Max Wright is an actor (born August 2, 1943) who has appeared in several sitcoms and movies during his career. Wright has made appearances in TV shows such as WKRP in Cincinnati, was a regular cast member in ALF, Misfits of Science, Buffalo Bill, The Norm Show, and appeared in the first two seasons of the popular sitcom Friends, as Terry, the manager of Central Perk. He has also appeared in movies such as Soul Man and the made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand.
Wright is best known for his role as role as Willie Tanner on the late-1980s hit sitcom ALF where he played the father in a family that took in and adopted an alien who happened to crash land into his garage. Wright's character on the show was very wholesome, and the entire show was oriented toward families and kids. It was intended to be a sitcom that the whole family could watch.
To the casual observer Wright appeared to have it all. He had what appeared to be a happy marriage and a successful acting career. Wright, however, was hiding a dark secret - a penchant for smoking crack and having unprotected sex with homeless men. Surprisingly, the supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer was the news source that blew the cover off of Max Wright's hedonistic and dangerous lifestyle.
The National Enquirer posted an expose on Wright after acquiring homemade sex tapes showing Wright having smoking crack and having gay sex with a random homeless man he had literally just met. In one of the videos Max is shown having a discussion with his gay lover and a homeless man regarding the best way to smoke crack and then later telling him lover that the homeless man with whom he just had sex was "hot."
Wright's former gay lover said:
"His life was so out of control that 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.
Max had unprotected sex with me and with the homeless guys. And he did drugs with me and the homeless men.
Max even agreed to let me film two gay sex videos with him. They're both with homeless men we picked up on the street!"
Wright was also arrested in 2000 and in 2003 for drunken driving. For all of the reasons discussed above, Max Wright is one washed-up celebrity!
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