David Ogden didn’t stop with “ALF,” and he didn’t stop with playing the role of Major Charles Emerson in “M*A*S*H” either. He contributed his voice to the 1991 version of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pocahontas,” and many more. Ogden Stiers was also a passionate musician, having been an associate conductor of the Newport (Oregon) Symphony Orchestra.
His final performance of any kind came when he lent his voice to the role of Belhifet in the 2016 video game “Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.” Two years later, Ogden Stiers passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was a great loss to the industry, and he has definitely left an erasable mark.
A German Rock Star
It was just home soil that "ALF" was massive in. In the late 1980s, "ALF" became a huge hit in Germany. Not only was the show a huge success, but the invented character became a legendary rock star. Everything was dubbed at the time, and his singing voice was Tommi Piper's.
ALF (the rock star) released two albums and four singles which all became great local hits. This shows that even for out-of-space visitors, the skies are the limit. With comics, toys, video games, and all kinds of other merchandise, there's virtually nowhere in the world that "ALF" didn't reach.
David Ogden Stiers as Flakey Pete
If you were on one show, sure, it was most likely that you would appear on another. That is how it was in the 1980s, and that is how it was with David Ogden. He was cast as Flakey Pete, who appeared on the show in just two episodes.
Flakey Pete was wandering the Tanner's neighborhood during one Thanksgiving. He knocked on their door and begged for shelter as he had nowhere to go. ALF is the one who ends up giving him food, clean cloth, and love. It just shows how kind and loving this fluffy little alien actually was.
Why Was ALF Always Hungry?
ALF was known for many things. He had a great sense of humor. And deep inside, he had a great big heart and naturally only wished good for those around him. There was another thing he was known for, and that was his appetite. ALF was constantly hungry and looking for something to eat. But why?
As it turns out, besides the big nose and long brown furry coat, the Melmac creatures had eight stomachs. Seriously, how was he able to fit eight stomachs into that relatively small body of his? So no matter how much he ate, there was always room for more.
Jim J. Bullock as Neal Tanner
The character of Neal Tanner carried a story of its own on the show. Neal was Willie Tanner's brother, who moved in with them after separating from his wife. When he first met ALF, they both went on a bumpy ride. And that's just putting it lightly.
Soon enough, ALF's charms captivated Neal, and the two stitched up a close friendship. The furry friend from out of space and Uncle Neal had one of the funniest and most entertaining relationships on the screen. Before "ALF," Bullock was one of the leads of the TV show "Too Close for Comfort" and appeared in films such as "Full Moon High" and "Spaceballs," to name a few.