Played college football at San Diego State University. One of his teammates was Fred Dryer.
Before his career as an actor, he was a professional football player.
Graduated from San Diego State with a degree in theater arts.
One of the original actors that auditioned for the part of Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
His most famous character, the flashy boxer Apollo Creed from the Rocky films, was loosely based on Muhammad Ali.