First Hispanic American actor to win an Academy Award

January 8, 1912 is the birthday of José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón (1912 –1992), known as José Ferrer.  The Puerto Rican actor was the first Hispanic American actor to win an Academy Award, which he earned in 1950 for his portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac.  Ferrer was accepted at Princeton University at age 16 and did postgraduate work at Columbia University.  He intended to be a language teacher, but became enchanted with acting while at college.  Ferrer was honored with a US postage stamp in April 2012