In a word, no.

Still in all, he won the Oscar for Best Actor, he had a long and brilliant career.  But Jose Ferrer, like Shirley Booth and a handful of other actors who won awards and flourished on Broadway, never achieved real film stardom.

Ferrer was born in Puerto Rico in 1912, with this imposing moniker — Jose Vincente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron. Wow! He is, in fact, the first Hispanic-American to win an Oscar. He was better known, perhaps, as one of the finest stage 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.)

“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.

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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 Ferrer below in costume as that nosy Cyrano, who, incidentally, never actually set foot in the French village of Bergerac.)

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He was nominated for another Oscar for his performance as Henri Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge.

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Another memorable role was as the defense attorney in The Caine Mutiny. There he below as the straight-shooting Navy barrister hurling a glass of bubbly at Fred MacMurray.

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One of Ferrer’s oddest supporting roles is in Lawrence of Arabia, as the sadistic Turkish Bey who enjoys a brutal lashing of a captive Peter O’Toole.

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Ferrer, who died in 1992, was married for 14 years beginning in 1953 to vocalist Rosemary Clooney.  (That’s our couple in happier days pictured in the first photo of today’s blog.) They had five children including actor Miguel Ferrer, who died in 2017. (Final trivia: he was George Clooney’s cousin.)

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