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Orca Bay Images
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Lodi, California, US


"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.

http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsK/9095.gif

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ac/Alex_Karras_ABC_broadcaster.JPG/220px-Alex_Karras_ABC_broadcaster.JPG
Oct 09 12 01:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Eros Fine Art Photo
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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  Quote 
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Cherrystone
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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.

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Oct 09 12 02:56 am  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
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Lodi, California, US


Eros Fine Art Photo wrote:
Wait...wasn't he also the dad on "Webster"?

Yep.

Oct 09 12 03:20 am  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
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Lodi, California, US


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  Quote 
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Mike Collins
Posts: 1,756
Orlando, Florida, US


"No, no. Don't do that.  If you shoot him you'll just make him mad."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28khv-BydeY

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  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 36,041
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  Quote 
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Jennifer Barker
Posts: 8,009
Houston, Arkansas, US


He was also in Victor Victoria  smile
Oct 09 12 12:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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DivaEroticus
Posts: 14,336
Fayetteville, Arkansas, US


Jennifer Barker wrote:
He was also in Victor Victoria  smile

Yup.  Loved him in that.

Oct 09 12 12:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Photographic Memory
Posts: 108
Kalamazoo, Michigan, US


We've lost several greats from Blazzing Saddles as it is sad
Oct 09 12 08:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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GK photo
Posts: 27,474
Laguna Beach, California, US


and now it's an official r.i.p. thread.
Oct 10 12 08:53 am  Link  Quote 
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Tim Little Photography
Posts: 11,530
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  Quote 
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A M Johnson
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Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Calatelpe wrote:
We've lost several greats from Blazzing Saddles as it is sad

Yup. RIP Alex.

Oct 10 12 09:08 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
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Lodi, California, US


Tim Little Photography wrote:
May he rest in peace. May his family and friends be comforted by the fact that he brought joy to so many.

Well said.

Oct 10 12 09:31 am  Link  Quote 
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Wildcat Photography
Posts: 1,486
Valparaiso, Indiana, US


RIP!

I loved you as Mongo in Blazing Saddles!

Wildcat
Oct 11 12 11:50 am  Link  Quote 
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r T p
Posts: 2,852
Los Angeles, California, US


http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Alex-Karras-as-sheriff-Wallace-in-Porkys-624x351.jpg
Oct 11 12 12:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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