'ALF' Star Max Wright Dies

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Actor Max Wright, best known for playing the overwhelmed dad on the 1980s sitcom "ALF," has died after a long battle with cancer.

The 75-year-old passed away Wednesday in his Hermosa Beach, California home, his family says. He had been diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1995, but it went into remission for several years before recently coming back. Wright's death comes less than two years after his wife of 52 years, Linda Ybarrondo, died from breast cancer.

In addition to his role as Willie Tanner on "ALF," Wright had 64 credits to his name. He made appearances on such shows as "Cheers" and "Buffalo Bill," and also turned up in big-screen ventures like "All that Jazz" and "Soul Man."

What was the cheesiest TV show in the '80s? Assuming the effects were more current, would "ALF" be a hit today?

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