Carl Weathers died Tuesday at 76, it was announced today. And as the news spread, reactions began to pour forth from across Hollywood and the sports world.
Pedro Pascal, Weathers’ fellow traveler in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, wrote simply, “words fail 💔,” with a photo of a younger Weathers.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger in a social media post described his Predator co-star as “An extraordinary athlete, a fantastic actor, and a great person,” before adding, “Every minute with him – on set and off – was pure joy. He was the type of friend who pushes you to be your best just to keep up with him.”
Carl Weathers will always be a legend. An extraordinary athlete, a fantastic actor, and a great person. We couldn’t have made Predator without him. And we certainly wouldn’t have had such a wonderful time making it. pic.twitter.com/q4CWVVeyTK
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 2, 2024
The Directors Guild of America issued a statement in remembrance of Weathers, “a great hero to the DGA and the entertainment industry.” It follows below.
“Today we mourn the loss of a great hero to the DGA and the entertainment industry. The world may have seen Carl as an iconic actor, but here at the DGA we knew him as an accomplished television director on series like The Mandalorian, Chicago Med, and Law & Order, but more importantly to us, as an exceptionally dedicated leader of the Guild for the past 20 years, always seeking to improve the lives of his fellow members. His service to the DGA was as broad and as deep as his wonderful booming voice – bringing his heart and soul to every volunteer effort.
Whether serving on the Western Directors Council or as an alternate to the National Board, leading the charge as Co-Chair of the PAC Leadership Council, donating his time to the Directors Guild Foundation to aid fellow directors in need, fighting for fellow members a part of five BA/FLTTA Negotiating Committees, serving as a former Co-chair of the Guild’s African American Steering Committee or by encouraging aspiring Directors through his support of the DGA’s Student Film Awards, Carl always found ways to give back and participate, while showing grace and kindness to every person he encountered. Though his passing leaves a void, Carl’s legacy lives on through the talent he nurtured and the lives he brightened. We are grieving this tremendous loss alongside his family and friends, as we celebrate Carl’s outstanding humanity, compassion, and heart. Carl’s kindness and wisdom will be incredibly missed, and we are deeply saddened because he touched so many lives and meant so much to us here at the Guild.”
Adam Sandler posted a lengthy tribute to his Happy Gilmore co-star, which read in part, “A true great man,” Sandler posted on X/Twitter. “Great dad. Great actor. Great athlete. So much fun to be around always. Smart as hell. Loyal as hell. Funny as hell.” For Sandler’s full tribute, click here.
Weathers, of course, was most famous as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films, and that role — as well as his own history as a legitimate football talent who played defensive end San Diego State and linebacker for the Raiders in 1970 — lent realism to his more muscular performances that resonated with professional athletes.
Former Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, now an ESPN football analyst, tweeted the famous training montage from Rocky III and wrote, “There is no Rocky without Apollo Creed and we were lucky that Carl brought him to life. RIP to a legend.”
Carl Weathers has passed away at the age of 76. There is no Rocky without Apollo Creed and we were lucky that Carl brought him to life. RIP to a legend. pic.twitter.com/yt2AIEl2h3
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) February 2, 2024
Jesse Ventura, who co-starred with Weathers and Schwarzenegger in Predator, called Weathers “a phenomenal talent, a true professional, and a dear friend.”
We lost an icon. Carl Weathers was a phenomenal talent, a true professional, and a dear friend. All my sympathies and love to his family. I loved working with him on Predator and then celebrating that film with him at various conventions in the ensuing years.
Thank you, Carl. pic.twitter.com/29OJoe8qcu
— Jesse Ventura (@GovJVentura) February 2, 2024
Will miss the great Carl Weathers who I was very fortunate to work with on several occasions.
A very kind and generous person. His performances were always electrifying and he was also a terrific director of both stage and screen. pic.twitter.com/acvLd7yxXu
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) February 2, 2024
I will sorely miss my dear friend & brother Carl Weathers. You are truly one of the most wonderful human beings I have had the honor & pleasure of spending time with! I am grateful for your influence & support of all things good in my life. This is how I will always remember you. pic.twitter.com/CCH9yhxnU7
— Giancarlo Esposito (@quiethandfilms) February 2, 2024
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 2, 2024
Rest in peace to the truly amazing actor and entertainer, Carl Weathers. We all marveled at his talents on the big screen in the “Rocky” franchise as Apollo Creed, and I really enjoyed him in his role as the police chief in the hit TV show “In the Heat of the Night”! Cookie and I…
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 2, 2024
RIP to the legend Carl Weathers. This moment, your delivery of it in Rocky inspired me the moment I heard it. I live my life by it. Your voice and performance gave me belief. I love you for that. Rest in peace & power man. pic.twitter.com/AfGU4HLIZt
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) February 2, 2024
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Carl Weathers, you were a beautiful soul. May you rest in peace. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/QOmDXP268y
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) February 2, 2024
We are saddened to learn of Carl Weathers passing. 'Rocky.' 'Predator.' 'The Mandalorian.' Much more. Weathers was a dedicated & passionate performer whose career spanned 5 decades. Our condolences to his family & friends. RIP. #SagAftraMember since 1973 https://t.co/fhEuhzeSAn
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) February 2, 2024
We mourn the loss of our beloved Carl Weathers. Rest in peace (1948-2024). pic.twitter.com/rZeEdGk2nd
— MGM Studios (@mgmstudios) February 2, 2024
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