"Mongo only pawn in game of life."
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lion … 930311.php
Alex Karras, football great and TV/movie star, reportedly has only days to live after suffering kidney failure.
He's also suffering from dementia, likely accelerated from the battering he got and gave in football. Especially sad, considering the lively personality and humor he brought to his efforts in sports broadcasting and showbiz.
Oct 09 12 01:55 am Link
Torrance, California, US
Wait...wasn't he also the dad on "Webster"? If so, I had no idea he played Mongo.
Oct 09 12 02:19 am Link
Columbus, Ohio, US
Awwww man......first football game I ever saw, he had Bart Starr eating dirt all day long. The Lions fearsome foursome of those days was truly a fearsome sight for the opposing quarterback.
Thanks for many fine Sunday afternoons of my youth, Alex.
Oct 09 12 02:56 am Link
Eros Fine Art Photo wrote:
Oct 09 12 03:20 am Link
He was on the losing side of Tom Dempsey's record-setting 63yd field goal and if you see the video you can see a Detroit Lion flinging his helmet across the field in disgust. That was Karras.
He despised kickers, especially the imported soccer-style kickers. If I recall correctly, he's the one who coined the insulting "I vant to keeck a touchdown!" utterance to characterize the bunch. Some attribute it to Garo Yepremian.
He also played himself in the movie, "Paper Lion," about writer George Plimpton going through Lions training camp as quarterback.
Oct 09 12 03:31 am Link
Orlando, Florida, US
"No, no. Don't do that. If you shoot him you'll just make him mad."
Probably my favorite movie of all time. Sorry to hear he's not doing well. Between the football, TV and movies, he truly entertained a lot of people.
Oct 09 12 03:36 am Link
Columbus, Ohio, US
Free Press put up nice slide show of Alex.
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gall … 805&Ref=PH
Hard to swallow that boy is 77 now...
Oct 09 12 06:45 am Link
Houston, Arkansas, US
He was also in Victor Victoria
Oct 09 12 12:43 pm Link
Fayetteville, Arkansas, US
Jennifer Barker wrote:
Yup. Loved him in that.
Oct 09 12 12:47 pm Link
Kalamazoo, Michigan, US
We've lost several greats from Blazzing Saddles as it is
Oct 09 12 08:51 pm Link
Laguna Beach, California, US
and now it's an official r.i.p. thread.
Oct 10 12 08:53 am Link
Wilmington, Delaware, US
May he rest in peace. May his family and friends be comforted by the fact that he brought joy to so many.
http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/art … 935558.php
Oct 10 12 09:07 am Link
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Yup. RIP Alex.
Oct 10 12 09:08 am Link
Tim Little Photography wrote:
Oct 10 12 09:31 am Link
Valparaiso, Indiana, US
I loved you as Mongo in Blazing Saddles!
Oct 11 12 11:50 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Oct 11 12 12:24 pm Link