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Otto Jensen, Legendary 101-Year-Old Burbank Photographer, Killed While Crossing Street

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Wed, May 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM
click to enlarge The great Otto Jensen. - ESNEWS
  • ESNEWS
  • The great Otto Jensen.

Updated on Page 2: Jensen, a former Danish boxer, meets Manny Pacquiao.

A living piece of Burbank history was killed while crossing Olive Avenue around 8:15 p.m. last night.

Otto Jensen, who was still running his nearby photography studio at the ripe age of 101 years old, has shot everything from family portraits to boxing and Hollywood greats during his long and storied career. Jensen's studio, a staple on Olive, has been open since 1952.

In a video interview with ESNEWS last year, he said he smoked two cigars a day...

... and had learned over his long life "to take it easy." Being himself a former boxer from Denmark (and, as listed elsewhere on the Internet, a "professional actor"), Jensen described himself as Manny Pacquiao's biggest fan.

Jensen is "very big in the Danish community," says Peter Musurlian, a PIO for the city of Burbank. "I think he was from Denmark originally."

click to enlarge Jensen's famous studio. - CITY OF BURBANK
  • City of Burbank
  • Jensen's famous studio.

The beloved photographer was featured in the City of Burbank's "Voices" series a few years back. "He's led a very interesting life and his story should be a good one," said the city's PIO at the time. (We're trying to obtain a video or transcript of the talk.)

Burbank police say Jensen was crossing Olive at Griffith Park when he was hit. Although there is no crosswalk at the intersection, Sergeant Darin Ryburn tells LA Weekly that it is legal to cross there.


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The driver of the sedan that downed Jensen has been identified as Mary Beaumont, another elder with a strong history in Burbank. She's a 91-year-old resident on the public library's board of trustees.

However, Beaumont is not being charged for the pedestrian death. "She was interviewed and released," says Ryburn.

UP NEXT: A video of the victim, whose boxing moniker is apparently Otto "BoneCrusher" Jensen, meeting his hero in 2011.

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