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Alex Karras: A Football Great’s 5 Most Memorable Movie Roles
Posted By Patrick Kiger On October 10, 2012 @ 1:11 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
During his 12-year career with the Detroit Lions, defensive tackle Alex Karras made All-Pro four times and earned a reputation for terrorizing quarterbacks. But he may have achieved even greater notoriety as a comic actor on television and in motion pictures.
Karras, who died today at age 77 in Los Angeles, appeared in scores of television shows, starting in 1969 with a role in an episode of Daniel Boone. He went on to act in TV series ranging from The Odd Couple to the 1980s sitcom Webster. He also made us laugh in this classic beer commercial:
But Karras’ movie roles are even more memorable.
Just last year, Karras, who suffered from dementia late in life, became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the National Football League on behalf of himself and 69 other former players, alleging that the NFL didn’t do enough to warn them that they risked permanent brain damage if they played too soon after a concussion.
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