'ALF': The Tragic Life Of Max Wright

ALF actor Max Wright's life was quite tragic. Do you know why?
June 26, 2020 - 12:32 / Laura Pérez

Max Wright is better known for playing "Willie Tanner" in the American sitcom ALF. The actor died in 2019 and it turns out that that the years before his death were quite tough for him.

Max Wright was born on August 2, 1943 in Detroit Michigan. From 1986 to 1990, the actor played the role of "Willie Tanner" in one of the most successful TV shows of all time, ALF. However, his on-screen credits also include numerous films and series like Buffalo Bill, All That Jazz, and Murder, She Wrote.

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While we were able to see Max Wright on ALF as one of the coolest and typical middle-class on-screen dads, his real personal life was actually a little bit turbulent. Max Wright passed away on June 26, 2019 at the age of 75; prior to his death he had been dealing with health issues, and he had been involved in some legal scandals. 

Max Wright in ALF

The tragic life of the ALF actor Max Wright

Back in the day, The Daily Mail shared some shocking details about Max Wright's personal life, including a couple of arrests for driving under the influence, as well as his alleged participation in a twisted sex and drugs scandal. Not to mention the ALF star had been dealing with health issues due to his 1955 lymphoma diagnosis.

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While it seems Max Wright's life was quite turbulent, he remained married to his longtime wife Linda Ybarrondo until her death in 2017. His career continued for a couple of years too, in fact he appeared in some famous TV shows like Friends and Quantum Leap. Sadly, it eventually fell down and his final role was in the 2005 film Back to Norm.

Actor Max Wright in 1989

The Daily Mail also reported that the last times the actor was seen in public, he looked "nearly unrecognizable and dishevelled". Some ALF fans believe Max Wright was one of those stars who simply could not deal with fame and success very well, which eventually led to his downfall. Max Wright will always be remembered as the funny "Willie Tanner" and will have a special place in our hearts!