Hispanic Heritage Month:
Jose Vicente Ferrer
Name: José Vicente Ferrer
Birth, death: Jan. 8, 1912 - Jan. 26, 1992
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Born José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón, he made his American acting debut in 1935 on Broadway. He later became the first Hispanic actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Joan of Arc.
Although he did not win for the Joan of Arc, he would later win for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac, becoming the first Hispanic to win an Academy Award. He later donated his Academy Award trophy to the University of Puerto Rico as a tribute to his roots.
In 1981, Ferrers was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, and he later received the National Medal of Arts from President Ronald Reagan in 1985. He was reportedly the first actor to receive that honor from the late President Reagan.
In April 2012, his face was immortalized on a stamp and was included as part of the United States Postal Services Distinguished Americans series.