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Tony Burton, best known for his roles in the Rocky films as Tony “Duke” Evers, has died at the age of 78.

x2NDjlUrmIzpN1HvQqBM17VXTO4OWz7zocxZnp6+2R0_yJ+xC17i21knDZ+rG_Esjlvg4jtKMO5889bCsWmp_g==There has been no cause of death as of now but according to Burton’s sister, Loretta Kelly, he was hospitalized several times within the past year. Burton also was not able to attend the Creed premiere due to an illness.

As Tony “Duke” Evers in the Rocky films, he trained both Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa. He was one of a handful of actors to appear in all the Rocky films.

One of Burton’s other big films was The Shining, where he played the role of Larry Durkin.

Before acting, Burton was actually a professional heavyweight boxer.

Carl Weathers, who played the role of Apollo Creed, posted his condolences on Twitter.

“Sad news. RIP Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful.”

 

Source: Variety