José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (1912 - 1992) MP

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Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico
Death: Died in Coral Gables, FL, USA
Cause of death: Colon cancer
Occupation: Actor, theater & film director
Managed by: Richard Neary
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About José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón

José Vincente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron, known professionally as José Ferrer, was a Puerto Rican actor, as well as a theater and film director. He was the first Puerto Rican actor to win an Academy Award.

Ferrer decided to become an actor while in college. Early in his career he appeared with James Stewart and Joshua Logan at the Triangle Theater. In 1935 he debuted on Broadway with a walk-on part; he soon began to land bigger roles and quickly established his reputation as a highly versatile actor, performing in roles ranging from the comic title role in Charlie's Aunt to the evil Iago in Othello, and he began directing Broadway productions in 1942.

His onscreen debut as the Dauphin opposite Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc (1948) earned him "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar nomination. He later became internationally famous, and won a "Best Actor" Oscar for reprising his theatrical lead in the film version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). Ferrer earned another Oscar nomination for his portrayal of painter Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge (1952). While both roles definitely enhanced his career, he later complained that they lead him to become typecast, and sometimes went years between film offers. In the mid-'50s he began directing films (usually ones in which he appeared), starting with The Shrike (1955).

Also in the mid-'50s he made several successful recordings with his third wife, singer Rosemary Clooney. After 1962 he gave up directing and concentrated on stage and screen character acting, usually being typecast in his films as a swarthy foreigner. He continued to appear frequently in films into the '90s, meanwhile doing much TV work. His first wife was actress Uta Hagen. Rovi

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José Ferrer's Timeline

January 8, 1912
Puerto Rico
July 13, 1953
Age 41
February 7, 1955
Age 43
Santa Monica, CA, USA
Age 44
January 26, 1992
Age 80
Coral Gables, FL, USA