Alex Karras

Alex Karras

  • Highest Rated: 97% Victor Victoria (1982)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% When Time Ran Out (1980)
  • Birthday: Jul 15, 1935
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A college football star at the University of Iowa, Alex Karras turned professional in 1958, spending the next 14 years with the Detroit Lions. Karras went on to be selected All-Pro in 1960, 1961, 1963 and 1965. While still with Detroit, he made his first film appearance in Paper Lion (1969). His appetite for show business further whetted by his work in the announcing booth on ABC's Monday Night Football, Karras became a full-time actor in 1971. He displayed a keen sense of comic timing in such roles as Mongo in Blazing Saddles (1974) and gangster James Garner's gay henchman (who literally comes out of the closet) in Victor/Victoria (1981). He often appeared opposite his wife, actress Susan Clark. Mr. and Mrs. Karras co-starred in the TV biopic Babe (1975), the raunchy but successful Porky's, and the long-running (1983-87) TV sitcom Webster. In addition to his thespic activities, Karras co-authored several books, including Even Big Guys Cry (1977) and Alex Karras: My Life in Football (1979). Karras suffered from numerous health problems in his later years, including dementia and cancer, before ultimately succumbing to kidney failure at the age of 77 in 2012.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

12% A Cinderella Story George Papadapolis $51.2M 2004
76% Buffalo '66 TV Sportscaster $2.4M 1998
No Score Yet The Greek Americans Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Street Corner Kids Actor 1994
No Score Yet Mighty Moose and the Quarterback Kid Alex "Moose" Novak 1987
70% Against All Odds Hank Sully 1984
97% Victor Victoria Squash 1982
No Score Yet Word of Honor Producer Actor 1981
No Score Yet Nobody's Perfekt Swaboda 1981
No Score Yet Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Jughead Miller 1980
0% When Time Ran Out Tiny Baker 1980
No Score Yet Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang The Hooded Fang 1978
20% FM Doc Holiday 1978
No Score Yet Centennial Hans Brumbaugh 1978
No Score Yet Mad Bull Actor 1977
No Score Yet Redneck County Sheriff Billy Bob 1975
91% Blazing Saddles Mongo 1974
No Score Yet Win, Place or Steal Actor 1972
No Score Yet Paper Lion Himself 1968

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
1996-1999
  • 1996
No Score Yet Webster
1983-1989
George Papadapolis George Papadopolis
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1985
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Lyle
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Jake
  • 1973

QUOTES FROM Alex Karras CHARACTERS

Mongo
Mongo only pawn in the game of life.