José Ferrer

Actor, Film actor

1912 – 1992

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Who was José Ferrer?

José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón, best known as José Ferrer, was a Puerto Rican actor, theater, and film director. He was the first Puerto Rican, as well as the first white Hispanic actor, to win an Academy Award.

To honor his roots, he donated his Oscar award to the University of Puerto Rico. The prolific and distinguished thespian also won several Tony Awards. In 1947, he won the Tony Award for his theatrical performance of Cyrano de Bergerac, and then in 1952, he won the Distinguished Dramatic Actor Award for The Shrike, and also the Outstanding Director Award for directing all three of The Shrike, The Fourposter, and Stalag 17.

José Ferrer's contributions to American theater were recognized in 1981, when he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. In 1985 he received the National Medal of Arts from Ronald Reagan, becoming the first actor to receive that honor. On April 26, 2012, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp in José Ferrer's honor in their Distinguished Americans series.

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Born
Jan 8, 1912
San Juan
Also known as
  • Jose Ferrer
  • José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón
  • Joe
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Puerto Rican people
Nationality
  • Puerto Rico
Profession
Education
  • Princeton University
Lived in
  • San Juan
Died
Jan 26, 1992
Coral Gables
Resting place
Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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