Alex Karras, the former NFL defensive tackle who became a household name playing a TV dad on the ’80s sitcom Webster, died Wednesday. Karras, 77, had battled kidney and heart diseases and stomach cancer in recent years. He also suffered from dementia.
The Washington Post writes:
“Karras was one of the NFL’s most ferocious â€” and best â€” defensive tackles for the Detroit Lions from 1958-70, bulling past offensive lineman and hounding quarterbacks. The charismatic bruiser went into acting after his football career, and in his signature scene dropped a horse with a punch as the soft-hearted outlaw Mongo in the 1974 comedy Blazing Saddles. He also portrayed the father in the 1980s sitcom Webster, along with his actress-wife Susan Clark, and was in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth along the way.”