Carl Weathers


Actor
Carl Weathers

About

Birth Place
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Born
January 14, 1948

Biography

From Apollo Creed to Col. George Dylan, and from Chubbs Peterson to, um, Carl Weathers, Carl Weathers enjoyed a long and successful career as a supporting player in some of film and television's most beloved properties, often by following one simple credo: never be afraid to poke fun at yourself. Born on January 14, 1948 in New Orleans, LA, Weathers initially held dreams of becoming a pr...

Biography

From Apollo Creed to Col. George Dylan, and from Chubbs Peterson to, um, Carl Weathers, Carl Weathers enjoyed a long and successful career as a supporting player in some of film and television's most beloved properties, often by following one simple credo: never be afraid to poke fun at yourself. Born on January 14, 1948 in New Orleans, LA, Weathers initially held dreams of becoming a professional football star. As a student at St. Augustine High School, Weathers was a full-blown jock, involved in football, boxing, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and wrestling. After a brief stint at Long Beach City College, Weathers enrolled in San Diego State University, where he played linebacker, earning him letterman status in 1968 and 1969. The following year, Weathers went pro when he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, though he only ended up playing seven games with them over the '70-'71 season. Following two seasons with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, Weathers enrolled in San Francisco State University, where he earned a B.A. in Drama in 1974. He started out in the business with two supporting roles in low budget blaxploitation films directed by an old friend of his, Arthur Marks: "Bucktown" (1975), and "Friday Foster" (1975). Small guest parts on episodes of "Good Times" (CBS, 1974-79), "Kung Fu" (ABC, 1972-75), and "Starsky and Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79), soon followed, before Weathers landed his career-defining role as Apollo Creed, the champion boxer faced by Sylvester Stallone's underdog, Rocky Balboa, in the inspiring sports epic, "Rocky" (1976). The film was a surprise box office smash, and went on to win several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Weathers would reprise the role of Apollo Creed, going from Rocky's foe to one of his closest friends, in "Rocky II" (1979), "Rocky III" (1982), and "Rocky IV" (1985), in which Creed was killed in the ring by the villainous Russian fighter Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). In the late '80s and early '90s, Weathers was seemingly in nearly every action movie of note, beginning with the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "Predator" (1987), where he played Col. George Dylan (and shared one of cinema's classic handshakes with Schwarzenegger) and continuing through the likes of "Action Jackson" (1988), and "Hurricane Smith" (1992). Once the action roles began to dry up, Weathers simply reinvented himself once again, this time as a comedic sidekick. Weathers was introduced to a whole new generation of filmgoers as Chubbs Peterson, the eccentric one-handed golf pro who showed Adam Sandler the rules of the game in the comedy smash "Happy Gilmore" (1996). Sandler would later have Weathers reprise the role of Chubbs for a cameo in "Little Nicky" (2000). Weathers' most beloved role in the 2000s was the one he had been preparing his whole life to play: Carl Weathers. During the first season of the cult hit "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-2006, Netflix, 2013-), Weathers played a fictional version of himself, as an opportunistic cheapskate offering half-baked acting lessons to the show's delusional and naive wannabe thespian, Tobias F√ľnke (David Cross). Though he only appeared on three episodes, Weathers' self-aware turn was met with praise, and helped land him gigs in the big screen comedies "The Sasquatch Gang" (2006), and "The Comebacks" (2007). In 2017, Weathers brought it all full circle by reuniting with Sandler once more for the showbiz parody "Sandy Wexler" (Netflix, 2017).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Toy Story 4 (2019)
Voice
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)
Himself
American Warships (2012)
The Comebacks (2007)
The Sasquatch Gang (2006)
Alien Siege (2005)
Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
Shadow Warriors II: Assault On Death Mountain (2001)
Little Nicky (2000)
Assault on Devil's Island (1997)
Happy Gilmore (1996)
In the Heat of the Night: Grow Old Along With Me (1995)
Chief Hampton Forbes
In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound (1995)
In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? (1994)
In the Heat of the Night: A Matter of Justice (1994)
Hurricane Smith (1992)
Billy Smith
Dangerous Passion (1990)
Kyle Weston
Action Jackson (1988)
Predator (1987)
The Defiant Ones (1986)
Braker (1985)
Rocky IV (1985)
Rocky III (1982)
Death Hunt (1981)
Sundog
Rocky II (1979)
The Bermuda Depths (1978)
Eric
Force Ten From Navarone (1978)
Sergeant Walter Weaver
Semi-Tough (1977)
The Hostage Heart (1977)
Bateman Hooks
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Friday Foster (1975)
Yarbro
Bucktown (1975)

Producer (Feature Film)

Dangerous Passion (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
The Defiant Ones (1986)
Coproducer

Music (Feature Film)

After the Wedding (2019)
Song
After the Wedding (2019)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)
Other

Cast (Special)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001)
The Making of Adam Sandler's Video (1996)
Sunday Night With Larry King (1990)
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1989)
Golden Globe Awards (1987)
Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Op Center (1994)
General Rodgers

Life Events

1976

Gained attention as actor playing Apollo Creed in "Rocky"

1985

Formed production company, Stormy Weather Productions

1987

Scored supporting role as Col. George Dylan in "Predator."

1996

Appeared as Chubbs Peterson in the Adam Sandler comedy "Happy Gilmore."

2004

Guested as a parody version of himself on "Arrested Development."

Bibliography