Bolaji Badejo: The Nigerian giant who played 'Alien'

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  • Bolaji Badejo played Alien in his only on-screen credit
  • The six-foot-10-inch tall Nigerian was discovered in a London pub after a long casting process

(CNN)Dripping with menace, the alien in Ridley Scott's 1979 space horror classic was quite literally the movie's break-out star.

With an extendible jaw that salivated acid, it wasn't enough that "Alien" could capture and kill; it wanted to use humans unfortunate enough to cross its path as a surrogate womb as well.
Yet while enthusiasts know much about the film's cast -- its heroine Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, and the unfortunate crew of the spaceship Nostromo -- the man behind the titular creature was nearly as elusive as his enduring on-screen character.