Max Wright

Max Wright

Highest Rated: 89% Reds (1981)

Lowest Rated: 13% Soul Man (1986)

Birthday: Aug 02, 1943

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Though a Tony-nominated stage actor and prolific presence on television for more than three decades, Max Wright was best known for the quirky "ALF" (NBC, 1986-1990), which cast him as a suburbanite contending with a bumptious, furry alien in his home. Born George Edward Maxwell Wright on August 2, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, he relocated to Montreal, Canada to study drama at the National Theater School. After adopting "Max" as his stage name due to the presence of another George Wright in the actors' union, Wright performed on stage in theaters across the country before making his Broadway debut in the 1968 production of "The Great White Hope." By the mid-1970s, he was working steadily in features and on television and stage: in the former capacity, he was the exasperated producer funding Roy Scheider's long-delayed musical in "All That Jazz" (1979), and played minor roles in Jonathan Demme's "Last Embrace" (1979) and Warren Beatty's "Reds" (1981), while on television, he gave a memorable turn as Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele in "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980) and starred as the put-upon station manager of a television series terrorized by talk show host Dabney Coleman in the critically acclaimed "Buffalo Bill" (NBC, 1983-84). The stage remained his most notable showcase, thanks to roles in Broadway runs of "The Cherry Orchard" in 1977 and "Richard III" opposite Al Pacino in 1979. But Wright was probably best known for his starring role on the NBC series "ALF," which cast him as the mild-mannered head of a suburban family whose penchant for peace and quiet is disturbed by the arrival of a wise-cracking alien, performed in puppet form by series co-creator Paul Fusco. Though a ratings hit for the network, "ALF" was apparently a chore for most of its human cast, including Wright, who chafed against playing second banana to a puppet and the interminable technical demands required to preserve its illusion of life. Wright was reportedly relieved when "ALF" ran its course, and returned to steady work as a character player in films like "Snow Falling on Cedars" (1999) and featured guest appearances on television projects like "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1999), which cast him as Guenter Wendt, who oversaw the manned phase of the Apollo program for NASA. He scored a personal triumph that same year with a Tony nomination and Drama Desk Award for his performance in Anton Chekhov's "Ivanev." In 1999, he returned to series regular work on "Norm" (ABC, 1999-2001), playing the stuffy boss to former hockey star Norm Macdonald. The comedian would provide Wright with the majority of his final screen appearances, including a guest role on "A Minute with Stan Hooper" (Fox, 2003) and the pilot for a new sitcom, "Back to Norm" in 2005. Wright, who was diagnosed with and treated for lymphoma in 1995, succumbed to the disease at the age of 75 on June 26, 2019.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
37% 30% Dealin' With Idiots Jack Morris (Character) $15.3K 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Easter Zaddock Pratt (Character) - 2003
67% 60% William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Robin Starveling (Character) - 1999
39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Horace Whaley (Character) $14.4M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead by Midnight Dr. Jonas Reilly (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Mother's Gift Herman Mandelbrot (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 0% White Mile Bill Spencer (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wedding Day Blues Howard Haldane (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 36% Touch and Go Lester (Character) $1M 1986
13% 34% Soul Man Dr. Aronson (Character) $27.3M 1986
No Score Yet 34% Fraternity Vacation Millard Tvedt (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerous Company Dr. Boone (Character) - 1982
89% 83% Reds Floyd Dell (Character) - 1981
57% 68% Simon Leon Hundertwasser (Character) - 1980
86% 86% All That Jazz Joshua Penn (Character) - 1979

TV

Credit
67% No Score Yet Norm Unknown (Character) 1999-2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Incident Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The John Larroquette Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 94% Friends Terry (Guest Star) 1994-1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Watcher Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
60% No Score Yet Dudley Paul (Character) 1993
No Score Yet 94% Quantum Leap Doc Kinman (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet 87% ALF Willie Tanner (Character) 1986-1990
50% No Score Yet Misfits of Science Dick Stetmeyer (Character) 1985-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet E/R Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taxi Mr. Ambrose (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Bill Karl Shub (Character)

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