Actor Tony Burton, Best Known As Rocky Trainer Duke, Dies at 78

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Tony Burton, best known as Rocky’s trainer Tony “Duke” Evers in the Rocky franchise, has died at 78. On Thursday night, Burton’s co-star Carl Weathers tweeted the news, which the actor’s sister Loretta Kelley confirmed. In addition to roles in The Shining, The Toy, and Assault on Precinct 13, Burton was himself a pro boxer and two-time Flint Golden Globes light-heavyweight boxing champion.

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Rocky Actor Tony Burton Dies at 78