José Ferrer

Born Jan 8, 1912

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 Hispanic actor, to win an Academy Award (in 1950, for Cyrano de Bergerac). 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.… Read More

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1912 Birth Born on January 8, 1912.


1933 21 Years Old In 1933, Ferrer completed his bachelor's degree at Princeton University, where he wrote his senior thesis on "French Naturalism and Pardo Bazán". … Read More
1935 23 Years Old Ferrer made his Broadway debut in 1935.
1940 28 Years Old In 1940, he played his first starring role on Broadway, the title role in Charley's Aunt, partly in drag. … Read More


1946 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Ferrer may be best-remembered for his performance in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, which he first played on Broadway in 1946. … Read More
1950 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Leading roles in the films Whirlpool (opposite Gene Tierney) (1949) and Crisis (opposite Cary Grant) (1950) followed, and culminated in the 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac. … Read More


1953 41 Years Old He portrayed the Rev. Davidson in 1953's Miss Sadie Thompson (a remake of Rain) opposite Rita Hayworth; Barney Greenwald, the embittered defense attorney, in 1954's The Caine Mutiny; and operetta composer Sigmund Romberg in the MGM musical biopic Deep in My Heart.
1955 43 Years Old In 1955 Ferrer directed himself in the film version of The Shrike, with June Allyson. … Read More
1958 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958 Ferrer directed and appeared in I Accuse! (as Alfred Dreyfus) and The High Cost of Loving. … Read More


1964 52 Years Old He narrated the very first episode of the popular 1964 sitcom Bewitched, in mock documentary style.
1968 56 Years Old He also provided the voice of the evil Ben Haramed in the 1968 Rankin/Bass Christmas TV special The Little Drummer Boy. … Read More


1981 69 Years Old He was also in episode 8 of Magnum, P.I. with his son Miguel in 1981.
1986 74 Years Old In 1986 he appeared in the two-part episode The Don in the TV series Matlock. … Read More
1992 80 Years Old Ferrer died of colon cancer in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1992, and was interred in Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in Old San Juan in his native Puerto Rico.
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