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Eighties Pop Icon Is Back on TV

After watching a film like "Toy Story," the computer animation used in Max Headroom looks like fingerpainting. But for many, it was the first taste of what was to come.

A stuttering, smart-aleck "cyberpunk" set in front of rainbow-streaked, ever-shifting walls, Max was created in 1984 to host a British music video show. The show's trailer, a made-for-TV movie, explained who Max was and where he came from.

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But most of us met Max when he jumped across the pond to do commercials for New Coke from 1986 to 1988. The commercials spawned an ABC spin-off series, based on the original British movie. Thirteen shows ran before the show was cancelled in 1987 - effectively marking the end of Max.

Recently, however, Max Headroom has enjoyed new popularity. The Sci-Fi cable channel has just finished running the series and will run it again in January. He's also on the web (http://www.

As for Matt Frewer, the actor who played Max, he has since acted in such movies as "Lawnmower Man II" - appropriately, a movie about cyberspace - in addition to providing the voice for the new Pink Panther cartoon. He is also involved with the upcoming Disney film "Hercules," to be released June 20, 1997.

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