Max Wright poses in Burbank, Calif., In July 1989. The "ALF" star has died. (Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Max Wright, who played Willie Tanner, the father figure at TV in "ALF," died at 75.
Wright was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995 but had been in remission for years, according to TMZ, which broke the news of his death. Wright's family confirmed the news, and to The Hollywood Reporter.
Wright starred in the beloved NBC sitcom "ALF" (an acronym standing for Alien Life Form) for four years from 1986 to 1990, playing the shortwave radio enthusiast who accidentally attracted the alien (voiced by the show's creator, Paul Fusco) to Earth
Tanner brought the party-animal ALF into his own family, and played the patriarchal straight-man to the alien's antics.
"RIP Max Wright," tweeted Seth MacFarlane. "A hilarious and talented actor. Who wants to keep ALF in check now?"
Buffalo Bill, "" Cheers, "" Misfits of Science "and a recurring role in" Norm. "
His movie credits included "All That Jazz," "Reds," "The Sting II," "Soul Man" and "The Shadow."
The Broadway performer was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in 1998 for his role as Pavel Lebedev in "Ivanov."
He was married to Linda Ybarrondo from 1965 until her death in 2017 from breast cancer. They had two children together
Michu Meszaros, a 3-foot, former circus performer who played ALF in the early years of the show, died after suffering complications from a stroke in 2016.
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