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  1. Alex Karras - Wikipedia

    Alexander George Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012) was an American football player, professional wrestler, sportscaster, and actor. He was a four-time Pro Bowl player with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL), where he played from 1958 to 1970.

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      Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Karras was the son of Dr....

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      His older brothers, Lou and Ted, had played at Purdue but...

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    Born and raised in Gary, In­di­ana, Kar­ras was the son of Dr. George Kar­ras, a Greek im­mi­grant (from Chios) who grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago and got his med­ical de­gree in Canada. There, George Kar­ras met and mar­ried a Cana­dian woman, Alex's mother, Em­me­line (née Wil­son), a reg­is­tered nurse. George Kar­ras opened a med­ical prac­tice in Gary, but he died when Alex was thir­teen years old. By that time, Alex Kar­ras had learned to play foot­ball in a park­ing lot near his home, and he blos­somed into a four-time In­di­ana all-state se­lec­tion at Gary's Emer­son High School. His older broth­ers, Lou (a fu­ture mem­ber of the Red­skins) and Ted (who later played with the Bears and Lions), had played at Pur­due but later Ted trans­ferred to In­di­ana. Be­cause of this, Alex said, "In­di­ana had the in­side track" on re­cruit­ing him.[citation needed] Shortly after he grad­u­ated from high school, three coaches from the Iowa Hawkeyes met Kar­ras at his broth...

    Be­fore his NFL ca­reer got under way, Kar­ras signed a con­tract as a pro­fes­sional wrestler on De­cem­ber 13, 1957, earn­ing $25,000 dur­ing the six-month off-sea­son. Kar­ras was the tenth se­lec­tion of the 1958 NFL draft, taken by the De­troit Lions (in De­cem­ber 1957). He signed with the Lions, spurn­ing an offer from the Cana­dian Foot­ball League's Win­nipeg Blue Bombers. He quickly be­came one of the dom­i­nant de­fen­sive tack­lesin the NFL, play­ing for 12 sea­sons (1958–1962, 1964–1970) with the same team. On Jan­u­ary 7, 1963, Kar­ras's own­er­ship in De­troit's Lin­dell AC Bar be­came a source of con­tro­versy when league of­fi­cials urged him to sell his fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests in the place be­cause of re­ports of gam­bling and or­ga­nized crime in­flu­ence. After first threat­en­ing to re­tire rather than give it up, Kar­ras ad­mit­ted plac­ing bets on NFL games and was sus­pended by the league, along with Green Bay Pack­ers' run­ning back Paul Hor­nung, for one se...

    In 1968, he made his film debut play­ing him­self in the film adap­ta­tion of George Plimp­ton's non­fic­tion sports book Paper Lion.As in Plimp­ton's book, Kar­ras de­lights his team­mates with im­promptu mono­logues about a fan­ci­ful past, in­clud­ing his mar­riage to Hitler. Fol­low­ing his re­lease by the Lions in 1971, he made sev­eral ap­pear­ances on The Tonight Show Star­ring Johnny Car­son and also played a bit part in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, ap­pear­ing in the farewell party scene where Rhoda moves back to New York (1972). Kar­ras soon began act­ing on a full-time basis, play­ing a Ten­nessee boy turned Olympic weightlifter named Hugh Ray Feather in 1973's The 500 Pound Jerk. He played a hulk­ing vil­lain who men­aced Clint Walker in the ABC TV film Hard­case. A minor but mem­o­rable role came one year later in the west­ern par­ody Blaz­ing Sad­dles (1974): the very strong and slow-wit­ted thug Mongo, who rode into town on a huge brah­man (marked with "yes" and "no" pa...

    Be­sides being one of the sub­jects of George Plimp­ton's non­fic­tion book Paper Lion (pub­lished in 1966), he was one of the two prin­ci­pal sub­jects of Plimp­ton's fol­low-up book, Mad Ducks and Bears (1973) (fel­low De­troit Lion John Gordy was the "bear" to Kar­ras' "mad duck.") Kar­ras named one of his sons after Plimp­ton. Dur­ing his last years as a De­troit Lion, Kar­ras wrote a jour­nal of his ex­pe­ri­ences that was pub­lished in the De­troit Free Press. He sub­se­quently wrote a mem­oir, Even Big Guys Cry (1978), and a novel, Tues­day Night Football(1991).

