Glenn Corbett in Route 66
|Born||Glen Edwin Rothenburg
August 17, 1933
El Monte, California, U.S.
|Died||January 16, 1993
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Cause of death
|Spouse(s)||Judy Daniels (1957–93; his death)|
|Children||Jason Corbett (b. 1960)
Jocelyn Corbett (b. 1961)
Glenn Corbett (August 17, 1933 – January 16, 1993) was an American actor, best known for his roles as the original Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of warp drive, on the original Star Trek series, and Lincoln Case on CBS's adventure drama Route 66.
An American lead actor and supporting actor, Glenn Corbett was born Glenn Edwin Rothenburg on August 17, 1933, the son of a garage mechanic. After serving time in the Navy SeaBees, he met his wife Judy at Occidental College, and with her encouragement, Glenn began acting in campus theatre plays. He was seen by a talent scout and was signed to a contract with Columbia Pictures.
Film and television career
His film debut was in The Crimson Kimono (1959); it was followed with supporting roles in The Mountain Road (1960) and Man on a String (1960). He took the lead role in William Castle's suspense thriller, Homicidal in 1961.
In 1963, Glenn replaced the ailing George Maharis on the wildly popular CBS series Route 66. Corbett, as 'Lincoln Case', co-starred with Martin Milner during part of the third season and the fourth, and final, season of the series (1963–64). In 1964-65 he had a recurring role on Twelve O'Clock High as Lt. Tom Lockridge for two episodes.
Glenn's other TV roles in the early-to-late 60s were as 'Wes Macauley' on It's a Man's World (1962–63), with co-stars Ted Bessell, Randy Boone, and Michael Burns, in the role of Wes's younger brother, Howie. He was featured in 1964 as 'Dan Collins' in an episode of Gunsmoke entitled "Chicken", in which a man gets an undeserved reputation as a gunman when he's found at a way station with four dead outlaws at his feet. In the 1965–66 season, Corbett guest starred on the ABC western The Legend of Jesse James. Corbett also appeared as 'Chance Reynolds', a regular cast member on the NBC-TV western The Road West (1966–67), with co-stars Barry Sullivan, Kathryn Hays, Andrew Prine, Brenda Scott, and Kelly Corcoran.
In movies, Corbett also starred with John Wayne in the 1970 film Chisum, as sheriff Pat Garrett, opposite Wayne's role as Lincoln County rancher John Chisum. He again starred with the Duke in the 1971 film Big Jake, as a half Apache outlaw named O'Brien, opposite Wayne's character as rancher Jacob McCandles. Later in the 70s he had the lead role in Nashville Girl (1976) and in Universal's war epic Midway (1976).
In 1977, Glenn joined the cast of the NBC daytime soap opera, The Doctors, playing alongside four-time Emmy winning actress Kim Zimmer, as newlyweds Jason and Nola Aldrich. Glenn stayed with The Doctors until 1981.
Throughout the 80s, Corbett stayed busy playing a cast regular in the long running television series Dallas. Corbett played 'Paul Morgan' on the television series from 1983–84 and then from 1986–88. After his character was written off the show, he stayed with the production company, Lorimar, for three more years as its dialogue director.
Corbett, who was a native of El Monte, California and a veteran of the Navy, died of lung cancer at the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 59. He was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. He had two children, Jason (b. early 1960) and Jocelyn (b. late 1961), with his wife Judy Daniels.
- The Crimson Kimono (1959)
- All the Young Men (1960)
- Homicidal (1961)
- The Mountain Road (1961)
- The Pirates of Blood River (1962)
- It's a Man's World (TV series; 1962–63)
- Route 66 (TV series; 1963–64)
- Shenandoah (1965)
- The Road West (TV series; 1966–67)
- Chisum (1970; as Pat Garrett, with John Wayne)
- Bonanza (1971) as Howie Landis
- Big Jake (1971; with John Wayne)
- The Stranger (TV series pilot; 1973)
- Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (lead role, originally German TV Series Tatort episode "Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße", 1973)
- Midway (1976; with Charlton Heston & Henry Fonda)
- The Doctors (TV series; 1976–82; as Jason Aldrich)
- The Rockford Files (TV series; 1979; as FBI Agent Spelling in the episode "The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar")
- Dallas (1983–84, 1986–88)
- The Secret of Boyne Castle (1969)
- Whitney, D. (July 6–12, 1963), "...And He Hasn't Crumpled A Fender Yet!", TV Guide: 10–13
- Glenn Corbett at the Internet Movie Database
- Glenn Corbett at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Glenn Corbett at Find a Grave