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Former NFL Player, ‘Blazing Saddles’ Star Actor Alex Karras Dies

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Alex Karras, former NFL defensive lineman who later found roles in acting, has died at the age of 77.

NFL superstar Alex Karras, who played for the Detroit Lions and then had a great career as an actor, was suffering from kidney failure and dementia.

He died at his California Home and was under Hospice care.

He was among the more than 3,500 NFL players suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries.

Detroit drafted Karras, who grew up in Gary, Ind., 10th overall in 1958 out of Iowa and he was a four-time All-Pro defensive tackle over 12 seasons with the franchise.

Karras may be even better known for his work as an actor. He portrayed an adoptive dad in the 1980s sitcom “Webster,” and punched a horse in the 1974 comedy classic “Blazing Saddles.”

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