Sci-fi 50: Beldar Conehead

Aug. 01, 2012 | 11:21 a.m.

Beldar Conehead, "Saturday Night Live" (1977): So, uh, what's with that head? "We're from France." That was good enough for most of the casually curious back in 1977-79 when Beldar Conehead (Dan Aykroyd) and his brood from the planet Remulak tossed their senso-rings at "Saturday Night Live" viewers. After "Close Encounters" and "Star Wars," that audience felt the power of the farce -- and looking back there's something about Beldar's beer gut and hapless plots that made him the Homer Simpson of the Jimmy Carter era. (Murray Close / Paramount Pictures)

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