Rocky Actor Tony Burton Dies at Age 78

A cutout steel plate stands outside the Spectrum, May 18, 2006, replacing the "Rocky" statue after it was removed for filming of the Rocky Balboa (Rocky VI) movie in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, September 6, 2006, the city's Art Commission approved a plan to return the statue of the big-screen boxer to a site near the steps of the museum, where Sylvester Stallone ran the stairs in the movie as the boxer in training. (Tom Gralish/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

Tony Burton, who played as Apollo Creed’s trainer in the Rocky series, died on Thursday. He was 78 years old. Burton died of pneumonia at a Southern California Hospital. Due to his decline in health, Burton’s younger sister says he was unable to see the newest movie in the Rocky series, “Creed”. Still, Burton was one of only four actors to appear in all six movies in the Rocky series. Before playing in the Rocky series, Burton won two Flint Golden Glove light heavyweight titles in 1955 and 1957 and went on to fight for two more years afterwards. Burton also acted in “The Shining” and “Armed and Dangerous”.