Jose Ferrer First Day of Issue Ceremony a Theatrical Affair

Thank you to everyone who came out last week to the First Day of Issue Ceremony for the José Ferrer stamp, the 14th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series. Ferrer, whose career spanned the worlds of theater, film, television, and music, was the first Latino to win the Oscar for Best Actor and is considered to be one of the most accomplished talents of his generation.

The ceremony took place at The Players in New York City. The Players serves primarily as a social club but is also a repository of American and British theater history, memorabilia and theatrical artifacts. Ferrer was a longtime member and received the organization’s prestigious Edwin Booth Life Achievement Award.

Steve Kearney, USPS, addresses the crowd before the stamp is unveiled

“Today, the Postal Service is pleased and proud to bestow upon José Ferrer—a groundbreaking Latino movie, theater and television performer and the first Puerto Rican actor to succeed in Hollywood—a new commemorative Forever stamp,” said Marie Therese Dominguez, vice president, Government Relations and Public Policy for USPS. “Throughout an acting career that spanned more than half a century, Ferrer played a wide range of roles on both Broadway and on the silver screen. His accomplishments extended to many other genres of entertainment. He acted on radio, performed as an opera singer, co-authored a libretto, and was a composer. And, as if all this weren’t enough, Ferrer wrote for theater and television, and directed and produced numerous plays, both on and off Broadway.”

Joining Dominguez to dedicate the stamp were Ferrer’s 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.

Steve Kearney, USPS, & actor Christopher Lloyd wait to sign stamp panes

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

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