Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
More sad news out of Hollywood! Ugh! Football player turned actor Alex Karras has died in Los Angeles at age 77 after a long illness. Alex Karras was in one of my favorite comedies of all time “Blazing Saddles,” playing the ferociously lovable bad guy turned good guy Mongo. He was also in the hit 80s TV show “Webster,” playing George Papadapolis. I used to see Alex each year on Super Bowl Sunday for a party that was held at Chasen’s in Beverly Hills (that venue has now become a high end grocery store!). It was always a pleasure to see Alex and he was always nice to fans. There will be no more candy grams for Mongo. RIP, Mr. Karras!