List of Rocky characters

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This is a list of characters from the Rocky film series, consisting of Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006), Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018).

Characters table[edit]

Key
Main Indicates character had main role in film
Archive Indicates the character only appears in recycled/archive footage
Cameo Indicates cameo appearance
Photo Indicates a non-physical picture appearance
Indicates character does not appear in the film
Character Portrayed by Film
Rocky Rocky II Rocky III Rocky IV Rocky V Rocky Balboa Creed Creed II
Principal Characters
Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone Main
Adonis Creed Michael B. Jordan Main
Additional Major Characters
Adrian Pennino Talia Shire Main Archive Photo
Paulie Pennino Burt Young Main
Mickey Goldmill Burgess Meredith Main Archive Cameo Archive
Apollo Creed Carl Weathers Main Archive
Tony "Duke" Evers Tony Burton Main Photo
Tony Gazzo Joe Spinell Main
George Jergens Thayer David Main
Spider Rico Pedro Lovell Main Main
Robert Balboa, Jr. Seargeoh Stallone (II)
Ian Fried (III)
Rocky Krakoff (IV)
Sage Stallone (V)
Milo Ventimiglia (RB, CII)
Main Photo Cameo
Marie Jodi Letizia (I)
Geraldine Hughes (RB)
Main Main
Stephenson "Steps" James Francis Kelly III Main
Mary Anne Creed Lavelle Roby (I)
Sylvia Meals (II, IV)
Phylicia Rashad (C, CII)
Main Main Main
Bianca Tessa Thompson Main
Supporting Characters
Father Carmine Paul J. Micale Main Cameo
Thunderlips Hulk Hogan Main
Union Cane Michael Williams Main
Tony "Little Duke" Evers Wood Harris Main
Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler Andre Ward Main Cameo
Leo "The Lion" Sporino Gabriel Rosado Main
Pete Sporino Ritchie Coster Main
Jacob "Stitch" Duran Jacob Duran Main
Antagonists
Clubber Lang Mr. T Main Archive
Ivan Drago Dolph Lundgren Main Archive Main
Ludmilla Vobet Drago Brigitte Nielsen Main Archive Cameo
Nicolai Koloff Michael Pataki Main Archive
George Washington Duke Richard Gant Main
Tommy "The Machine" Gunn Tommy Morrison Main
Mason "The Line" Dixon Antonio Tarver Main
"Pretty" Ricky Conlan Tony Bellew Main
Tommy Holiday Graham McTavish Main
Viktor Drago Florian Munteanu Main

Principal characters[edit]

Rocky Balboa[edit]

Adonis Creed[edit]

Adrian Pennino[edit]

Paulie Pennino[edit]

Mickey Goldmill[edit]

Apollo Creed[edit]

Tony "Duke" Evers[edit]

Additional major characters[edit]

Tony Gazzo[edit]

Tony Gazzo is a loan shark in Philadelphia who initially hires Rocky as an enforcer and collector to rough up people who owe him money. Even though Gazzo gets irritated whenever Rocky does not directly obey his orders, such as breaking the thumbs of people who are unable to pay him, he still has respect and patience for Rocky, even giving him money for a date with Adrian and later for his training for Rocky's first fight with Apollo. In the second film, Gazzo attends Rocky and Adrian's wedding. He unsuccessfully tries to persuade Rocky to come back to work for him multiple times. Gazzo is last seen in attendance to support Rocky in his rematch with Apollo.

Tony Gazzo is portrayed by Joe Spinell.

George Jergens[edit]

George Jergens is a successful boxing promoter who oversees Apollo Creed's fights. After Apollo proposes to fight a local contender for his United States Bicentennial match, Jergens invites Rocky to his office to secure a deal for the main event.

George Jergens is portrayed by Thayer David.

Spider Rico[edit]

Spider Rico is a Puerto Rican boxer who is Rocky's first opponent in Rocky. Both men fight in the match that is heavily booed by the spectators due to their lack of sportsmanship, with Rocky eventually winning. In the locker room, Spider comments that Rocky "really got lucky". He resurfaces in Rocky Balboa, where he hangs out at Rocky's restaurant Adrian's and does the dishes without payroll. Spider is now a religious person, reading Bible scriptures during his free time and giving a prayer to Rocky before his fight with Mason "The Line" Dixon.

