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He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended high school at Polytechnic High School and then attended college at Long Beach City College before attending San Diego State University on an athletic scholarship, majoring in theater arts and minoring in football. He almost graduated from San Diego State with a bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts, but left six hours short of earning his degree to play pro-football for the NFL.
At 6'2" and weighing 220 1bs, he became a professional football player of the National Football League after signing with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 1970. He would play two seasons for the Raiders, 1970 and 1971, playing in eight games as a linebacker. After 1971, he left the NFL to join the CFL, where he played for the BC Lions for three seasons until retiring from football in 1974.
He began acting in 1975 on the television show Good Times and appeared in the Blaxploitation films Bucktown and Friday Foster. He then portrayed Apollo Creed in the Oscar-winning film Rocky, reprising the role in three sequels. He then had his first leading role in the 1988 crime drama Action Jackson, which was received poorly and was a box office flop. He has since acted in more humorous work, portraying Chubbs in Happy Gilmore and Tobias Funke's acting coach on the sitcom Arrested Development. He has also dabbled in voiceovers, providing the voices of Kirby in Balto III: Wings of Change, Combat Carl in Toy Story of Terror and the God of Basketball on Regular Show. Weathers is also a member of the Big Brothers Association and the United States Olympic Committee.
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- "Bank Shot" - God of Basketball
Weathers has been married four times. He married an unidentified woman, with whom he had two children with. They would eventually divorce. He was also married to Rhona Unsell and Mary Ann Castle, who he married in 1973; he and Castle would later divorce. He is currently separated from his fourth wife, Jennifer Peterson. He has two other children, sons Matthew Brandon Weathers (born July 1, 1976) and Jason Anthony Weathers (born February 9, 1979), who he had with Castle. He resides in an undisclosed location.