to be honored with Jeff Award for Career Achievement
Oct 4, 2013
A Special Jeff Award will be presented to actor Dale Benson at the Jeff Awards ceremony, November 4, in recognition of his career spanning over half a century of continuous work in Chicagoland theatre.
Dale, a beloved actor, has enhanced innumerable musicals and plays as an irresistible presence in comedic character roles.
has performed on 25 stages in the metropolitan area of Chicago, at the Fulton Theatre
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and on the Swan Stage in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
A member of Actors' Equity since 1959, he is proud to boast that he has been continuously employed over the course of his career and has never missed a contracted performance, similar to his perfect attendance as a student.
Some of Dale's favorite roles, for which he
received accolades, include Hysterium in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"; Prince Nicki in "My One and Only"; various roles in "Little Me" (Jeff Award); Sylvia St. Croix in "Ruthless"; and Harry MacAfee in "Bye Bye Birdie", all at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. He
also has fond memories of playing Horace Vandergelder in "Hello, Dolly!
Theatre; William in "You Never Can Tell" at Remy Bumppo; and his
favorite role, Captain Andy in "Showboat", which Dale
performed at Candlelight, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Marriott.
Born in Creston, Iowa, Dale Benson
graduated from Hyde Park High School
in Chicago and received a BFA from the Goodman School of Drama, Art Institute of Chicago. Before dedicating his
career to the stage, Dale
served in the United States Air Force
during the Korean War, doing Morse code weather reconnaissance duty. Dale
lifelong love, the girl he
met the first day of kindergarten, his
late wife, Patricia, and has one son, Damien.
Over the course of his career, Dale has been honored with a National Career Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. In 1959 he served as the Chicago Ambassador to the Humanities and Arts Conference in New York City sponsored by the Ford Foundation. He has earned seven Jeff Award nominations and one Jeff Award.
attended the first Joseph Jefferson Awards show in 1968, which was a star-studded event held at the Ambassador Hotel, and, in Dale's young eyes, included the largest shrimp bowl in the world.