Miguel Ferrer

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Miguel Ferrer
Ferrer in March 2014
Born Miguel José Ferrer
(1955-02-07)February 7, 1955
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Died January 19, 2017(2017-01-19) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Throat cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–2017
Spouse(s) Leilani Sarelle
(m. 1991; div. 2003)

Lori Weintraub
(m. 2005; his death 2017)
Children 3
Parent(s) José Ferrer
Rosemary Clooney
Relatives Rafael Ferrer (brother)
Debby Boone (sister-in-law)
Betty Clooney (maternal aunt)
Nick Clooney (maternal uncle)
George Clooney (maternal first cousin)
Tessa Ferrer (niece)

Miguel José Ferrer (February 7, 1955 – January 19, 2017) was an American actor. His breakthrough role was the OCP Vice-president Bob Morton in the 1987 film RoboCop, he was the main character in Toto's music video for the song "I Will Remember" (1995). He also voiced the antagonistic Hun leader Shan Yu in Mulan (1998) and Big Boss in Rio 2. Ferrer's other notable roles include Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan, NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles, Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3, and FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks.

He was the son of actors José Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney.

Early life[edit]

Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of five children of Academy Award winning actor José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney. Ferrer siblings were sisters, Maria and Monsita, and brothers, Gabriel (later the husband of singer Debby Boone) and actor Rafael, he was the cousin of actor George Clooney and the nephew of journalist Nick Clooney. Ferrer was raised in Hollywood, California; as a teenager, his interests shifted toward music. He played the drums on Keith Moon's Two Sides of the Moon.[1]


Ferrer's friend Bill Mumy cast him as a drummer in the series Sunshine, his first television role.[citation needed] Ferrer was also Mumy's bandmate in Seduction of the Innocent, a band that also consisted of Steve Leialoha, and Max Allan Collins.[2]

Ferrer began his career in the early 1980s making guest appearances on episodic television, he played the younger self of his father's character on Magnum P.I in 1981. In 1983, he was given a small part as a waiter in The Man Who Wasn't There, he also had a minor role in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) as the U.S.S Excelsior helm officer. He had a major role in the 1987 action movie RoboCop as aspiring, cocaine-snorting corporate executive Bob Morton, after appearing as Morton. Ferrer's notable later roles include a sinister biker in Valentino Returns, an overzealous engineer in DeepStar Six (1989), a resourceful vigilante in Revenge (1990), Commander Arvid Harbinger in the comedy Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Lloyd Henreid in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand (1994), and a drug informant in Traffic (2000).[3] He occasionally took on lead parts as well, such as The Harvest and The Night Flier.

In the early 1990s, Ferrer appeared on three primetime TV series simultaneously: as D.A. Todd Spurrier in Shannon's Deal (1989–1991), as Cajun cop Beau Jack Bowman in Broken Badges (1990–1991), and as cynical, wittily abrasive FBI forensics specialist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks (1990–91). Ferrer reprised the role of Rosenfield in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). Ferrer played a super-villain called "The Weatherman" in the failed 1997 TV pilot, Justice League of America. Later in the same year, he provided the voice for a similar character, the Weather Wizard, in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons". In 1999, Ferrer voiced Aquaman in another Superman: Animated episode, "A Fish Story", the same year, at the 41st Grammy Awards, Ferrer was nominated for "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" in Disney's The Lion King II, "Simba's Pride Read-Along".

Ferrer again played a medical examiner on the small screen, Dr. Garret Macy, in the television crime/drama series Crossing Jordan (2001–07).[3] In 2003, Ferrer made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated;[3] in 2004, Ferrer performed as the voice of the Heretic leader in the video game Halo 2. Ferrer took voice-over roles in the TV series Robot Chicken (2006) and American Dad! (2007).[3] He played Jonas Bledsoe on NBC's Bionic Woman series and in 2009 also starred in another NBC series, Kings, as a military commander of Gath.

