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Alex Karras obituary

12 October 2012 2:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor, wrestler and American football star whose hardman roles included Mongo in Blazing Saddles

In Mel Brooks's 1974 film Blazing Saddles, the enforcer Mongo rides into town on a Brahma bull, and knocks out a horse with one punch. "Don't shoot him, it will just make him mad," the townspeople advise Sheriff Bart. Later, Bart asks Mongo about the things he's done. Looking up with puppy eyes, the hulking villain says: "Mongo only pawn in game of life."

Alex Karras, who has died aged 77, was a natural to play Mongo, with his larger-than-life body and rubbery face, which he could contort in exaggerated clowning, or soften to suggest his slyly sympathetic wit. Some of those skills he learned as a professional wrestler, and even as a novice actor he stole scenes from comedians as talented as Cleavon Little or Gene Wilder. Karras went on to have a successful career as a character actor, »

- Michael Carlson

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Alex Karras Death: Webster's Emmanuel Lewis, Mel Brooks & More Pay Tribute

10 October 2012 4:29 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Alex Karras was a heavy hitter on the football field, and when he retired from pro sports he tackled Hollywood. Karras' death this morning from kidney failure saddened those who had the chance to work alongside him, be it on TV and movie sets or the gridiron. "My heartfelt condolences goes out to Susan, Katie, George, Renny, Peter and the entire Karras & Clark family," Emmanuel Lewis, who played Karras and real-life wife Susan Clark's adopted son on the 1980s hit Webster, said in a statement to E! News.  "My prayers are forever with you guys. I had a very heavy heart this morning and I did not know why. I understand now. Rest in Peace, my friend."  Mel Brooks, »

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AfterElton Briefs: Big Bird's Gay History, "Teen Wolf" Still Needs Its Twins, and "The New Normal" Takes a Leap

10 October 2012 2:09 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Mario Lopez (above), who is 39, Crystal Waters is 48, and the faboo Tanya Tucker is 54.We have the first cancellation of the fall season, and it's ... ta da! Made In Jersey, which apparently was a show on CBS. In ratings news, The New Normal was up a healthy 18%. Out thoughts are with the family of Alex Karras, who died today at the age of 77. After leaving football, he went on to a successful acting career, including memorable turns in Blazing Saddles and as gay bodyguard Squash in Victor/Victoria. And of course, he and wife Susan Clark endured five seasons on Webster. For National Coming Out Day, 30 Glbt athletes who came out in the past year. Big Bird's Gay History Revealed.Andrew Sullivan isn't feeling the concrete jungle, where dreams are made of.Jeff Davis is till looking for Teen Wolf Twins.

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R.I.P. Alex Karras

10 October 2012 9:15 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Former football star and actor Alex Karras has died, two days after suffering kidney failure and being transferred to hospice care. He was 77. Karras, a lineman for the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970, made the news last spring when he was joined more than 3000 former players filing suit against the NFL, as part of the controversy over whether the league has done enough to protect players from head injuries. Susan Clark, Karras’ wife of 32 years and a frequent co-star during his acting days, has said that Karras blamed the hits he took for the dementia that »

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Alex Karras, former Detroit Lions defensive tackle, passes away at age 77

10 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

After returning to his Los Angeles home to spend his last days with his family, former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras has died.

He had been returned home from a California hospital after experiencing kidney failure earlier this week. Karras had lived through a long struggle with kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and stomach cancer, a family spokesperson says. He was 77.

"Alex was known to family and friends as a gentle, loving, generous man who loved gardening and preparing Greek and Italian feasts," his family said in a written statement, via CNN.

Lions president Tom Lewand released a statement after Karras was released from the hospital earlier this week, saying, "The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras. Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he »


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Alex Karras, Former Detroit Lion and Star of Webster, Dies at 77

10 October 2012 7:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Webster star Alex Karras, who began his career as a football hero for the Detroit Lions, has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 77. Karras, who was suffering from kidney failure, died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, including his wife, Susan Clark, the Canadian actress who also played his fictional wife on Webster, said Karras's attorney, Craig Mitnick Lions president Tom Lewand released the following statement upon learning of Karras's deteriorating health: "The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras. »

- Tim Nudd and Stephen M. Silverman

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Alex Karras, Football Great, Webster Dad, Dead at 77

10 October 2012 7:44 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Alex Karras has died. The football great-turned-tv and movie star of Webster and Blazing Saddles was 77, and had battled dementia. On Monday, it was reported Karras was near death after suffering kidney failure. The news moved his former team, the Detroit Lions, to pay prompt tribute.  "Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex," Lions president Tom Lewand said in the Monday statement. Along with real-life wife Susan Clark, Karras parented child-star Emmanuel Lewis in the 1983-89 family sitcom Webster. Before that, Mel Brooks fans knew Karras as the horse-punching, man-beast Mongo in the 1974 Western send-up, Blazing Saddles. Karras was probably never more of the zeitgeist then when he was part of the Howard Cosell-era Monday Night Football broadcast team for three seasons, from 1974-1976. Other credits included the teen comedy Porky's, which also costarred Clark, the Oscar-winning Julie Andrews musical Victor Victoria and the thriller hit, Against All Odds. "I guess I've always been a performer," Karras once said. "But if I'd have told anybody back in high school in Gary [his Indiana hometown] that I wanted to be an actor, they'd have had me quarantined." »

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Alex Karras spending final days with family after kidney failure

10 October 2012 7:41 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Alex Karras, a former Detroit Lions football player who became an actor in projects like "Blazing Saddles" and "Webster", is reportedly near the end of his life after experiencing kidney failure. He has been released from a California hospital to spend time at home with his family.

"He may be dying of kidney failure because now his body is catching up to the deterioration of his mind," Craig Mitnick, the attorney Karras hired in his current lawsuit against the NFL, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Lions president Tom Lewand also released a statement, saying, "The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras. Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex."

The 77-year-old is currently at his home in »


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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang’

29 September 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Apple Dumpling Gang

Directed by Norman Tokar

Written by Don Tait

Starring Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby, Susan Clark

Oh, my stupid memory. While I hadn’t exactly built up, in my mind, The Apple Dumpling Gang as a true live-action classic from Walt Disney Pictures, I clearly fooled myself. As I mentioned on the show, I have vague memories of watching this film and its sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. The more I ponder those memories, the more I realize that I don’t remember the movies themselves so much as the experience of having watched them, renting them on VHS from my local library. I had a glimmer of watching Don Knotts and Tim Conway play bumbling thieves in the Old West…and that’s it. I had hopes for watching the 1975 film, which is apparently Disney’s most successful live-action film of the 1970s (not too shabby, »

- Josh Spiegel

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