Glenn Corbett

Glenn Corbett (born Glenn Edwin Rothenburg; August 17, 1933 – January 16, 1993)[1] was an American actor in movies and television for more than thirty years. Corbett came to national attention in the early 1960s when he replaced George Maharis in the cast of the popular CBS adventure drama Route 66.

Glenn Corbett
Glenn Corbett in Route 66
Glenn Edwin Rothenburg

(1933-08-17)August 17, 1933
DiedJanuary 16, 1993(1993-01-16) (aged 59)
Years active1959–1993
Spouse(s)Judy Daniels (1957–1993; his death)

He followed this with roles in high-profile films and television shows like the original Star Trek series, the daytime soap opera The Doctors, the prime-time soap Dallas, and movies like Chisum with John Wayne, and the World War II epic Midway.

Early years

An American lead actor and supporting actor, Corbett was born on August 17, 1933 in El Monte, California, the son of Sarah Bell (Holland) and John Warren Rothenburg, a garage mechanic.[2]

After serving in the United States Navy as a Seabee, he met his wife Judy at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and, with her encouragement, he began acting in campus theater plays. He was seen by a talent scout and was signed to a contract with Columbia Pictures.

Film and television career

Corbett's 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 other film work, he starred as Pat Garrett, opposite John Wayne in Chisum. He again co-starred with Wayne in Big Jake (1971). Later, he appeared in Nashville Girl (1976) and Midway (1976).

In 1963, Corbett replaced George Maharis on Route 66. Corbett, playing 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 role on Twelve O'Clock High as Lt. Tom Lockridge for two episodes.

Corbett's other television roles in the early to late 1960s include Wes Macauley on It's a Man's World (1962–63). He was featured in 1964 as "Dan Collins" in an episode of Gunsmoke titled "Chicken" in which a man gets an undeserved reputation as a gunman when he is found at a way station with four dead outlaws at his feet. In the 1965–1966 season, Corbett guest-starred on The Legend of Jesse James. Corbett also guest-starred in an episode of The Virginian, entitled "The Awakening",[3] in which his character, David Henderson, is a destitute former minister who has had a crisis of faith and comes to Medicine Bow just as a dispute breaks out at a local mine over safety issues. He appeared as "Chance Reynolds", a regular cast member on The Road West (1966–67).

Corbett is remembered by science fiction fans for his guest-starring role in the second season Star Trek episode "Metamorphosis" (1967) as Zefram Cochrane.

In 1971, Corbett had a guest appearance with Mariette Hartley on Gunsmoke (episode: "Phoenix"). In the 1970s, he had guest-starring roles on the television shows The Mod Squad, Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, Police Woman, The Rockford Files, and Barnaby Jones.

In 1976, Corbett joined the cast of the NBC daytime soap opera The Doctors as Jason Aldrich. He stayed on The Doctors until 1981. Throughout the 1980s, Corbett was a regular cast member in the long-running television series Dallas as Paul Morgan from 1983–84, and then from 1986–88.


In January 1993, Corbett died of lung cancer at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 59.[1] He was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.{FindAGrave Section Q, Site 138-AM (date=November 2015}}

Selected TV and filmography


  1. "CORBETT Obituary — Corbett, 59, starred in 'Route 66,' Wayne films." San Antonio Express-News January 18, 1993. Web. May 29, 2012. Document #0F22314D24CC9793. (registration required)
  2. Aaker, Everett (21 July 2017). "Television Western Players, 1960–1975: A Biographical Dictionary". McFarland via Google Books.
  3. "The Virginian: The Awakening". Retrieved 24 May 2017.
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