Ferrer played Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Felix Valdez in the 2011 Lifetime police procedural drama, The Protector. Also in 2011, he started a multiple-episode guest role on the final season of Desperate Housewives. Signed to a recurring role in NCIS: Los Angeles as Naval Criminal Investigative Service Assistant Director Owen Granger, Ferrer was promoted to a series regular for the fifth season on February 6, 2013.[4] He also appeared in the 2013 film Iron Man 3 as the Vice President. Ferrer reprised his role of Albert Rosenfield in the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks.[5]

Death and legacy[edit]

On January 19, 2017, Ferrer died at his Los Angeles home of throat cancer at the age of 61.[5][6][7] He was survived by his wife Lori Weintraub, whom he married in 2005, and his three sons, Lukas (born in 1993) and Rafael (born in 1996), from his first marriage to Leilani Sarelle (1991 to 2003), and Jose Robert Dornan (born in 2004) from his relationship with Kate Dornan.

Miguel O'Hara, the alter ego of the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man 2099, was named for Ferrer by his friend, writer Peter David, who co-created the character.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Truckin' Buddy McCoy Pete
And They Are Off
1983 Heartbreaker Angel[8]
The Man Who Wasn't There Waiter
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock USS Excelsior helm officer[8]
Flashpoint Roget[8]
Lovelines Dragon[8]
1987 RoboCop Bob Morton[8]
1988 Valentino Returns Sinister biker[8]
1989 Deepstar Six Snyder[8]
1990 Revenge Amador[8]
The Guardian Ralph Hess[8]
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Albert Rosenfield[8]
Cruel Doubt Louis Young[8]
The Harvest Charlie Pope[8]
1993 Point of No Return (The Assassin) Director Kaufman[8]
Hot Shots! Part Deux Commander Harbinger[8]
Another Stakeout Tony Castellano[8]
It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles Narrator[8]
1994 Blank Check Carl Quigley[8]
1996 The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca Centeno
1997 Justice League of America The Weather Wizard
The Night Flier Richard Dees[8]
Mr. Magoo Mr. Ortega Peru[8]
1998 Mulan Shan Yu[8] Voice
Where's Marlowe? Joe Boone[8]
Brave New World Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning[8]
2000 Traffic Eduardo Ruiz[8] Actor [Winner]

Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001

2002 Sunshine State Lester[8]
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Colonel Garret[8]
Silver City Cliff Castleton[8]
2005 The Man Agent Peters[8]
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Martian Manhunter Voice
2009 Wrong Turn at Tahoe Vincent
Noah's Ark: The New Beginning Kabos Voice
2010 Hard Ride to Hell Jefe[8]
2011 This Is Not a Movie Voice
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Delgado Voice
2012 Noah Kabos Voice
The Courier Mr Capo[8]
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! Delgado Voice
2013 Iron Man 3 Vice President Rodriguez[8]
Four Assassins Eli Action on Film Award [Nominee]

Best Supporting Actor Action on Film International Film Festival, USA 2011

2014 Rio 2 Big Boss[8] Voice
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield
2017 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Deathstroke / Slade Wilson Voice; posthumous release (final film appearance)


