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Alex Karras

Highest Rated:   96% Victor Victoria (1982)
Lowest Rated:   0% When Time Ran Out (1980)
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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
11% A Cinderella Story
  • George Papadapolis
$51.1M 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
67% Against All Odds
  • Hank Sully
1984
96% 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
22% 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
90% 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 Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1985

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