Alex Karras

Football Player and Announcer + Actor
Born Jul 15, 1935

Alexander George "Alex" Karras, nicknamed "The Mad Duck", was an American football player, professional wrestler, and actor. He played football with the Detroit Lions in the National Football League from 1958–1962 and 1964–1970. As an actor, Karras is noted for his role as the thuggish Mongo in the 1974 comedy film Blazing Saddles, and for starring in the ABC sitcom Webster (1983–89) alongside his wife Susan Clark, as the title character's adoptive father.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on July 15, 1935.


1955 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Karras' sophomore year with Iowa in 1955 got off to a rocky start when he showed up for practice twenty pounds overweight. … Read More


Karras went to summer classes and later rejoined the football team, but a strained relationship resurfaced. Evashevski promised to start Alex Karras in the 1956 season opener against Indiana, when Alex would square off against his brother, Ted. … Read More
Karras spent the summer of 1957 with an American track team of Greek descent. … Read More
Karras was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions in 1958. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old …  On January 7, 1963, Karras's ownership in Detroit's Lindell AC Bar became a source of controversy when league officials urged him to sell his financial interests in the place because of reports of gambling and organized crime influence. … Read More
1964 28 Years Old 1 More Event
During his exile, Karras returned to pro wrestling, taking on such memorable characters as Dick the Bruiser, but was then reinstated, along with Hornung, on March 16, 1964 by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.


1966 30 Years Old Instead, Karras signed a seven-year contract with the Lions on May 20, 1966, with Wilson stating that Karras had used the threat of signing with Miami to garner the large deal with Detroit. … Read More
1967 31 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 4, 1967, Karras once again hinted he would retire to work at a new business venture; once training camp began, though, Karras was back with the Lions. … Read More
1968 - 1971 2 More Events
1972 36 Years Old In 1972, Karras hosted a local weekly football program for Windsor, Ontario CBC affiliate CKLW-TV, The Alex Karras Football Show; his program generally preceded the CBC's Wednesday night CFL telecasts. … Read More
1975 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Karras' most memorable role was in the 1975 made-for-TV movie Babe, where he played the hulking ex-wrestler George Zaharias, loyally caring for his cancer-stricken wife, the legendary athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias.


1977 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977 he was cast in the lead of the TV movie Mad Bull. … Read More
1980 44 Years Old He married actress Susan Clark on March 21, 1980, and they had a daughter together. … Read More


1989 54 Years Old In conjunction with the 100 Years of Hawkeye Football celebration in 1989, Iowa Hawkeye fans selected an all-time team.


Karras was among 3,500 former NFL players to have filed lawsuits against the NFL in early 2012, over the long-term damage caused by concussions and repeated hits to the head.
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