More sad news today: Michu Meszaros, the circus star who played ALF for four seasons on the ’80s sitcom, has died according his longtime manager, Dennis Varga. He was 76.
Michu was born in Hungary to family of poor sheepherders and began performing in the circus in his teens. He was only 33 inches tall coining him the unofficial title as “the smallest man on earth.” He eventually joined Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus in the ’70s.
TMZ is reporting that the 2’9″ actor had been dealing with health issues after suffering a stroke 8 years ago, and that late last week the 76-year-old Michu was found unresponsive in the bathroom.
Michu was taken to an L.A. area hospital where he remained in a coma for two days
Varga says Michu gave him strict instructions not to take him off life support.
Michu got his start at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus before landing the role of ALF the alien. ALF was a puppet but Michu wore the costume when they needed walking/running shots.
Michu also did a cameo in Big Top Pee-wee.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help funeral costs.