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Alex Karras

Alex Karras rose to fame as a bruiser lineman for the Detroit Lions, but he later made a second career as an actor. He started out dabbling in movies, including 1968’s “Paper Lion,” and was later in the running for the role of Carlo Rizzi in 1972’s “The Godfather” (the part went to Gianni Russo), but the Indiana native will be remembered most for his TV work. After guest parts on “M*A*S*H” and “The Odd Couple,” he and his real-life wife, Susan Clark, co-starred in the family comedy “Webster.” He played the adoptive father of Emmanuel Lewis’ character – which allowed him to show off his soft side. Karras passed away at his Los Angeles home on October 10 after being plagued with many illnesses, including kidney disease, heart disease, stomach cancer, and dementia, which is possibly linked to head injuries sustained during his years in the NFL. He was 77.

Stars We Lost in 2012

Take a moment to remember Whitney Houston, Larry

Hagman, Michael Clarke Duncan, and the many other stars who faded away in 2012.