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Alex Karras – Detroit Lions Football Star Turned Actor Has Died At 77

Alex Karras, the Detroit Lions football star-turned-actor, has died, he was 77.Karras was reported to be ill and near death just a few days ago. His lawyer, Craig Mitnik, tells ABC News Radio, “He was an amazing man in everything he did. He fought really, really hard through his dementia and cancer.”

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Karras was with the Lions from 1958–1962 and from 1964-1970, and was part of the 1962 Lions’ vaunted “Fearsome Foursome” defensive live. In 1968, he played himself in the movie Paper Lion, which kick-started his acting career. After Karras was released by the Lions in 1971, he turned to acting full-time.

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Among Karras’ most memorable roles are Mongo, the loveable bully who punched out a horse in the 1974 Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles, and George, the adoptive father of Emmanuel Lewis’ title character on the sitcom Webster. His real-life wife, Susan Clark, played his wife in that series. Karras also had a notable role in the film Victor/Victoria, playing a closeted gay bodyguard.

Karras also appeared in the movies Against All Odds and Porky’s. His TV work also included roles in M*A*S*H, Centennial, Arlis$$ and The Odd Couple.



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