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Alex Karras

Dead at 77

10/10/2012 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL great Alex Karras -- who also played Mongo in "Blazing Saddles" -- died this morning after suffering kidney failure ... this according to a family spokesperson.

Karras had been battling a myriad of illnesses over the past 2 years, including kidney disease, heart disease, stomach cancer and dementia.

Karras was a punishing defensive superstar on the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970 ... before breaking out in Hollywood.

Besides "Blazing Saddles," Karras also had a starring role on the '80s sitcom "Webster"

He was 77.

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31.

Keifus E Mathews    

Sorry for your lost Susan...You and your family are in my prayers....R.I.P. ALEX...sigh* " candygram for mongo!!

681 days ago
32.

Throwback kid    

Alex was geat in 1984's Against All Odds, a film that didn't do well at the time but almost 30 years later really captures that whole 1980's scene, the clothes, music, and me,me attitude.RIP Sulley, you will be missed

681 days ago
33.

samsun    

I didn't like the punching of the horse in that scene. The horse looked terrified lying on the ground.

681 days ago
34.

grumpiestoldman    

Mongo only pawn... in game of life

681 days ago
35.

There's a problem here    

Of all of his achievements I recall Mongo best (sorry Alex). God bless him, he lived to 77 and his passing is notable. RIP Mongo.

681 days ago
36.

nyc44th    

a shame . . . seemed like a decent / good guy. Had a nice wife as well who obviously loved him and he her.

681 days ago
37.

ShrinkWrap    

When I was a kid living in Michigan, I went to school with and played with his kids. Yes, he was a great football player and actor, but he abandoned his first wife and 5 kids for another woman and an acting career. He caused so much pain in those kid's lives for selfish gain. Can't say that I am sad to see him go.

681 days ago
38.

niles    

Oh no, we loved you Big Guy. RIP.

681 days ago
39.

Cirrus Unicus    

Mongo sad....

681 days ago
40.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

He's the only man I'd let punch out my horse. My condolences to his faily.

681 days ago
41.

knowledgeispower    

I hope that MR.KARRAS'S family and friends can see/read the comments & condolences being left on the internet. Mr. Karras made a true impression on many generation with his athletic and acting talents. As a kid fro the 80's, I wanted to leave this condolence: RIP Poppa (George) Papadapolis!

681 days ago
42.

CriticXtreme    

RIP.

681 days ago
43.

knowledgeispower    

I hope Mr. Karras's family and friends get a chance to read the comments left all over the internet to see how much he influenced/affected many generations of fans with sports/acting talents! Rest in Peace ALEX/Poppa (George) Papadapolis!

681 days ago
44.

King Beef    

Mongo only pawn in game of life.

681 days ago
45.

King Beef    

Aww... Somebody beat me to it.

681 days ago
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