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Alex Karras Biography (1935-)
Full name, Alexander G. Karras; born July 15, 1935, in Gary, IN; son of Lou (a physician) and Emmiline (a registered nurse; maiden name, Wilson) Karras; married Joan Jurgensen, 1958 (divorced, 1976); married Susan Clark (an actress); children: five. Addresses: AGENT--c/o William Morris Agency, 151 ElCamino Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
As a football player with Iowa State University, Alex Karras was picked for the All-American team and received the Outland Trophy, both in 1957; later, inhis years with the Detroit Lions, Karras was selected all-pro defensive tackle in 1960, 1961, and 1965, and was named to the National Football League's Pro Bowl team in 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1966.
- Birth Details
- July 15, 1935
- Gary, Indiana, United States
- FILM DEBUT--As himself, Paper Lion, United Artists, 1968.
Credits; PRINCIPAL APPEARANCES
- Mongo, Blazing Saddles, Warner Brothers, 1974.
- Doc Holliday, FM (also known as Citizen's Band), Universal, 1978.
- the Hooded Fang, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Cinema Shares International, 1979.
- Tiny Baker, When Time Ran Out, Warner Brothers, 1980.
- Swaboda, Nobody's Perfekt, Columbia, 1981.
- Sheriff Wallace, Porky's, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.
- Squash, Victor/Victoria, Metro-Mayer-Goldwyn/United Artists, 1982.
- Hank Sully, Against All Odds, Columbia, 1984.
- Also appeared in Win, Place, or Steal (also known as Three for the Moneyand Just Another Day at the Races), Cinema National, 1975; and The Great Lester Boggs, 1975.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Commentator and pregame host, Monday Night Football, ABC, 1974-76.
- George Papadapolis, Webster, ABC, 1983-86.
- Also host, Monday Night Football Preview, WLS-TV, Chicago.
- MINI-SERIES Hans Brumbaugh, Centennial, NBC, 1979.
- Mr. Hollenbeck, Mulligan's Stew, NBC, 1977.
- Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell, ABC.
- The Tonight Show, NBC.
- Booker Llewellyn, Hardcase, ABC, 1972.
- Hughie Rae Feather, The 500-Pound Jerk, CBS, 1973.
- George Zaharias, Babe, CBS, 1975.
- Iago "Mad Bull" Karkus, Mad Bull, CBS, 1977.
- Jimmy Butsicaris, Jimmy B. & Andre, CBS, 1980.
- Jughead Miller, Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story, NBC, 1980.
- manager of supermarket, Word of Honor, CBS, 1981.
- Cal Bullington, Maid in America, CBS, 1982.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION WORK
- Executive producer, Word of Honor, CBS, 1981.
- (With Herb Gluck) Even Big Guys Cry (autobiography), Holt, 1977.
- Alex Karras: My Life in Football, Television, and Movies (autobiography),Doubleday, 1979.
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