Carl Weathers, an American former NFL player-turned-actor got an acting breakthrough from the Rocky film series (1976, 1979, 1982 & 1985), where he portrayed Apollo Creed.

Weathers played for NFL team Oakland Raiders (1970- 1971) & then signed with Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions (1971- 1974) and retired later.

Having appeared in films: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Semi Tough (1977), and Predator (1987), the American actor also worked in TV series Street Justice (1991-93) and In the Heat of the Night (1993- 1995).

How Much Is Carl Weathers’ Net Worth In 2020?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, 72-year-old Weathers has a net worth of $8 million as of April 2022. On the other, The Richest claims his fortune at $8 million meanwhile.

During the early 70s, Carl professionally played as a linebacker for NFL’s Oakland Raiders & later for CFL’s BC Lions until retirement in 1974.

With career beginning as an extra (background actor) in 1973, the New Orleans, Louisiana-born actor, so far, records 78 acting credits (TV series & films).

Even though Carl Weathers is low-key about his payroll; he surely earned a hefty salary from the football career.

Actor Carl Weathers began acting after retiring from football; he has $8
million net worth in 2022
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Reportedly, the average salary of an American-football player in the 70s was $23,000-a-year, the equivalent of $115,000 of today.

An actor in the United States earns $56,901 per year, so, Weathers may pocket the payroll in the 6-digit figure.

He has shared the screen with Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky film series; the 4 films collective made $995.6 million at the box office.

Breakthrough In Acting: Movies & TV Series

Turned professional in acting in 1973, Carl appeared in an uncredited role in Magnum Force and later reprise notable roles in 1975 films: Friday Foster and Bucktown.

In 1976, Weathers played reigning boxing champion Apollo Creed in the sports drama film Rocky starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, and Burt Young.

The film became a box-office hit; made on the budget of $1 million, it collected $225 million & received a rating of 8.44/10 by Rotten Tomatoes.

Carl got breakthrough after portraying Apollo Creed in the 1976 sports-drama film 'Rocky' alongside Sylvester Stallone
Carl got breakthrough after portraying Apollo Creed in the 1976
sports-drama film ‘Rocky’ alongside Sylvester Stallone

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Later, Carl would again appear in further Rocky film series: Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), and Rocky IV (1985).

He shared the screen with Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, and Melinda Dillon in the 1977 hit film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

In 1987, he portrayed Colonel Al Dillon in the sci-fi action horror movie Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Further, appearance in the films includes Action Jackson (1988), Hurricane Smith (1992), and The Comebacks (2007).

Appearance In TV Series

With guest roles in TV series Good Times (1975), Starsky & Hutch (1976), and in the TV film The Bermuda Depths (1978), Carl got his first-ever main role in crime-drama series Fortune Dane (1986, 5 episodes).

Thereafter, in the 90s, he appeared as the main cast in Street Justice (1991- 1993, 44 episodes) and In the Heat of the Night (1993- 1995, 28 episodes).

Weathers as Adam Beaudreaux in the TV series 'Street Justice'
Weathers as Adam Beaudreaux in the TV series ‘Street Justice’

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Carl Weathers made brief appearances in Arrested Development, ER (2008), Chicago P.D. (2016) & Colony (2016). 

In 2017, he played State’s Attorney Mark Jefferies in the series Chicago Justice (13 episodes) starring Philip Winchester, Jon Seda, Joelle Carter, and Monica Barbaro.

The actor portrayed Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, aka Star Wars: The Mandalorian in 2019, created by Jon Favreau.

Filmography & Gross Collection:

Films Budget Box-Office Collection
Rocky (1976) $1 million $225 million
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) $20 million $306.1 million
Rocky II (1979) $7 million $200.2 million
Rocky III (1982) $270 million
Rocky IV (1985) $28 million $300.4 million
Predator (1987) $15-$18 million $98.3 million

Did you know? In 2019, he voiced Combat Carl in the animated film Toy Story 4, where other actors like Tom Hanks, Tim Allen & Keanu Reeves also voiced. The film made on the budget of $200 million collected $1.073 billion in the box-office.

Where Does Carl Weathers Live & His Lifestyle?

Currently, Carl Weathers lives in his house in Los Angeles, California, though, prefers to remain low-key when it comes to property exposure.

The median house price in Los Angeles is $752,508.

The American player-turned-actor surely enjoys perks with such hefty fortune. An avid user of Twitter, he has over 60.2K followers as of April 2020.

Divorced Thrice & Father Of 2

Unlike his professional career success, Carl’s love life seems to be have gone through rocks. He has been married three times in his life & divorced with all.

Firstly, Weathers exchanged vows with Mary Ann Castle (first wife) on February 17, 1973, & welcomed 2 children together: both sons, Jason and Matthew.

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However, after a decade of marriage, he & Mary divorced on July 22, 1983.

Thereafter, he married Rhona Unsell, his second wife, on February 20, 1984, & separated in 2006.

Carl Weathers and his second wife Rhona Unsell
Carl Weathers and his second wife Rhona Unsell

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On March 15, 2007, Carl married his third wife Jennifer Peterson & remained together for 2 years, before their divorce on January 31, 2009.

What Charity Does Carl Support?

Weathers supports the causes like adoption, fostering, blood marrow & organ donation, cancer & disaster relief. The 6 ft. 1-inch tall actor has associations with organizations such as:

  1. Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation
  2. Lupus LA
  3. Tower Cancer Research Foundation
  4. The PEACE Fund


Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the USA. He attended St. Augustine High School on an athletic scholarship & graduated in 1966.

Then, he enrolled at Long Beach City College and later transferred to San Diego State University. There he played for San Diego State Aztecs but went undrafted.

After signing with NFL’s Oakland Raiders in 1970, he played for a season & later signed with BC Lions of CFL in 1971.

During the offseason, he attended San Francisco State University & obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Drama in 1974.