Alex Karras: In The Movies

Alex Karras played twelve seasons on the defensive line for the Detroit Lions. Before that he was an Outland Trophy winner at the University of Iowa. He also finished second in the race for the Heisman trophy during his senior year at Iowa, quite an accomplishment for a defensive lineman.

Karras had an interesting career away from football too, including a stint as a professional wrestler and the owner of a bar with ties to organized crime and gambling. It was these gambling issues that ended up getting Karras suspended from the NFL for the entire 1963 football season. Near the end of his pro football playing days, Karras made the transition to acting based largely on a well received turn playing himself in the 1968 movie version of George Plimpton’s novel Paper Lion. Alex Karras also spent time as a football commentator for Monday Night Football during the 1970s.

The film credits of Alex Karras:

Love, American Style – 1 episode
The 500 Pound Jerk
The Odd Couple – 1 episode
Blazing Saddles
McMillan & Wife – 1 episode
M*A*S*H – 1 episode
Win, Place or Steal
The Great Lester Boggs
Good Heavens – 1 episode
Mighty Moose and the Quarterback Kid
Mulligan’s Stew
Mad Bull
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
Centennial – 12 episodes
Jimmy B. & Andre
When Time Ran Out
Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story
Word of Honor
Nobody’s Perfekt
Victor Victoria
Maid in America
Faerie Tale Theatre – 1 episode
Against All Odds
Webster – 150 episodes
Civil Wars – 1 episode
The Street Corner Kids
The Street Corner Kids: The Sequel
Arli$$ – 1 episode
Buffalo ’66
The Tom Show

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