Beloved Rocky actor Tony Burton has passed away on Thursday, February 25 in California at age 78.
Burton was best known for playing Tony "Duke" Evers, the tough yet paternal trainer that coaches Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). Along with Sylvester Stallone and Burt Young, he is the only actor to have appeared in all six of the original Rocky films.
Watch him below in this famous scene from Rocky IV, as he gets our hero pumped up before his fight with Drago.
Before his actor career began, the Flint, Michigan native had a notable athletic career, particularly in boxing. He won the State Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship in 1957, and boxed professionally in 1958 and 1959.
Burton's other film credits include The Shining (Larry Durkin), Assault On Precinct 13 (Wells), and Hook (Bill Jukes).
The actor's sister, Loretta "Peaches" Kelley, informed MLive that Burton had been in and out of the hospital throughout the year, with no official diagnosis before his death.