Jose Ferrer

Actor, Director, Producer
Protean Broadway actor-director-producer whose noteworthy stage performances include Iago to Paul Robeson's "Othello" (1942), a Tony-winning "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1946) and the prince in the Noel Coward musical, "The ... Read more »
Born: 01/07/1912 in Puerto Rico

Filmography

Actor (95)

Newhart 1982 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Old Explorers 1990 (Movie)

Warner Watney (Actor)

The Rope 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Life of Sin 1989 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

Hired to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Rallis (Actor)

Mother's Day 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wind in the Willows 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Voice

Blood & Orchids 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bridges to Cross 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

El Sol y la Luna 1986 (Movie)

Don Fulhencio (Actor)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Covenant 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Padisha Emperor Shaddam IV (Actor)

George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Ingrid 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Samson and Delilah 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Evil That Men Do 1984 (Movie)

Lomelin (Actor)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

Professor Siletski (Actor)

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy 1982 (Movie)

Leopold (Actor)

The Being 1982 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

Blood Tide 1981 (Movie)

Nereus (Actor)

Debby Boone: The Same Old Brand New Me 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder That Wouldn't Die 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloody Birthday 1979 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Fame 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Natural Enemies 1979 (Movie)

Harry Rosenthal (Actor)

The Big Brawl 1979 (Movie)

Dominici (Actor)

Dracula's Dog 1978 (Movie)

Inspector Branco (Actor)

Fedora 1978 (Movie)

Dr Vando (Actor)

The 5th Musketeer 1978 (Movie)

Althos (Actor)

The Return of Captain Nemo 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Exo-Man 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amazing Captain Nemo 1977 (Movie)

Captain Nemo (Actor)

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 1977 (Movie)

Lionel McCoy (Actor)

The Rhinemann Exchange 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

Dr Andrews (Actor)

Medical Story 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Rickles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

Robed Figure (Actor)

Truman at Potsdam 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage of the Damned 1976 (Movie)

Manuel Benitez--Cuban Director of Immigration (Actor)

Who Has Seen The Wind 1976 (Movie)

The Ben (Actor)

The Big Bus 1975 (Movie)

Ironman (Actor)

Cyrano 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Voice

E'Lollipop 1974 (Movie)

Father Alberto (Actor)

Paco 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

El Clan de los Inmorales 1972 (Movie)

Inspector Reed (Actor)

The Cable Car Murder 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Banyon 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cervantes 1968 (Movie)

Hassan Bey (Actor)

Kismet 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Enter Laughing 1967 (Movie)

Mr Marlowe (Actor)

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

Rieber (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Herod Antipas (Actor)

Cyrano et d'Artagnan 1962 (Movie)

Cyrano (Actor)

Lawrence of Arabia 1962 (Movie)

Turkish Bey (Actor)

Nine Hours to Rama 1962 (Movie)

Superintendent Das (Actor)

I Accuse 1958 (Movie)

Alfred Dreyfus (Actor)

The High Cost of Loving 1958 (Movie)

Jim Fry (Actor)

The Great Man 1957 (Movie)

Joe Harris (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cockleshell Heroes 1956 (Movie)

Major Stringer (Actor)

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

Sigmund Romberg (Actor)

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Barney Greenwald (Actor)

The Shrike 1954 (Movie)

Jim Downs (Actor)

Moulin Rouge 1953 (Movie)

Toulouse-Lautrec/Comte DeToulouse-Lautrec (Actor)

Anything Can Happen 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crisis 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Berlin Tunnel 21 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Feud (TV Show)

Actor

Evita Peron (TV Show)

Actor

Gideon's Trumpet (TV Show)

Actor

Goya (TV Show)

Actor

Maniac Mansion (TV Show)

Actor

Peter and Paul (TV Show)

Actor

Pleasure Palace (TV Show)

Actor

Seduced (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Interlude (TV Show)

Actor

The Aquarians (TV Show)

Actor

The Art of Crime (TV Show)

Actor

The Dream Merchants (TV Show)

Actor

The Horror of It All (TV Show)

Narrator

The Marcus-Nelson Murders (TV Show)

Actor

The Missing Are Deadly (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Tribute (TV Show)

Actor

This Girl For Hire (TV Show)

Actor

Young Harry Houdini (TV Show)

Actor
Director (7)

State Fair 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Return to Peyton Place 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

I Accuse 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The High Cost of Loving 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Man 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cockleshell Heroes 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shrike 1954 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

The Beautiful Stranger 1954 (Movie)

("Love Is a Beautiful Stranger") (Song)
Writer (1)

The Great Man 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Protean Broadway actor-director-producer whose noteworthy stage performances include Iago to Paul Robeson's "Othello" (1942), a Tony-winning "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1946) and the prince in the Noel Coward musical, "The Girl Who Came to Supper" (1964).

