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Alex Karras | 1935 - 2012

Alex Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman, then went on to become a successful actor, has died. He was 77.  (Associated Press)
Saturday Night Live -- Alex Karras, Billy Crystal and Tina Turner
Alex Karras hosted “Saturday Night Live” in early February 1985. Shown here, during a rehearsal on Jan. 31, 1985, are Karras, Billy Crystal (in character as “Fernando”) and Tina Turner. (Marty Lederhandler / Associated Press)
Alex Karras
A 1971 photo of Alex Karras with the Detroit Lions. (Associated Press)
Alex Karras - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions’ defensive tackle Alex Karras (71) takes aim at Washington Redskins’ quarterback Sonny Jurgensen in an Oct. 3, 1965, game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. (George Gelatly / Getty Images)