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José Vicente Ferrer

Ferrer, José Vicente (hōsāˈ vēsānˈtā fərârˈ) [key], 1912–92, American actor, director, and producer, b. Santurce, Puerto Rico. Ferrer made his debut in 1935 and in 1940 gained acclaim in Charley's Aunt and again in 1943 playing Iago to Paul Robeson's Othello. A versatile actor with a rich and powerful voice, he had appeared in many films, including The Caine Mutiny (1954) and Ship of Fools (1965). In 1950 he won an Academy Award for his performance in Cyrano de Bergerac.

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