Relationships

Elvira Villafane

Sister

Leticia Garcia

Sister

Monsita Botwick

Daughter
born in 1960 mother, Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney

Wife
married on July 13, 1953 divorced in 1962 remarried in 1963 divorced a second time in 1966 had five children together noted pop songstress of the 1950s made comeback on TV and nightclubs in the 1980s

Rafael Ferrer

Father
from San Juan

Maria Ferrer

Mother
from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico

Leticia Ferrer

Daughter
born in 1940 mother, Uta Hagen

Maria Ferrer

Daughter
born in 1957 mother ,Rosemary Clooney

Gabriel Ferrer

Son
born in 1959 mother, Rosemary Clooney married to singer-actress Debby Boone they have four children together: Jordan (born c. 1980), twin girls Gabrielle and Dustin (born c. 1983) and Tessa (born c. 1986)

Miguel Ferrer

Son
born in 1955 mother, Rosemary Clooney appeared with father in a 1981 episode of "Magnum, P.I."

Rafael Ferrer

Son
born in 1956 mother, Rosemary Clooney

Rafael Ferrer

Half-Brother

Uta Hagen Actor

Wife
Married on December 8, 1938 divorced in June 1948 wrote books including "Respect for Acting" had one daughter together

Phyllis Hill

Wife
married on June 19, 1948, just days after his divorce from Uta Hagen divorced in July 1953 died on January 1, 1993 at age 72 daughter of actor Peggy Johnson Hill

Stella Magee

Wife
fourth wife

EDUCATION

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1928 - 1933
passed entrance exam for Princeton at age of 14, but took an extra year of preparation at a school in Switzerland at urging of Princeton; had plans to become a concert pianist; began acting with Princeton's undergraduate Triangle Club

attended public and private schools in New York City

Milestones

1991

Planned to return to Broadway in the spring of 1992 to star opposite Judd Hirsch in Herb Gardner's "Conversations with My Father"; forced to bow out due to illness

1990

Final stage performance opposite Mandy Patinkin in the RSC's musical "Born Again" (based on Ionesco's "Rhinoceros")

1990

Last American stage appearance at the Paper Mill Playhouse's revival of the Harold Rome musical "Fanny" in Millburn, New Jersey

1958

Co-writing debut, "Oh, Captain" on Broadway (also director)

1955

Film directing debut, "The Shrike" (also actor)

1949

Starred in TV version of his 1947 stage triumph, "Cyrano de Bergerac"; also starred in 1950 film version

1948

Film acting debut (feature) in "Joan of Arc"

1946

Film debut as narrator of short, "Bolivia"

1944

Turned down lead in Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend"

1944

Broadway producing debut, "Strange Fruit" (also director)

1941

Played Iago to Paul Robson's Othello on Broadway

1940

Broadway directing debut, Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz"

1940

First major stage role in Broadway revival of "Charley's Aunt"

1935

Broadway debut in "A Slight Case of Murder"

1935

Joined Joshua Logan's Suffern (New York) stock company as assistant stage manager

1934

Made professional debut on a showboat on Long Island

1918

First visited the United States for an operation on his palate; family later moved to the USA when he was six

Organized a successful cruise ship band, the Pied Pipers, while a college student

Recorded hit duets, "Man" and "Woman" with Rosemary Clooney in the mid-1950s

Bonus Trivia

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"Versatility, intelligence and longevity were the hallmarks of his extraordinary career in entertainment. He was successful as an award-winning actor and a producer, writer and director, and he was a musician as well....While his skill and intellect were often praised, some critics regretted that he failed to project much warmth."--Bruce Lambert ("New York Times" obituary, January 27, 1992)

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He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1980.

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He was the first actor to be awarded the National Medal of the Arts (1985), presented by former President Ronald Regan.

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Assumed presidency of the Players Club in NY (1983-91).

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Received a honorary Masters Degree from Princeton in 1947.

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He was given a honorary H.H.D. from the University of Puerto Rico in 1949.

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