Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Greef Karga (Carl Weathers), and friends in The Mandalorian’s third season.Image: Lucasfilm
It’s a sad day in the galaxy far, far away: Carl Weathers, who brought a gruff dignity (with a hint of mischief) to his role as The Mandalorian’s Greef Karga, has died at the age of 76. Weathers was also much-beloved for his portrayals of Apollo Creed in the Rocky films and Col. Al Dillon—opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, who shared with Weathers one of the most iconic handshake scenes ever—in Predator. And, of course, comedy fans will love him forever as Derick “Chubbs” Peterson in Adam Sandler’s golf epic Happy Gilmore.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carl Weathers,” read a statement by his family shared by Deadline. “He died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, February 1st, 2024. … Carl was an exceptional human being who lived an extraordinary life. Through his contributions to film, television, the arts and sports, he has left an indelible mark and is recognized worldwide and across generations. He was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, partner, and friend.”
Update: Weathers’ co-stars, colleagues, and friends have posted tributes.
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