ROCKY STAR TONY BURTON APOLLO CREED TRAINER DEAD


Tony Burton, one of only a handful of actors to appear in the 1st 6 installments of the "Rocky" franchise, has died. Burton played Duke, Apollo Creed's trainer. Prior to acting he was himself a professional light heavyweight boxer and football player. Burton was apparently ill and unable to see "Creed." The actor also starred in "The Shining" and "Stir Crazy." "Rocky" co-star Carl Weathers confirmed the death in a tweet, "RIP Tony Burton. intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movie successful #BePeace." Burton was 78.

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