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      Max Wright

      Max Wright

      Highest Rated: 90% Reds (1981)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Soul Man (1986)

      Birthday: Aug 2, 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Reds poster
      Reds
      All That Jazz poster
      All That Jazz
      William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream poster
      William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
      Simon poster
      Simon
      Snow Falling on Cedars poster
      Snow Falling on Cedars
      Dealin' With Idiots poster
      Dealin' With Idiots
      Soul Man poster
      Soul Man

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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
      39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Horace Whaley (Character) $14.4M 1999
      67% 60% William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Robin Starveling (Character) - 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 11% White Mile Bill Spencer (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wedding Day Blues Howard Haldane (Character) - 1988
      13% 34% Soul Man Dr. Aronson (Character) $27.3M 1986
      No Score Yet 37% Touch and Go Lester (Character) $1.0M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Konrad Dr. Al Monford (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 34% Fraternity Vacation Millard Tvedt (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 17% Dangerous Company Dr. Boone (Character) - 1982
      90% 82% Reds Floyd Dell (Character) - 1981
      60% 68% Simon Leon Hundertwasser (Character) - 1980
      87% 85% All That Jazz Joshua Penn (Character) - 1979

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Norm Unknown (Character) 1999-2001
      No Score Yet 87% 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
      79% 93% 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 85% Quantum Leap Doc Kinman (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 0% Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet 82% ALF Willie Tanner (Character) 1986-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Misfits of Science Dick Stetmeyer (Character) 1985-1986
      68% No Score Yet E/R Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Bill Karl Shub (Character) 1983-1984
      No Score Yet 100% 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 Great Performances Etienne (Character) 1974