'ALF' Star Mihaly Meszaros Dies At 76 After Suffering A Stroke — UPDATE
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story indicated that Meszaros died on Sunday, Dec. 25. We regret this error.
If you were a huge fan of this '80s sitcom, then here is some sad news. ALF star Mihaly Meszaros died at 76 on Sunday, June 12, after suffering a stroke, his manager and longtime friend Dennis Varga confirmed to CNN. TMZ reports Meszaros was rushed to a Los Angeles-based hospital after being found unresponsive at his home and was in a coma ever since. He was best known for playing the friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF (Alien Life Form). The actor was 33 inches tall and wore a full-body costume to bring ALF to life on the small screen.
In addition to Meszaros, sometimes a puppet was used to portray ALF. The iconic character was voiced by another actor, Paul Fusco. The NBC series only aired for four seasons, but will never be forgotten. ALF even appeared in Mr. Robot Season 2 alongside other '80s nostalgia. It doesn't seem like Meszaros donned the ALF suit himself for the hit USA drama.
ALF wasn't the only series Meszaros appeared in, but was also seen in Big Top Pee-wee and the TV series Dear John. As listed on IMDb, Meszaros also did Mikey's stunts in the 1989 film Look Who's Talking starring Kirstie Alley and John Travolta.
According to CNN, Meszaros was born in Hungary and joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in 1973. Per Varga, his late friend even performed for former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Apparently, Meszaros was also friends with Michael Jackson after the late singer saw one of his performances. TMZ reports that Meszaros spent a great deal of time at Jackson's Neverland ranch.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Meszaros' funeral costs and burial.