Max Wright

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Max Wright
Born George Edward Maxwell Wright
(1943-08-02) August 2, 1943 (age 73)
Detroit, Michigan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974-present
Spouse(s) Linda Wright (1965-present)

George Edward Maxwell Wright (born August 2, 1943), credited professionally as Max Wright, is an American actor, best known for his role as Willie Tanner on the sitcom ALF.


Wright was born in Detroit, Michigan.[1] In addition to ALF he made appearances in TV shows such as WKRP in Cincinnati, and was a regular cast member in Misfits of Science, AfterMASH, Buffalo Bill and The Norm Show as well as appearing in the made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. He appeared briefly in the first and second seasons of the sitcom Friends, as Terry, the manager of Central Perk. He played Guenter Wendt in the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Dr. Josef Mengele in Playing for Time.

Wright has also enjoyed a stage career and has acted at regional theaters around the United States. He received a Tony nomination in 1998 for Ivanov. Another Broadway appearance of note was in Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center as Sir Andrew. He was in the original production of The Great White Hope at The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. In 2007 he acted at the JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre) in Detroit[2] and in the production of "No Man's Land" at the American Repertory Theater.[3] He appeared in The Public Theater's 2010 production of Winters Tale and Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare in the Park.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to his wife Linda since 1965, with whom he has had two children, Ben and Daisy. In 1995, he was diagnosed with lymphoma, which was successfully treated and remains in remission.[5]

In January 2000, Wright was arrested for drunken driving in Los Angeles. At the time he was appearing on The Norm Show.[6] He was sentenced to probation. Wright had another DUI arrest in 2003.[7]




  1. ^ "Max Wright Biography (1943-)". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  2. ^ "A beautiful production opens JET season". 
  3. ^ "No Man's Land". 
  4. ^ "The Public Theater's website". 2006-08-22. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Biography for Max Wright". 
  6. ^ Wolk, Josh (2000-01-11). "Entertainment Weekly article". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  7. ^ "USA Today". USA Today. 2003-08-28. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 

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