Carl Weathers, a once NFL linebacker turned Hollywood action movie and comedy sensation, known for his iconic portrayal of Apollo Creed in the "Rocky" franchise, his memorable clash with Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Predator," and his comedic turn teaching golf in "Happy Gilmore," has passed away at the age of 76.

According to his manager, Matt Luber, Carl Weathers passed away on Thursday. His family released a statement indicating that he peacefully passed away in his sleep.

"Carl was a remarkable individual who led an extraordinary life," expressed his family. "His impact through his work in film, television, the arts, and sports has left an enduring legacy, resonating worldwide and across multiple generations."

He was cherished as a brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend.

Whether flexing his muscles in "Action Jackson" or displaying his comedic talents on shows like "Arrested Development," Carl Weathers was best known for his portrayal of Creed. The character made his debut as the confident, undefeated heavyweight champion in Sylvester Stallone's 1976 film "Rocky."

"It elevates your status and propels your career forward, so to speak."

"But that's a singular opportunity, so you must back it up with another project."

Thankfully, those films continued to be made, and Apollo Creed gradually became ingrained in people's minds and embraced in their lives. It was simply the perfect alignment of the right person at the right moment," Weathers shared with The Daily Beast in 2017.

"He was incredibly talented — his commanding voice, imposing stature, immense strength, and athletic prowess were undeniable, but what truly set him apart was his heart and soul."

Stallone, standing before a painting of himself and Weathers in a boxing match, concluded his video tribute with the words: "Apollo, keep fighting."