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Born: August 2, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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Prolific character player of TV and some films best known as the high-strung father of a suburban family that shelters an irascible alien visitor in their home on the hit sitcom "ALF" (NBC, 1986-90). With his light hair, slight build, spectacles and lined, worried-looking face, Wright seems born to play nervous accountants, as he did well in "Trick or Treat" (syndicated, 1983), the pilot for "Tales From the Darkside". As nervous station manager Karl Shub, he had to deal with the outrageous on- and off-air antics of "Buffalo Bill" (NBC, 1983-84), Dabney Coleman's churlish TV personality. On "Misfits of Science" (NBC, 1985-86), Wright was the director of an institute that studied the extraordinary powers of the teen protagonists while uneasily tolerating their amateur crime fighting activities. He demonstrated a capability for expressing a darker side as the Nazi Dr. Mengele in the acclaimed TV-movie "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980). Wright has also appeared in small character roles in a variety of features including "All That Jazz" (1979), "Reds" (1981) and "The Shadow" (1994).

Prolific character player of TV and some films best known as the high-strung father of a suburban family that shelters an irascible alien visitor in their home on the hit sitcom "ALF" (NBC, 1986-90). With his light hair, slight build, spectacles and lined, worried-looking face, Wright seems born to play nervous accountants, as he did well in "Trick or Treat" (syndicated, 1983), the pilot for "Tales From the Darkside". As nervous station manager Karl Shub, he had to deal with the outrageous on- and off-air antics of "Buffalo Bill" (NBC, 1983-84), Dabney Coleman's churlish TV personality. On "Misfits of Science" (NBC, 1985-86), Wright was the director of an institute that studied the extraordinary powers of the teen protagonists while uneasily tolerating their amateur crime fighting activities. He demonstrated a capability for expressing a darker side as the Nazi Dr. Mengele in the acclaimed TV-movie "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980). Wright has also appeared in small character roles in a variety of features including "All That Jazz" (1979), "Reds" (1981) and "The Shadow" (1994).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Easter (2003)
3.
 Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) Horace Whaley
4.
 Dead By Midnight (1997) Reilly
5.
 Mother's Gift, A (1995) Herman Mandelbrot
6.
 Grumpier Old Men (1995) Health Inspector
7.
 Shadow, The (1994) Berger
8.
 White Mile (1994) Bill Spencer
9.
 Wedding Day Blues (1988) Howard Haldane
10.
 Touch and Go (1986) Lester
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1979:
Feature acting debut, Jonathan Demme's "Last Embrace"
1980:
TV-movie debut, portrayed Dr. Mengele in "Playing for Time", an acclaimed CBS docudrama scripted by Arthur Miller and starring Vanessa Redgrave
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Debut as a TV series regular, "Buffalo Bill", a superior sitcom starring Dabney Coleman
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Cast as a regular on "Misfits of Science", a sci-fi comedy adventure series
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Cast as a regular on "Code Name: Foxfire", a short-lived adventure series
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Cast in his best known role, Willie Tanner, the father of the suburban family that takes in the quirky space alien "ALF" in the long-running NBC sitcom
1993:
Cast as a regular on "Dudley", a short-lived sitcom vehicle for Dudley Moore
1997:
Returned to Broadway as co-star of "Ivanov"; earned raves for his performance
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Had regular role on the ABC sitcom "Norm"
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Education

Wabash College: Crawfordsville , Indiana -
Wayne State University: Detroit , Michigan -
National Theatre School: Montreal , Quebec -

Notes

In 1995, Wright was diagnosed with lymphoma.

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wife:
Linda Wright.

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daughter:
Daisy Wright. Born c. 1969.
son:
Ben Wright. Born c. 1975.

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