Max Wright

Actor
Prolific character player of TV and some films best known as the high-strung father of a suburban family that shelters an irascible alien visitor in their home on the hit sitcom "ALF" (NBC, 1986-90). With his light ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Back to Norm 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Comedy Central's Last Laugh '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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A Minute With Stan Hooper 2003 (Tv Show)

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Easter 2002 (Movie)

Zaddock Pratt (Actor)

Early Edition 1986 - 1990, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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High Incident 1986 - 1990, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Lateline 1986 - 1990, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Norm 1986 - 1990, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Quantum Leap 1986 - 1990, 1992 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Roc 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Drew Carey Show 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The John Larroquette Show 1986 - 1990, 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Horace Whaley (Actor)

The Norm Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1999 (Movie)

Robin Starveling (Actor)

Mad About You 1998 (Tv Show)

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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Ghostwriter 1992 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Friends 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Grumpier Old Men 1995 (Movie)

Health Inspector (Actor)

The Watcher 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

Berger (Actor)

Dudley 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Alf 1986 - 1990 (Tv Show)

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You Are the Jury 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Cheers 1986 (Tv Show)

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Soul Man 1986 (Movie)

Dr Aronson (Actor)

The Faculty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Touch and Go 1986 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Fraternity Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Millard Tvedt (Actor)

I Gave at the Office 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Scandal Sheet 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Buffalo Bill 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Dangerous Company 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Reds 1981 (Movie)

Floyd Dell (Actor)

The Sting II 1981 (Movie)

Floor Manager (Actor)

Simon 1980 (Movie)

Hundertwasser (Actor)

All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

Joshua Penn (Actor)

Last Embrace 1979 (Movie)

2nd Commuter (Actor)

A Mother's Gift (TV Show)

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Code Name: Foxfire (TV Show)

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Dead By Midnight (TV Show)

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For Ladies Only (TV Show)

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From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

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Konrad (TV Show)

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Liberty (TV Show)

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Misfits of Science (TV Show)

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Playing For Time (TV Show)

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Scandal Sheet (Movie)

Stan Clark (Actor)

Tales From the Darkside (TV Show)

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Wedding Day Blues (TV Show)

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White Mile (TV Show)

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Production Management (1)

Zombie Ninja 2014 (Movie)

(Line Producer)

Biography

Prolific character player of TV and some films best known as the high-strung father of a suburban family that shelters an irascible alien visitor in their home on the hit sitcom "ALF" (NBC, 1986-90). With his light hair, slight build, spectacles and lined, worried-looking face, Wright seems born to play nervous accountants, as he did well in "Trick or Treat" (syndicated, 1983), the pilot for "Tales From the Darkside". As nervous station manager Karl Shub, he had to deal with the outrageous on- and off-air antics of "Buffalo Bill" (NBC, 1983-84), Dabney Coleman's churlish TV personality. On "Misfits of Science" (NBC, 1985-86), Wright was the director of an institute that studied the extraordinary powers of the teen protagonists while uneasily tolerating their amateur crime fighting activities. He demonstrated a capability for expressing a darker side as the Nazi Dr. Mengele in the acclaimed TV-movie "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980). Wright has also appeared in small character roles in a variety of features including "All That Jazz" (1979), "Reds" (1981) and "The Shadow" (1994).

Relationships

Linda Wright

Wife

Daisy Wright

Daughter
born c. 1969

Ben Wright

Son
born c. 1975

EDUCATION

Wabash College

Crawfordsville , Indiana

Wayne State University

Detroit , Michigan

National Theatre School

Montreal , Quebec

Milestones

1997

Returned to Broadway as co-star of "Ivanov"; earned raves for his performance

1993

Cast as a regular on "Dudley", a short-lived sitcom vehicle for Dudley Moore

1980

TV-movie debut, portrayed Dr. Mengele in "Playing for Time", an acclaimed CBS docudrama scripted by Arthur Miller and starring Vanessa Redgrave

1979

Feature acting debut, Jonathan Demme's "Last Embrace"

Cast as a regular on "Code Name: Foxfire", a short-lived adventure series

Cast as a regular on "Misfits of Science", a sci-fi comedy adventure series

Debut as a TV series regular, "Buffalo Bill", a superior sitcom starring Dabney Coleman

Had regular role on the ABC sitcom "Norm"

Cast in his best known role, Willie Tanner, the father of the suburban family that takes in the quirky space alien "ALF" in the long-running NBC sitcom

Bonus Trivia

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In 1995, Wright was diagnosed with lymphoma.

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