‘Rocky’ and 'Predator' Star Carl Weathers Dead at 76
A cause of death has not been announced
Legendary actor Carl Weathers passed away at the age of 76, as confirmed by his manager to Variety on Friday. While the cause of his death has not been disclosed, his family shared that he peacefully passed away in his sleep on Thursday. In a statement, his ex-wife, Mary Ann, and their two sons paid tribute to the iconic star.
“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” they expressed. “Carl was an extraordinary individual who led a remarkable life. His impact on film, television, the arts, and sports has left an enduring legacy that resonates globally and transcends generations. Beyond his professional accomplishments, he was a cherished brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend.”
Weathers, born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, as per IMDB records, embarked on his journey in the world of performing arts at a young age. During his formative years, he actively participated in plays, showcasing his passion for acting from grade school onwards. However, as he progressed to high school, Weathers found himself drawn towards athletics, leading him down a different life path.His athletic prowess led him to join the football team at San Diego State University, where he pursued a major in theater, striking a balance between his love for acting and sports. In 1970, Weathers took his football skills to the professional level, playing a season with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
Reflecting on his dual interests, Weathers shared with the Detroit News, “When I discovered football, it provided a completely different outlet. It was more about the physicality, although one does complement the other. Intelligence was essential, as it required studying playbooks and game films to understand the opponents each week.”
Outside of his acting career, Weathers was also a member of the Big Brothers Association and the U.S. Olympic Committee, according to IMDB.