Highly compelling sci-fi movies and TV shows are chock full of the weirdest, wildest and often the most bizarre looking aliens. These space spawned beings may be humanoids which look slightly like us, or they may be the strangest things who look nothing like human beings at all. Think of extraterrestrials like ET, the Tribbles from Star Trek, or The Thing, and you get the idea that so many aliens, look well, alien! However there are more than a few aliens that resist that alien look. They would look right at home walking down the street, or eating lunch along side the humans they’re visiting in your local Burger King.
Jeff Bridges just won an Oscar for his lead role in Crazy Heart, but back in 1984 he got nominated for an Academy Award for playing a most human looking alien creature.
John Carpenter directed the talented actor, who played opposite great actress Karen Allen in this tender, romantic science fiction fable. Allen plays the widow Jenny Hayden, and when an energy alien ball comes to visit, it finds hair strands from her deceased husband in the family photo album. After a nifty alien cloning job, voila, the energy ball transforms into an exact duplicate of the late Scott Hayden. Things may have turned out differently, if the original actor offered the part Kevin Bacon, had gone through with performing the popular role.
Alien people bathed in the crimson light of the red sun of Krypton must have a lot in common with us human beings, because Kal-El, the most famous Kryptonian from DC Comics, films and TV shows, looks exactly like us.
Played by gifted actor Christopher Reeve in the classic Richard Donner directed movies, Brandon Routh in Superman Returns, and by Tom Welling in the TV version of Smallville, Clark Kent may have been accused often of being a nerd, but never of being an alien from a far off world.
Klaatu – The Day The Earth Stood Still
Michael Rennie plays the most dapper, well dressed and soft spoken alien this side of the cosmos, in the 1951 science fiction classic The Day The Earth Stood Still.
Klaatu traveled to Earth to teach us the finer points of playing nice in the galactic playground. He’s brought along a giant of a robot – Gort. Gort also has a vaguely humanoid shape and look, however Klaatu is so human looking, he easily blends into the Washington D.C. Neighborhoods. He ends up hanging out with Helen Benson (Patricia Neal) and her son, Bobby, and both mother and son accept him perfectly as a human male.
Lt. Jadzia Dax – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek has always given us some of the most human looking aliens around. This was mostly due to the budget constraints of the original series, but Gene Roddenberry always preferred a more human look to aliens, so to be as emotionally accessible to the audience as possible. Most importantly of all, Roddenberry always wanted an actor’s eyes to be seen, even through lots of latex and make-up masks.
Actress Terry Farrell played the brainy, and beautiful Trill alien science officer Dax, stationed on space station Deep Space Nine. The tricky part to the character was that Trills are a joined species, a symbiotic relationship with the humanoid hosting a large worm like creature, and both lifeforms being the beneficiary of increased abilities, memories and talents. The only clue that Farrell embodied a non human character was a series of cosmetically appealing dots scattered all about one side of our face.
Natasha Henstridge turns in an electrically sensual performance as one of the most physically attractive female aliens to ever grace the silver screen
Government lab jockeys who create the alien utilize a DNA code beamed to them from deep space. They name the creature Sil. Even though they try to keep her contained, she ultimately escapes and goes on a sex fueled mating rampage. Men whom she targets for her amorous, procreating goals never knows she’s anything but what she appears – a drop dead gorgeous human being. It’s only when Sil is in the mood to actually mate, that she reveals she’s a lot more than a pretty woman.
The heavily British accented, mysterious alien known as Doctor Who may be a Time Lord from the far off planet of Gallifrey, but he could easily get lost in the London subway – or the Tube – as just another human resident of the United Kingdom.
Since 1963, eleven actors have portrayed the intrepid Doctor – with the latest being Matt Smith – who debuted as the human looking alien on April 3, 2010. At age 27, Smith is also the youngest actor to date to play the resourceful, and very humanistic Doctor Who.