Jul. 18th, 1921
Cambridge, Ohio, USA
5' 10 1/2"
John Glenn's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2000 - The Dish
Guest TV Roles
Rutherford B. Hayes (Voiced)
Himself - Astronaut
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).
- 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.
- Was a member of NASA's Mercury 7 project, introduced in April 9, 1959, only six months after the agency was established (together with 'Wally Schirra' (qv), 'Deke Slayton' (qv), 'Scott Carpenter (I)' (qv), 'Alan Shepard' (qv), 'Gus Grissom' (qv), 'Gordon Cooper (I)' (qv)).
- First American to orbit the Earth, 20 February 1962.
- US senator from Ohio, January 1975 - January 1999.
- Named his Mercury spacecraft "Friendship 7".
- Oldest person to fly in space at age 77 (member of space shuttle shuttle crew, 29 October 1998 - 7 November 1998).
- Holds the world record for longest time between commission as astronaut and last space flight - an almost unbeatable 39 years 6 months 27 days.
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