Former Lions defensive lineman turned actor Alex Karras died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, according to a family spokesman. He was 77.
Karras, who had recently suffered kidney failure, died while surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras’ attorney and family spokesman.
While perhaps more remembered now for his role as “Mongo” in Blazing Saddles, Karras was a four-time Pro Bowler, a dominant force on the field, which opened the door to a second career in acting.
Our thoughts go out to all of Karras’ family, friends and former teammates.