- First Broadway appearance was as a chorus dancer in 1938's You Never Know; returned to star in Strange Fruit in 1945.
- Wrote a children's book titled Tito's Hats in 1940; later worked as a book and newspaper editor.
- Made his feature directing debut in 1945 with the drama The Girl of the Limberlost.
- First big-screen acting role came with 1949's Lost Boundaries, in which he portrayed a light-skinned black doctor posing as white.
- Directed then-wife Audrey Hepburn in 1959 romance Green Mansions, and produced her critically acclaimed thriller Wait Until Dark (1967).
- Took on his first series-regular role in the early '80s, playing Phillip Erikson on the prime-time soap Falcon Crest.
- Frequently starred in stage and screen productions, but maintained that he disliked acting and preferred to direct.
- Elizabeth Soukhotine — Wife
- Jose M. Ferrer — Brother
- Frances Gunby Pilchard — Ex-wife
- Pepa Ferrer — Daughter
- Peter — Son
- Terry Ferrer — Sister
- Barbara Tripp — Ex-wife
- Mela — Daughter
- Audrey Hepburn — Ex-wife
- Mary Matilda Irene Ferrer — Mother
- Marie Irene Ferrer — Sister
- Jose Maria Ferrer — Father
- Sean Hepburn Ferrer — Son
- Mark Ferrer — Son
- Christopher — Son
- Attended Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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