Michu Meszaros, the actor who played “Alf” in the popular 80s sitcom has died, according to his longtime friend and manager Dennis Varga.
Meszaros, who stood only 33-inches tall, had a stroke last Thursday and had been hospitalized ever since. Varga says the 76-year old actor died Sunday night.
Mezaros wore a full body suit to portray the alien wiseguy “Alf,” which was also sometimes portrayed by a puppet. But the character was voiced by another actor, Paul Fusco. The NBC series ran four seasons.
Meszaros was born in Hungary and joined Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1973. He performed for U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, and became friends with Michael Jackson after Jackson saw him performing, said Varga.
Meszaros also appeared on the TV series “Dear John” and “H.R. Pufnstuf,” and had small roles in movies like “Look Who’s Talking” and “Big Top Pee-wee.”
A GoFundMe page was recently launched to help Meszaros with medical expenses and funeral costs.