“Rocky” Actor Tony Burton Dead at 78

Tony Burton in Rocky

Actor Tony Burton, famous for his role as "Duke" in the Rocky franchise, has passed away. He was 78 years old.

Burton played Tony "Duke" Evers in the Rocky film franchise, beginning as trainer for Apollo Creed and eventually Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV.

Upon hearing the news on Twitter, actor Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed) tweeted: "Sad news. RIP Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful."

Burton was apparently ill and unable to see the latest film in the franchise, Creed.

In addition to Rocky, he also starred in The Shining and Stir Crazy.