| Profiles in Ancient Astronautics |
GIORGIO A. TSOUKALOS
Star of Ancient Aliens and In Search of Aliens
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos was born in Switzerland in 1978, where he attended boarding school. In the 1990s, he immigrated to the United States to attend Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, graduating in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports information communication. He worked as a bodybuilding promoter in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Tsoukalos originally claimed that Erich von Däniken made him the director of the Archaeology, Astronautics and SETI Research Association, now called the Ancient Alien Society, upon meeting the young Tsoukalos in 1998, when Tsoukalos was just 20. Today, however, he claims to be the founder of the organization.
In his capacity as AAS director, Tsoukalos began editing the society’s club newsletter, Legendary Times, leading to his sole publishing credential. As editor of the club newsletter, Tsoukalos claims to be the publisher of a magazine in his professional appearances. Today Tsoukalos claims to be the “author” of Gods or Ancient Aliens, a PowerPoint presentation.
Tsoukalos parlayed this credential into frequent appearances on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and other broadcasting outlets in the early 2000s. His enthusiastic delivery, European accent, and willingness to say whatever producers needed allowed him to become “the world’s leading Ancient Astronaut expert” despite having produced no original research or writing of his own. He became a staple of the highly profitable alternative history lecture circuit and currently serves as the “star” and “consulting producer” of Ancient Aliens, the documentary series airing on H2, a position he has held since the pilot episode in 2009 and the launch of the series on the History Channel in 2010. In 2014, Tsoukalos became the host and producer of an Ancient Aliens spinoff, In Search of Aliens, which saw the ancient astronaut theorist travel the world to interview other fringe figures about their beliefs.
Giorgio Tsoukalos holds a bachelor’s degree in sports information communication but does not hold or claim any archaeological or anthropological credentials.