José Ferrer

American actor and director (1912–1992)

José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón[1] (January 8, 1912 – January 26, 1992), known as José Ferrer, was a Puerto Rican actor and director. He was the first Puerto Rican actor, as well as the first Hispanic actor, to win an Academy Award (in 1950 for Cyrano de Bergerac). He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

José Ferrer
Ferrer in 1952
José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón

(1912-01-08)January 8, 1912
DiedJanuary 26, 1992(1992-01-26) (aged 80)
Resting placeSanta María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, San Juan
EducationPrinceton University (1933, B.Arch)
  • Actor
  • movie director
  • theatre director
Years active1935–1992
Children6, including Miguel Ferrer
AwardsNational Medal of Arts (1985)

Ferrer was married to Rosemary Clooney, aunt of George Clooney, from 1954 through 1961 and again from 1964 through 1967. They had a son, actor Miguel Ferrer. In 1985 he received the National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan, becoming the first actor to receive that honor.

Ferrer died of colorectal cancer in Coral Gables, Florida on January 26, 1992, aged 80.


  1. Jose Ferrer (American actor) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved on 2012-05-12.

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