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Football Player Turned Actor Karras Dead at 77. Featured in Three Popular Comedies

10 October 2012 12:42 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alex Karras dies: Football player turned actor in movies such as Blazing Saddles, Victor Victoria, Porky's Karras, a former football player for the Detroit Lions but known internationally for his roles in the aforementioned three highly successful comedies, died earlier today, Wed., Oct 10. Karras, who was 77 years old, suffered kidney failure, and had been reportedly suffering from cancer and dementia according to the Los Angeles Times obit. The son of Greek immigrants, he was born on July 15, 1935, in Gary, Indiana. He had a long and successful run with the Detroit Lions despite becoming enmeshed in a serious gambling controversy in the early '60s that, as described in the La Times obit, ultimately got him temporarily suspended. Karras Hollywood career from the mid-'70s to the late '90s After his football career came to a halt in 1971, the former sportsman turned to acting. As per the IMDb, he was »

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Former Lions Star Dies

10 October 2012 9:39 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Detroit — Alex Karras was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, a player who hounded quarterbacks and bulled past opposing linemen.

And yet, to many people he will always be the lovable dad from the 1980s sitcom "Webster" or the big cowboy who famously punched out a horse in "Blazing Saddles."

The rugged player, who anchored the Detroit Lions' defense and then made a successful transition to an acting career, with a stint along the way as a commentator on "Monday Night Football," died Wednesday. He was 77.

Karras had recently suffered kidney failure and been diagnosed with dementia. The Lions also said he had suffered from heart disease and, for the last two years, stomach cancer. He died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

"Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what »

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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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Tom Savini Directing Dead Things

11 July 2012 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A good few years after it was first mooted, the remake of cult zombie horror Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things is finally shuffling and lumbering forward. Veteran of the undead Tom Savini will be directing the comedy scarefest, and producer Thomas DeFeo promises "the most zombies ever in a feature film."Very much one from the vaults, the original Children was shot in a mere two weeks in 1972 by Bob Clark (who also made Black Christmas and Porky's), and involves a troupe of low-budget filmmakers and a seance-gone-wrong in an island cemetery for criminals.Back in 2010, Savini was talking about the new version as a potential project for himself and his Dawn Of The Dead mentor George Romero. There's no mention of Romero's being involved this morning though, and the deal that's been hammered out is a collaboration between Anchor Bay Films and Fangoria Entertainment. Fangoria was the last »

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