Spider Rico is portrayed by Pedro Lovell.

Robert Balboa, Jr.[edit]

Robert Balboa, Jr., or Rocky Jr., is the only son of Rocky and Adrian. In Rocky II, he is born one month premature after Adrian experiences a sudden labor while arguing with Paulie. In Rocky V, Robert is a 14-year-old student in the honor roll, but when the Balboa family relocates to South Philadelphia due to bankruptcy, he has difficulty adjusting to the rough neighborhood. On his first day in school, he is attacked by two bullies who steal his jacket, but he befriends a girl named Jewel. Despite his parents' insistence for him to use his mind instead of fighting to solve problems, he undergoes boxing training at Mighty Mick's Boxing Gym, with Paulie as his coach. Even though he fights back the bullies and recovers his jacket, Robert is distraught by his father's attention to training Tommy Gunn. Because of this, Robert alienates himself from his parents and takes up smoking with his new friends. It is only when Tommy Gunn sells out to George Washington Duke that Rocky mends his relationship with Robert.

In Rocky Balboa, Robert is a 29-year-old accountant at a securities firm in Philadelphia. Despite having a successful career, he feels he is still living in the shadow of his father; this is further aggravated when ESPN airs a computer simulation of Rocky defeating Mason "The Line" Dixon. When Rocky agrees to fight Dixon in Las Vegas, Robert quits his job to support his father.

Robert does not appear in Creed, but he is mentioned by Rocky as having moved to Vancouver with his girlfriend. At the end of Creed II, Rocky travels to Vancouver to pay Robert a visit. It is revealed that Robert has a son named Logan.

Robert Balboa, Jr. is portrayed by Seargeoh Stallone in Rocky II, Ian Fried in Rocky III, Rocky Krakoff in Rocky IV, Sage Stallone in Rocky V, and Milo Ventimiglia in Rocky Balboa and Creed II. A photo of Sage Stallone with Rocky is seen in Creed.

Marie[edit]

Marie is first seen in Rocky as a 12-year-old girl hanging out with other delinquent teenagers in South Philadelphia. Rocky lectures her about her choice of friends, as he does not want to see her grow up to be a "whore". After Rocky walks her back to her home, Marie yells, "Screw you, creepo!" to him.

Marie was originally supposed to appear in Rocky V, where she ended up becoming a prostitute as Rocky had predicted. Though the scene was filmed with Jodi Letizia reprising her role, it was ultimately left on the cutting room floor.

Marie returns in Rocky Balboa as a bartender at the local tavern and a single mother, having recently broken up with a Jamaican man. Rocky hires her as a receptionist at Adrian's and slowly develops a friendship with her. Marie and her son Stephenson are not heard from again after Rocky's fight with Mason "The Line" Dixon.

Marie is portrayed by Jodi Letizia in Rocky and Geraldine Hughes in Rocky Balboa.

Stephenson "Steps"[edit]

Stephenson, nicknamed "Steps", is Marie's son in Rocky Balboa. Rocky acts as a father figure to Steps, bringing him to an animal shelter to find a dog for adoption. There, they pick up an old and ugly dog, which Steps nicknames "Punchy".

Stephenson is portrayed by James Francis Kelly III.

Mary Anne Creed[edit]

Mary Anne Creed is the wife and widow of Apollo Creed. In Creed, she adopts Adonis Johnson, who is Apollo's illegitimate son in 1998. In 2015, she discovers that Adonis has quit a lucrative job at a securities firm to follow his father's footsteps as a boxer, much to her dismay. She eventually supports him by sending him a pair of "stars and stripes" boxing trunks for his match against "Pretty" Ricky Conlan.

Mary Anne Creed is portrayed by Lavelle Roby in Rocky, Sylvia Meals in Rocky II and Rocky IV, and Phylicia Rashad in Creed and Creed II.

Bianca Taylor[edit]

Bianca Taylor is an aspiring musician and the love interest of Adonis Creed. She wears hearing aids due to progressive hearing loss. Bianca first meets Adonis when he confronts her over her loud music in her apartment on his first night in Philadelphia. A few nights later, after discovering Bianca performing a concert at a night club, Adonis asks her out and they develop a relationship. This relationship is strained when Adonis is jailed for punching a musician for calling him "baby Creed", but they reconcile shortly after they discover that Rocky has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

In Creed II, Bianca's music career kicks off with a recording contract, but shortly after Adonis proposes to her, she discovers that she is pregnant. Bianca gives birth to a baby girl named Amara, but it is discovered that Amara is born deaf due to Bianca's progressive degenerative hearing disorder being hereditary.

