Beloved '80s TV Star Takes Final Breath After Long Illness; Fans Heartbroken At Sad News

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June 27, 2019

Hollywood has lost another beloved star.

Actor Max Wright, 75, passed away at his home in Hermosa Beach, California after fighting a decades-long battle with cancer.

His acting career was prolific, appearing in popular shows like ‘Buffalo Bill,’ ‘Cheers,’ ‘Misfits of Science,’ ‘Dudley,’” and ‘Norm.’

But it’s most likely you remember him from his iconic performance as the long-suffering Earthling who ‘adopted’ a funny-looking, smart-mouthed ‘alien’ known as ’Alf’ after he crashed into a neighborhood garage.

First diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1995, Wright had been in remission for several years. He apparently took a recent turn for the worse and passed away on June 26th.

Wright brought the beloved character of Willie Tanner to life on the puppet-led series ‘Alf’ the popular ‘80s sitcom.

Although loved by many fans, the show was not Wright’s favorite gig.

“It was hard work and very grim,” Wright told PEOPLE of acting as supporting player to an inanimate object.

By the end of the series, Wright said, “I was hugely eager to have it over with.”

“Max had a difficult thing to do, playing straight man against ALF,” the show’s creator Paul Fusco said.

The series, which ran four seasons, had its share of accolades.

‘Alf’ won both the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy in 1987 and a Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite TV Show in 1988.

“He also starred in a ton of movies -- ‘All That Jazz,’ ‘Reds,’ ‘The Sting II,’ ‘Soul Man,’ ‘The Shadow’ and several others. All in all, Max had more than 60 credits to his name, dating back to 1974.”

Max’ wife, Linda Ybarrondo, passed away in 2017 from breast cancer. The couple married in 1965 and had two children together, Ben and Daisy.

Please join us in sending condolences to Max Wright’s family. He will be missed.

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