Alex Karras Net Worth

Do you want to know how much Alex Karras is worth? We have the answer for you! First off, let’s get familiar with the person in question, shall we? He is an actor from American. He was born in unknown, on unknown in to the family of Emmeline Karras, George Karras and Ted Karras, Sr., Lou Karras. His talents and gifts as an actor soon became apparent and a promising career path was laid out right before him. It is also worth noting that he attended University of Iowa and earned the Nicknames of unknown throughout his studies and working career. He stands at 6′ 1″ (1.85 m) in terms of height. Starring in multiple hit movies or TV shows, Alex Karras has earned global recognition as well as amassing a fortune. In his career Alex Karras has earned a lot of money and now has a total Net worth valued at $16 Million.

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  • Full Name: Alex Karras
  • Net Worth: $16 Million
  • Date Of Birth: July 15, 1935
  • Died: 2012-10-10
  • Place Of Birth: Gary, Indiana, U.S.
  • Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
  • Weight: 112.49
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Soundtrack
  • Education: University of Iowa
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Susan Clark
  • Children: Katie Karras, George Karras, Peter Karras, Renald Karras, Alex Karras Jr.
  • Parents: Emmeline Karras, George Karras
  • Siblings: Ted Karras, Sr., Lou Karras
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  • Nominations: Heisman Trophy
  • Movies: Blazing Saddles, Victor/Victoria, Porky’s, Against All Odds, Paper Lion, Buffalo ’66, Mad Bull, When Time Ran Out, Nobody’s Perfekt, Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Hardcase, FM, Word of Honor, The Street Corner Kids: Secret of the Twin Sister, Redneck County
  • TV Shows: Webster, Centennial, Monday Night Football


  • Karras made his film debut in Paper Lion (1968), playing himself as a member of the Detroit Lions.
  • His wife Susan Clark co-starred on Webster (1983) with him.
  • Karras spent the summer of 1957 with an American track team of Greek descent. He participated in the shot put, throwing a respectable 52 feet.
  • He was a four-time Indiana all-state football selection at Gary’s Emerson High School.
  • Best remembered by the public (as an actor) for his starring role as George Papadapolis on Webster (1983).
  • Friends with: Alan Alda, McLean Stevenson, Howard Cosell, Cleavon Little, Mel Brooks, Slim Pickens, Barbara Carrera, Vincent Gallo, Peter Bonerz, James Franciscus, Jack Kruschen, Cathryn Damon, Eugene Roche, Henry Polic II and his wife Susan Clark.
  • His father, George Karras, opened up his own medical practice. He died when Alex was only age 13.
  • The younger of two brothers.
  • Met Susan Clark while filming Babe (1975).
  • He and his second wife Susan Clark were both the executive producers of Georgian Bay Entertainment from 1975 to 1989.
  • Graduated from Emerson High School in Gary, Indiana, in 1953.
  • After his final guest-starring role on The Tom Show (1997), he retired from acting at age 62.
  • Was a staunch Democrat.
  • Of Greek and Canadian immigrants.
  • His parents were George Karras, a University of Chicago graduated who obtained a medical degree in Canada, and Emmeline (Wilson) Karras, a housewife from Canada.
  • Alex Karras passed away on October 10, 2012. Days after his death, Maffew, creator of Internet wrestling series Botchamania, paid tribute to him. Karras’s depiction of ‘Mongo’ in Blazing Saddles had often used and parodied in Botchamania, as an introduction to clips involving ‘Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael’.
  • Inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1976.
  • Played in the 1957 East-West Shrine game.
  • It was announced on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, that Alex only had days to live after suffering kidney failure. He was also suffering from dementia from repeated head injuries. He died the following day, Wednesday, October 10th, 2012.
  • Alex was one of the NFL players who are suing the league regarding the treatment of head injuries.
  • During National Football League career he was among the closest Detroit Lions defensive blockers that tried to block New Orleans Saints place-kicker, Tom Dempsey’s 63-yard record-setting and game winning field goal, as time expired from the New Orleans Saints 37 yard line on November 8, 1970. Final score: New Orleans Saints 19 and Detroit Lions 17.
  • Stepbrother-in-law of Linda Thorson.
  • Perhaps his most memorable moment as an actor was the scene in Blazing Saddles (1974) where his character, Mongo, punched a horse.
  • He was suspended from the NFL for one season for gambling on football games.
  • He wrestled late professional wrestler, Dick the Bruiser (Dick Afflis), in 1963, between his 1961-1962 and 1962-1963 seasons as a Detroit Lion.
  • Defensive tackle for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, 1958-1971.
  • Retired and late professional football player and actor.
  • Consensus all-American (making 10 teams) in 1957 Member of inaugural class of the Iowa Lettermen’s Club Hall of Fame
  • Played in the Hula Bowl, 1958.
  • Named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
  • Named to All-Big Ten team, 1956 and 1957
  • In conjunction with the 100 years of Hawkeye football celebration in 1989, Iowa Hawkeye fans selected an all-time team. The squad features 11 players on offense and defense, two kickers and 15 special mention players who received strong fan support. Karras was voted to the team as a defensive lineman.
  • 2nd place in voting for Heisman Trophy, 1957 (Honoring the outstanding college football player in the United States, presented by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York)
  • Outland Trophy, 1957 (Honoring the outstanding interior lineman, selected by the Football Writers Association of America)
  • Played on the Hawkeyes’ 1956 Rose Bowl championship team
  • Played football for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Daughter, Katie (b. 1980), with Susan Clark.


