Paul Robeson
(Movies & TV)
Sigmund Romberg
Herod Antipas
Woody Allen
(Movies & TV)
Uta Hagen
(Movies & TV)
Isabel la Negra
(Civil society)

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José Ferrer

Knowledge Identifier: +Jose_Ferrer


Jose Ferrer

Puerto Rican actor, as well as a theater and film director add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1912.

Countries: United States (67%), United Kingdom (7%), Colombia (4%)

Main connections: Paul Robeson, Sigmund Romberg, Herod Antipas

Linked to: Princeton University, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, NBC, Internet Archive




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José Ferrer was born in 1912 add something


Ferrer made his Broadway debut in 1935 add something


In 1938, Ferrer completed his bachelor's degree at Princeton University, where he wrote his senior thesis on "French Naturalism and Pardo Bazán" add something


Red Buttons - In 1939, Buttons started working for Minsky's Burlesque; in 1941, José Ferrer chose Buttons to appear in a Broadway show "The Admiral Had a Wife"


In 1940, he played his first starring role on Broadway, the title role in "Charley's Aunt", partly in drag add something


Columbia Masterworks Records - Columbia Masterworks was the first recording company to release an album of an entire stage production - the record-breaking 1943 Broadway revival of Shakespeare's "Othello", starring Paul Robeson, José Ferrer, and Uta Hagen


Jack Manning (actor) - Notably, Manning starred as Rodrigo in "Othello" opposite Paul Robeson, José Ferrer and Uta Hagen, from 1943 until 1945


Othello - The most notable American production may be Margaret Webster's 1943 staging starring Paul Robeson as Othello and Jose Ferrer as Iago


Among other radio roles, Ferrer starred as detective Philo Vance in a 1945 series of the same name add something


Ferrer may be best-remembered for his performance in the title role of "Cyrano de Bergerac", which he first played on Broadway in 1946 add something


Mel Ferrer - Eventually, he returned to Broadway, where he directed the 1946 stage production of "Cyrano de Bergerac", in which Jose Ferrer first appeared in the role, became involved in motion pictures, directing more than ten feature films and acting in more than eighty


Leonardo Cimino - In 1946 he made his Broadaway debut in a revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac" which starred and was directed by José Ferrer


In 1947, he won the Tony award for his theatrical performance of "Cyrano de Bergerac", and in 1952, he won the Distinguished Dramatic Actor award for "The Shrike", and the Outstanding Director award for directing all three of "The Shrike", "The Fourposter", and "Stalag 17" add something


Carmen Dell'Orefice - She appears in the December 15, 1947 issue of US "Vogue" as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Cinderella along with model Dorian Leigh, actors Ray Bolger and Jose Ferrer


Ferrer made his film debut in 1948 in the Technicolor epic "Joan of Arc" as the weak-willed Dauphin opposite Ingrid Bergman add something


Leading roles in the films "Whirlpool" and "Crisis" followed, and culminated in the 1950 film "Cyrano de Bergerac" add something


Beginning circa 1950, Ferrer concentrated on film work, but would return to the stage occasionally add something


Michael Gordon (film director) - He directed the 1950 film "Cyrano de Bergerac", for which José Ferrer won a Best Actor Academy *award


Carl Foreman - In 1950, he adapted Brian Hooker's English translation of Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" for the 1950 film version, which starred Jose Ferrer, and for which Ferrer won the Academy *award for Best Actor


Morris Carnovsky - In 1950, he portrayed LeBret in "Cyrano de Bergerac" starring José Ferrer


He next played the role of Toulouse-Lautrec in John Huston's fictional 1952 biopic, "Moulin Rouge" add something


George Papashvily - It was made into a movie in 1952, starring Jose Ferrer as George and Kim Hunter as Helen


He portrayed the Rev. Davidson in 1953's "Miss Sadie Thompson" 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" add something


Stanley Donen - Later in 1954 Donen made "Deep in My Heart", a biography of the Hungarian-born American operetta composer Sigmund Romberg starring José Ferrer


