It’s easy to dismiss the claims of individuals who report UFO sightings. Rolling your eyes at self-proclaimed “UFOlogists” and other experts is also understandable. But what about the word of celebrity UFO eye witnesses? Her are 15 celebrities who supposedly witnessed UFO sightings. Some have been disavowed, some not, but all are worth a look for skeptics and believers alike.
During his athletic heyday, boxing legend Muhammed Ali allegedly saw a group of UFOs while jogging through New York’s Central Park. The objects manifested as a bright glowing light that moved until it had full lined up with him. His manager, who was with him at the time, disavowed seeing any such phenomenon outright.
Billy Ray Cyrus
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Billy Ray Cyrus Tweeted his UFO sighting in 2011: ““O. K. . . my first U F O sighting. Looks like 5 or 6 disk like shapes hovering. Special moment 4 DAD.” He accompanied the Tweet with a picture of the supposed crafts, but not much can be made out.
David Bowie is said to have seen UFOs many times while growing up: “They came over so regularly we could time them. Sometimes they stood still, other times they moved so fast it was hard to keep a steady eye on them.” These experiences had a clear influence on his Ziggy Stardust period (pictured above), where he took the identity of a glam rock alien in a concert tour to promote the concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.
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Michael C. Luckman, author of Alien Rock: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Extraterrestrial Connection, has it on good authority that Mick Jagger experienced a UFO sighting while camping with girlfriend Marianne Faithful in 1968. While traveling through the Glestonbury countryside the two came upon “a rare, luminous cigar-shaped mothership.” Luckman maintains Jagger has been obsessed with aliens ever since.
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In October 2011, Victoria Beckham Tweeted an image of a glowing, orb-like UFO hovering over her Beverly Hills Home. The image was accompanied by “UFO hovering over our house last nigh!” Weirdly enough it happened a week after Billy Ray Cyrus’ own Tweeted sighting.
Dennis William Hauck’s unauthorized biography of William Shatner, Captain Quirk, contains an anecdote about the actor seeing a UFO while motorcycling through the Mojave desert. His bike allegedly broke down, causing him to crash. When he came to, the actor is said to have walked to a gas station only to find a silver disc hovering over it. Shatner would later recant the account, saying he lied about the event for vague reasons. Many, however, believe he’s done so to keep himself from further embarrassment over the topic– especially given his association with the alien-centric television series Star Trek.
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Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar claims he was abducted by UFOs. As accounted in his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock, he describes boarding an alien spacecraft during a fever dream he had while in the foothills above Fontana. As it turns out, Hagar believes that part of the dream really happened: “I saw a ship and two creatures inside of this ship… And they were connected to me, tapped into my mind through some kind of mysterious wireless connection.” Hagar backed up his story in an interview with MTV and elaborated further on a sighting he had when he was 4-years-old that didn’t make it into the book: “One time I saw what I considered to be, well, at the time I thought it was a car with no wheels. We lived out in the country and I saw this thing floating across a field, creating this big dust storm. I threw rocks at it and s—. And I don’t know what happened after that.”
Dan Aykroyd fancies himself something of an expert on the phenomenon of UFOs. The actor links his obsession to a telepathic encounter he claims to have had with a UFO during the 1980s. In his documentary, Dan Aykroyd Unplugged On UFOs, the actor described the happening: I woke up in the middle of the night and I said to my wife, ‘They’re calling me, they’re calling me. I want to go outside, they want me to come outside and see. Something outside wants me to come out and see.’ [she said] ‘Oh, just go back to bed.’ I went back to bed but the next day in the media- in newspapers and radio – all over upstate New York and Ontario and Quebec and Vermont, people spoke about this urge they had to go out of their houses at 3:00 in the morning and look up into the sky.” This makes for a rare case of a celebrity claiming to have not seen, but instead sensed, a UFO.
According an assistant/girlfriend, Maya Pang, John Lennon witnessed a UFO sighting August 23rd, 1974. While eating pizza on his New York balcony, the musician yelled for Pang: “He kept screaming for me to join him that instant. As I walked out onto the terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us. It was shaped like a flattened cone, and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we’d see heading for a landing at Newark Airport.” The singer would later reference the event in his song “Nobody Told Me.”
The King of Rock N’ Roll apparently had a string of UFO sightings during his lifetime. Presley was apparently very open about his experiences, which grew into obsession as the sightings became more frequent. The one that started them all, however, occurred the very night he was born. Elvis supposedly claimed both his father, Vernon Presley, and the doctor that delivered him saw a streak of blue light hover over the sky above their Tupelo, Mississippi home.
The Honeymooners and Smokey and the Bandit star (see right) was also a lifelong UFO researcher. The actor once weaved a story involving himself, President Richard Nixon, the remains of extraterrestrials and a wrecked UFO. While golfing the actor admitted to his friend Nixon he had a long standing UFO obsession. Nixon also revealed he to fancied the hobby. The same night, Nixon is said to have showed up at Gleason’s Florida house at midnight with a convoy. According to Gleason, the President took him to Homestead Airforce Base. There, Nixon supposedly showed Gleason the remains of a UFO and six-to-eight glass tubes containing the remains of child-sized extraterrestrials.
President and Bedtime For Bonzo actor Ronald Reagan supposedly saw a UFO in 1974. The sighting occurred while he was Governor of California and was witnessed from their airplane as it approached Bakersfield, CA. According to a bodyguard that also witnessed it, “It was a fairly steady light until it began to accelerate. Then it appeared to elongate. Then the light took off. It went up at a 45-degree angle-at a high rate of speed.” The witness would say it took off like a “hot-rod.”
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Comedian and Civil Rights activist package Gregory is said to have witnessed a series of UFOs flying around the skies of Big Sur, California in 1964. Three lights—two green, one red— flew around in sequence for up to 40 minutes, according to the comic, who continues to discuss his fascination with UFOs to this day.
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M*A*S*H* star Jamie Farr is said to have witnessed a UFO flying in the skies above Yuma, Arizona sometime in the early 1960s. While driving with his wife across the desert terrain at night the pair are said to have witnessed a light moving across the sky at unparalleled speeds. When it finally stopped in mid-air to hover, the design revealed a classic dome-topped UFO design. Rather than make contact, Farr was about to flee from the object when it disappeared into the horizon.
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According to the The Sun UK, Men In Black star Will Smith experienced a real-life UFO sighting as a youth while driving around with friends. Though he hasn’t opened up about the experience since, Smith has discussed recently touring The White House Situation room with President Barack Obama and being shocked to find his son, Jaden, asking The Commander-In-Chief about the existence of extraterrestrials. Smith claims The President responded,“The aliens, right? OK, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of extraterrestrials,” he said, redirecting the conversation to The Situation room they were touring, “but I can tell you if there had been a top secret meeting and if there would have had to have been a discussion about it, it would have taken place in this room.” The clever story from Smith made headlines in the world of UFO enthusiasts for quite a stretch.