Title Year Status Character
The Tom Show 1998 TV Series Mr. Amross, Tom’s Dad
Buffalo ’66 1998 TV Sportscaster
Fudge 1995 TV Series Big A
Street Corner Kids 1994 Floyd Powell
Civil Wars 1993 TV Series Michael Connolly
The Ben Stiller Show 1992 TV Series Alex Karras
Webster 1983-1989 TV Series George Papadapolis
Against All Odds 1984 Hank Sully
Faerie Tale Theatre 1984 TV Series Papa Bear
Maid in America 1982 TV Movie Cal Bullington
Victor Victoria 1982 ‘Squash’ Bernstein
Porky’s 1981 Sheriff Wallace
Nobody’s Perfekt 1981 Swaboda
Masada 1981 TV Mini-Series Roman Soldier
Word of Honor 1981 TV Movie Penniman Butcher (uncredited)
Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story 1980 TV Movie Jughead Miller
When Time Ran Out… 1980 Tiny Baker
Jimmy B. & André 1980 TV Movie Jimmy Butsicaris
Centennial 1978-1979 TV Mini-Series Hans Brumbaugh
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang 1978 The Hooded Fang
FM 1978 Doc Holiday
Mad Bull 1977 TV Movie Iago ‘Mad Bull’ Karkus
Mulligan’s Stew 1977 TV Series Mr. Hollenbeck
ABC Afterschool Specials 1976 TV Series Alex ‘Moose’ Novak
Good Heavens 1976 TV Series Jack
Babe 1975 TV Movie George Zaharias
Consumer Survival Kit 1975 TV Series
Win, Place or Steal 1974 Frank
M*A*S*H 1974 TV Series Lance Cpl. Lyle Wesson
McMillan & Wife 1974 TV Series Al Potter
The Great Lester Boggs 1974 Sheriff Billy Bob
Blazing Saddles 1974 Mongo
The Odd Couple 1973 TV Series Jake Metcalf
The 500 Pound Jerk 1973 TV Movie Hughie Rae Feather
Hardcase 1972 TV Movie Booker Llewellyn
Love, American Style 1971 TV Series segment “Love and the Eskimo’s Wife” – Love and the Accidental Passion/Love and the Black Limousine/Love and the Eskimo’s Wife/Love and the Tuba 1971 … segment “Love and the Eskimo’s Wife”
Daniel Boone 1969 TV Series Williams
Title Year Status Character
Maid in America 1982 TV Movie executive producer
Word of Honor 1981 TV Movie executive producer / producer
Jimmy B. & André 1980 TV Movie executive producer
ABC Afterschool Specials 1976 TV Series executive producer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
Stanley Rubin: A Work in Progress 2008 Documentary Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Michigan & Trumbull 1999 Documentary Himself (Detroit Lions)
The Greek Americans 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Arli$$ 1996 TV Series Himself
Tracey Takes On… 1996 TV Series Himself
Will You Marry Me? 1994 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night Live 1985 TV Series Himself – Host / Various
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1984 TV Special Himself – Presenter
Breakaway 1983 TV Series Himself
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1971-1982 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1980 TV Series Himself – Actor / Himself – Pro Football Player
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color 1978 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1970-1978 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
NFL Monday Night Football 1974-1976 TV Series Himself – Color Commentator
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself
Match Game 73 1975 TV Series Himself – Panelist
You Don’t Say 1975 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1975 TV Series Himself / Himself – Actor / Himself – Guest
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Telly Savalas 1974 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1974 TV Series Himself
Stand Up and Cheer 1973 TV Series Himself
Laugh-In 1972 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1971 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Paper Lion 1968 Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself – Actor (In Memoriam)
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic 2013 Documentary Mongo
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself – In Memoriam
American Masters 2008 TV Series documentary Mongo


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