Eddie Powell (March 9, 1927 – August 11, 2000) was an English stunt performer and actor who portrayed the Alien Warriors in the 1986 film Aliens. He also portrayed the Alien in the 1979 film Alien in the scenes where Brett and Dallas are attacked, although he was not credited for this role. Other notable films Powell appeared in include Where Eagles Dare (1968), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Batman (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and multiple films in the James Bond series.



"The other, um, sci-fi film I'm known for is a film that Ridley Scott did on the Alien, and I was brought in to play the Alien. Um, the original person pulled out right at the very beginning, didn't want to know about it, so I took over. And, um, I said to the producer three-quarters of the way through the film that, uh, I hope I'm going to get the main credit for this. [...] I just got it for the action for the Alien, which really upset me."
―Powell in the 1995 documentary Dalekmania[1]

When it was still planned to have the Alien costume be transparent, Powell donned one of the prototype costumes. Plaster casts of Powell were also made, presumably to construct a costume that fit him. For Powell (and main Alien actor Bolaji Badejo), putting on the Alien costume was a "terrible ordeal", taking at least an hour to get ready. Additionally, Powell couldn't "see a thing" once inside the suit.[2]


Powell in the Alien costume.[3]

Powell portrayed the Alien during Brett (Harry Dean Stanton)'s death scene. Wearing a steel wire rig, Powell was strung up above the Nostromo's landing gear. Scenes filmed with Powell included him being curled up, dangling above Brett and then slowly unfolding himself in a "Christ-like" fashion, close-ups of the Alien "admiring" and then attacking Brett and close-ups of the Alien's head. Director Ridley Scott made the scene be reshot numerous times until he was satisfied with the results, making Powell have to endure being hung upside down constantly and quickly hoisted up into the air.

In addition to Brett's death scenes, Powell portrayed the Alien when it attacked Dallas inside the ship's air ducts, as Badejo was too large to fit in the ducts, and in the scene where it is finally incinerated in the Narcissus' engines.[4]

Although the "Christ-like" shots of Powell in the Alien costume were cut from the 1979 theatrical release of the film, one of them was reinstated in the 2003 Director's Cut and the rest made it as extra footage on the Alien Quadrilogy box set. As Scott only wanted to show glimpses of the Alien, the additional close-ups of the Alien were also cut from the theatrical release.


Year Title Notes
1958 The Vikings Uncredited
1959 The Mummy Uncredited
1961 The Guns of Navarone Uncredited
1963 A Place to Go Uncredited
Jason and the Argonauts Uncredited
From Russia with Love Uncredited
1964 The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
1965 She Uncredited
1966 Dracula: Prince of Darkness Uncredited
Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
1967 You Only Live Twice Uncredited
The Mummy's Shroud
1968 The Devil Rides Out Uncredited
The Lost Continent
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave Uncredited
Where Eagles Dare Uncredited
1970 Taste the Blood of Dracula Uncredited
Kelly's Heroes Uncredited; with Harry Dean Stanton
Scars of Dracula Uncredited
1971 Diamonds Are Forever Uncredited
1972 Dracula A.D. 1972 Uncredited
1973 Live and Let Die Uncredited; with Yaphet Kotto
1974 The Mutations
The Man with the Golden Gun Uncredited
1976 To the Devil a Daughter Uncredited
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me Uncredited; with Clive Curtis, Nick Gillard and Roy Scammell
1978 The Boys from Brazil
1979 Dracula
1980 The Sea Wolves Uncredited
Flash Gordon With John Lees and Roy Scammell
1981 For Your Eyes Only Uncredited; with Clive Curtis, Charles Dance, Nick Gillard, John Lees and Roy Scammell
1983 Octopussy Uncredited; with William H. Burton, Jr., Clive Curtis and Tip Tipping
Never Say Never Again Uncredited; with Clive Curtis and Tip Tipping
Krull Uncredited; with Nick Gillard and Tip Tipping
1984 Top Secret! With Clive Curtis and Mac McDonald
1985 Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch
A View to a Kill Uncredited; with Simon Crane, Clive Curtis and Trevor Steedman
Enemy Mine
Legend Uncredited; with Nick Gillard, directed by Ridley Scott
1986 Aliens
Half Moon Street Uncredited; with Andy Lucas, Mac McDonald and Sigourney Weaver
1987 The Living Daylights Uncredited; with Nick Gillard
1988 Buster With Ralph Brown, Vincenzo Nicoli and Tip Tipping
High Spirits
Willow With Simon Crane, Nick Gillard, Roy Scammell and Tip Tipping
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade With Simon Crane, Nick Gillard, Paul Maxwell and Tip Tipping
Batman With Carl Chase, Simon Crane, Clive Curtis, Christopher Fairbank, Leon Herbert, Mac McDonald, Mark Anthony Newman and Tip Tipping
Erik the Viking Uncredited
1990 Nuns on the Run With Roy Scammell
1991 The Miracle Uncredited
Robin Hood Uncredited; with Danny Webb
A Kiss Before Dying
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves With Simon Crane, Clive Curtis, Nick Gillard, Mark Anthony Newman, Denise Ryan, Tip Tipping and Michael Wincott
1996 Daylight With Dan Hedaya, John Lees, Mark Anthony Newman and Mark Rolston



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kevin Davies (director). Dalekmania (1995), Amity Productions [DVD].
  2. Cinfantastique, p. 36 (Autumn 1979), Frederick S. Clarke.
  3. http://imgur.com/a/VWsI3
  4. Ridley Scott, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, H. R. Giger, Ivor PowellThe Alien Legacy (1999), Sharpline Arts [DVD].
  5. http://smg.photobucket.com/user/BigJim73/media/Autographs/EddiePowellAlien1979ALIENwithCOA_zps576d6e8a.jpg.html