Michu Meszaros, The Man Who Played ALF, Has Died

June 13, 2016 / Posted by:

The “Sadness” tags seem to be getting used a lot around here lately… And sadly, here’s another one. TMZ says that Hungarian actor, circus performer and stunt man Michu Meszaros has gone on to the great beyond. He was 76.

Michu’s manager Dennis Varga tells TMZ that he has been in a bad way ever since he had a stroke 8 years ago. Over a week ago, Michu was found unresponsive in his home and was taken to the hospital. He was in a coma until he died early this morning. His manager set up a GoFundMe page to pay for his medical bills and funeral costs.

Wikipedia says that as a kid, Michu went to circus school (aka the school all of us wanted to go to as chirrun) and he began his career in show business in the early 70s when he joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, where he performed as “The Smallest Man In The World.” Before you go, “errr, that title belongs to Tommy Cruise,” Michu was 2 feet, 9 inches tall. Besides performing in the circus, Michu also acted in some movies like Big Top Pee-wee and he helped bring ALF to life.

Paul Fusco did the voice of ALF and he was the main puppeteer of that cat-eating alien (who worked the Kate Gosselin ‘do better than she ever did), but sometimes ALF had to walk. So whenever they needed full shots of ALF, Michu put on the costume and did the job. He did that for all 4 seasons of the show.

TMZ also says that Michu and Michael Jackson were friends and he was a regular at Neverland. The City of Hawthorne, CA also named their shortest street Michu Lane after him in the 1980s. I know that ALF and the cat kingdom have been at war for centuries, but hopefully all of the cats of Hawthorne will drop their rivalry and head on over to Michu Lane to pay their respects.

Rest in peace, Michu.

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