Alan Charles Beckwith (born January 2, 1952) is an American aerospace engineer and actor.
Beckwith was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania and grew up in Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania. Upon high school graduation in 1969, he entered Penn State University with a full scholarship from the U.S.A.F. to study Aerospace Engineering. Only 40 were awarded that year in the United States. He graduated in 1972 with a B.S. He was a fraternity member of both Sigma Tau Gamma and Alpha Psi Omega.
Being an active spelunker, he did his undergraduate thesis underground in the Milroy Cave system in Central Pennsylvania using knowledge of fluid dynamics to explain the formation of flutes etched on the limestone corridors by analysis of the water flow.
Alan entered the U.S.M.C. officer candidate school in Quantico, Virginia and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in December 1972. He was sent to Naval Flight Training at N.A.S. Pensacola, Florida in 1973. While there, he was excepted into the University of Florida's master program in Astronautics.
Beckwith has a honorable dicharge from both the U.S.A.F. and the U.S.M.C.
Alan holds membership in the Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation Of Television And Radio Artists. As an actor, he has done work on stage, television and film.