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    Default Max Wright, who played Willie Tanner on TV's 'ALF', dies at 75

    Max Wright, who played Willie Tanner, the father figure to an alien in TV's "ALF," has 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 to the outlet, 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. Sad news to hear of his passing. Who will keep ALF in check now?"


    The veteran actor had a long résumé in other venues, appearing in television shows like the short-lived comedy "Buffalo Bill," "Cheers," "Misfits of Science" and a recurring role in "Norm."

    His film 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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    I was never a big ALF fan but I liked his character on the show. In fact, he's the only character on the show I do remember besides the cat-eating alien. I hope those remission years were good years for him. Rest in peace.
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    RIP, and I'll always remember the crack pipe incident!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    RIP, and I'll always remember the crack pipe incident!
    What!? Tell me more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkbunnyslippers View Post
    What!? Tell me more.
    Oh, it's bad. But I would feel really guilty posting about it here.

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    Yeah, he got was making gay porn and smoking crack quite a few years ago. It was kind of shocking (at the time, anyway). https://www.nationalenquirer.com/cel...onely-outcast/
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    Oh, it's bad. But I would feel really guilty posting about it here.
    you feel guilty about posting gossip on a gossip board?
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    you feel guilty about posting gossip on a gossip board?
    In his death dedication thread, yes.
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    I remember that scandal. I had to buy the Enquirer to see the pics. I remember it being rather shocking since he plays such a mild mannered sort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprynkles View Post
    I remember that scandal. I had to buy the Enquirer to see the pics. I remember it being rather shocking since he plays such a mild mannered sort.
    He made Marion Barry look like an amateur. Smoking crack and having gay sex on tape in the same session. By the way, paradoxically, he was married to the same woman through all of this. Even though she kicked him out, they were married from 1965 to 2017 (and with 2 children).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylkyn View Post
    Yeah, he got was making gay porn and smoking crack quite a few years ago. It was kind of shocking (at the time, anyway). https://www.nationalenquirer.com/cel...onely-outcast/
    I think that site is blocked in the EU. Maybe I’ll find the story on another site. Thank you though.
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    Originally Posted by pinkbunnyslippers
    I think that site is blocked in the EU. Maybe I’ll find the story on another site. Thank you though.



    here you go
    ‘ALF’ Star Max Wright A ‘Withered, Lonely Outcast!’

    By DANA BLANCHARD
    Jun 18, 2015 @ 21:01PM


    The troubled star of TV’s “ALF” is now living his own sad and remote alien existence!
    MAX WRIGHT, adored by millions as uptight dad Willie Tanner on the NBC sitcom, is living a pathetic “down and out” life 25 years after the sitcom ended, The National ENQUIRER has learned.

    These exclusive photos show the 71-year-old former TV star – who also had a co-starring role on ABC’s “Norm” – outside his modest apartment in a seedy stretch of Hermosa Beach, Calif.
    “Max appears completely alone,” a neighbor told The ENQUIRER. “He seldom leaves his place, except to take out the trash or pick up groceries. You’d have no idea he was once a big star on prime-time TV.”
    Max’s twisted double life was first exposed by The ENQUIRER with a jaw-dropping exclusive report in April 2001.

    In some of the most shocking celebrity photos ever published, the married father of two was caught on home video smoking crack and making gay pornography!

    Max, 57 years old at the time, was seen with two naked men as they inhaled crack from a makeshift pipe – while he fondled one of the men and had sex with the other!

    “His life was so out of control that he didn’t care about exposure to AIDS,” a former gay lover of the actor told The ENQUIRER.

    “We would meet twice a week and pick up homeless guys. He did drugs with me and the homeless men. Max even agreed to let me film two gay sex videos with him. They’re with homeless guys we picked up on the street.”

    As his life spiraled out of control, Max was also arrested for drunk driving – and his wife booted him out of their home.
    Two years after The ENQUIRER exposé, cops caught Max in a second DUI arrest.
    In an effort to save his life, he then entered a rehab program.

    Max vowed he was drug-free in 2003 but hasn’t worked in film or television since 2005.
    While he remains married, neighbors said his wife does not live with him. “He’s pretty much an outcast,” whispered one.

    “He still wears his trademark spectacles, but he’s withered away and thin, and sometimes wears the same outfit for a few days in a row!”

    When an ENQUIRER reporter went to check on his welfare, Max cracked his door open and said: “Please leave.”


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    In his death dedication thread, yes.



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