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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Stallone patched up their differences and Weathers agreed to allow footage of him from previous films to be used throughout Creed II.
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)|
|2019||Pinky Malinky||The Apologizer (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|
|2017–19||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Omnitraxus Prime (voice)||Recurring role, 10 episodes|
|2018||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||State's Attorney Mark Jefferies||Episode: "Zero Tolerance"|
|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|
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- Apollo Creed lives again: Carl Weathers joins NFL Draft coverage on 'Rocky' steps
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- "Thanks for the Memories". Tour of Duty Info. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
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- stated by Stallone on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (December 21, 2006).
- "Bud Light Airraid: Carl Weathers and Bud Light steal Norm Chow's (and Bruce Eien's) playbook". Smart Football. October 23, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
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