Carl Weathers started his career as a successful football star at San Diego State and playing with the Oakland Raiders until he retired from the sport in 1974. Weathers then shifted his focus on acting, beginning with small parts Friday Foster and Bucktown. His big break in the industry came when Weathers starred as Apollo Creed in the blockbuster film Rocky, opposite Sylvester Stallone. He then went on to play Creed in three other Rocky movies.

Weathers also starred in Predator opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. The following year, Weathers had his first starring role in Action Jackson, followed by four In the Heat of the Night two-hour TV specials that were much better received by critics and viewers alike.

Weathers become known to a new generation as Greef Karga in the popular Disney+ series The Mandalorian, which earned Weathers a Golden Globe nod in 2021 for nod Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama.