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Tony Burton, Duke in 'Rocky', Passes Away at 78

26 February 2016 2:40 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tony Burton, who played the boxing trainer Tony "Duke" Evers in the long-running Rocky movie franchise, passed away in Los Angeles earlier today, at the age of 78. M Live confirmed the actor's death with his sister, Loretta "Peaches" Kelly. His sister revealed that the actor had been hospitalized several times over the past year, but he was never officially diagnosed with any illness at the time of his death. Due to his health, the actor was never able to see the Rocky spinoff Creed.

Tony Burton was born March 23, 1937 in Flint, Michigan, USA, and long before he portrayed Apollo Creed's (Carl Weathers) trainer Duke in all six Rocky movies, the actor was a boxer himself. Tony Burton won two Flint Golden Gloves trophies in the light heavyweight division in 1955 and 1957, after excelling in football and baseball for Flint Northern High School. He went on to box professionally, with a 16-3 professional boxing record, »

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