999Shadow Warriors 2: Hunt for the Death MerchantRoy Brown
2000 Little Nicky Chubbs Peterson
2002 Eight Crazy Nights GNC Water Bottle (voice)
2004 Balto III: Wings of Change Kirby (voice)
2005 Alien Siege General SkylerTelevision film
2006 The Sasquatch Gang Dr. Artimus Snodgrass
2007 The Comebacks Freddie Wiseman / Narrator
2012 American Warships General McKraken
2017 Sandy Wexler [15] HimselfCameo on set
2019 Toy Story 4 Combat Carl (voice)

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975 Good Times Calvin BrooksEpisode: "The Nude"
1975 The Six Million Dollar Man StolarEpisode: "One of Our Running Backs Is Missing"
1975 Kung Fu Bad SamEpisode: "The Brothers Caine"
1976 Starsky & Hutch Al MartinEpisode: "Nightmare"
1977 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected Hank DalbyEpisode: "A Hand For Sonny Blue" [16]
1986 Fortune Dane Fortune DaneMain role, 5 episodes
1989–1990 Tour of Duty Colonel Carl BrewsterRecurring role, 9 episodes
1991–1993 Street Justice Adam BeaudreauxMain role, 44 episodes
1993–1995 In the Heat of the Night Police Chief Hampton ForbesMain role, 28 episodes
2003–2007 The Shield Joe ClarkEpisodes: "Haunts", "Partners"
2004–2013 Arrested Development Carl Weathers4 episodes
2008 Phoo Action Chief Benjamin BensonTV pilot
2008 ER Louie TaylorEpisode: "Oh, Brother"
2010 Psych BooneEpisode: "Viagra Falls"
2011–13 Regular Show God of Basketball (voice)Episodes: "Slam Dunk", "Bank Shot"
2013 Toy Story of Terror! Combat Carl (voice)TV special
2016 Colony Bolton "Beau" MillerRecurring role, 9 episodes
2016 Chicago P.D. State's Attorney Mark JefferiesEpisodes: "Justice"; "Favor, Action, Malice or Ill-Will"
2017 Chicago Justice State's Attorney Mark JefferiesMain role, 13 episodes
2017 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Omnitraxus Prime (voice)Episodes: "Mathmagic", "Starcrushed"
2018 Magnum P.I. Dan SawyerEpisode: "From the Head Down"
2019 The Mandalorian Greef Karga

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005 Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction Colonel Samuel GarrettVoice role
2015 Mortal Kombat X Jax Briggs DLC; voice and likeness

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