Mihaly "Michu" Meszaros (Hungarian: Mészáros Mihály; October 1, 1939 – June 13, 2016) was a Hungarian actor, circus performer/entertainer and stuntman, who as an American citizen was best remembered as a performer with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the man behind the costume in the NBC sitcom ALF. He was 2 feet 9 inches (84 cm) tall. Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Meszaros was a beloved television and film actor, also appearing opposite pop singer Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial and on the Strange Days album cover for The Doors. His last appearance was in 2015's Death to Cupid. For the first few seasons of the ALF television series, Meszaros donned a costume whenever a full-body shot was needed for scenes of the alien walking, running, or standing. For the most part, however, upper-body shots of a mechanical puppet were used instead, since the full-body costume was extremely hot and uncomfortable for the actor to wear for long periods of time under bright studio lights. The ALF puppet and costume can be distinguished on first view because the head proportions are slightly different.