Pioneering astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn was also an entertainer who wasn’t afraid to show off his comedic chops. Glenn died Thursday at the age of 95, but his work lives on, including an appearance on the hit sitcom Frasier.
The March 2001 episode “Docu.Drama” pitted Roz (Peri Gilpin) against Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) during a radio show about outer space. After Roz takes control of the show, she kicks Frasier out and brings Glenn on as a cohost. Frasier is one step ahead and uses Glenn to get his ideas on the show, but ultimately the joke’s on both Roz and Frasier. As the pair fight, Glenn jumps on the mic and spouts off the “truth” about UFO sightings and what really goes on in NASA. Though in the end, he asks for the tape, hoping no one actually heard his monologue.
Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 aboard the spacecraft Friendship 7. The astronaut served NASA until 1964, when he left the Marine Corps. to run for public office. In 1974, Glenn was elected to U.S. Senate to represent Ohio as a Democrat. After retiring from office in 1997, Glenn was invited by NASA to travel on the space shuttle Discovery in 1998.
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