Rocky, Predator, The Mandalorian
Carl Weathers is best known for portraying Apollo Creed in the Rocky series of films, Al Dillon in Predator, Chubbs Peterson in Happy Gilmore and Little Nicky, and a fictionalized version of himself in the comedy series Arrested Development.
Carl was recently cast in the new upcoming Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, helmed by Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. The series will take place after the events of Return of the Jedi and before The Force Awakens and will center around a lone Mandalorian gunfighter.
During high school, Carl was an all-around athlete, participating in boxing, football, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and wrestling. Weathers continued his football career in college as a defensive lineman for San Diego State University. Weathers would later sign with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League and move on to play with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. He retired from football in 1974, and pursued his acting career.
After a few minor television roles, Carl would get his break in 1976 being cast as Apollo Creed in Rocky. The film would go on to win the Oscar for Best Picture, and the boxing franchise would continue to grow for the next three installments with “The Master of Disaster” fighting against and working alongside Rocky Balboa.
Weathers starred in a number of action films for the small and big screen, including Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Predator (1987), Action Jackson (1988), and Hurricane Smith (1992). As a member of the cast of Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura.
Carl has appeared in numerous television shows as a regular and with cameos. In the Heat of the Night, his character, Hampton Forbes, was the chief of police. He was Sgt. Adam Beaudreaux on 44 episodes of the police series, Street Justice. He also portrayed Col. Brewster in the series Tour of Duty. Weathers was Coach Trainor in 13 episodes of Brothers in 2009. In 2017, he spent a season as attorney Mark Jefferies in the series Chicago Justice on NBC.
Carl has had many turns as a comedic actor. He appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore, as Chubbs, a golf legend and mentor to Happy, teaching him how to play golf. He reprised that role in another Sandler comedy Little Nicky. He has appeared in the comedy series Arrested Development as himself, an acting coach for hire. He was also cast in the The Sasquatch Gang and The Comebacks.