Blazing Saddles villain actor dies

There’s a great scene in Mel Brooks’ unforgettable 1974 film Blazing Saddles where the baddies’ huge hired thug – who rejoices under the name of “Mongo” – rides into town on a bull, no less, to threaten our hero, the handsome black sheriff  (played by Cleavon Little). With one blow, he knocks out a horse and advances menacingly. (Don’t worry, fellow horse-lovers, if you look closely, it’s clear a toy horse was actually used in that scene).

Sadly, Alex Karras, a great actor for that part and other villains, died last week aged 77.

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About lesleylodge

Lesley Lodge now lives on a smallholding bafflingly close to Luton, England, but grew up in the New Forest and has worked for a racing stable, a palomino stud farm and a horse trainer. Her long-time ride is Freddie, a hairy bay cob mare with a long moustache. Lesley has had several short stories published. Blues to Orange, a story about a farmer ruined by the foot and mouth outbreak, was a Luton Literary Prize Winner and published in Junction 10, a collection of short stories. She has twice been a runner-up prize winner in the annual British National Short Screenplay Competition and was the Time Out and Jim Beam Bourbon Cult Film Buff of the Year some years ago. Lesley is always looking for new stories about horses in film or TV

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