Rocky III, the third installment in the Rocky film series, is a 1982 American motion picture written and directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone as the title character. The movie features returning co-stars Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire and Burt Young. Rocky III also marks the film debuts of Mr. T as James "Clubber" Lang; and of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan as the supporting character "Thunderlips". The film's main theme "Eye of the Tiger", was written by the group Survivor at the request of Stallone, and became a smash hit single, topping the U.S. Billboard charts and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.