Carl Weathers

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Carl Weathers
Weathers at the New York Comic Con in 2017
Born (1948-01-14) January 14, 1948 (age 75)
  • Actor
  • director
Years active
  • 1973–present (actor)
  • 1970–1974 (football player)
  • Mary Ann Castle
    (m. 1973; div. 1983)
  • Rhona Unsell
    (m. 1984; div. 2006)
  • Jennifer Peterson
    (m. 2007; div. 2009)

Football career
No. 49, 55
Personal information
Height:6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:8
Career CFL statistics
Games played:13
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Carl Weathers (born January 14, 1948) is an American actor, director and former professional football player. He is known for his roles as boxer Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films (1976–1985), George Dillon in Predator (1987), Action Jackson in Action Jackson (1988), Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore (1996) and Little Nicky (2000), and Combat Carl in the Toy Story franchise. He also portrayed Det. Beaudreaux in the television series Street Justice (1991–1993) and a fictionalized version of himself in the comedy series Arrested Development (2004, 2013), and voiced Omnitraxus Prime in Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2017–2019). He has a recurring role as Greef Karga in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian (2019–present).

Weathers played college football at San Diego State University. After going undrafted in the 1970 NFL Draft, he signed with the Oakland Raiders. He signed with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League after being released by the Raiders.

Early life[edit]

Weathers was born January 14, 1948,[1] in New Orleans, Louisiana.[citation needed] His father was a day laborer. As an eighth-grade student, he earned an athletic scholarship to St. Augustine High School, a private school.[2] He was an all-around athlete, involved in boxing, football, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and wrestling. He played football and graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 1966.

College football career[edit]

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. He then transferred and played for San Diego State University, becoming a letterman for the San Diego State Aztecs in 1968 and 1969, helping the Aztecs win the 1969 Pasadena Bowl, finishing with an 11–0 record, and a No. 18 ranking in the Final UPI Poll,[3] playing for head coach Don Coryell. At San Diego State, Weathers received a master in theatre arts.[4]

Professional football career[edit]

After he went undrafted, Weathers signed with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 1970. Now playing as a linebacker,[2] Weathers played in seven games for the Raiders in 1970, helping them win the AFC West Division title, on their way to the first-ever AFC Championship Game. Weathers only played in one game in 1971, before the Raiders released him.

He then signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1971 and played until 1973,[5] playing 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.[6] In his NFL career he appeared in 8 games in two seasons, but didn't record any stats. The only stat he recorded in his CFL career was a single fumble recovery. In later years, Weathers narrated NFL Films' season recap of the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons.[7] During the 2017 NFL Draft, he appeared on NFL Network's pre-draft coverage.[8]

Acting career[edit]

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 early 1975 episode of the sitcom Good Times titled "The Nude", portraying an angry husband who suspected his wife of cheating on him with J.J. He also guest-starred in a 1975 episode of Kung Fu titled "The Brothers Caine", and in an episode of Cannon titled "The Hero". In 1976, he appeared as a loan shark in an episode of the crime-drama Starsky and Hutch, and in the Barnaby Jones episode "The Bounty Hunter" as escaped convict Jack Hopper.

While auditioning for the role of Apollo Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, Weathers criticized Stallone's acting, which led to him getting the role.[9] He reprised the role of Apollo Creed in the next three Rocky films: Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), and Rocky IV (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,[10] 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 1996 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. Filming a fall stunt in Happy Gilmore, Weathers fractured two vertebrae and his osteophytes grew out and connected and self-fused badly. He says he was in excruciating pain for three to four years.[11]

Another notable TV role was Sgt. Adam Beaudreaux on the cop show Street Justice. Afterwards, during the final two seasons of In the Heat of the Night (1992–1994), his character, Hampton Forbes, replaced Bill Gillespie as the chief of police. He also played MACV-SOG Colonel Brewster in the CBS series Tour of Duty.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] Weathers and Stallone patched up their differences and Weathers agreed to allow footage of him from previous films to be used throughout Creed.[15]

Weathers portrayed the father of Michael Strahan and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell's characters on the short-lived 2009 Fox sitcom Brothers. Weathers acted 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!"[17]

In 2019, Weathers appeared as Greef Karga in several episodes of the first season of the Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. He returned for the second season and also directed the episode "Chapter 12: The Siege",[18] as well as returning for season 3 and directing the episode "Chapter 20: The Foundling".[19] His performance earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor.

Personal life[edit]

