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ALF Actor Max Wright Dead at 75

Beloved actor Max Wright, best known for his role as Willie Tanner, the father in 1980s sitcom ALF, died Wednesday, TMZ reports. He was 75.

The veteran actor reportedly passed away at his home in Hermosa Beach, California, after a long battle with cancer. He was first diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995, but he had been in remission for years.

Wright was a staple of the puppet-led ALF during its four-year run on NBC, but he also appeared in several TV classics, including Cheers, Taxi, WKRP in Cincinnati, Buffalo Bill, Misfits of Science, Dudley, and The Norm Show. His film credits include All That Jazz, Reds, The Sting II, Soul Man, and The Shadow.

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Wright also enjoyed a successful stage career during his lifetime. He received a Tony Award nomination in 1998 for his performance in Ivanov.

He is survived by his two children. His wife, Linda Ybarrondo, passed away in 2017.

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