We mourn the loss of an entertainment giant, Carl Weathers, who left us at the age of 76. Across his five-decade-long career, this versatile actor and NFL player turned TV and film star has left lasting marks in over 80 TV shows and films. He is most widely known for his unforgettable role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise, but his talent didn’t stop there. His memorable voice acting, comedy roles, and more have entertained audiences worldwide. Join us as we look back at some of our favorite roles he played in his illustrious career.
State’s Attorney Mark Jeffries – Chicago P.D., Chicago Justice, and Law & Order: SVU
Carl Weathers’ portrayal of State’s Attorney Mark Jeffries across “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Justice,” and “Law & Order: SVU” showcases his ability to embody the role of a principled and steadfast legal figure. Jeffries stands as a beacon of integrity and justice, navigating the complexities of the legal system with a clear, concise approach. Weathers brings depth to the character, highlighting the importance of moral conviction in the pursuit of justice. His performance adds a significant layer to the interconnected narratives of Dick Wolf’s universe, making Mark Jeffries a memorable and influential character in Weathers’ extensive filmography.
In the Heat of the Night – Police Chief Hampton Forbes
Carl Weathers as Police Chief Hampton Forbes in “In the Heat of the Night” brought gravitas to the role of the first Black police chief in the series. His portrayal is marked by wisdom, integrity, and a deep commitment to justice, navigating racial tensions and community challenges with dignity. Weathers’ Forbes is a pioneering figure, showcasing the actor’s ability to delve into complex social issues while providing compelling drama. This role highlighted Weathers’ range, moving beyond action to deliver a nuanced performance that resonated with audiences and added depth to the series.
Billy “Hurricane” Smith – Hurricane Smith
In “Hurricane Smith,” Carl Weathers stars as Billy “Hurricane” Smith, a rugged Texan navigating Australia’s criminal underworld to rescue his sister. This role showcases Weathers’ dramatic and action capabilities, blending physicality with emotional depth. The film provides a canvas for Weathers to explore themes of loyalty, revenge, and redemption, demonstrating his versatility as an actor. While not as celebrated as other works, “Hurricane Smith” remains a testament to Weathers’ ability to carry a film with his compelling performance.
Adam Beaudreaux – Street Justice
“Street Justice” features Carl Weathers as Adam Beaudreaux, a Vietnam vet turned cop, highlighting his skills in blending drama with action. Weathers’ portrayal of Beaudreaux showcases his ability to navigate the complexities of mentorship and justice, making the character memorable for his moral fortitude and dedication to protecting the vulnerable. This role solidifies Weathers’ position as a versatile actor capable of delivering performances that resonate with viewers beyond the typical action genre.
Combat Carl – Toy Story 4
Carl Weathers lent his voice to Combat Carl in “Toy Story 4,” showcasing his comedic talents and ability to engage audiences in an animated format. Combat Carl, with his heroic demeanor and humorous quirks, serves as a delightful homage to Weathers’ action-packed career. This role highlights Weathers’ versatility and ability to leave a lasting impression, even in a voice-acting capacity, making Combat Carl a standout character that adds depth and laughter to the “Toy Story” universe.
Greef Karga – The Mandalorian
In “The Mandalorian,” Carl Weathers plays Greef Karga, a character that adds complexity and depth to the “Star Wars” universe. As the leader of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild, Karga evolves from a self-serving figure to a loyal ally, showcasing Weathers’ range in portraying nuanced characters. His performance adds a layer of gravitas to the series, making Greef Karga a memorable addition to Weathers’ diverse array of roles.
Sgt. / Lt. Jericho “Action” Jackson – Action Jackson
“Action Jackson” gave Carl Weathers a leading role that blended action with charisma. As Sgt. / Lt. Jericho “Action” Jackson, Weathers demonstrated his capability as a solo action star, tackling corruption and crime with both physical prowess and sharp wit. This film highlighted Weathers’ ability to carry a movie, making Action Jackson a pivotal role in his career and an enduring figure in the action genre.
Colonel Al Dillon – Predator
In “Predator,” Carl Weathers played Colonel Al Dillon, a role that epitomizes 1980s action cinema. Dillon’s character, marked by toughness and strategic acumen, stands out in the sci-fi thriller for its depth and complexity. Weathers’ performance contributes to the film’s iconic status, showcasing his ability to embody a character that balances physical intensity with emotional depth, making Colonel Al Dillon a standout role in his career.
Derrick “Chubbs” Peterson – Happy Gilmore
“Derrick “”Chubbs”” Peterson in “”Happy Gilmore”” is a testament to Carl Weathers’ ability to blend humor with heart. As a mentor to the titular character, Chubbs is both humorous and wise, showcasing Weathers’ versatility and comedic timing. This role highlights Weathers’ skill in delivering performances that resonate with audiences, making Chubbs a beloved character in his filmography.
Apollo Creed – Rocky IV
Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” series is Carl Weathers’ most iconic role, embodying the spirit of competition, friendship, and resilience. Creed’s journey from antagonist to ally showcases Weathers’ dynamic range and contributes significantly to the franchise’s success. His portrayal of Creed’s charisma, determination, and complexity adds depth to the series, cementing Apollo Creed as a cultural icon and Weathers’ most influential character.