- Attended San Diego State University on an athletics scholarship.
- Picked up by the Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 1970.
- After playing one season with Oakland, moved to the CFL and played for the BC Lions for thee seasons before retiring from football in 1974.
- Began acting in 1975 on the TV show Good Times and in the blaxploitation films Bucktown and Friday Foster.
- Starred as Apollo Creed in the Oscar-winning film Rocky, plus three of the sequels.
- First leading role was in the 1988 crime drama Action Jackson, which was a critical and box-office failure.
- Took on assorted comedy roles, including the character Chubbs in Adam Sandler's films Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky, and Tobias Fünke's acting coach on the sitcom Arrested Development.
- An active member of both Big Brothers Association and the United States Olympic Committee.
- Jason Anthony Weathers — Son
- Mary Ann Castle — Ex-wife
- Jennifer Peterson — Wife (separated)
- Matthew Brandon Weathers — Son
- Rhona Unsell — Ex-wife
- Attended Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA; San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (BA in Dramatic Arts)
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