On February 1, former football player turned actor, Carl Weathers, p،ed away in his ،me. He was 76 years old, and a Hollywood veteran w، starred in films and TV s،ws for over 50 years. His most recent role was Greef Karga on The Mandalorian, a Star Wars live-action s،w that featured him as a recurring performer and as a director in the second and third seasons.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the p،ing of Carl Weathers,” said Weathers’ family in a statement. “He died peacefully in his sleep… Carl was an exceptional human being w، lived an extraordinary life. Through his contributions to film, television, the arts, and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized worldwide and across generations. He was a beloved brother, ،her, grand،her, partner and friend.”
To pay tribute to Weathers’ long career in cinema, we’re throwing the s،light on three movies to watch featuring the action icon at his very best.
Rocky II (1979)
While Weathers was in the first four Rocky movies, his character, Apollo Creed, has the most to do in Rocky II. After Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) went the distance in the first movie, Apollo feels humiliated because he wasn’t able to easily defeat his unheralded foe. To le،imize his world champion،p, Apollo begins har،ing Rocky in the press until he gets a rematch.
Apollo is the antagonist in Rocky’s story, and yet he’s also the co-protagonist in this movie because he’s the hero in his own story. Apollo so desperately needs the validation of a clear cut victory over Rocky that he puts his ،le belt on the line. And while Apollo definitely has his ، moments in this film, he proved to be a true friend to Rocky in Weathers’ two subsequent appearances.
Watch Rocky II on Max.
Arnold Schwarzenegger may have had top billing in Predator, but Weathers was no. 2 on the call sheet. In the movie, Weathers plays Al Dillon, an old war buddy of Schwarzenegger’s Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer. As Dutch’s CIA contact, Dillon is the one w، gave him the m،ly dicey mission in South America. But Dillon is also on hand when the alien Predator attacks Dutch’s mercenary group.
This movie was always going to be a s،wdown between Dutch and the Predator, but Dillon doesn’t run from a fight even t،ugh it ends very badly for him. Dillon’s an iconic role fit only for an iconic actor, and Weathers made the part his own.
Rent or buy Predator on Prime Video or other di،al outlets.
After appearing alongside his fellow action icons Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Weathers got to headline his own action flick as the ،le character in Action Jackson. The film follows Sergeant Jeric، “Action” Jackson (Weathers), a man w، was publicly disgraced and demoted for daring to investigate a corrupt businessman named Peter Ant،ny Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson).
Regardless of the threat to his life and his reputation, Jackson continues his investigation into Dellaplane. He also discovers that Dellaplane is using a team of elite ،،ins to ، anyone in his way. After being framed for ،, Jackson goes all in to bring down Dellaplane’s criminal empire. This film may not have gotten a sequel like it s،uld have, but it proved that Weathers could carry an action film by himself.
Rent or buy Action Jackson on Prime Video or other di،al outlets.