biography

Born Glenn Rothenburg in El Monte, California on August 17, 1933, actor Glenn Corbett served a stint in the Navy and was stationed in Korea before attending college in Los Angeles. By the end of the 1950s, Corbett had secured a contract with Columbia after being spotted in a college play. An early starring role came in the William Castle horror film Homicidal (1961; with Patricia Breslin and Joan Marshall), an interesting version of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. His contract with Columbia ended in 1962 with the lensing of the swashbuckling adventure The Pirates of Blood River (1962; with Kerwin Mathews and Christopher Lee). Corbett then made his first foray into television, with a starring role on the NBC comedy-drama series It's a Man's World, which was canceled in early 1963. He was then cast as the replacement for George Maharis midway through season three of the CBS adventure series Route 66.

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LEFT: Early 1960s Columbia promotional photo. RIGHT: Taking a break with co-star Martin Milner in 1963


Corbett's film career quickly ebbed, but he remained in demand in in television, starring the NBC series The Road West and the daytime drama The Doctors. Into the 1970s, he found quite a bit of work in such made-for-TV movies as The Stranger (1973; with Cameron Mitchell and Sharon Acker) and The Log of the Black Pearl (1975; with Ralph Bellamy and Anne Archer) and served as guest star on numerous series, including Police Story and The Rockford Files. He found time to act in a couple of low-budget cult films: Ride in a Pink Car (1974; with William Kerwin) and Nashville Girl (1976; with Monica Gayle and Roger Davis).

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The Crimson Kimono (1959)

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LEFT: In his first film, Corbett stars as Sgt. Charlie Bancroft in Samuel Fuller's crime drama The Crimson Kimono, released by Columbia. RIGHT: With James Shigeta

Man on a String (1960)

Glenn Corbett and Ernest Borgnine

With Ernest Borgnine in the Columbia crime drama Man on a String, directed by André De Toth

All the Young Men (1960)

Mario Alcalde, Glenn Corbett, and Sidney Poitier

From the Warner Bros. western Chisum with Bruce Cabot and John Wayne

Homicidal (1961)

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From Columbia's campy psycho-thriller Homicidal, directed by William Castle. LEFT: With Patricia Breslin and Joan Marshall as Warren. CENTER: Joan Marshall, as Emily, knocks Glenn Corbett out. RIGHT: With love interest Patricia Breslin


It's a Man's World (1962-1963 NBC TV Series)

Glenn Corbett

Corbett's first TV series was the short-lived NBC comedy-drama It's a Man's World

Route 66 (1960-1964 CBS TV Series)

Martin Milner and Glenn CorbettMartin Milner, Joan Crawford, and Glenn Corbett

LEFT: Corbett replaced George Maharis during the third season of the hit CBS series Route 66. Series star Martin Milner is also pictured. RIGHT: With Martin Milner and guest star Joan Crawford in an October 1963 episode titled Same Picture, Different Frame

Shenandoah (1965)

James Stewart and Glenn Corbett

From the Universal western Shenandoah with James Stewart

The Road West (1966-1967 NBC TV Series)

Andrew Prine, Glenn Corbett, and Barry Sullivan

Andrew Prine, Corbett, and Barry Sullivan were the stars of the NBC western series The Road West

Chisum (1970)

Bruce Cabot, John Wayne, and Glenn Corbett

From the Warner Bros. western Chisum with Bruce Cabot and John Wayne

The Stranger (1973)

Glenn Corbett

Corbett stars as Neil Stryker in the made-for-TV movie The Stranger, aka Stranded in Space. This was a pilot that NBC did not pick up for series

Petrocelli (1974-1976 NBC TV Series)

Barry Newman and Glenn Corbett

From an October 1974 episode of the NBC series Petrocelli with series star Barry Newman

Nashville Girl (1976)

Glenn Corbett and Monica Gayle

With Monica Gayle in the low-budget exploitation flick Nashville Girl

later years

Glenn Corbett left his role on The Doctors in 1981, briefly joining the cast of the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless before moving on to a recurring role on the CBS series Dallas from 1983 through 1988. After his character was written off the show, he served as dialogue director until the series ended in 1991. His final film was the direct-to-video action flick Shadow Force (1992; with Dirk Benedict), shot in San Antonio, Texas, where Corbett had relocated. After a short battle with lung cancer, Glenn Corbett passed away on January 16, 1993 at age 59. He was survived by his daughter, Jocelyn, and son, Jason. Both of Corbett's marriages ended in divorce in the 1970s.

