Hollywood actor Carl Weathers, known for iconic roles in "Rocky," "Predator," and "The Mandalorian," has passed away at the age of 76, according to a statement from his family.

Weathers gained fame for his portrayal of boxer Apollo Creed in the "Rocky" franchise, a role he reprised in multiple sequels, and he also played Al Dillon in the 1987 film "Predator."

Weathers played Greef Karga in the Disney+ "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian," earning an Emmy nomination for his outstanding guest actor performance in 2021.

Weathers' diverse filmography includes the lead role in "Action Jackson," a golf coach in "Happy Gilmore," and voicing Combat Carl in "Toy Story 4."

Before his acting career, Weathers played college football at San Diego State University and had a brief stint with the NFL's Oakland Raiders in 1970 before playing two years in the Canadian Football League.

The actor's family described him as an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life, leaving an indelible mark through his contributions to film

Adam Sandler, Weathers' co-star in "Happy Gilmore," paid tribute to him as a true legend, highlighting his qualities as a great man, father, actor, and athlete.

Jesse Ventura, who co-starred with Weathers in "Predator," remembered him as a phenomenal talent, a true professional, and a dear friend in the wake of his passing.

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