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.