American actor Carl Weathers is prominent for portraying Apollo Creed in the film series Rocky. He has also garnered positive response for his roles in Predator, Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, and Arrested Development.
Weathers is currently working on the Star Wars-spinoff web series, The Mandalorian. Here we will learn seven exciting facts about the actor.
7. Carl Weathers: Education
Weathers had an aptitude for sports from an early age. While studying in grade 8 at St. Augustine High School, he had received an athletic scholarship for his outstanding contribution to school's sports as boxing, football, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and wrestling.
After completing high-school in 1966, he went to earn a bachelor's degree in theatre arts at San Francisco State University.
6. Was A Professional Football Player
The 72-years old actor has enjoyed the success of his flourishing career as a football player. Though he suffered from an injury while warming up for practice in a competition, Weathers did not give up, becoming resilient and spirited to make a strong comeback.
After recovery, he transferred to San Diego State University and became a letterman for the San Diego State Aztecs from1968 and 1969. Later, in 1970, he played as a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders and B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. Carl retired from football after three years of a professional football career.
5. Carl Was 27 Years Old In Rocky
Carl Weathers played as Apollo Creed in the series of American boxing drama films Rocky. Carl earned the audience and critics praise for his performance as the character loosely based on Muhammad Ali.
Though the character he played in the Oscar-winning movie is 33-years old, Carl Weathers was only 27 years old while filming. Nevertheless, he went on to reprise the role in the franchise until finally departing in Rocky IV.
4. Has A Net Worth Of $6 Million
A former football player, Carl Weathers, has been active in the entertainment industry since 1973. With the career spanning more than four decades, Weathers has appeared in various movies and television series. After appearing in series of blaxploitation films, the 72-years old actor earned notability as Apollo Creed in the Rocky movie franchise.
Carl is famous among people of all decade- after garnering global recognition in the 70s and 80s from his movie performance, he became a household name in the 90s after playing as Chubbs Peterson in the comedy film Happy Gilmore.
Moreover, in the 2000s, he maintained his successful acting career with an appearance in The Shield, Arrested Development, ER, Psych, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Mandalorian, and many more. All of this has helped the 72-years old actor to garner a net worth of $ 6 million.
3. Had Auditioned For Benjamin Lafayette Sisko Character
Carl Weathers is among the original actors who auditioned for the Benjamin Lafayette Sisko character in the Star Trek franchise. The character appeared on the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Later, actor Avery Brooks went on to portray the character becoming the first African-American to land the lead role in the Star Trek franchise.
Nevertheless, Weathers voiced the character Omnitraxus Prime of the animated television series Star vs. the Forces of Evil from 2017 to 2019.
2. Was Married To Jennifer Peterson
Carl Weathers married his first wife, Mary Ann Castle, on February 17, 1973. He has two children with Mary Ann: Jason Weathers and Matthew Weathers. The couple divorced on July 22, 1983.
A year later, on February 20, 1984, Weathers married his second wife, Rhona Unsell. Unsell and Weathers separated in 2006.
On March 15, 2007, Carl Weathers tied the knot with his third wife, Jennifer Peterson. Peterson is a lifetime member of The American Film Institute and co-founder of The Alliance of Women Directors. After staying together for one year, the couple divorced on January 31, 2009.
1. Plays As Greef Karga In The Mandalorian
Carl Weathers plays as Greef Karga, a leader of Bounty Hunter Guild and ex-magistrate, television series Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
According to SyFy Wire magazine, Weathers will also be directing at least one episode of The Mandalorian's second season. In addition to this, Weathers also expressed his gratitude for being part of the show stating, It is one of the most exciting projects; it gives a liberating experience when you have so many smart, talented, collaborative, good-hearted, caring people around you on a daily basis."
Along with Carl, actors like Pedro Pascal, Werner Herzog, Omid Abtahi, Nick Nolte, Taika Waititi, Gina Carano, Amy Sedaris, Jake Cannavale, Ming-Na Wen, Mark Boone Junior, Bill Burr, Natalia Tena, Clancy Brown, all have significant roles in the show.