‘Webster’ Actor Says He Has Dementia

Apr 13, 2012  •  Post A Comment

One of the stars of the 1980s sitcom “Webster,” who had a career as a defensive tackle with the NFL’s Detroit Lions before shifting his focus to acting, revealed that he is suffering from dementia and blames the condition on his football career, TMZ.com reports.

Alex Karras, a four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, played the dad on “Webster” and is also known for his role as Mongo in "Blazing Saddles." Karras has joined hundreds of former NFL players in a lawsuit that seeks compensation and health benefits from damage they say resulted from brain injuries while playing the sport, the story notes.

According to a statement from Karras’ wife, Karras "suffers from dementia but still enjoys many things, including watching football. But dementia prevents him from doing everyday activities such as driving, cooking, sports fishing, reading books and going to big events or traveling."

The letter adds that Karras constantly complains of dizziness, the result of a series of concussions he reportedly suffered while playing.

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