Today In Latin American History
José Ferrer, the first Hispanic actor to win an Academy Award, was born 100 years ago today on January 8, 1912 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. After moving to New York City as a child, Ferrer graduated from Princeton University before beginning his career as an actor on Broadway with 1935’s A Slight Case of Murder. He won several Tony Awards for his work on the stage and performed in dozens of films, garnering three Academy Award nominations and receiving a Best Actor Oscar in 1950 for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac. After a career that spanned five decades and four marriages, Ferrer died in Coral Gables, Florida at age 80. He is being featured this year as part of the US Postal Service’s “Distinguished Americans” series.