On the next nine Fridays we are going to highlight the actors who have won both Tony Awards and Oscars for playing the same part.
Jose Ferrer was the first person to achieve this feat. In 1947 he garnered a Tony for portraying Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway. Three years later he won the Oscar.
The first Hispanic-American to win an Oscar was indeed Jose Ferrer, one of the finest stage and film actors of the 1940’s and 50’s, who later had a great career as a character actor. Ferrer was also a celebrated stage director.
Ferrer was born in Puerto Rico in 1912, with this imposing monicker — Jose Vincente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron. Wow!
“Joe” as he was known to his friends received his first Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor Category in 1948 when he recreated his stage role of the Dauphin in Joan of Arc, which starred Ingrid Bergman.
Two years later he won as Best Actor for Cyrano de Bergerac. That film, directed by Stanley Kramer, received only ONE nomination — the one for Ferrer’s performance. (Yup, that’s Jose Ferrer above in costume as that nosy Cyrano.)
He was nominated for another Oscar for his solid performance as Toulouse-Latrec in Moulin Rouge. Another memorable role was that of the defense attorney in The Caine Mutiny.
As for the Miguel Ferrer that tv audiences know today, he was born in 1955, the oldest of five children hatched by “Joe” Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney. Miguel Ferrer, who died last year at age 61, was George Clooney’s cousin.
Miguel appeared in several notable movies but was best known for his costarring role in the “Crossing Jordan,” the tv series that ran from 2001 through 2007. (Scroll down and take a look at him, the spittin’ image of his father.)
As for our “Joe,” we hope he’s remembered for being more than just “Miguel’s Dad.”