Considered one of the most accomplished talents of his generation, Ferrer (1912-1992) won several Tony Awards for his work on stage and performed in more than 60 movies, garnering three Academy Award nominations. He received a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the title character in “Cyrano de Bergerac.”
“The Postal Service is proud to honor José Ferrer on a Forever Stamp,” said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services. “A renaissance man who spoke five languages fluently, Ferrer’s accomplishments extended to many areas of entertainment.”
The portrait featured on the stamp is an oil painting by Daniel Adel of Cold Spring, N.Y., based on a photograph of Ferrer. Adel worked under the direction of art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Va.
Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, a district of San Juan, Ferrer’s father, an attorney, moved the family to New York City when Ferrer was 6 years old. Always an excellent student, he passed the Princeton University entrance exam at age 15, but was considered too young to attend and spent a year in a boarding school, Le Rosey, in Switzerland. He entered Princeton at age 16 and graduated with the class of 1933. He conducted postgraduate work at Columbia University with the intention of becoming a teacher of languages. However, he had discovered his love of acting while in college, and in 1935, made his first appearance on Broadway, a one-line part in the play “A Slight Case of Murder.”