Bianca is portrayed by Tessa Thompson.

Supporting characters[edit]

Father Carmine[edit]

Father Carmine is a priest who appears in Rocky II, where he conducts Rocky and Adrian's wedding and later on gives his blessings to Rocky before his rematch against Apollo Creed. He reappears in a cameo in Rocky V after Rocky defeats Tommy Gunn in a street fight.

Father Carmine is portrayed by Paul J. Micale.

Thunderlips[edit]

Thunderlips is a heel professional wrestler who fights Rocky in a fundraising boxer vs. wrestler match in Rocky III.

Thunderlips is portrayed by Hulk Hogan.

Union Cane[edit]

List of Rocky characters
Statistics
Weight(s)Light heavyweight
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
NationalityAmerican
BornLos Angeles, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights31
Wins31
Wins by KO18
Losses1
Draws0
Union Cane
Rocky character
First appearanceRocky V
Created bySylvester Stallone
Portrayed byMike Williams
Information
Nickname(s)America's Hottest Fighter
GenderMale
OccupationProfessional boxer
NationalityAmerican
List of Rocky characters
Statistics
Weight(s)242 lb (110 kg)
Height6 ft 3 in (190 cm)
Reach80 in (203 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1962-06-14) 14 June 1962 (age 56)
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights40
Wins38
Wins by KO36
Losses2
Draws0

Union Cane is a fictional boxer in the 1990 film Rocky V. He is portrayed by real-life boxer Mike Williams.[1]

Cane was born and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, US. He began a career as a professional boxer, and began rising up the ranks to become the number one contender while Rocky Balboa was the heavyweight champion. His career lasted from 1984 to 2000, and he was the world heavyweight champion from 1986 to 1987 before being defeated by Tommy "The Machine" Gunn.

Tony "Little Duke" Evers Jr.[edit]

Tony "Little Duke" Evers Jr. is the son of Tony "Duke" Evers, the former trainer of Apollo Creed and Rocky. In Creed, Little Duke urges Adonis Creed not to pursue a boxing career. In Creed II, Adonis has Little Duke train him for his match with Viktor Drago after Rocky refuses to train him.

Tony "Little Duke" Evers Jr. is portrayed by Wood Harris.

Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler[edit]

Danny Wheeler
Rocky character
First appearanceCreed
Portrayed byAndre Ward
Information
Nickname(s)Stuntman
GenderMale
OccupationProfessional boxer
List of Rocky characters
Statistics
Weight(s)Light Heavyweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
NationalityAmerican
BornLos Angeles, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights31
Wins31
Wins by KO18
Losses1
Draws0

Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler is a light heavyweight boxer from Los Angeles. He is the undefeated World Champion (WBA, WBC, Ring Magazine Champion) and #2 pound-for-pound boxer in the world behind "Pretty" Ricky Conlan. He fights Adonis Creed in a sparring session at Delphi Gym, where Adonis's father Apollo had also trained. Wheeler knocks Adonis out in under a minute, taking Adonis' Ford Mustang that was placed on the line. He is scheduled to fight "Pretty" Ricky Conlan for the titles but the fight is cancelled after Conlan breaks Wheeler's jaw at the weigh-ins. Wheeler attempts to sue Conlan and the WBC for the incident.

Three years later, Adonis defeats Wheeler for the WBC Heavyweight Championship and gets his Mustang back.

Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler is portrayed by Andre Ward.

Leo "The Lion" Sporino[edit]

Leo Sporino
Rocky character
First appearanceCreed
Portrayed byGabriel Rosado
Information
Nickname(s)The Lion
GenderMale
OccupationProfessional boxer
List of Rocky characters
Statistics
Weight(s)Light Heavyweight
NationalityAmerican
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Boxing record
Total fights18
Wins17
Wins by KO12
Losses1
Draws0

Leo "The Lion" Sporino is an Italian-American light heavyweight boxer in Creed. Mentored by his father Pete Sporino at Mighty Mick's Boxing Gym, Leo participated in the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and is ranked #4 light heavyweight in the world. He is in the running for a championship run, but is knocked out in the second round of his match with Adonis Creed.

