Fast Facts

  • 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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  • Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
  • Profession: Actor

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