A Sailor's Story: Construction Mechanic Glenn Corbett


Construction Mechanic Glenn Corbett was born Glenn Edwin Rothenburg in El Monte, California, on August 17, 1933.   He enlisted in the US Navy in May 1951, serving as a Seabee through the Korean War, and fulfilled his contract on June 1954. Construction Mechanic Glenn Corbett enrolled in Occidental College after his Naval service.

He began acting at the Occidental College campus theater and modeled for physique magazines before being picked up by a talent scout and earning a contract with Columbia Pictures.  

Construction Mechanic Glenn Corbett's film debut was in The Crimson Kimono in 1959. After that, he moved on to supporting roles in The Mountain Road, Man on a String, and All the Young Man before he won the part of Jacob Anderson in the Civil War drama Shenandoah. 

In the 1960s, Construction Mechanic Glenn Corbett transitioned to television roles, including appearances on Gunsmoke, the Mod Squad, Route 66, and as Zefram Cochrane in the original Star Trek Series, and would continue to accept a variety of roles on popular television series well into the 1980s and 1990s. He even appeared on Fantasy Island, The Fall Guy, the Young, and the Restless in 20 episodes of the hit drama Dallas.

Construction Mechanic Glenn Corbett died on January 16, 1933, and rests at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.


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