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Mr. Dale Benson

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Local Address:  Chicago , Illinois , United States

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  • Hyde Park High School
  • BFA
    Goodman School of Drama
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Board of Governors - Theatre of Western Springs, 7 Nov 2015 [cached]
Veteran Chicago Actor, Dale Benson, Visits
Dale Benson to be honored with Jeff Award for Career Achievement - Chicago Theatre News, 4 Oct 2013 [cached]
Dale Benson to be honored with Jeff Award for Career Achievement Oct 4, 2013
Dale Benson 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.
Mr. Benson 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! at Marriott 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 married his 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.
Dale 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.
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Veteran Chicago Actor, Dale Benson, Visits
Dale Benson
Monday November 23rd (7:30pm) TWS Cattell Series is honored to host long-time Chicago-area actor, Dale Benson, for an evening of conversation including an interview and audience Q&A . Dale will be appearing next in White Christmas at Drury Lane Theatre.
Dale was recently honored with a Life Time Achievement Award from Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Society for 55 continuous years of versatile portrayals as a member of Actors Equity Association. During that time, he spent twenty two years with artistic director William Pullinsi on the stages of the former Candlelight / Forum Theaters.
He also performed with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Henry IV Parts I and II at Stratford-upon-Avon in England to great acclaim as Justice Silence.
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Dale Benson(Squire Trelawney) makes ..., 31 Dec 2008 [cached]
Dale Benson(Squire Trelawney) makes his Fulton Theatre debut. During his long career as a member of Actors" Equity Association, he has appeared in hundreds of productions but he is especially fond of the role of Captain Andy in Showboat, having performed the musical several times. He has appeared on all major Midwest stages: most recently in Singing in the Rain at the Carousel Theater in Akron, Ohio, under the direction of Marc Robin. 2006 he appeared with Chicago Shakespeare in Henry IV Parts I and II on the Royal Shakespeare Stage, Stratford-on-Avon, England. Recognition awards include: "The Joseph Jefferson", "Chicago Drama League", "After Dark" (two), "National Society of Arts and Letters" and "The Distinguised Alumni" from De Paul University." He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
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