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J. Allen Hynek (1910–1986)

J. Allen Hynek was a professor of Astronomy at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He was also the Founder of the Center for UFO Studies and first coined the phrase "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" as a way to catagorize direct contact with aliens. See full bio »


(age 76) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
UFOs: It Has Begun
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth Himself - Contestant
America Undercover
America Undercover Himself - Director, Center for UFO Research


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 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (technical advisor - as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
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 1985 America Undercover (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Director, Center for UFO Research
- UFO's: What's Going On? (1985) ... Himself - Director, Center for UFO Research
 1979 UFOs: It Has Begun (Documentary)
 1976-1977 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - UFO Expert / Himself - Dr. Allen
- Episode #17.74 (1977) ... Himself - UFO Expert
- Episode #16.24 (1976) ... Himself - Dr. Allen
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Himself - Smoking Pipe at Landing Site (uncredited)
 1977 Beyond Reason (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- Episode #1.21 (1977) ... Himself - Guest (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
 1966 CBS Reports (TV Series documentary)
- UFO: Friend, Foe or Fantasy (1966) ... Himself
 1964 To Tell the Truth (TV Series)
Himself - Contestant
- Episode dated 25 May 1964 (1964) ... Himself - Contestant
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 2015 Project Blue Book (Documentary short)
 2009 The Portal: The Hessdalen Light Phenomenon (Documentary)
Himself (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
 2009 I Know What I Saw (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Scientific Consultant, U.S. Air Force (1948-69) (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
 2006 UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied (Video documentary)
Himself (as Professor J. Allen Hyneck)
 2005 Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs - Seeing Is Believing (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Lead Scientist, Project Blue Book
 2004 The UFO Conspiracy (Video documentary)
Himself - UFO Researcher
 2003 Out of the Blue (TV Movie documentary)
Himself, scientific adviser, Project Blue Book
 2000 Close Encounters: Proof of Alien Contact (Video documentary)
 1997 UFOs: 50 Years of Denial? (Documentary)
Himself - Scientific Advisor to Blue Book (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
 1996 Les chercheurs d'OVNIs (TV Movie documentary)
 1995 UFO Diaries (TV Series documentary)
- Project Blue Book (1995) ... Himself

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Alternate Names:

Professor J. Allen Hyneck | Dr. J. Allen Hynek

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Close encounters of the third kind. [on physical contact with an alien being or an extraterrestrial craft, in his book _The UFO Experience_, Regnery, 1972] See more »


He was a director of the Operation Moonwatch satellite tracking program, secretary of the American Astronomical Society, and was influential in the Project Star Gazer balloon program. See more »

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