From 1986 to 1990 NBC aired the sitcom ALF, the story about a friendly extraterrestrial (ALF) who crashed in the garage of a suburban middle class family: The Tanners.
If you ever watched the show you know that ALF´s real name was Gordon Shumway and his hometown was Melmac. Also that ALF is his nickname which means Alien Life Form. But did you know how ALF came to live in every episode? If you don´t know you can find out here: Who played Alf?
There where two ALFs, one was a puppet (half-body shots) and the other was an actor dressed in an ALF custom (full-body shots).
The ALF puppet (live –hand puppet) was operated primarily by Paul Fusco (also a producer on the show). He was the principal puppeteer and the voice of ALF, he had two assistant puppeteers: Lisa Buckley and Bob Fappiano.
For full-body shots of ALF (like in the series intro, where ALF joins the Tanners in their family picture) they didn´t use the puppet. It was Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros, a 2 ft 9 inches (83.82cm) tall Hungarian performer who stood in for the ALF puppet wearing an ALF costume. Meszaros wore the full-body ALF costume for the first few seasons every time ALF was walking, running, or standing.
You can distinguish the ALF puppet and the costume because the heads proportions are different.
Did you grew up watching ALF? What’s your favorite memory about this show?