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Carl Weathers Biography

Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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


  • Mary Ann Castle -- Ex-wife
  • Rhona Unsell -- Ex-wife
  • Jason Anthony Weathers -- Son
  • Matthew Brandon Weathers -- Son
  • Jennifer Peterson -- Wife (separated)