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R.I.P. Alex Karras


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> {quote:title=SonOfUniversalHorror wrote:}{quote}Alex Karras, former pro football player and actor (Webster, Blazing Saddles, Victor/Victoria) has died at age 77. He had been suffering from years of dementia and recently from kidney failure.

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That's a very nice photo from "Webster" below.

 

And the woman in the photo was Karras' wife, Susan Clark.

She played his wife in the TV series too.

 

She's 72 now and my condolences go out to her on the passing of her husband.

 

Susan Clark is also Canadian (just for you Miss W.), being born in Sarnia and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and having a long career in films and on TV: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Clark

 

Interestingly, Mr. and Mrs. Karras had their own production company that was involved with the TV series "Webster" and that production company was called Georgian Bay Ltd. (Georgian Bay is from where I come from and is a very beautiful part of Ontario): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_%28TV_series%29

 

Of course, the third part of the trio is Emmanuel Lewis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Lewis

 

Photo below is of Mr. Karras and his wife, Susan Clark, from a charity event in 2011:

 

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Wow! I would never have known Alex from that picture. Susan I would have recognized even though I haven't seen her in anything in 15 years.

 

I had wondered if NFL related illness might have hit Alex since he had disappeared from public view.

 

Edited by: ginnyfan on Oct 10, 2012 2:25 PM

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> {quote:title=ginnyfan wrote:}{quote}Wow! I would never have known Alex from that picture. Susan I would have recognized even though I haven't seen her in anything in 15 years.

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Article about her from 2006 link below. Apparently she was still involved in acting and with the production company in L.A. then:

http://jam.canoe.ca/Theatre/2006/10/25/2124449.html

 

The late Mr. Karras had a number of health issues.

Good article with video here:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8481005/reports-detroit-lions-great-alex-karras-kidney-failure

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I am going to feature Mr. Karras in the WANTED thread next week, as a small way of showing appreciation for his film work. However, since my rule is to list only those titles where the performer is fourth-billed or higher, I will not include VICTOR/VICTORIA (where he is fifth-billed). As a compromise, I will include a picture of him from V/V.

 

I will definitely feature Susan Clark at a later date. :)

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> {quote:title=ginnyfan wrote:}{quote}I just realized that Alex looks a little like an older John Rubinstein to me in that 2011 photo.

 

That photo below from earlier in 2012(?) (HARC Foundation charity event:

http://www.examiner.com/article/gebert-gallery-on-abbot-kinney-steps-up-to-help-local-charity)

 

makes Mr. Karras and Susan Clark look very familiar to me. They have a cottage on Georgian Bay, the area where I'm from, and the photo of them makes me think I did see them out and about??

But didn't recognize them, if you know what I mean...

I'll have to think on it about where I could have seen them in my old hometown (moved away from it last year)...

 

More on Susan Clark here:

http://fandaily.info/slider/susan-clark-karras-is-alex-karras-wife-photos/

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> {quote:title=RaquelVixen wrote:}{quote}No one has mentioned Alex's acting in Paper Lion (1968). I hope TCM will air this film again, it's been several years since it has aired.

Alex was an integral part in that movie, which is funny because he wasn't in the book at all. The season the real George Plimpton went to camp with the Lions was 1963, the year Alex was suspended from football for gambling.

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> {quote:title=SonOfUniversalHorror wrote:}{quote}

> > {quote:title=RaquelVixen wrote:}{quote}No one has mentioned Alex's acting in Paper Lion (1968). I hope TCM will air this film again, it's been several years since it has aired.

> ...but he played himself in that one, his first movie.

But he was really good in the role. To be fair, a lot of celebs are absolutely dreadful playing themselves.

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> {quote:title=SonOfUniversalHorror wrote:}{quote}

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> ...but he played himself in that one, his first movie.

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He still had to learn his lines and make sure he hit his marks. Of course, when Alex was on camera the blocking had to be just right for the cinematographer. :^0

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Nobody's mentioned "Potatoes Brumbaugh" from *Centennial.* This is what America is about, an immigrant Dutchman who becomes a successful and respected farmer who people look to for advice and help. He was tough when necessary but also sweet and gentle as well. I almost cried when the character died. Mr. Karras had two successful careers. RIP, Sir.

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