Loveable TV alien Alf is getting his show rebooted, but the cast’s crack smoking, gay-porn starring dad is unlikely to return. Bitter Max Wright turned his back on the show’s success to indulge in a vice-filled life of casual sex with men and hard drugs, all while remaining married to wife Linda. Since she died of breast cancer in 2017 after 52 years together, RadarOnline can reveal Max has found love with a German male nurse. Click through the gallery to see Wright’s shocking transformation as the hit show was set to hit the airwaves again.
Wright’s new man, Reiner Dettlinger - described as Max's “life partner” by German newspaper Bild – said: "He's ashamed of Alf. It was a demotion, because he came from the theater."
Although Wright played mild-mannered TV dad Willie Tanner in the family comedy - centered around an extra-terrestrial who comes to live with a middle-class American family – off-screen his life was the complete opposite.
After beating cancer in the 90s, he was arrested in 2000 and 2003 for Driving Under the Influence.
In 2001 a National ENQUIRER expose showed stills from a video of him smoking a homemade crack pipe and kissing another man.
A male ex-lover said at the time: “His life was so out of control he didn't care about exposure to AIDS.
“We would meet twice a week and pick up homeless men, take them home and pay them $100 for sex,” Wright's ex-lover told the Enquirer.
“Max had unprotected sex with me and with the homeless guys. And he did drugs with me and the homeless men."
Wright – father of two, Ben and Daisy – was also revealed to have starred in a shocking home-made porn tape before Linda forced him into a 12-step program and he began to straighten his life out.
Although they stayed married, Linda kicked him out in 2003.
Alf had finished 13 years earlier after four seasons on air and Wright’s career had languished with a number of bit parts, including a small stint in early episodes of Friends. He stopped working in 2005.
Pictured in 2015, balding Max cut a lonely figure, pulling his trash out of the modest building he called home in California dressed in ragged clothes.
A neighbor said: “Max appears completely alone. He seldom leaves his place except to take out the trash or pick up groceries. You’d have no idea he was once a big star.”
When contacted by Radar, his son Ben added: "He just wants to be left alone." We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.