Actor Max Wright has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 75.
A popular character actor during the 1980s and 1990s, Wright is best known as father Willie Tanner on “ALF”, in which he clashed with the smart-mouthed alien living with his family throughout the sitcom’s run from 1986 to 1990.
TMZ first reported the news, citing family sources who shared that Wright had passed away from cancer, which he previously beat after being diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995.
Prior to “ALF”, Wright was also a series regular on TV series “Buffalo Bill” and “Misfits of Science”, and subsequently on Norm Macdonald’s “The Norm Show”.
Wright was also a frequent television guest star, appearing on such shows as “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “Cheers”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Friends”, “Mad About You”, “The Drew Carey Show” and many others.
On the big screen, Wright’s credits included Oscar-winning films “All That Jazz” and “Reds”, and also appeared on Broadway, netting a Tony nomination in 1998 for “Ivanov”.
Despite the silliness of “ALF”, Wright reportedly came to despise his own hit show, particularly his role of straight man to a puppet. “It was hard work and very grim,” Wright once said of his “ALF” experience, admitting that when the show was cancelled after four seasons, “I was hugely eager to have it over with.”
However, Wright eventually came to terms with being associated with “ALF”.
“It doesn’t matter what I felt or what the days were like,” he said. “’ALF’ brought people a lot of joy. They adored it.”