Parker (Yaphet Kotto) is the chief engineer aboard the ship, with Brett as his assistant. Assertive and acerbic, he is a dauntless complainer and, abetted by his sidekick Brett, demands more money for investigating the alien transmission. Occasionally at odds with Ripley, his respect for her resourcefulness and plans to combat the growing crisis prevails. Devastated by the deaths of Brett and Dallas, he puts all his skills, energies and determination to the task. He and Lambert save Ripley from Ash, and he personally incinerates the decapitated Ash after interrogation. He dies when he is unable to attack the Alien with his flamethrower due to Lambert being in the way. He tries to physically assault the Alien but is almost instantly overpowered. The Alien then impales his head, killing him instantly.

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