Mihaly "Michu" Meszaros, the longtime circus performer and actor who occasionally played the diminutive alien title character on the NBC sitcom Alf, has died. He was 76.
Standing at 2 feet, 9 inches, the Hungarian-born actor was unofficially known as the "Smallest Man on Earth." Though the character of Alf was predominantly animated via puppeteer, from time to time he was portrayed walking around — and that's where Meszaros stepped in
Meszaros also appeared in a handful of films including Big Top Pee-wee and Look Who's Talking, as well as several other TV shows and music videos.
TMZ first reported Monday that Meszaros had died, citing his longtime manager Dennis Varga. The site said he was hospitalized in a coma more than a week ago after being found unresponsive at his home.