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Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A famous and successful football star at San Diego State, he played with the Oakland Raiders and retired from the sport in 1974, in order to give full attention to his goal: to be a real actor. Weathers first played small parts in two blaxploitation flicks, Friday Foster (1975) (in which he played “Yarbro”) and Bucktown (1975) (playing “Hambone”), both made in 1975 and directed by Arthur Marks. However, his big break came the following year when producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff chose him to play “Apollo Creed” in the blockbuster “sleeper” Rocky (1976) (real-life boxing legend Ken Norton was originally signed for the part, but it eventually went to Weathers). He went on to play “Creed” in three other “Rocky” movies, and the characters’ adversarial relationship eventually evolved into a warm friendship. After Creed’s death in Rocky IV (1985), Weathers met with producer Joel Silver and agreed to play an important supporting role in Predator (1987), an action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The following year, Silver produced Action Jackson (1988), a first starring role for Weathers, but it performed poorly at the box office and was panned by the critics. During the 1990s, Weathers starred in four In the Heat of the Night (1988) two-hour TV specials that were much better received by critics and viewers alike. In 1996, he played the part of “Chubbs Peterson” in the blockbuster Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore (1996). He returned to his “action roots” in two TV-movies with Hulk Hogan: Assault on Devil’s Island (1997) and Assault on Death Mountain (1999). In addition to his acting career, Weathers is also a member of the Big Brothers Association and the U.S. Olympic Committee, handling the career of athletes of various sports such as gymnastics, wrestling, swimming and judo.
Interesting Facts about Carl Weathers
- Has two sons Jason and Matthew.
- Took drama classes with Donna Pescow.
- Graduated from San Diego State with a degree in theater arts.
- College football coach at San Diego State was College Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Coryell (“Air”).
- Inducted into the International Mustache Hall of Fame in 2016 in the category Film & Television.
- Before his career as an actor, he was a professional football player.
- Currently assisting the US Military with simulated Iraqi villages at Fort Irwin, California. He has directed and narrated at least one training video: “IFAK First Aid.” IFAK stands for “individual first aid kit”. [April 2006]
- Played for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League from 1971 to 1973. Played linebacker in 18 games and wore #55.
- During his professional football career, he played for the Oakland Raiders and a Canadian Football League squad.
- His most famous character, the flashy boxer Apollo Creed from the Rocky films, was loosely based on Muhammad Ali.
- One of the original actors that auditioned for the part of Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
- Played college football at San Diego State University. One of his teammates was Fred Dryer. Coincidentally Fred Dryer starred in Hunter (1984) which was originally going to also be the title of Predator (1987), which starred Carl.
Personal Quotes by Carl Weathers
When I start to get that few pounds, which I try to monitor, then I just pull back. So it’s really just being conscious.- Carl Weathers
I’ve been fortunate. I’ve worked in a lot of things where I had those kinds of experiences with actors who were perceived as very macho guys, everybody from Lee Marvin to Charlie Bronson to Harrison Ford to Robert Shaw.- Carl Weathers
I really try to take care of myself. I really put forth the effort to make a regimen just a part of my life. When I can’t, for instance if I’m in a location someplace and I can’t work out because of the schedule of the picture or whatever it is, as much as I normally do when I’m home, I still do something.- Carl Weathers
My first love was acting. I went to Sidney Poitier films as a kid. I sat in the theater and dreamed of being an actor.- Carl Weathers
I majored in theater at San Diego State. My one eye was on football, and my other eye was on Hollywood.- Carl Weathers