José FerrerJosé Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (January 8, 1912 – January 26, 1992), known as José Ferrer, was a Puerto Rican actor and theatre and film director. He was the first Puerto Rican-born actor, as well as the first Hispanic actor, to win an Academy Award (in 1950 for ''Cyrano de Bergerac'').
In 1947, Ferrer won the Tony Award for his theatrical performance of ''Cyrano de Bergerac'', and in 1952, he won the Distinguished Dramatic Actor Award for ''The Shrike'', and also the Outstanding Director Award for directing the plays ''The Shrike'', ''The Fourposter'', and ''Stalag 17''.
Ferrer's contributions to American theatre were recognized in 1981, when he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. In 1985, he received the National Medal of Arts from Ronald Reagan, becoming the first actor to receive that honor. Provided by Wikipedia