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Alex Karras dies at 77

See smaller This undated photo provided by the NFL shows Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras.  Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family.   (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

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This undated photo provided by the NFL shows Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

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  • FILE - In this Jan. 31, 1985 file photo, 'Saturday Night Live' actor Billy Crystal, in character as 'Fernando,' center, is flanked by host Alex Karras and musical guest Tina Turner during a rehearsal, in New York. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family.  (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
  • FILE - This Oct. 31, 1965 photo provided by the NFL shows Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras (71) during the Lions 31-7 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles, Calif. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family.  (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
  • This undated photo provided by the NFL shows Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family.   (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
  • This undated photo provided by the NFL shows Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras.  Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family.   (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
  • This 1968 photo provided by the NFL shows  Detroit Lions football player Alex Karras.  Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
  • FILE - This 1956 file photo shows Iowa tackle Alex Karras. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family. (AP Photo, File)
  • This is a 1971 photo showing Detroit Lions football player Alex Karras. Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor, has died. He was 77. Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney, said Karras died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, surrounded by family. (AP Photo/File)

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