Weathers at the Calgary Expo 2015
|Alma mater|| San Diego State University |
San Francisco State University (BA)
|Occupation||Actor, professional football player|
|Years active||1973–present (actor)|
1970–1974 (football player)
Mary Ann Castle
(m. 1973;div. 1983)
(m. 1984;div. 2006)
(m. 2007;div. 2009)
|No. 49, 55|
|College:||San Diego State|
|Career NFL statistics|
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, 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 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."
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.
Weathers was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.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. During high school, he was an all-around athlete, involved in boxing, football, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and wrestling. He graduated in 1966.
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 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 is work done where the worker is hired and paid one day at a time, with no promise that more work will be available in the future. It is a form of contingent work.
Weathers played football as a defensive end in college. 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 for the San Diego State Aztecs in 1968 and 1969, playing for head coach Don Coryell.
Defensive end (DE) is a defensive position in the sport of American and Canadian football.
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 (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,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, 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.
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.
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.During the 2017 NFL Draft, he appeared on NFL Network's pre-draft coverage.
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.
Weathers began working as an extra while still playing football.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 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.
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.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 .
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.
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.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 .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.
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!"
Weathers and his ex-wife, Mary Ann, have two sons.
|1976||The Four Deuces||Taxi Cab Driver|
|1977||Close Encounters of the Third Kind||Military Police|
|1978||The Bermuda Depths||Eric||Television 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 Braker||Television film|
|1986||The Defiant Ones||Cullen Monroe||Television film|
|1987||Predator||Colonel Al Dillon|
|1988||Action Jackson||Sgt. / Lt. Jericho "Action" Jackson|
|1990||Dangerous Passion||Kyle Western||Television film|
|1992||Hurricane Smith||Billy "Hurricane" Smith|
|1995||OP Center||General Mike Rodgers, Deputy Director||Television film|
|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)|
|2004||Balto III: Wings of Change||Kirby (voice)|
|2005||Alien Siege||General Skyler||Television film|
|2006||The Sasquatch Gang||Dr. Artimus Snodgrass|
|2007||The Comebacks||Freddie Wiseman / Narrator|
|2012||American Warships||General McKraken|
|2017||Sandy Wexler||Himself||Cameo on set|
|2019||Toy Story 4||Combat Carl (voice)|
|1975||Good Times||Calvin Brooks||Episode: "The Nude"|
|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"|
|1977||Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected||Hank Dalby||Episode: "A Hand For Sonny Blue"|
|1986||Fortune Dane||Fortune Dane||Main role, 5 episodes|
|1989–1990||Tour of Duty||Colonel Carl Brewster||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|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|
|2003–2007||The Shield||Joe Clark||Episodes: "Haunts", "Partners"|
|2004–2013||Arrested Development||Carl Weathers||4 episodes|
|2008||Phoo Action||Chief Benjamin Benson||TV pilot|
|2008||ER||Louie Taylor||Episode: "Oh, Brother"|
|2010||Psych||Boone||Episode: "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" Miller||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|2016||Chicago P.D.||State's Attorney Mark Jefferies||Episodes: "Justice"; "Favor, Action, Malice or Ill-Will"|
|2017||Chicago Justice||State's Attorney Mark Jefferies||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2017||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Omnitraxus Prime (voice)||Episodes: "Mathmagic", "Starcrushed"|
|2018||Magnum P.I.||Dan Sawyer||Episode: "From the Head Down"|
|2019||The Mandalorian||Greef Karga|
|2005||Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction||Colonel Samuel Garrett||Voice role|
|2015||Mortal Kombat X||Jax Briggs||DLC; voice and likeness|
Sylvester Enzio Stallone is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for his Hollywood action roles, including boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky series (1976–2018), soldier John Rambo in the five Rambo films (1982–2019), mercenary Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films (2010–2014) and structural engineer Ray Breslin in the three Escape Plan films (2013–2019). He wrote or co-wrote most of the 16 films in the first three popular franchises and directed many of them.
Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports drama film written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen and Michael Pataki. Rocky IV was the highest grossing sports movie for 24 years, before it was overtaken by The Blind Side. It is the fourth and most financially successful entry in the Rocky film series.
Rocky II is a 1979 American sports drama film written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. It is the sequel to the 1976 film Rocky, and was the last installment in the film series that was distributed solely by United Artists.
Rocky III is a 1982 American sports drama film written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. It is the third installment in the Rocky film series, and the second in the franchise to be directed by Stallone.
Rocky V is a 1990 American sports drama film. It is the fifth film in the Rocky series, written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, and co-starring Talia Shire, Stallone's real-life son Sage, and real-life boxer Tommy Morrison, with Morrison in the role of Tommy Gunn, a talented yet raw boxer. Sage played Rocky Balboa, Jr, whose relationship with his famous father is explored. After Stallone directed the second through fourth films in the series, Rocky V saw the return of John G. Avildsen, whose direction of Rocky won him an Academy Award for Best Director.
Frank McRae is an American film and television actor, and a former professional football player.
Rocky Balboa is a 2006 American sports drama film written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film, which features Stallone as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa, it is the sequel to the 1990 film Rocky V, and the sixth and final installment in the main Rocky series that began with the Academy Award-winning Rocky thirty years earlier in 1976. The film portrays an aging Balboa in retirement, a widower living in Philadelphia, and the owner and operator of a local Italian restaurant called "Adrian's," named after his late wife.
Nicholas Offerman is an American actor, writer, comedian, and carpenter who is known for his role as Ron Swanson in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy and was twice nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Offerman is also known for his role in The Founder, in which he portrays Dick McDonald, one of the brothers who developed the fast food chain McDonald's. His first major television role since the end of Parks and Recreation was as Karl Weathers in the FX series Fargo, for which he received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries.
Sage Moonblood Stallone was an American actor, film director, film producer, and film distributor. He was the eldest son of Sylvester Stallone.
Anthony Mabron "Tony" Burton was an American actor, boxer, and football player. He was known for his role as Tony "Duke" Evers in the Rocky films.
Ivan Drago is a fictional character from the Rocky films. He first appeared in the 1985 film Rocky IV, in which he is Rocky Balboa's rival. He also appears in the 2018 film Creed II, in which he serves as the trainer to his son Viktor. He is portrayed by Dolph Lundgren. A poll of former heavyweight champions and prominent boxing writers ranked Drago as the third-best fighter in the Rocky film series.
Tony "Duke" Evers is a fictional character from the Rocky films, initially portrayed as the manager/trainer to Apollo Creed before eventually becoming the manager to Rocky Balboa. He was portrayed by Tony Burton and is one of only four characters to have been featured in the original six Rocky films.
Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Coogler and Aaron Covington. Both a spin-off and sequel in the Rocky film series, the film originally starred Joshua Lee but later was replaced by Michael B. Jordan who played as Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo Creed's son, with Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. It also features Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew and Graham McTavish. The film reunites Jordan with Fruitvale Station writer-director Coogler, as well as Wood Harris, with whom Jordan had worked on The Wire.
Adonis "Donnie" Creed,, is the protagonist and titular character from the Rocky spin-off and sequel, Creed. The character is played by Michael B. Jordan, in the original movie as well as in the sequel Creed II.
Creed II is a 2018 American sports drama film directed by Steven Caple Jr., and written by Sylvester Stallone and Juel Taylor from a story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker. A sequel to Creed (2015) and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series, it stars Michael B. Jordan, Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Wood Harris, and Phylicia Rashad. Creed writer-director Ryan Coogler serves as an executive producer on the film. The film follows a fight over 33 years in the making, as Adonis Creed meets a new adversary in the ring: Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the powerful athlete who killed Adonis' father Apollo Creed.
James Roch Lemon II is an American model and actor. After playing football for Stanford University and (briefly) the Oakland Raiders, Lemon began appearing in national commercial and print ad campaigns before getting into acting full-time. He is best known for the role of Nurse Kenny Fournette on the NBC drama The Night Shift.
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