Jose Ferrer (1912-1992) was honored today for his many talents as an actor, director, writer, musician, and producer by being chosen as the face for the 2012 First-Class Forever Stamp, part of its Distinguished Americans stamp series.
The stamp is oil painting rendition by Daniel Adel, which is based on a photograph by Ferrer. Under the direction of Antonio Alcala, the stamp was designed.
Ferrer’s career spanned the worlds of theater, film, television and music, and he is considered to be one of the most accomplished talents of his generation. He was also the fists Latino to win the Oscar for Best Actor. Besides these honors, Ferrer also won several Tony Awards for his works on stage, performing in more than 60 movies, and gathering three Academy Award nominations.
His best role is said to be Cyrano de Bergerac, in which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor (1947) and the Oscar for Best Actor (1950) for the film version.
Maria Therese Dominguez, vice president, Government Relations and Public Policy for the U.S. Postal Service, stated commemorations for talent. She stated “Today, the Postal Service is pleased and proud to bestow upon Jose Ferrer… the first Puerto Rican actor to succeed in Hollywood –a new commemorative Forever stamp.
Joining Dominguez to dedicate the stamp were his wife Stella Ferrer; Rafael Ferrer, voice over artist;Theodore Chapin, chairman of the Board of Trustees, American Theatre Wing; John Martello, executive director of The Players; Harold Smith Prince, Broadway producer-director; actors Frances Sternhagen and Christopher Lloyd; and Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service.