Jose Ferrer


Actor
Jose Ferrer

About

Also Known As
Jose Vicente Ferrer De Otero Y Cintron
Birth Place
Puerto Rico
Born
January 08, 1912
Died
January 26, 1992
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

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)....

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Family & Companions

Uta Hagen
Wife
Actor, acting teacher. Married on December 8, 1938, divorced in June 1948; wrote books including "Respect for Acting"; had one daughter together.
Phyllis Hill
Wife
Actor, ballerina. 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.
Rosemary Clooney
Wife
Singer. 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.
Stella Daphne Magee
Wife
Fourth wife.

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

State Fair (1962)
Director
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
Director
The High Cost of Loving (1958)
Director
I Accuse! (1958)
Director
The Great Man (1957)
Director
The Cockleshell Heroes (1956)
Director
The Shrike (1955)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Perfect Tribute (1991)
Edward Everett
A Life of Sin (1990)
Bishop
Hired to Kill (1990)
Old Explorers (1990)
El Sol y la Luna (1987)
Don Fulhencio
Young Harry Houdini (1987)
The Wind in the Willows (1987)
Voice
Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985)
Ingrid (1985)
Himself
Covenant (1985)
Seduced (1985)
The Evil That Men Do (1984)
Samson and Delilah (1984)
Dune (1984)
The Being (1983)
Mayor
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
This Girl For Hire (1983)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Blood Tide (1982)
Berlin Tunnel 21 (1981)
Bloody Birthday (1981)
The Murder That Wouldn't Die (1980)
Jeff Briggs
Gideon's Trumpet (1980)
Abe Fortas
The Big Brawl (1980)
The Pleasure Palace (1980)
Natural Enemies (1979)
The Fifth Musketeer (1979)
Dracula's Dog (1978)
Inspector Branco
Fame (1978)
Francesco
The Amazing Captain Nemo (1978)
The Swarm (1978)
Fedora (1978)
Who Has Seen The Wind (1977)
The Ben
The Private Files Of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)
Lionel Mccoy
The Sentinel (1977)
Exoman (1977)
Voyage Of The Damned (1976)
The Big Bus (1976)
Truman at Potsdam (1976)
Joseph Stalin
Medical Story (1975)
Dr William Knowland
E'Lollipop (1975)
The Missing Are Deadly (1975)
The Art of Crime (1975)
Beckwith Sloan
Paco (1975)
El Clan de los Inmorales (1973)
Inspector Reed
The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
Crash (1971)
Banyon (1971)
Lee Jennings
Crosscurrent (1971)
Dr Charles Bedford
The Young Rebel (1969)
Hassam Bey
Enter Laughing (1967)
Mr. Marlowe
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Herod Antipas
Ship of Fools (1965)
Rieber
Stop Train 349 (1964)
Cowan
Nine Hours to Rama (1963)
Superintendent Gopal Das
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Turkish bey
Forbid Them Not (1962)
Narrator
I Accuse! (1958)
Alfred Dreyfus
The High Cost of Loving (1958)
Jim Fry
Four Girls in Town (1957)
Director
The Great Man (1957)
Joe Harris
The Cockleshell Heroes (1956)
Major Stringer
The Shrike (1955)
Jim Downs
Miss Sadie Thompson (1954)
Alfred Davidson
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Lt. Barney Greenwald
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Sigmund Romberg
Moulin Rouge (1953)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec/Count de Toulouse-Lautrec
Anything Can Happen (1952)
Giorgi Papashvily
Cyrano de Bergerac (1951)
Cyrano [de Bergerac]
Crisis (1950)
Raoul Farrago
The Secret Fury (1950)
José
Whirlpool (1949)
David Korvo
Joan of Arc (1948)
The Dauphin, Charles VII, later King of France

Writer (Feature Film)

The Great Man (1957)
Screenwriter

Music (Feature Film)

Darkness (2004)
Music
Twist of Fate (1954)
Composer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Ingrid (1985)
Other

Cast (Special)

Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theatre (1991)
The Rope (1989)
Abraham
Strange Interlude (1988)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1986)
Performer
The 40th Annual Tony Awards (1986)
Performer
Goya (1986)
The Horror of It All (1983)
Narration
Debby Boone: The Same Old Brand New Me (1980)
The Return of Captain Nemo (1978)
Captain Nemo
Rickles (1975)
Kismet (1967)
Marriage -- Handle With Care (1959)
Guest

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Mother's Day (1989)
Blood and Orchids (1986)
Walter Bergman
George Washington (1984)
Blood Feud (1983)
Evita Peron (1981)
Augustin Magaldi
Peter and Paul (1981)
The Dream Merchants (1980)
The French Atlantic Affair (1979)
Cyrano (1974)
Voice Of Cyrano De Bergerac

Life Events

1918

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

1934

Made professional debut on a showboat on Long Island

1935

Broadway debut in "A Slight Case of Murder"

1935

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

1940

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

1941

Broadway directing debut, Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz"

1942

Played Iago to Paul Robson's Othello on Broadway

1945

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

1945

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

1946

Film debut as narrator of short, "Bolivia"

1948

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

1949

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

1955

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

1958

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

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

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

Photo Collections

Miss Sadie Thompson - Lobby Card
Miss Sadie Thompson - Lobby Card
The Caine Mutiny - Movie Posters
Here is a group of American movie posters from Columbia Pictures' The Caine Mutiny (1954), starring Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, and Fred MacMurray.

