That Time Actor Yaphet Kotto Claimed To Have Seen Real-Life Aliens

The late actor Yaphet Kotto, who co-starred in the original 1979 movie Alien as well as the James Bond film Live And Let Die, had publicly claimed in 2017 to have personally seen both UFOs and extraterrestrials. The media outlet he chose to reveal this information to was Vice, which means it was reported in the most smug, condescending, and dismissive manner humanly possible.

Among his remembered experiences was seeing an alien in the Bronx when he was a child; Kotto described the creature as “at least five or six feet tall with an elongated head.”

He then said that UFOs and aliens seemed to be following him through his entire life after that—often accompanied by a sense of time loss—culminating into a major sighting in the Philippines that was witnessed by several people:

“It was one evening in my office in the Philippines. I heard my wife and the waiters calling me to come outside in very anxious voices. So I went out and when I got there, I saw the same huge circle of smoke over the house. When I asked them what they saw, they said they saw a UFO as big as the Yankee Stadium turned upside down. They were freaking out. Two or three nights later, I saw it. The thing blotted out the entire sky. The moon and everything, it was huge. I just remember saying, ‘Jesus Christ.’ I mean I got so nervous man because you don’t see something like that without being vulnerable to becoming psychologically blown away. You get scared to put it quite frankly. That messed me up for a good three or four days.”


The actor also seemed to note the irony that somebody who appeared in Ridley Scott’s Alien would now be talking about alien sightings, though he insisted the movie did not shape his recollection of events. Kotto did mention, however, that he believes there were some “symbols” encoded into the actual set for the movie that might be of some significance:

“Now, I’ll admit, there were things that I alone found on the set of Alien—the spaceship. That mechanism that Sigourney Weaver throws to put the Sulaco (fictional spacecraft) on automatic destruct. There were symbols there. Symbols that had nothing to do with the ship in the film and I kept finding these symbols. They were like Egyptian symbols and I started trying to decipher them, which I was able to do.”

He was also alarmed that in his death scene in the movie, the alien went for the area that was essentially his third eye:

“Now I don’t know why Ridley did this, but when that alien’s mouth came open, it was headed right for my forehead, which is where the spiritual eye is supposed to be located. So when I saw the dummy version of my head where the craftsmen were, I said, ‘why is this thing going towards the spiritual eye man?’ The spot where our indian brothers and sisters have their red dots. Why couldn’t it have gone into my chest or neck? That just pissed me off.”


My take on all this? My personal belief is that there is some sort of psychological/spiritual aspect to UFO/alien sightings. Not that they did not “happen”—but that there seems to be some sort of “subjective” quality to them, keyed-in to the Experiencer, that influences how and when they appear.

For instance, Kotto talked about how one significant craft sighting happened connected to a meditation session:

“At one point, I remember being at my home at 6 PM. I went into my office in the garage to meditate, and I saw something. I looked at it for about five minutes, and it was light. I was wondering why the neighbors were shining a light through the top of my garage window. So I went to talk to them. Now keep in mind, I had been sitting in that car garage for some 12 hours and I believed that I contributed to those things that were flying above my garage… I shouldn’t call them things, they were aircrafts.”


Again: not saying these things are “subjective” as if they didn’t happen. But you know it “feels” like a quantum thing to me…the observer influences the event. The Event happens—but it is almost like in a “dialogue” with the Experiencer.

As for Kotto, who said that he hadn’t publicly discussed these experiences before but decided that 2017 would be the year to do so, he believed these “contacts” are happening for the following reason:

“They aren’t going to go away and I honestly believe these species are close to making themselves known in this century, to this generation. I believe their purpose is to make sure we don’t kill ourselves. We’re losing our rivers, lakes, mountains, and our caps are melting. We need to take a serious look at what we’re doing and they’re going to help us do that.”