Leo "The Lion" Sporino is portrayed by Gabriel Rosado.

Pete Sporino[edit]

Pete Sporino is an Italian-American former boxer turned trainer at Mighty Mick's Boxing Gym. He hopes to have Rocky mentor his son Leo, but is disappointed when Rocky opts to train Adonis Creed instead.

Pete Sporino is portrayed by Ritchie Coster.

Jacob "Stitch" Duran[edit]

Jacob "Stitch" Duran is a professional cutman. In Rocky Balboa, he is Mason "The Line" Dixon's cutman. He returns in Creed as part of Adonis Creed's corner.

Jacob "Stitch" Duran is portrayed by himself.

Antagonists[edit]

James "Clubber" Lang[edit]

Ivan Drago[edit]

Ludmilla Vobet Drago[edit]

Ludmilla Vobet Drago is a former Olympic swimmer for the Soviet Union and Ivan Drago's wife in Rocky IV. Along with manager Nicolai Koloff, she acts as Ivan's spokesperson, describing the power of his punches.

In Creed II, it is revealed that Ludmilla divorced Ivan after his loss to Rocky Balboa. She is part of the Russian group that supports her estranged son Viktor in his rematch against Adonis Creed, despite Viktor's animosity towards her for betraying him and his father. During the 10th round of the match, Ludmilla leaves the arena when Viktor is knocked down by Adonis.

Ludmilla Vobet Drago is portrayed by Brigitte Nielsen.

Nicolai Koloff[edit]

Nicolai Koloff is Ivan Drago's manager. During the fight between Rocky and Drago, Koloff notices Drago on the losing end of the fight and insults him, telling him he is disgracing the Soviet Union by letting an American fight admirably on Russian soil. In response, Drago grabs him by the throat, throws him out of the ring and proclaims he only fights for himself.

Nicolai Koloff is portrayed by Michael Pataki.

George Washington Duke[edit]

George Washington Duke is the main antagonist in Rocky V.[2] He is a crooked boxing promoter who first attempts to sign Rocky in a title defense against Union Cane just after the former's return from his fight with Ivan Drago in the Soviet Union. Rocky declines and announces his retirement. Upon discovery of Rocky's health and financial problems, Duke makes another attempt to lure him back into boxing, but is thwarted by Adrian. When he learns that Rocky has no formal management agreement with Tommy Gunn, he corrupts Gunn with a lucrative contract. In response to the crowd and media's negative reaction toward Gunn's reign as champion, Duke has him challenge Rocky to a match. After defeating Gunn in a street fight, Rocky gives Duke an uppercut, despite the latter threatening to sue him.

George Washington Duke is portrayed by Richard Gant.

Tommy Gunn[edit]

Tommy Gunn
Rocky character
First appearanceRocky V
Portrayed byTommy Morrison
Information
Nickname(s)The Machine
GenderMale
OccupationProfessional boxer
List of Rocky characters
Statistics
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
NationalityAmerican
BornOklahoma
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins23
Wins by KO23
Losses0
Draws0

Tommy "The Machine" Gunn is a character and antagonist in Rocky V. Originally from Oklahoma, Gunn travels to South Philadelphia to seek training from Rocky. Despite having a very short temper, he is accepted by Rocky as a protege. Gunn progressively advances in the ranks in the boxing world, at the cost of Rocky's relationship with his son Robert. Because he has no formal agreement with Rocky, Gunn is easily lured in by George Washington Duke's money. He eventually defeats Union Cane for the World Heavyweight Championship, but is not accepted by the fans or the press, who do not consider him as a true champion without a worthy opponent. Duke convinces him to challenge Rocky, but the fight ends up on the street with Gunn on the losing end.

Gunn is portrayed by Tommy Morrison. Morrison died on September 1, 2013 from AIDS.

