Actor Tony Burton died. He appeared in six Rocky movies as Tony "Duke" Evers.
Ahead of the Oscars 2016, where Sylvester Stallone has a good chance to win an Academy Award for his role in Creed, Rocky actor Tony Burton died. The 78-year-old appeared in six Rocky movies as trainer Tony "Duke" Evers. He trained Rock Balboa and Apollo Creed in the boxing franchise.
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Tony Burton died in California on Thursday afternoon, according to his younger sister Loretta "Peaches" Kelley. Kelley told MLive that Burton was in and out the hospital the past year, but there was never an official diagnosis. Tony Burton was born in Flint, but lived the last 30 years in California.
Tony Burton could not see Creed due to his health issues. Now he also cannot see a possible Oscar win of Sylvester Stallone on Sunday.
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Apparently there is a scene in Creed that has a picture of Tony Burton on a wall in a restaurant. So he has been in all seven Rocky movies in some way.