Alex Karras in Blazing Saddles | 1974
Clip Name: Candygram for Mongo
About this actor
Alexander George "Alex" Karras (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γεώργιος Καρράς) (born July 15, 1935, in Gary, Indiana, United States), nicknamed "The Mad Duck", is a former football player, professional wrestler, and actor who is best known for playing with the Detroit Lions from 1958–1962 and 1964-1970. In addition, he starred on the ABC sitcom Webster, alongside real-life wife Susan Clark, as the titular character's adoptive father. Alex Karras is the son of Dr. George Karras, a Greek immigrant who graduated from the University of Chicago and got his medical degree in Canada. There, George Karras met and married a Canadian woman, Alex's mother. George Karras opened a medical practice in Gary, Indiana, but he died when Alex was 13 years old. By that time, Alex Karras had learned to play football in a parking lot near his home, and he blossomed into a four-time Indiana all-state selection at Gary Emerson High School. His older brothers, Lou (a future member of the Redskins) and Ted (who later...