Tony Burton was in six “Rocky” filmsBurton played trainer Tony “Duke” EversBurton, who died in Sun City, California, had been sick for a while, Kelley said.

Burton – who was once a Golden Gloves heavyweight champion in his native Michigan – played the trainer of Apollo Creed in the first two “Rocky” films, in which Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa took on the Muhammad Ali-like Creed.

In four later “Rocky” films, Evers was in Rocky’s corner, helping him defeat such competitors as Clubber Lang in “Rocky III” and Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV.”.

“Sad news. RIP Tony Burton. His intensity and talent helped make the Rocky movies successful,” tweeted Carl Weathers, who played Creed.

Burton, a devoutly religious man, had fond memories of the films and found them inspirational.

He had a particular love for “Rocky IV,” he told the site Nuke the Fridge.

In Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 production of “The Shining,” he played a garage owner; he also had roles in 1986’s “Armed and Dangerous” and 1991’s “Hook.”.

His last film appearance was in 2007.Burton came to acting from an unusual place: prison.

“He was an excellent chess player,” she said.

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