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Alex Karras

14 July 1935 to 9 October 2012

A former American football star, Karras also found success in the wrestling ring before a late flowering career as an actor.  He stole scenes as Mongo in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974), and also gave eye-catching supporting performances in Paper Lion (1968), Victor, Victoria (1982) and Against All Odds (1984).

Read Alex Karras' Guardian Obituary

Read Alex Karras' Telegraph Obituary