max wright, the dad on tv's "alf"

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one of the best comedic actors ever! the long-lost spiritual brother of conrad bain and steve buscemi. or bob balaban and spalding gray. name me one '80s tv dad that was more adorably nebbishy than this guy -- and you can't say steven keaton.

wright apparently was arrested for dwi and posession of cocaine. wonder if he was hanging out with permanent midnight dude on the set of alf.

metal detective (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 17 June 2005 04:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

for real tho, this show has a dark side. has there been an e! true hollywood story on it yet?

metal detective (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 17 June 2005 04:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

he was on norm!

I shift gears when I see tears (deangulberry), Friday, 17 June 2005 04:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

i'm watching a couple of episodes now -- i'm amused by the show's socal-centricity! so far there have been references to oxnard and riverside!

metal detective (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 17 June 2005 04:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

I think there were some pretty widely disseminated tabloid pictures of this guy smoking crack and making out with some other guys who were also crackheads.

Dan I. (Dan I.), Friday, 17 June 2005 05:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

metal detective (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 17 June 2005 05:31 (9 years ago) Permalink

I can think of 2.9 billion males I'd rather receive head from.

Crankypants (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 17 June 2005 05:38 (9 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, someone who looks like him isn't exactly emanating erotic vibes.

Crankypants (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 17 June 2005 05:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

well, crack is involved. drugs too.

latebloomer: We kissy kiss in the rear view (latebloomer), Friday, 17 June 2005 06:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

hey now

metal detective (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 17 June 2005 06:12 (9 years ago) Permalink

He's really good in All That Jazz.

L'Histoire d'Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 17 June 2005 10:44 (9 years ago) Permalink

he's my uncle

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 17 June 2005 11:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

I was going to mention All That Jazz.

tokyo nursery school: afternoon session (rosemary), Friday, 17 June 2005 12:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

For real, Mandee?

Tuomas (Tuomas), Friday, 17 June 2005 12:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

When we put up Brecht's The Resistable Rise of Arturo UI on the Loeb Mainstage, David Wheeler told us that Max Wright played the role better than Al Pacino did.

Haikunym (Haikunym), Friday, 17 June 2005 12:36 (9 years ago) Permalink

tito puente, Friday, 17 June 2005 13:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

That's ridiculous. Jim J. Bullock's not gay.

Paunchy Stratego (kenan), Friday, 17 June 2005 13:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

Oh those misfits, misfits of science, those wild and crazy scientific guys...

The Sensational Sulk (sexyDancer), Friday, 17 June 2005 13:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

jim j. bullock is so awesome.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 13:58 (9 years ago) Permalink

Trivia about Max Wright:

Bears an uncanny resemblance to Colonel Oliver North's lawyer during the Iran-Contra hearings. So much so, he and the ALF puppet did a short made-for-TV spoof of the Senate Commitee hearings, in which ALF was being questioned on whether or not he was an alien, and he would lean over to hear the whispered advice from Willie (played by Wright), just like Oliver North was doing during his own questioning.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:02 (9 years ago) Permalink

Eh...

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:02 (9 years ago) Permalink

Jim J. Bullock! What was that show he was on? He was definitely the best thing about that show.

o. nate (onate), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

He was on ALF for a couple years but before that Too Close for Comfort. Also, The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show!

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

And Hollywood Squares.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

"Too Close for Comfort"! Monroe! Thank you, IMDB.

o. nate (onate), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

Didn't he at some point drop the I in Jim?

Huk-L, Friday, 17 June 2005 14:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

Ted Knight would always get peeved at Bullock and he would say "Monroooooooe", drawing it out in this inimitable Ted Knight way. So awesome.

o. nate (onate), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:09 (9 years ago) Permalink

i think i mentioned this before, but max wright hated the indignity of acting opposite a puppet and the long, complicated ALF shoots so much that when the final episode wrapped he went straight to his car, drove off, and never spoke to anyone on the show ever again.

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:09 (9 years ago) Permalink

He was so great on Norm as Denby.
I saw him in something on PBS once. It was a stage performance of something, with lots of Chicago actors, maybe It's A Wonderful Life?
I'm sure sure sure he's done Willy Loman. If not, WTF?