Sigmund Romberg - Romberg was the subject of the 1954 Stanley Donen-directed film "Deep in My Heart", in which he was portrayed by José Ferrer


In 1955 Ferrer directed himself in the film version of "The Shrike", with June Allyson add something


On May 8, 1958, Ferrer guest starred on NBC's "The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford add something


In 1959 Ferrer directed the original stage production of Saul Levitt's "The Andersonville Trial", about the trial following the revelation of conditions at the infamous Civil War prison add something


Eugene Aynsley Goossens - For Kapp Records, he recorded a bilingual version of "Peter and the Wolf" in 1959, featuring the actor José Ferrer narrating the story in both English and Spanish


Henry Nemo - He composed the incidental music and lyrics for the 1959 Broadway production of Saul Levitt's play "The Andersonville Trial", directed by José Ferrer, and starring George C. Scott


Ferrer directed, but did not appear in, "Return to Peyton Place" in 1961 and the remake of "State Fair" in 1962 add something


Ferrer's other notable film roles include the Turkish Bey in "Lawrence of Arabia" , Herod Antipas in "The Greatest Story Ever Told" , a budding Nazi in "Ship of Fools", a pompous professor in Woody Allen's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" , the treacherous Professor Siletski in the 1983 remake of "To Be or Not to Be", and Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV in "Dune" in 1984 add something


Ferrer's other notable film roles include the Turkish Bey in "Lawrence of Arabia" , Herod Antipas in "The Greatest Story Ever Told" , a budding Nazi in "Ship of Fools", a pompous professor in Woody Allen's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" , the treacherous Professor Siletski in the 1983 remake of "To Be or Not to Be", and Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV in "Dune" in 1984 add something


He narrated the very first episode of the popular 1964 sitcom "Bewitched", in mock documentary style add something


Ferrer took over the role from Richard Kiley in 1967 and subsequently went on tour with it in the first national company of the show add something


Ferrer would don the nose and costume of Cyrano for a last time in a TV commercial in the 1970s add something


Ferrer would go on to voice a highly truncated cartoon version of the play for an episode of "The ABC Afterschool Special" in 1974, and made his farewell to the part by performing a short passage from the play for the 1986 Tony awards telecast add something


Miriam Colon - In 1979, she starred alongside fellow Puerto Rican actors José Ferrer, Raúl_Juliá, and Henry Darrow in "Life of Sin", a film in which she portrayed Isabel la Negra, a real-life Puerto Rican brothel owner


Ferrer, not usually known for regular roles in TV series, had a recurring role as Julia Duffy's WASPy father on the long-running television series "Newhart" in the 1980s add something


He had a recurring role as elegant and flamboyant attorney Reuben Marino on the soap opera "Another World" in the early 1980s add something


However, in an interview given in the 1980s, he bemoaned the lack of good character parts for aging stars, and readily admitted that he now took on roles mostly for the money, such as his roles in the horror potboilers "The Swarm", in which he played a doctor, and "Dracula's Dog", in which he played a police inspector add something


In 1980, he had a memorable role as future Justice Abe Fortas, to whom he bore a strong resemblance, in the made-for-television film version of Anthony Lewis' "Gideon's Trumpet", opposite Henry Fonda in an Emmy-nominated performance as Clarence Earl Gideon add something


William Prince (actor) - In 1980, he and "Cyrano" star Jose Ferrer both reunited, appearing in the made-for-television film "Gideon's Trumpet"


Lydia Cornell - In the summer of 1980, Cornell spent nine weeks filming in the Greek Isles for her appearance the mythological horror film "Blood Tide", which featured Oscar winners James Earl Jones, Jose Ferrer and Lila Kedrova and was produced by Nico Mastorakis and Donald Langdon


Jose Ferrer's contributions to American theater were recognized in 1981, when he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame add something


Another huge honor came in 1985 when he was awarded the National Medal of Arts add something


Following a brief battle with colon cancer, Ferrer passed away 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 add something

José Ferrer died in 1992 add something


On April 26, 2012, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp in José Ferrer's honor in their Distinguished Americans series add something