Jul. 18th, 1921
Cambridge, Ohio, USA
5' 10 1/2"
John Glenn's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2000 - The Dish
Guest TV Roles[none found]
John Glenn was an Officer of United States Marines with the rank of Major before chosen to become part of the Mercury 7 program.
He was awarded five Distinguished Flying Crosses. Made record setting Coast to Coast flights in the late 1950s.
He named his spacecraft (capsule) Friendship 7 and it is on display at the Smithsonian Institute Air and Space museum, directly underneath Chuck Yeager's "Glamerous Glennis" Bell X-1.
- Attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio; the same college which produced actress 'Agnes Moorehead' (qv).
- Holds the world record for longest time between commission as astronaut and last space flight - an almost unbeatable 39 years 6 months 27 days.
- Named his Mercury spacecraft "Friendship 7".
- First American to orbit the Earth, 20 February 1962.
- Appeared in uniform with ten year old singer and actor 'Eddie Hodges' (qv) as a contestant on a very popular Oct 4th 1957 episode of "Name That Tune" (1953) (TV series) after achieving international fame for setting the worlds record for the fastest trans-coastal flight in the USA. He and Hodges were teammates and split the grand prize of 25,000 dollars after successfully appearing on that much beloved episode.
- Oldest person to fly in space at age 77 (member of space shuttle shuttle crew, 29 October 1998 - 7 November 1998).
- US senator from Ohio, January 1975 - January 1999.
- Astronaut and senator.
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