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



Year Title Role Notes
1973 Magnum Force Demonstrator Uncredited
1975 Friday Foster Yarbro
Bucktown Hambone
1976 The Four Deuces Taxi Cab Driver
Rocky Apollo Creed
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind MP Officer
Semi-Tough Dreamer Tatum
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Sgt. Olen Weaver
1979 Rocky II Apollo Creed
1981 Death Hunt George Washington Lincoln "Sundog" Brown
1982 Rocky III Apollo Creed
1985 Rocky IV Director's cut released in 2021
1987 Predator Colonel Al Dillon
1988 Action Jackson Sgt. / Lt. Jericho "Action" Jackson Nominated–NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
1992 Hurricane Smith Billy "Hurricane" Smith
1996 Happy Gilmore Derick "Chubbs" Peterson
2000 Little Nicky Uncredited
2002 Eight Crazy Nights GNC Water Bottle Voice
2004 Balto III: Wings of Change Kirby Voice
2006 The Sasquatch Gang Dr. Artimus Snodgrass
2007 The Comebacks Freddie Wiseman / Narrator
2013 Sheriff Tom Vs. The Zombies President Weathers
2014 Think Like a Man Too Mr. Davenport Uncredited
2019 Toy Story 4 Combat Carl Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Good Times Calvin Brooks Episode: "The Nude"
1975 Cannon Dan Daily Chronicle reporter Episode: "The Hero"
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"
1976 Barnaby Jones Jack Hopper Episode: "The Bounty Hunter"
1977 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected Hank Dalby Episode: "A Hand For Sonny Blue"
1978 The Bermuda Depths Eric Television film
1985 Braker Lt. Harry Braker
1986 The Defiant Ones Cullen Monroe
Fortune Dane Fortune Dane Main role, 5 episodes
1989–90 Tour of Duty Col. Carl Brewster Recurring role, 9 episodes
1990 Dangerous Passion Kyle Western Television film
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
1995 OP Center Gen. Mike Rodgers Television film
1997 Assault on Devil's Island Roy Brown
1999 Assault on Death Mountain
2003; 2007 The Shield Joe Clark Episodes: "Haunts", "Partners"
2004; 2013 Arrested Development Carl Weathers 4 episodes
2005 Alien Siege Gen. Skyler Television film
2008 Phoo Action Chief Benjamin Benson TV pilot
ER Louie Taylor Episode: "Oh, Brother"
2010 Psych Boone Episode: "Viagra Falls"
2011; 2013 Regular Show God of Basketball, Basketball King Voices; Episodes: "Slam Dunk", "Bank Shot"
2012 American Warships Gen. McKraken Television film
2013 Toy Story of Terror! Combat Carl and Jr Voice; TV special
2016 Colony Bolton "Beau" Miller Recurring role, 9 episodes
Chicago P.D. State's Attorney Mark Jefferies Episodes: "Justice"; "Favor, Action, Malice or Ill-Will"
2017 Chicago Justice Main role, 13 episodes
2017–2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Omnitraxus Prime, Additional voices Voice; Recurring role, 10 episodes
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit State's Attorney Mark Jefferies Episode: "Zero Tolerance"
Magnum P.I. Dan Sawyer Episode: "From the Head Down"
2019 Pinky Malinky The Apologizer Voice
2019–2023 The Mandalorian Greef Karga 10 episodes; Director: "Chapter 12: The Siege" and "Chapter 20: The Foundling"
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2005 Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction Col. Samuel Garrett
2015 Mortal Kombat X Jax Briggs DLC; likeness
2021 The Artful Escape Lightman


  1. ^ Rose, Mike (January 14, 2023). "Today's famous birthdays list for January 14, 2023 includes celebrities Dave Grohl, Carl Weathers". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved January 14, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e Arnold, Gary (June 25, 1979). "Carl Weathers of 'Rocky II,' in Search of Something Cerebral". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "IT WAS 'BU WHO?' : Aztecs Saw Their Hopes of 'Big Time' Go Awry". Los Angeles Times. December 28, 1986. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Kenney, Kirk (February 3, 2023). "At San Diego State, Carl Weathers talks about his journey from Aztec to Hollywood star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  5. ^ Hoglund, Andy (June 5, 1968). "When to Turn Your Football Career Into an Acting Career". Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Peters, Ida. "The Afro American". Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Catching up with Carl Weathers: ROCKY'S Apollo Creed". Silver Screen Artists. Archived from the original on April 14, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Apollo Creed lives again: Carl Weathers joins NFL Draft coverage on 'Rocky' steps
  9. ^ Parker, Ryan (December 3, 2015). "Carl Weathers Looks Back on Creed: Sparring With Ali, Slighting Stallone and Passing the Torch". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  10. ^ ""Saturday Night Live" Carl Weathers/Robbie Robertson (TV Episode 1988)". IMDb.
  11. ^ Allen, Ben (November 24, 2020). "Carl Weathers: 'There were three or four years where I was just in excruciating pain'". GQ. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  12. ^ "Thanks for the Memories". Tour of Duty Info. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  13. ^ Norden, Martin F. (2007). The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television. Rodopi. p. 116. ISBN 978-9042023246.
  14. ^ "Red Tight Media". Red Tight Media. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  15. ^ a b Mitchell, Aric (November 24, 2015). "Carl Weathers, Sylvester Stallone May Have Mended Their Differences Over 'Creed'". Inquisitr. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  16. ^ stated by Stallone on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (December 21, 2006).
  17. ^ "Bud Light Airraid: Carl Weathers and Bud Light steal Norm Chow's (and Bruce Eien's) playbook". Smart Football. October 23, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  18. ^ Weathers, Carl [@TheCarlWeathers] (November 20, 2020). "Din Djarin, Cara and Greef are back together on a brand new mission! Come along with us during "The Siege" episode of #TheMandalorian which was directed by yours truly. Let Disney+ and yours truly know what you think about what we bring to you. Enjoy!!! #BePeace" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 3, 2022. Retrieved December 2, 2022 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Weathers, Carl [@TheCarlWeathers] (March 18, 2023). "THE FOUNDLING is coming this week on Disney+ and is directed by Yours Truly. #TheMANDALORIAN #BePeace" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 26, 2023. Retrieved March 28, 2023 – via Twitter.

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