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Carl Weathers

Carl Weathers of 'Rocky' still a hit with fans

Carl Weathers of 'Rocky' still a hit with fans

Carl Weathers' iconic performance as the brash heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed in the 1976 Oscar winner "Rocky" transformed the former pro football player into an overnight sensation.

But Weathers wasn't prepared for the onslaught of attention for his role as the nemesis of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa, the endearingly sweet underdog Creed chooses as his next opponent in the ring.

"We were in New York promoting the movie before it opened," said Weathers, who reprised his role as Creed in three "Rocky" sequels, eventually becoming Rocky's good friend and mentor. "I was walking down the streets of Manhattan on a Friday just like...

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