    In con­junc­tion with the 100 Years of Hawk­eye Foot­ball cel­e­bra­tion in 1989, Iowa Hawk­eye fans se­lected an all-time team. The squad fea­tured 11 play­ers on of­fense and de­fense, two kick­ers, and 15 spe­cial-men­tion play­ers who re­ceived strong fan sup­port. Alex Kar­ras was voted to the team as a de­fen­sive line­man. Kar­ras was elected to the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Famein 1991. On De­cem­ber 12, 2014 the Big Ten Net­work in­cluded Kar­ras on "The Mount Rush­more of Iowa Foot­ball", as cho­sen by on­line fan vot­ing. Kar­ras was joined in the honor by Nile Kin­nick, Chuck Long and Tim Dwight.

    Kar­ras also worked briefly as a foot­ball coach in 2007 and 2008. He worked for the SIL as an as­sis­tant coach to Bob Lom­bardi. He owned an ice cream par­lor in Surf­side Beach, South Car­olinacalled The Cow.

    Kar­ras was mar­ried twice. He mar­ried Joan Ju­r­gensen in 1958, with whom he had five chil­dren. The mar­riage ended in di­vorce in 1975. He mar­ried ac­tress Susan Clarkon March 21, 1980, and they had a daugh­ter together.

    In his later years, Kar­ras suf­fered sev­eral se­ri­ous health prob­lems, in­clud­ing de­men­tia, heart dis­ease, and can­cer. Kar­ras was among 3,500 for­mer NFL play­ers to have filed law­suits against the NFL in early 2012, over the long-term dam­age caused by con­cus­sions and re­peated hits to the head. On Oc­to­ber 8, 2012, it was re­vealed by friend Tom McIn­er­ney that Kar­ras had been di­ag­nosed with kid­ney fail­ure. He was treated at the Saint John's Health Cen­ter in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia, be­fore being re­leased into hos­picecare. After re­turn­ing to his Los An­ge­les home with fam­ily, Kar­ras died in the morn­ing hours of Oc­to­ber 10.

    Tales From The Iowa Sidelines, by Ron Maly (ISBN 1-58261-574-8)
    Greatest Moments In Iowa Hawkeyes Football History, by Mark Dukes & Gus Schrader (ISBN 1-57243-261-6)
    Evy and the Hawkeyes, by Brian Chapman and Mike Chapman (ISBN 0-88011-186-0)
  2. Karras in c. 1970 Alexander George "Alex" Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012) was an American football player, wrestler, movie, television, stage, voice actor, and writer who is known for his role as George Papadapolis in the television series Webster .

  3. Alex Karras - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

    Alex Karras (Gary, Indiana, Estados Unidos, 15 de julio de 1935 - Los Ángeles, California, 10 de octubre de 2012) fue un jugador de fútbol americano, luchador profesional y un reconocido actor de series televisivas de la década de 1980

  4. Alex Karras - Biography - IMDb

    Alex Karras was born on July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Alexander George Karras. He was an actor and producer, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), Victor Victoria (1982) and Porky's (1981). He was married to Susan Clark and Ivalyn Joan Jurgensen. He died on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

  5. Alex Karras Biography – Facts, Childhood, Family Life, Career ...

    Alex Karras was born as Alexander George Karras on July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana to Dr. George Karras and Emmeline Wilson. His father had Greek ancestry, while his mother was Canadian. Alex grew up in a middle-class house household with two older brothers, named Lou and Ted Karras.

  6. Webster (TV series) - Wikipedia

    Production history. When Alex Karras and Susan Clark married in real life, they started their own production company, Georgian Bay Ltd. ABC approached the couple about a sitcom development deal which resulted in a proposed romantic-comedy series, Another Ballgame, to star Karras as an ex-NFL player who quickly found true love with a socialite consumer advocate (Clark) on a cruise.

  7. Alex Karras - IMDb

    Alex Karras, Actor: Blazing Saddles. Alex Karras was born on July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Alexander George Karras. He was an actor and producer, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), Victor Victoria (1982) and Porky's (1981). He was married to Susan Clark and Ivalyn Joan Jurgensen. He died on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

  8. Ted Karras (offensive lineman) - Wikipedia

    On March 20, 2020, Karras signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Personal life. Karras is a third-generation NFL player. His grandfather, Ted Karras, Sr., and great uncles, Lou Karras and Alex Karras, played in the NFL during the 1950s and 1960s, and his father Ted Karras, Jr. played during the 1987

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