José Ferrer Biography
(Actor and Director Best Known for His Films: ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’)
Birthday: January 8, 1912 (Capricorn)
Born In: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jose Ferrer or Jose Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron was a Puert Rican actor, director and pianist who won three Tony Awards including two for ‘Best Actor’, one for ‘Best Director’ and three Oscar nominations during his entire acting career. Throughout his career he played negative characters in various stage and film productions. His versatility both on stage and in films was greatly admired by people. He could speak both Spanish and English fluently along with French and Italian. Though he was Hispanic, some of the characters he played were French like Dauphin in ‘Joan of Arc’, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in ‘Moulin Rouge’ and others. He took eight years to establish himself as an actor on the Broadway before opting for a film career. Being a talented pianist, he retained his passion for music throughout his acting career and performed as an opera singer at the ‘Beverly Hills Opera’ and the ‘Brooklyn Academy of Music’ during the later part of his life. His legacy is continued by his family members such as his nephew George Clooney, daughter-in-law Debby Boone, sons Miguel and Rafael, all of whom have contributed a great deal to the American entertainment industry.