Date of Birth : Jan 14th 1948
Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A famous and successful football star at San Diego State, he played with the Oakland Raiders and retired from the sport in 1974, in order to give full attention to his goal: to be a real actor. Weathers first played small parts in two blaxploitation flicks, Friday Foster (1975) (in which he played Yarbro) and Bucktown (1975) (playing Hambone), both made in 1975 and directed by Arthur Marks. However, his big break came the following year when producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff chose him to play Apollo Creed in the blockbuster “sleeper” Rocky (1976) (real-life boxing legend Ken Norton was originally signed for the part, but it eventually went to Weathers).