Emotional Tributes Pour In for the Legendary Actor
Tributes have been flooding in for the late actor Carl Weathers, known for his iconic role as Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” film series. Co-stars, including Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren, have taken to social media to honor the talented actor.
Stallone Remembers Weathers as a Legend
Sylvester Stallone, who worked closely with Weathers in the “Rocky” films, expressed his grief in a heartfelt social media post. Stallone praised Weathers for his immense talent and the impact he had on his life and career. He described Weathers as “absolutely brilliant” and credited him for the success of the “Rocky” franchise.
Stallone’s tribute included a video of him standing in front of a painting depicting a fight between Rocky and Creed. He shared that the painting captured one of the last moments they were in the ring together, and he would never forget it.
Lundgren Shares Fond Memories
Dolph Lundgren, who portrayed Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” alongside Weathers, also paid tribute to his late co-star. Lundgren described Weathers as a great actor, a terrific athlete, and a good friend. He reminisced about the special memories they shared on and off the set, highlighting Weathers’ charm and ability to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Lundgren shared a side-by-side photo of himself with Weathers during their time working on “Predator” and a modern-day portrait of the two smiling and posing with their fists in the air.
A Life of Achievement and Impact
Weathers, born in New Orleans on January 14, 1948, had an impressive career that extended beyond the “Rocky” films. Before becoming an actor, he pursued a professional football career and played college football at San Diego State University.
In addition to his role as Apollo Creed, Weathers starred in other notable films such as “Predator” and “Action Jackson.” He also made a memorable appearance in Adam Sandler’s comedy hit “Happy Gilmore.”
Weathers continued to captivate audiences with his talent in recent years, starring as Greef Karga in the popular series “The Mandalorian.” He received critical acclaim for his performance, earning an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2021.
A Beloved Family Man and Friend
Following Weathers’ passing, his family released a statement expressing their deep sadness. They described Weathers as an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life. They acknowledged his contributions to film, television, the arts, and sports, which left an indelible mark on the world.
Weathers is remembered as a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend. His loss is felt not only by his family but also by fans around the world.
The legacy of Carl Weathers will live on through his incredible body of work and the impact he had on the entertainment industry.