José Ferrer (I) (1912–1992)

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José Ferrer was a Puerto Rican actor and film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for playing the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). Ferrer was the first Puerto Rican actor to win an Academy Award, and also the first Hispanic actor to win an Academy Award. In 1912, Ferrer was born is San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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The Caine Mutiny Lt. Barney Greenwald
Dune Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Moulin Rouge Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec / Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec


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 1991 The Perfect Tribute (TV Movie)
Edward Everett
 1990 Old Explorers
Warner Watney
 1990 Hired to Kill
 1986-1990 Matlock (TV Series)
Nicholas Baron
- The Kidnapper (1990) ... Nicholas Baron (uncredited)
- The Don: Part 2 (1986) ... Nicholas Baron (as Jose Ferrer)
- The Don: Part 1 (1986) ... Nicholas Baron (as Jose Ferrer)
 1989 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts (TV Series)
Abraham Bentley
- The Rope (1989) ... Abraham Bentley
 1989 Mother's Day (TV Movie)
Judge Leatham
 1988 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Tío José
- Maria and Luis get married (1988) ... Tío José
- Episode #19.128 (1988) ... Tío José
 1988 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Professor Leeds / Professor Leeds
- Strange Interlude: Part 3 (1988) ... Professor Leeds
- Strange Interlude: Part 2 (1988) ... Professor Leeds
- Strange Interlude: Part 1 (1988) ... Professor Leeds
 1985-1987 Newhart (TV Series)
Arthur Vanderkellen
- Till Depth Do Us Part: Part 2 (1987) ... Arthur Vanderkellen
- It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To (1987) ... Arthur Vanderkellen (as Jose Ferrer)
- Thanksgiving for the Memories (1986) ... Arthur Vanderkellen (as Jose Ferrer)
- Pre-Nups (1986) ... Arthur Vanderkellen (as Jose Ferrer)
- Locks, Stocks, and Noodlehead (1985) ... Arthur Vanderkellen (as Jose Ferrer)
 1987 The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie)
Badger (voice)
 1987 The Sun and the Moon
Don Fulhencio
 1987 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Dr. Tybalt Grimaldi
- Young Harry Houdini (1987) ... Dr. Tybalt Grimaldi (as Jose Ferrer)
 1986 Bridges to Cross (TV Series)
Morris Kane
- Looks Like Up to Me (1986) ... Morris Kane
- Take a Cup of Kindness (1986) ... Morris Kane
- Memories of Molly (1986) ... Morris Kane (as Jose Ferrer)
- Keeper of the Flame (1986) ... Morris Kane
- A Theory of Dark Thunder (1986) ... Morris Kane
 1986 Blood & Orchids (TV Movie)
Walter Bergman
 1985 Covenant (TV Movie)
Victor Noble
 1985 Seduced (TV Movie)
James Killian (as Jose Ferrer)
 1985 Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (TV Movie)
Prof. Ludwig Rosenberg
 1984 I Am Joe's Liver (Short)
Joe's Liver (voice, as Jose Ferrer)
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
- Death Casts a Spell (1984) ... Cagliostro (as Jose Ferrer)
 1984 Dune
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
 1984 George Washington (TV Mini Series)
Governor Dinwiddie / Gov. Dinwiddie
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Governor Dinwiddie
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Governor Dinwiddie
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Gov. Dinwiddie
 1984 Samson and Delilah (TV Movie)
The High Priest (as Jose Ferrer)
 1984 The Evil That Men Do
Dr. Hector Lomelin (as Jose Ferrer)
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Alex Huff
- Passages (1984) ... Alex Huff (as Jose Ferrer)
 1983 To Be or Not to Be
Prof. Siletski (as Jose Ferrer)
 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Nikolos Karavatos
- Random Choices/My Mommy, the Swinger (1983) ... Nikolos Karavatos (as Jose Ferrer)
 1983 This Girl for Hire (TV Movie)
Harrison Wooly (as Jose Ferrer)
 1983 Blood Feud (TV Movie)
