Sitcom Dad Dead at 75

Jun 26, 2019  •  Post A Comment

An actor who appeared in many TV roles, becoming best known for his role as TV dad Willie Tanner on the ’80s sitcom “ALF,” has died.

TMZ reports that Max Wright died Wednesday. He was 75.

“Family sources tell TMZ … the actor passed away in his home in Hermosa Beach, CA … just outside Los Angeles,” TMZ reports. “We’re told Max had battled cancer for years. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995, but had been in remission for a long time.”

Along with his role from 1986-1990 on “ALF,” Wright had series regular roles as Karl Shub on “Buffalo Bill” (1983-1984) and Max Denby on “Norm” (1999-2001). He began making TV guest appearances in the ’70s, with roles on “WKRP,” “Taxi,” “Hart to Hart,” “Benson,” “Cheers,” “Quantum Leap,” “Murphy Brown,” “Friends” and many other shows.

“His wife, Linda Ybarrondo, to whom he was married since 1965, died in 2017 from breast cancer. They had 2 children together,” TMZ notes.

Max Wright on “ALF”


  1. So sorry for your loss..just remember all the wonderful memories and how he touched so many lives. God bless RIP Charlene Marie Jones Flight attendant BOS Logan international airport BOS Massachusetts

  2. I always liked alf it was a good show if alf we’re a person he sold kinda be me at this god beles you and yours love much love Shannon d now Shannon c me and my husband much love in I grow up in 80 1980s. All those shows he was on I seen with over over to tis day I want tis weekend all this does in his anger oh my taxi cheers Murphy Brown what shows bring back the 80s bring back the 80s TV and movies PG movies in the 80s what could be better he was one of the better and best actors of the 80s much love godspeed you all rest in peace stay strong knowing one day he’ll be in heaven waiting for you all you’ll make it just because it it’s true love God heaven is real love God

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