Mason "The Line" Dixon[edit]

Mason Dixon
Rocky character
First appearanceRocky Balboa
Portrayed byAntonio Tarver
Information
Nickname(s)The Line
GenderMale
OccupationProfessional boxer
List of Rocky characters
Statistics
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
NationalityAmerican
BornTampa, Florida
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights34
Wins34
Wins by KO30
Losses0
Draws0

Mason "The Line" Dixon is the undisputed World Heavyweight Champion in Rocky Balboa. His reign is unpopular due to the lack of formidable competition, until ESPN airs a computer simulation of a dream match of him losing to Rocky; this brings enough attention for Dixon's promoters to stage a real version of the match in Las Vegas, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Despite predictions of Rocky being knocked out early, the match goes the entire distance of 10 rounds. During the second round, Dixon injures his left hand after punching Rocky in the hip; Rocky takes full advantage of this injury throughout the duration of the fight. Dixon eventually wins by a narrow split decision, thus he retains his undefeated streak.

Mason Dixon is portrayed by Antonio Tarver.

"Pretty" Ricky Conlan[edit]

Ricky Conlan
Rocky character
First appearanceCreed
Portrayed byTony Bellew
Information
Nickname(s)Pretty Ricky
GenderMale
OccupationProfessional boxer
Children2 Boys
List of Rocky characters
Statistics
Weight(s)Light Heavyweight
NationalityBritish
BornLiverpool, England
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights37
Wins37
Wins by KO28
Losses0
Draws0

"Pretty" Ricky Conlan is the Lineal World Light Heavyweight Champion, #1 Pound for Pound Boxer in the world in Creed. The Liverpudlian boxer faces a seven-year prison sentence for illegal firearms possession. He is initially slated to defend his title against Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler, but the fight is canceled when Conlan breaks Wheeler's jaw during a press conference. His manager Tommy Holiday convinces him to fight Adonis Creed as a last hurrah before serving his prison sentence. Conlan is shown to not have much respect for the legendary fighters of the past claiming, "No cares about Balboa anymore" and taunting Adonis for being a "false Creed" believing that Donnie only earned his shot through his name alone with "not a real fight in [Donnie's] life". Conlan has a "rags to riches" background as his father worked on the docks. Conlan predicts an early end, but Adonis goes the distance. Despite being knocked down for the first time in his career by the end of the 12th round, Conlan narrowly wins by a split decision. He shows respect for Adonis, telling him he is the future of the sport and imploring that Adonis wears the "Creed" name with pride.

"Pretty" Ricky Conlan is portrayed by Tony Bellew.

Viktor Drago[edit]

Viktor Drago
Rocky character
First appearanceCreed II
Portrayed byFlorian "Big Nasty" Munteanu
Information
GenderMale
OccupationProfessional boxer
List of Rocky characters
Statistics
Weight(s)Heavyweight
NationalityUkrainian
BornKiev, Ukraine
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Losses1

Viktor Drago is the son of Ivan Drago and a second generation boxer. Following his defeat at the hands of Rocky Balboa in 1985, Ivan lost his prestige as a Soviet boxer and his wife Ludmilla abandoned him and Viktor. Since then, Ivan has trained Viktor to be the best boxer in Ukraine. Boxing promoter Buddy Marcelle has Viktor challenge Adonis Creed for the WBC title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Despite objections by Rocky, Adonis accepts the challenge, but Rocky decides not to be in his corner. Viktor overwhelms Adonis with his brute strength and long reach throughout the match. In the third round, Viktor breaks Adonis' left ribs and knocks him down, but is disqualified when he punches Adonis while the referee is still counting.

Months later, Viktor demands a rematch; this time in Moscow. Adonis accepts the challenge once more, but now with Rocky and Little Duke in his corner. Adonis surprises Viktor with his lightning fast reflexes and high stamina throughout the match. Viktor knocks down Adonis several times, but Adonis displays his resilience by getting up and exploiting Viktor's tendency to overextend his punches; at the same time, he progressively wears out Viktor by going beyond the fourth round, as Viktor has been accustomed to only quick knockouts. By the tenth round, Viktor is knocked down for the first time in his professional career. He is further demoralized when Ludmilla walks out of the match after being knocked down for a second time. Seeing his son receive more strikes from Adonis without any counterattacks, Ivan throws in the towel and concedes the match to Adonis.

Viktor Drago is portrayed by Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LOOKING BACK AT "ROCKY V," THE MOVIE THAT NEARLY KNOCKED OUT A BELOVED FRANCHISE". Vice. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Jet". Books.google.co.uk. 1990-12-03. p. 56. Retrieved 2016-02-29.