Edward Bennett Williams - Hoffa's Attorney
 1983 Another World (TV Series)
Reuben Marino
- Episode #1.4720 (1983) ... Reuben Marino
 1982 And They're Off
Martin Craig (as Jose Ferrer)
 1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Stanley Royce
- Ghost of a Chance (1982) ... Dr. Stanley Royce (as Jose Ferrer)
 1982 Bloodtide
 1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Leopold (as Jose Ferrer)
 1981 The Being
Mayor Gordon Lane (as Jose Ferrer)
 1981 Bloody Birthday
 1981 Peter and Paul (TV Movie)
Gamaliel (as Jose Ferrer)
 1981 Berlin Tunnel 21 (TV Movie)
 1981 Evita Peron (TV Movie)
Agustin Magaldi (as Jose Ferrer)
 1981 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Robert Caine
- Lest We Forget (1981) ... Robert Caine (as Jose Ferrer)
 1980 The Dream Merchants (TV Mini Series)
George Pappas
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... George Pappas
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... George Pappas
 1980 Pleasure Palace (TV Movie)
 1980 Battle Creek Brawl
 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
Abe Fortas
 1980 Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (TV Movie)
Jeff Briggs (as Jose Ferrer)
 1980 Oye Willie (TV Series)
Don Piri Tomás
- Dapper Dude (1980) ... Don Piri Tomás
 1979 A Life of Sin
The Bishop
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini Series)
President Aristide Brouchard
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... President Aristide Brouchard
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... President Aristide Brouchard
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... President Aristide Brouchard
 1979 Natural Enemies
Harry Rosenthal (as Jose Ferrer)
 1979 The Concorde... Airport '79
Chief Superintendent Morabito (TV version) (uncredited)
 1979 The Fifth Musketeer
Athos (as Jose Ferrer)
 1979 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
- The Man from the South (1979) ... Carlos
 1978 Fame (TV Movie)
 1978 The Swarm
Dr. Andrews (as Jose Ferrer)
 1978 Fedora
Doctor Vando
 1976-1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Crazy Joey Fortune
- Partners (1978) ... Crazy Joey Fortune (uncredited)
- Murder at Sea Part 2 (1976) ... Crazy Joey Fortune (as Jose Ferrer)
- Murder at Sea (1976) ... Crazy Joey Fortune (as Jose Ferrer)
 1978 The Return of Captain Nemo (TV Movie)
Captain Nemo
 1977 Who Has Seen the Wind
The Ben
 1977 Exo-Man (TV Movie)
Kermit Haas
 1977 Dracula's Dog
Inspector Branco
 1977 Simple Gifts (TV Movie)
Narrator (segment "A Memory of Christmas") (voice)
 1977 The Rhinemann Exchange (TV Mini Series)
Erich Rhinemann
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Erich Rhinemann
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Erich Rhinemann
 1977 The Sentinel
Robed Figure
 1976 Crash!
Marc Denne
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Manuel Benitez
 1976 Teleplay (TV Series)
 1976 The Big Bus
Ironman (as Jose Ferrer)
 1976 Truman at Potsdam (TV Movie)
Josef Stalin
 1975 The Art of Crime (TV Movie)
Beckwith Sloan (as Jose Ferrer)
 1975 Paco
Fermin Flores
 1975 Medical Story (TV Movie)
Dr. William Knowland
 1975 Order to Assassinate
Inspector Reed
 1975 Forever Young, Forever Free
Father Alberto
 1975 The Missing Are Deadly (TV Movie)
Mr. Ed Warren
 1974 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Cyrano de Bergerac
- Cyrano (1974) ... Cyrano de Bergerac (voice)
 1974 Columbo (TV Series)
Dr. Marshall Cahill
- Mind Over Mayhem (1974) ... Dr. Marshall Cahill (as Jose Ferrer)
 1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Old Harry
- In the Confessional (1973) ... Old Harry
 1973 The Marcus-Nelson Murders (TV Movie)
Jake Weinhaus (as Jose Ferrer)
 1971 Crosscurrent (TV Movie)
Dr. Charles Bedford
 1971 Gideon (TV Movie)
Angel of the Lord
 1971 Banyon (TV Series)
Lee Jennings
- Pilot (1971) ... Lee Jennings
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Benjamin Franklin Bristow / Adrian Blake
- Why I Blew Up Dakota (1970) ... Benjamin Franklin Bristow
- Tarot (1970) ... Adrian Blake
