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José Vincente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (Ferrer)

Also Known As: "Jose Ferrer", "José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón", "Joe"
Birthplace: Santurce, San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Death: January 26, 1993 (81)
Doctor's Hospital, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States (Colon cancer)
Place of Burial: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Immediate Family:

Son of Rafael Ferrer and Maria Providencia del Carmen Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Rosemary Clooney; Uta Thyra Hagen and Phyllis Overton
Father of Miguel Ferrer; Private; Gabriel Vicente Ferrer; Private; Private and 1 other
Brother of Elvira Maria Villafane and Leticia Eulalia Garcia
Half brother of Private

Occupation: Actor, theater & film director, director, Director
Managed by: Private User
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About José Ferrer

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
Santurce, San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 7, 1955
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, CA, United States
August 1, 1957
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, United States
January 26, 1993
Age 81
Doctor's Hospital, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States