Ex-NFL Star, Actor Alex Karras Dies

Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 09:00 am


Former NFL player and actor Alex Karras died Wednesday in Los Angeles, family spokesman said. He was 77.

"After a heroic fight with kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and for the last two years, stomach cancer," Karras died at his home, surrounded by family, the spokesman said.

Karras, a defensive lineman and four-time Pro Bowl selection who played for the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970, went on to star in the 1980s sitcom “Webster” and also played the horse-punching Mongo in the 1974 movie “Blazing Saddles."

In April, he joined hundreds of ex-NFL players suing the league over concussion-related injuries, serving as lead plaintiff for what was then the 12th concussion-related complaint filed against the NFL by the Locks Law Firm in Philadelphia.

Karras “sustained repetitive traumatic impacts to his head and/or concussions on multiple occasions” during his NFL career, and “suffers from various neurological conditions and symptoms related to the multiple head traumas,” the lawsuit said.

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Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 09:20 am
"Mongo only pawn in game of life."
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Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 09:31 am
I remember seeing him and Burt Reynolds on the Carson show. Both were very funny.

Rest in peace, Alex.
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Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 12:32 pm
Sad to see him go. RIP
Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 01:34 pm
One movie I remember him being in was Babe, the story of Babe Didrickson Zaharias. It was a pretty good movie. RIP Alex.
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Lustig Andrei
Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 02:26 pm
I'll always remember him as Mongo in Blazing Saddles and that classic, epic line: "Mongo straight." [What a relief or all the gays Smile]
Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2012 07:05 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
I'll remember him as a pal of Paul Hornung.
But, later, as a very funny man.
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