#4666 José Ferrer 2012 (Forever)
Distinguished Americans Series 14
In addition to performing in more than 60 movies, Ferrer directed several films; wrote, directed, produced, and starred in plays both on and off Broadway; composed music for stage and screen; acted on radio; was the voice of many well-known television commercials; and appeared regularly on series television. From classics such as Othello to comedies such as Charley’s Aunt, Ferrer’s range was impressive, and he remains a role model for young actors today.
The art for this 14th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series displays actor-director José Ferrer in a formal pose, clothed in a suit and tie. The artist, Daniel Adel, painted the oil-on-canvas portrait from a photograph. Adel, an award-winning portraitist, explains that José Ferrer’s demeanor not only expressed the time period when he achieved such success on the screen, but also embodied the eras of the historical characters he so often portrayed.
The José Ferrer (Forever®) stamp is being issued in self-adhesive sheets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
#4666 José Ferrer (Forever) 2012 Postage Stamp
The José Ferrer (Forever®) stamp is the 14th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series and honors actor, director, writer, musician, and producer José Ferrer (1912-1992). Critics and peers alike lauded José Ferrer as one of the most versatile talents of his generation.
Ferrer’s film appearances resulted in three Academy Award nominations: in 1949 for Joan of Arc, in 1951 for Cyrano de Bergerac, and in 1953 for Moulin Rouge. He won the Best Actor Oscar in 1951 — the first for a Latino actor — for what is arguably his most famous role, the swashbuckling poet Cyrano.