Michu Meszaros

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Mihaly "Michu" Meszaros (Hungarian: Mészáros Mihály; born September 20, 1939[citation needed] in Budapest) is a Hungarian performer best remembered as the man behind the costume in the NBC sitcom ALF. He is 2 feet 9 inches (84 cm) tall.

Meszaros appeared in numerous television and film projects. His last appearance was in 1993's Warlock: The Armageddon.

For the first few seasons of ALF, Meszaros donned a full-body costume of the character whenever a full-body shot of the alien was needed. Meszaros was used where scenes of ALF walking, running, or standing were required.

Most shots were half-body shots of ALF's upper body, since the ALF costume was extremely hot and uncomfortable for the actor to wear under the bright studio lights and during long stretches. The ALF puppet and costume can be distinguished on first view because the head proportions are slightly different.

More about Michu[edit]

In the 1980s the city of Hawthorne, California named their shortest street in the City "Michu Lane".[1]

Michu also was a member of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the former "shortest man in the world".[2]

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  1. ^ "Michu Ln". Google Maps (maps.google.com). Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  2. ^ Dunbrow, Marsha (April 26, 1982). "Only 33 Inches Tall, Mihaly 'Michu' Mezaros Is the Smallest Guy Under the Big Top". People Magazine. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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