José Ferrer To Be Honored in 2012

In 2012, José Ferrer, one of our country’s most versatile and honored actors, will be the 14th luminary celebrated in the U.S. Postal Service’s Distinguished Americans series.

Critics and peers alike lauded Ferrer as one of the most accomplished talents of his generation. Ferrer was not only a highly acclaimed actor, but also a director, writer, musician, and producer. During his long career he garnered many accolades that testified to the depth and quality of his work, including several Tony Awards for his achievements on stage. His film appearances resulted in three Academy Award nominations, including one for what is arguably his most famous role—the swashbuckling poet Cyrano de Bergerac—for which he won a Best Actor Oscar, the first for a Latino.

The stamp shows Ferrer at the height of his fame, his elegant and timeless look captured in an oil-on-canvas portrait created by Daniel Adel. Antonio Alcalá was the art director.

Artwork based on a photograph © Turner Entertainment Co. A Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. All Rights Reserved.

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