 1970 The Aquarians (TV Movie)
Dr. Alfred Vreeland
 1968 The Little Drummer Boy (TV Movie)
Ben Haramed (voice, as Jose Ferrer)
 1968 A Case of Libel (TV Movie)
Boyd Bendix
 1967 The Young Rebel
Hassan Bey
 1967 Kismet (TV Movie)
Hajj (as Jose Ferrer)
 1967 Enter Laughing
Harrison B. Marlowe (as Jose Ferrer)
 1965 Ship of Fools
Rieber (as Jose Ferrer)
 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
Herod Antipas
 1964 Bewitched (TV Series)
- Mother, Meet What's His Name (1964) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Be It Ever So Mortgaged (1964) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha (1964) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1964 Cyrano et d'Artagnan
Monsieur de Cyrano Bergerac, de la Compagnie des Cadets de Gascogne
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Harry Kyle
- No Middle Ground for Harry Kyle (1963) ... Harry Kyle
 1963 Stop Train 349
Cowan the Reporter (as Jose Ferrer)
 1963 Nine Hours to Rama
Supt. Gopal Das
 1962 Lawrence of Arabia
Turkish Bey (as Jose Ferrer)
 1961 Return to Peyton Place
Voice of Mark Steele (voice, uncredited)
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Joe Garvey
- Survival (1959) ... Joe Garvey (as Jose Ferrer)
 1958 The High Cost of Loving
Jim Fry (as Jose Ferrer)
 1958 I Accuse!
Captain Alfred Dreyfus (as Jose Ferrer)
 1957 Four Girls in Town
Director (uncredited)
 1956 The Great Man
Joe Harris
 1956 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Cyrano de Bergerac
- Cyrano De Bergerac (1956) ... Cyrano de Bergerac (voice)
 1955 The Cockleshell Heroes
Major Geoffrey Stringer
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Cyrano de Bergerac
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1955) ... Cyrano de Bergerac
 1955 The Shrike
Jim Downs
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Sigmund Romberg
 1954 The Caine Mutiny
Lt. Barney Greenwald (as Jose Ferrer)
 1953 Miss Sadie Thompson
Alfred Davidson (as Jose Ferrer)
 1952 Moulin Rouge
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec / Comte Alphonse de Toulouse-Lautrec
 1952 Anything Can Happen
Giorgi Papashvily
 1950 Cyrano de Bergerac
 1950 Crisis
Raoul Farrago (as Jose Ferrer)
 1950 The Secret Fury
José (uncredited)
 1950 Whirlpool
David Korvo (as Jose Ferrer)
 1949 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Sammy Glick / Cyrano de Bergerac
- What Makes Sammy Run? (1949) ... Sammy Glick
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1949) ... Cyrano de Bergerac
 1948 Joan of Arc
The Dauphin - Charles VII, later King of France
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Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (78 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Christopher Fry's translation of Edmond Rostand's play, "Cyrano De Bergerac", in a Chichester Festival Production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, West Sussex, England with Keith Michell, Christopher Cazenove, Barbara Jefford, David Williams, Bill Fraser, Philip Anthony, Jeffrey Holland, Peggy ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jose Ferrer


5' 10" (1.78 m)


Stella Daphne Magee  (his death) | See more »


Miguel Ferrer


Tessa Ferrer (great grandchild)

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Personal Quote:

[on his earring] I wear larger ones at home than I am wearing tonight. I'd like to have more, of course, but you can't find that many people who will give you one earring. [The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. 14, 1972] See more »


Won three Tony Awards, two for Best Actor (Dramatic): in 1947 for "Cyrano de Bergerac", a role he recreated in several following productions, including his Oscar-winning performance in the film version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). He won again in 1952 for the original Broadway production of "The Shrike". Also in 1952, he won the Best Director Award for three plays: "The Shrike", "The Fourposter"... See more »


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