Alex Karras starred in the hit TV show Webster as George Papadapolis with real-life wife Susan Clark and child star Emmanuel Lewis. He also played defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions. Now, at 77 years old, Karras has been given just days to live.
According to a report from FOX News, Karras has suffered from dementia for quite some time. His kidneys are failing rapidly. His wife attributes his illness to the many injuries he sustained during his football career.
“This physical beating that he took as a football player has impacted his life, and therefore it has impacted his family life,” his wife said earlier in 2012. “He is interested in making the game of football safer and hoping that other families of retired players will have a healthier and happier retirement.”
Karras and Clark were among several people who filed suit against the NFL about six months back. He retired from the Detroit Lions back in 1970 and pursued an acting career. In addition to starring in Webster, he appeared in the film Blazing Saddles, as well as Victor Victoria and Porky’s.
The Detroit Lions issued a statement about Alex Karras’s final days and offered their support to his wife and family.
Do you remember watching Karras on Webster? He played the lovable adoptive father of Emmanuel Lewis’s character Webster from 1983-1989.
Prayers are no doubt being said from all around in support of the Karras family that their coming days may be peaceful ones.
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