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filmography

FILM
Shadow Force (1992) with Dirk Benedict and Robert Hastings
Stunts Unlimited (1980) with Christopher Mayer, Sam J. Jones, Alejandro Rey, Stefan Gierasch, and Hal Needham
Midway (1976) with Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Ed Nelson, James Shigeta, and Monte Markham
Law of the Land (1976) with Jim Davis, Don Johnson, Nicholas Hammond, Barbara Parkins, Moses Gunn, Andrew Prine, Charles Martin Smith, and Dana Elcar
Nashville Girl (1976) with Monica Gayle, Roger Davis, and Jesse White
The Log of the Black Pearl (1975) with Ralph Bellamy, Anne Archer, Henry Wilcoxon, and William Kerwin
Ride in a Pink Car (1974) with William Kerwin and Bill Thurman
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1973) with Anton Diffring and Alexander D'Arcy
Egan (1973) with Eugene Roche, Dabney Coleman, John Anderson, John Karlen, and Hal Needham
The Stranger (1973) with Cameron Mitchell, Sharon Acker, Lew Ayres, George Coulouris, Steve Franken, Dean Jagger, Tim O'Connor, and Virginia Gregg
Big Jake (1971) with John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Bobby Vinton, Bruce Cabot, Jim Davis, John Agar, and Gregg Palmer
Chisum (1970) with John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Bruce Cabot, Patric Knowles, Richard Jaeckel, Lynda Day George, and John Agar
Guns in the Heather (1969) with Kurt Russell
This Savage Land (1969) with Barry Sullivan, Kathryn Hays, Andrew Prine, John Drew Barrymore, and George C. Scott
Shenandoah (1965) with James Stewart, Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne, Rosemary Forsyth, Katharine Ross, Denver Pyle, George Kennedy, and James Best
The Pirates of Blood River (1962) with Kerwin Mathews, Christopher Lee, Peter Arne, and Oliver Reed
Homicidal (1961) with Patricia Breslin, Richard Rust, and Joan Marshall; directed by William Castle
All the Young Men (1960) with Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren, Mort Sahl, Richard Davalos, and Lee Kinsolving
The Mountain Road (1960) with James Stewart, Lisa Lu, Harry Morgan, and James Best
Man on a String (1960) with Ernest Borgnine, Kerwin Mathews, and Colleen Dewhurst
The Crimson Kimono (1959) with Victoria Shaw, James Shigeta, and Anna Lee

TELEVISION SERIES
Dallas, 1978-1991 CBS TV series. Corbett portrayed Paul Morgan from 1983-1988
The Young and the Restless, 1973-present CBS TV series. Corbett portrayed James Lake during the 1983 season
The Doctors, 1963-1982 NBC TV series. Corbett portrayed Jason Aldrich from 1976-1981
The Road West, 1966-1967 NBC TV series. Corbett portrayed Chance Reynolds
Route 66, 1960-1964 CBS TV series. Corbett portrayed Linc Case during the 1963-1964 season
It's a Man's World, 1962-1963 NBC TV series. Corbett portrayed Wes Macauley

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Automan, episode Unreasonable Facsimile, originally aired January 12, 1984
Simon & Simon, episode Betty Grable Flies Again, originally aired December 8, 1983
Manimal, episode Night of the Scorpion, originally aired October 21, 1983
The Fall Guy, episode Goin' for It!, originally aired January 27, 1982
Fantasy Island, episode Lillian Russell/The Lagoon, originally aired November 28, 1981
Barnaby Jones, episode Master of Deception, originally aired February 22, 1979
Barnaby Jones, episode Divorce - Murderer's Style, originally aired October 28, 1973
The Rockford Files, episode The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar, originally aired January 12, 1979
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar, episode Men with No Past, originally aired March 6, 1976
Police Story, episode The Other Side of the Fence, originally aired January 23, 1976
Police Story, episode The Empty Weapon, originally aired November 21, 1975
Police Story, episode Sniper, originally aired February 11, 1975
Police Story, episode Robbery: 48 Hours, originally aired September 24, 1974
Police Story, episode Cop in the Middle, originally aired January 29, 1974
Petrocelli, episode Five Yards of Trouble, originally aired September 24, 1975
Petrocelli, episode Edge of Evil, originally aired October 2, 1974
Caribe, episode Flowers of Death, originally aired March 24, 1975
Police Woman, episode Sidewinder, originally aired January 17, 1975
Movin' On, episode The Cowhands, originally aired October 24, 1974
The Manhunter, episode Terror from the Skies, originally aired October 16, 1974
The Streets of San Francisco, episode Inferno, originally aired February 14, 1974
Gunsmoke, episode A Family of Killers, originally aired January 14, 1974
Gunsmoke, episode Phoenix, originally aired September 20, 1971
Gunsmoke, episode Chicken, originally aired December 5, 1964
Cannon, episode Murder by the Numbers, originally aired November 28, 1973
Escape, episode The Wilderness, originally aired March 25, 1973
Police Surgeon, episode Death in the Last Row, originally aired February 12, 1973
Mod Squad, episode Sanctuary, originally aired December 21, 1972
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, episode Sigh No More, Lady, originally aired December 21, 1972
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, episode Legacy of Fear, originally aired September 16, 1971
Alias Smith and Jones, episode Bushwack!, originally aired October 21, 1972
Alias Smith and Jones, episode 21 Days to Tenstrike, originally aired January 6, 1972
Medical Center, episode Shock!: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired December 29, 1971 and January 5, 1972
Night Gallery, episode Midnight Never Ends/Brenda, originally aired November 3, 1971
Bonanza, episode Winter Kill, originally aired March 28, 1971
Bonanza, episode Mighty Is the Word, originally aired November 7, 1965
The F.B.I., episode Death Watch, originally aired February 14, 1971
The F.B.I., episode The Widow, originally aired December 29, 1968
Marcus Welby, M.D., episode Another Buckle for Wesley Hill, originally aired January 5, 1971
The Immortal, episode Sylvia, originally aired September 24, 1970
Land of the Giants, episode The Weird World, originally aired December 22, 1968
Star Trek, episode Metamorphosis, originally aired November 10. 1967
Garrison's Gorillas, episode Now I Lay Me Down to Die, originally aired October 24, 1967
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, episode In Pursuit of Excellence, originally aired June 22, 1966
The Legend of Jesse James, episode The Hunted and the Hunters, originally aired April 11, 1966
The Virginian, episode The Awakening, originally aired October 13, 1965
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., episode The Hong Kong Shilling Affair, originally aired March 15, (1965
Kraft Suspense Theatre, episode The Last Clear Chance, originally aired March 11, 1965
12 O'Clock High, episode Those Who Are About to Die, originally aired January 1, 1965
12 O'Clock High, episode The Men and the Boys, originally aired October 2, 1964

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