|José Ferrer Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||January 8, 1912|
|Date of Death||January 26, 1992|
José Ferrer was a Puerto Rican actor, voice actor, stage artist, and director whose career spanned nearly 6 decades as he became one of the most celebrated and esteemed Hispanic-American actors-or, indeed, actors of any ethnicity. He gained critical acclaim for his performance playing the titular role in the play Cyrano de Bergerac, a role that won him the inaugural Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Play” in 1947. In 1950, he reprised the role in the film version of Cyrano de Bergerac and bagged an Academy Award for “Best Actor”. This made him the first Hispanic actor and the first Puerto Rican-born to win an Academy Award. He is also known for his roles in films like Moulin Rouge, Joan of Arc, The Caine Mutiny, Dune, Lawrence of Arabia, and Ship of Fools.
José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón
He was born on January 8, 1912.
On January 26, 1992, José Ferrer died of colorectal cancer at the age of 80 in Coral Gables, Florida, United States.
Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
José Ferrer attended the Swiss boarding school Institut Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland. Afterward, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Princeton University and studied Romance languages at Columbia University.
Actor, Voice Actor, Stage Artist, Director
- Father – Rafael Ferrer (Local Attorney, Writer)
- Mother – María Providencia Cintrón
- Siblings – Elvira (Younger Sister), Leticia (Younger Sister)
- Others – Gabriel Ferrer y Hernández (Paternal Grandfather) (A doctor and advocate of Puerto Rican independence from Spain), Monserrate/Mensenate Otero y Navedo (Paternal Grandmother), José Vicente Cintrón y Bardeque (Maternal Grandfather), Elvira Cintrón y Cintrón (Maternal Grandmother)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $5 Million.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
José Ferrer had dated –
- Uta Hagen (1938-1948) – He married German actor Uta Hagen in the year 1938 and they were blessed with a daughter named Leticia Thyra Ferrer on October 15, 1940. The marriage ended in divorce in 1948, in part due to Hagen’s long-concealed affair with Paul Robeson.
- Phyllis Hill (1948-1953) – On May 27, 1948, José Ferrer married Phyllis Hill and they struggled to keep their relationship stable. They divorced on January 12, 1953.
- Rosemary Clooney (1953-1961) (1964-1967) – He married American actor and singer Rosemary Clooney on July 13, 1953, in Durant, Oklahoma. They had 5 children – Miguel Ferrer (February 7, 1955 – January 19, 2017), Maria Ferrer (b. August 9, 1956), Gabriel Ferrer (b. August 1, 1957), Monsita Ferrer (b. October 13, 1958), and Rafael Ferrer (b. March 23, 1960). The couple divorced in 1961. They remarried on November 22, 1964, in Los Angeles but again divorced in 1967 as Rosemary Clooney found out about Ferrer’s affair with Stella Magee (the woman who would become his last wife).
- Claire James (1958)
- Stella Magee – His affair with Stella Magee started while he was still married to Rosemary Clooney. Stella and José married in 1977 and remained together until his death in 1992.
Race / Ethnicity
Ferrer was of Puerto Rican (Spanish, including Canary Islander and Catalan) descent.
Salt and Pepper
- Pierced left ear
- Rich smooth voice
José Ferrer was cast in TV commercials for –
- RCA’s Colorpak TV set (appeared in costume and makeup as Cyrano de Bergerac) (1979)
- American Hawaii Cruises (1986)
He did print adverts for Puerto Rico tourism in 1975.
José Ferrer Facts
- He was 2 years old when his family shifted to New York in 1914.
- He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1981 and received the National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan (becoming the first actor so honored) in 1985.
- He was multilingual and spoke languages like Spanish, English, and Italian.
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