As Melchor Ferrer, he appeared in three plays in the 1940s, Kind Lady, Cue for Passion, and Strange Fruit, and in 1946, he directed a celebrated revival of Cyrano de Bergerac starring Jose Ferrer (who won the Tony as Best Actor), to whom he was not related.
Ferrer spent over 50 years working in Hollywood as an actor, writer, producer, and director. As an actor, his best known works included The Brave Bulls, Scaramouche, Lili, War and Peace (opposite Hepburn), The Sun Also Rises, and the TV series Falcon Crest.
He also directed Hepburn in Green Mansions and produced the thriller Wait Until Dark, in which she played a blind woman, earning her an Academy Award nomination. The couple divorced in 1968.Ferrer is survived by his fourth wife, Elizabeth Soukhotine, and his children, including his and Hepburn's son, Sean.