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Friday, February 26, 2016

RIP, Tony Burton

Tony Burton, who was memorable in his role as first Apollo Creed's trainer and then Rocky Balboa's, died at the age of 78.  Burton played "Duke" Evers, the sometimes fierce-looking but wise and kind trainer of Apollo Creed who ended up training Rocky after Rocky's trainer, Mickey Goldmill, played by Burgess Meredith, died. 

Great movies and genres are noted not only by the larger than life figures, such as Apollo and Rocky, but also those who are right next to them, such as Paulie (Burt Young), Adrienne (Talia Shire) and a few others, such as Duke.