Videos

Movie Clip

Ship Of Fools (1965) - Don't Bother Getting Up Widow Mary (Vivien Leigh) meets ex-ballplayer Tenny (Lee Marvin), then anti-Semite Rieber (Jose Ferrer) is joined by Dr. Schumann (Oskar Werner), then misfits Glocken (Michael Dunn) and Lowenthal (Heinz Rumann) on board a German liner off Mexico, 1933, in Ship Of Fools, 1965.
Greatest Story Ever Told, The (1965) - You Have Followed A Star? Impressive landscapes, three kings (Cyril Delevanti, Mark Lenard, Frank Silvera) visiting the duly worried Herod (Claude Rains), his son Antipas (Jose Ferrer) standing by, early in George Stevens' The Greatest Story Ever Told, 1965.
Moulin Rouge (1952) - I'll Make You Like Me Artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer) has rescued streetwalker Marie (Collette Marchand) from a Paris cop, after which she invites herself home with him, beginning a key relationship, in John Huston’s Moulin Rouge, 1952.
Moulin Rouge (1952) - The Smell Of Paint Moderately frustrated painter Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer) meets colleagues Anquetin, Seurat and Gauzi (Jean Landler, Christopher Lee, Robert Le Fort) at a Paris cafe, then his enthusiastic semi-agent Maurice (Lee Montague), in John Huston’s Moulin Rouge, 1952.
Moulin Rouge (1952) - I Can Drink Cognac Already several minutes into director John Huston’s opening, at club Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1890, our first look at Jose Ferrer as painter Toulouse-Lautrec, visited by a waitress (Jill Bennett), his friend Maurice (Lee Montague) and warring dancers Katherine Kath and Muriel Smith in Moulin Rouge, 1952.
Miss Sadie Thompson (1954) - The Situation Has Landed Stuck in American Samoa, reformer Davidson and wife (Jose Ferrer, Peggy Converse) and the doctor MacPhails (Russell Collins, Frances Morris), can't help noticing the title character (Rita Hayworth) and servicemen (Aldo Ray et al), in Miss Sadie Thompson, 1954, from a Somerset Maugham story.
Miss Sadie Thompson (1954) - The Heat Is On Wrapping a chat on values between "reformer" Davidson (Jose Ferrer), MacPhail (Russell Collins), and innkeeper Horn (Harry Bellaver), jumping to a gratuitous number (by Lester Lee and Allan Roberts, vocal by JoAnn Greer) by the title character (Rita Hayworth), in Miss Sadie Thompson, 1954.
Deep In My Heart (1954) - The Music Of Sigmund Romberg An unusual opening from MGM, as the studio orchestra begins a de facto tribute to the composer and subject of the bio-pic, until it’s revealed that it’s an actor, leading man Jose Ferrer, who plays Sigmund Romberg, conducting, in Deep In My Heart, 1954, Stanley Donen directing.
Deep In My Heart (1954) - You Will Remember Vienna Sometime around 1910, New York, opera star Helen Trabuel as the employer of Jose Ferrer, who plays immigrant composer Sigmund Romberg, subject of the bio-pic, who then tangles with a roughneck American promoter (David Burns) early in MGM’s Deep In My Heart, 1954.
Deep In My Heart (1954) - Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise Jose Ferrer in French, as composer Sigmund Romberg, meeting Tamara Toumanova as Gaby, Walter Pidgeon as Broadway impresario J.J. Shubert, and Merle Oberon as future collaborator Dorothy Donnelly, praising the first sample of a famous tune, in MGM’s Deep In My Heart, 1954.
Deep In My Heart (1954) - Mr. And Mrs. Two Sigmund Romberg tunes, Jose Ferrer in his only musical performance plays the composer standing-in for the understudy, with Rosemary Clooney, then narrates to Gene Kelly, joined by older-brother Fred in his only movie appearance (his vocal dubbed), in the MGM musical bio-pic Deep In My Heart, 1954.
Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - I'd Much Rather Prosecute First appearance of JAG lawyer Greenwald (Jose Ferrer), dismissing Keefer (Fred MacMurray) as he considers taking the case of accused Maryk (Van Johnson) and Keith (Robert Francis), in The Caine Mutiny, 1957, from Herman Wouk's novel.

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Family

Rafael Ferrer
Father
Lawyer. From San Juan.
Maria Providencia Ferrer
Mother
From Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.
Rafael Ferrer
Half-Brother
Leticia Garcia
Sister
Elvira Villafane
Sister
Leticia Thyra Ferrer
Daughter
Actor. Born in 1940; mother, Uta Hagen.
Miguel Jose Ferrer
Son
Actor. Born in 1955; mother, Rosemary Clooney; appeared with father in a 1981 episode of "Magnum, P.I.".
Rafael Francisco Ferrer
Son
Born in 1956; mother, Rosemary Clooney.
Maria Providencia Ferrer
Daughter
Children's tapestry designer. Born in 1957; mother ,Rosemary Clooney.
Gabriel Vicente 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).
Monsita Teresa Botwick
Daughter
Born in 1960; mother, Rosemary Clooney.

Companions

Uta Hagen
Wife
Actor, acting teacher. Married on December 8, 1938, divorced in June 1948; wrote books including "Respect for Acting"; had one daughter together.
Phyllis Hill
Wife
Actor, ballerina. 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.
Rosemary Clooney
Wife
Singer. 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.
Stella Daphne Magee
Wife
Fourth wife.

Bibliography