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Former 'Alf' actor faces DWI count
VALATIE, N.Y. (AP) — The actor who played patriarch Willie Tanner in the 1980s sitcom Alf, was arrested Tuesday on drunken driving charges.

Police said 60-year-old George Wright of Hermosa Beach, Calif., drove his 1987 Volvo off Route 9 in an Albany-area suburb. Wright struck two mailboxes before coming to a stop on a sidewalk on Tuesday around 1 p.m.

State Police said Wright was in Valatie, driving from his daughter's home in nearby Castleton to mail a letter.

He failed a breath analysis test given by a trooper. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, sent to Columbia County Jail and posted bail later on Tuesday, the Register-Star of Hudson reported.

Under the stage name Max Wright, he has appeared in nearly 60 movies and television shows, including Friends and Cheers. Most recently, he played a recurring character in Norm. In Alf, he portrayed the patriarch of a family that adopted a brown, fur-covered puppet from outer space.

Valatie is 18 miles south of Albany.

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