Huk-L, Friday, 17 June 2005 14:13 (9 years ago) Permalink

i remember Alf's dad was in this made-for-tv movie about like alien children being canned for mass distribution

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

omg the ALF quotes on imdb:

[ALF is determined to prove the man next door is Elvis Presley]
ALF: I can be logical if I have to. The man's name is Aaron King. Elvis' middle name was Aaron and he was king of Rock 'n' Roll.
Willie: I'm not convinced.
ALF: OK. How about this. Hank Aaron is baseball's home run king and Elvis loved baseball.
Willie: ALF, you are grasping at straws.
ALF: OK. LISTEN TO THIS. AARON BURR WANTED TO BE KING OF AMERICA AND HE WAS FROM THE SOUTH, JUST LIKE ELVIS.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

i could've sworn max wright played a banker in the man who wasn't there but i guess it was a look-alike.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

okay nevermind the movie i referenced above was called "Konrad" and it wasn't about alien children, it was just about one kid being canned and shipped out to some weirdo

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:19 (9 years ago) Permalink

oh that's all right, then.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

xpost: I vaugely remember seeing that. kinda inna "electric grandmother" stylee?

The Sensational Sulk (sexyDancer), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:25 (9 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't he the station's lawyer on WKRP as well?

Sparkle Motion's Rising Force, Friday, 17 June 2005 14:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

yeah, canned aliens are not okay, just one kid in a can is fine by me!!

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

Depends on how the kid's packed.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:32 (9 years ago) Permalink

The Sensational Sulk (sexyDancer), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

Bullock was also one of the best stand-in hosts on E's Talk Soup. Nothing better than a well-placed Mommie Dearest quote.

L'Histoire d'Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 17 June 2005 14:38 (9 years ago) Permalink

"the indignity of acting opposite a puppet" is a truly evocative gripe

jones (actual), Friday, 17 June 2005 15:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

Jim J. Bullock is in the case of Hairspray on broadway right now.. he plays like 3 different people.

Actor Sizemore fails drug test with fake penis (jingleberries), Friday, 17 June 2005 15:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

It's JM. JM J. BULLOCK. Not Jim. JM.

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 17 June 2005 15:59 (9 years ago) Permalink

# "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" (2004) TV Series (as Jim J. Bullock) .... Mr. Monroe
# Gaydar (2002) (as Jim J. Bullock) .... Maurice's Ex
# Circuit (2001/I) (as Jim J. Bullock) .... Mark
# 10 Attitudes (2001) (as Jim J. Bullock) .... Tex
# Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) (as Jim J. Bullock) .... Not-Yet-Out Gay Guy
# Get Your Stuff (2000) .... Tom

# Lost & Found (1999/I) .... Jewelry Store Clerk
# "Queer Duck" (1999) TV Series (voice) (as Jim J. Bullock) .... Adam Seymour "Queer Duck" Duckstein
# "The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show" (1996) TV Series (as Jim J. Bullock)

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Friday, 17 June 2005 16:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, he dropped the silly "Jm" thing at some point.

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 17 June 2005 17:40 (9 years ago) Permalink

He's no Charles Nelson Reilly.

Huk-L, Friday, 17 June 2005 17:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

Konrad was on PBS. I've read the book!

tokyo nursery school: afternoon session (rosemary), Saturday, 18 June 2005 00:52 (9 years ago) Permalink

5 years pass...

http://tv.gawker.com/5715680/lost-alf-footage-alf-says-the-n-word

is there anything associated with Alf that doesn't have a sordid, depressing story behind it?

thermite art (latebloomer), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 04:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

# Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) (as Jim J. Bullock) .... Not-Yet-Out Gay Guy

Haha, OMG, I've actually seen this movie.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 04:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

I met a guy in a bar a few months back who had a fling with Jm. J.

(he was convincing, plus I'm not sure that's something someone would make up)

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Є|Э (Edward III), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Є|Э (Edward III), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Max Wright was great on Dabney Coleman's sitcom Buffalo Bill

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 21:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I feel like "ALF creator Paul Fusco Thinks The Timing is Right For An ALF Movie" would've been an accurate headline in any one of the past 25 years.

Quiet Desperation, LLC (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 23:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

wolf kabob (ENBB), Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lol

bark ruffalo (latebloomer), Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.somethingawful.com/d/feature-articles/alf-tv-wikipedia.php

The ALF Expanded Universe encompasses all of the officially licensed, fictional background of the ALF universe, outside of the TV series and TV mini-series produced by NBC. The expanded universe includes books, comic books, video games, spin-off films like ALF: Dark Supremacy, related television series, toys, promotional websites, the ALF RPG source books and other media.

. . .

Melmac Nights (1994-1995) Showtime prequel series re-casts ALF as a hustler and pimp on his home planet of Melmac. Included the biolords, the first appearance of the drug RUFF and ALF's gun the Soulbreaker. Notable for the first time ALF is seen on screen killing a person (it is referenced in the original series, Episode 302 The Missing Boy).

. . .

Other

ALF, the character, has provided readings of several books for Audible.com including Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Toni Morrison's A Mercy.
From 2004-2005 the character dated Jennifer Lopez for publicity purposes and the couple was known as JALF, Lopalf and Jennifalf.

it was a dark and stormy genitals. (Phil D.), Thursday, 24 May 2012 13:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

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