Former Child Star Benji Gregory of ‘ALF’ Passes Away at 46

Benji Gregory, Beloved 'ALF' Actor, Found Dead at 46

Benji Gregory

Benji Gregory, who charmed audiences as Brian Tanner on the iconic 1980s sitcom “ALF,” has died at the age of 46. Gregory and his service dog were discovered in a car parked at a Chase Bank in Peoria, Arizona, on June 13, 2024. The news of his death was publicly released on July 10, 2024. 

Gregory’s career in the entertainment industry began early, inspired by his family’s involvement in acting. He appeared in popular television series such as “The A-Team,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Amazing Stories,” and “Punky Brewster” before gaining fame on “ALF,” which aired from 1986 to 1990.

After retiring from acting, Gregory joined the U.S. Navy as an aerographer’s mate, serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson. He enlisted in 2003 and received an honorable medical discharge in 2005. 

His sister revealed that Gregory struggled with depression, bipolar disorder, and a sleep disorder. She suggested that he likely succumbed to heatstroke after falling asleep in his car, though the official cause of death remains under investigation.

Benji Gregory

Fans of “ALF” and those who followed Gregory’s early career are mourning his loss. His contributions to television, both on-screen and as a voice actor in animated series like “Fantastic Max,” remain memorable. Gregory also made appearances in public service announcements and children’s game shows, further showcasing his versatility.

Born Benjamin Gregory Hertzberg on May 26, 1978, in Encino, California, Gregory was surrounded by family members active in the acting world, including his father, uncle, and sister. His grandmother served as his agent, guiding his early career. Gregory later studied film at the Academy of Art College.

In a 2000 interview with People, Gregory reflected on his time on “ALF,” expressing mixed feelings about the show’s cancellation but ultimately valuing his experiences. He married Sarah Gregory shortly after his military service in 2006.

Gregory’s death is a tragic reminder of the challenges faced by many former child stars. His legacy in the entertainment industry and his service in the Navy will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.

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