The Kennedy family were undoubtedly one of the most formidable forces in American history. In fact, they commanded so much attention in the 1960s, that they were essentially America’s answer to a monarchy.
Of course, we are all familiar with how their reign came crumbling down.
It started in 1963 with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event which greatly changed the world’s landscape at the time. Five years later, this was followed by the assassination of JFK’s younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy just moments after he delivered a victory speech after winning the Californian Democratic primary in the 1968 presidential election.
A year later, the Chappaquiddick incident saw the youngest, and only remaining Kennedy son, Senator Ted Kennedy lose any hope of following in his brother’s rather bloody footsteps – which may be the only reason that he managed to live until the age of 77, rather than dying prematurely for the sake of politics.
To add insult to injury, JFK’s only son, JFK Jr. also lost his life tragically early when the plane he was piloting crashed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in July 1999.
Many had believed that the enigmatic and handsome young Kennedy would go on to become the family’s next political pioneer, so when news of the freak accident hit the headlines, many believed it to be the end of the Kennedy Democratic dynasty.
However, it would appear that everybody had underestimated the political power of Caroline Kennedy, JFK’s only daughter, who revived the family’s reputation in 2013 when she was elected the United States Ambassador to Japan.
But it isn’t all upon Caroline to carry the Kennedy family legacy, because now her children are beginning to come to the foreground.
For example, Caroline’s 25-year-old son, John Kennedy Schlossberg – better known as Jack – has recently caused a stir after he appeared in the season eight finale of Blue Bloods.
It’s better than you might expect. Watch his debut performance here…
The Harvard Law School student appeared briefly as Officer Jack Hammer, an experience which he described as a “dream” on Instagram.
The most shocking part about Jack’s appearance on the show is that a majority of the population had no clue about the true identity of Officer Jack Hamer – despite his striking resemblance to his uncle, John Jr.
Whilst his appearance was certainly a success, it’s not clear if he plans to pursue an acting career. Speaking on The Today Show last year, he declared: “I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service. It’s something that I’m very proud of, but I’m still trying to make my own way, figure things out, so stay tuned,” seeming to hint that he wouldn’t be turning his focus to politics.
It would seem that he certainly has a talent for the screen, and with a heritage like his, there is no doubt that every film director will want to employ him for their movie.
Maybe we will see him in a film based on his family in the future?