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Magnum, P.I. Ensign Robert 'Bobby' Wickes, USN Episode: "Lest We Forget"
1983 CHiPs Bean Episode: "Firepower"
1984 Cagney & Lacey Nunzio Episode: "Choices"
1984 Hill Street Blues Carlos Episode: "Ewe and Me, Babe"
1985 T. J. Hooker Sonny Unger Episode: "Love Story"
1982–1985 Trapper John, M.D. Trauma Team Doctor / Dr. Austin / Darby Thud Episodes: "All the King's Horses" (Trauma Team Doctor), "Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow" (Dr. Austin), "A Piece of the Action" (Darby Thud)
1987 Houston Knights Virgilio Episode: "Scarecrow"
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Mic Episode: "Kung Fu: The Next Generation"
1987 Hotel Brian Episode: "All the King's Horses"
1987 Ohara Kramer Episode: "Artful Dodgers"
1987 Downpayment on Murder Martin TV movie
1988 Hooperman Episode: "Chariots of Fire"
1988 C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf Paul Kiley TV movie
1988 Badlands 2005 Rex TV movie
1987–1989 Miami Vice Ramon Pendroza / District Attorney Episodes: "To Have and to Hold" (Ramon Pendroza), "Death and the Lady" (District Attorney)
1989 Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North TV movie
1989 Shannon's Deal Todd Spurrier TV movie
1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story Tony Riva TV mini-series
1990–1991 Twin Peaks FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield 8 episodes
1990–1991 Shannon's Deal D.A. Todd Spurrier 9 episodes
1991 Murder in High Places Wilhoite TV movie
1990–1991 Broken Badges Beau Jack Bowman 7 episodes
1992 On the Air Bud Budwaller 7 episodes
1992 In the Shadow of a Killer Dist. Atty. Steven Walzer TV movie
1992 Cruel Doubt Lewis Young TV mini-series
1993 Scam Barry Landers TV movie
1994 Biography Narrator Episode: "Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon"; TV series documentary
1994 Royce Gribbon TV movie
1994 The Stand Lloyd Henreid 4 episodes; TV mini-series
1994 Incident at Deception Ridge Ray Hayes TV movie
1994 ER Mr. Parker Episode: "24 Hours"; uncredited
1994 Jack Reed: A Search for Justice Win Carter TV movie
1994 A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story Stanislav TV movie
1990–1994 Tales from the Crypt Gary / Hitman / Mitch Bruckner Episodes: "In the Groove" (Gary), "As Ye Sow" (Hitman – uncredited), "The Thing from the Grave" (Mitch Bruckner)
1995 The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A. Jack Valko TV movie
1995 In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Thomas Manning TV movie
1995 Fallen Angels Prologue Narrator / Abbazzia 6 episodes
1996 Project: ALF Dexter Moyers TV movie
1997 Justice League of America The Weather Man (Dr. Eno) TV movie
1997 The Shining Mark James Torrance Episode: "#1.2" (voice, uncredited); TV mini-series
1998 Brave New World Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning TV movie
1998 Men in Black: The Series Dr. Lupo / Lupo Clone Episode: "The Take No Prisoners Syndrome"; voice
1998 Hercules Antaeus Episode: "Hercules and the Hostage Crisis"; voice
1998–1999 LateLine Victor 'Vic' Karp 17 episodes
1999 Will & Grace Nathan Berry Episode: "Saving Grace"
1997–1999 Superman: The Animated Series Aquaman / De'Cine / Weather Wizard / ... Episodes: "A Fish Story" (Aquaman), "Warrior Queen" (De'Cine), "Speed Demons" (Weather Wizard / Mark Mardon); voice
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Jack Episode: "Youth Is Wasted on the Dick"
2001 Matisse & Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry Pablo Picasso (voice) TV short
2002 Shadow Realm Dr. Daniel Critchley TV movie
2002 Night Visions Dr. Dan Critchley Episode: "Patterns"
2002 Sightings: Heartland Ghost Allen TV movie
2003 L.A. County 187 Sgt. Walter Drazin TV movie
2003–2004 Jackie Chan Adventures Tarakudo / Shadowkhan King 8 episodes
2006 Robot Chicken Danny Ocean / Basher Tarr Episode: "1987"; voice
2007 American Dad! Agent Hopkins Episode: "American Dream Factory"; voice
2001–2007 Crossing Jordan Dr. Garret Macy 117 episodes

ALMA Award [Nominee] Outstanding Actor - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie ALMA Awards 2007

Imagen Award [Winner] Best Actor - Television Imagen Foundation Awards 2007

Prism Award [Nominee] Performance in a Drama Series Episode Prism Awards 2007

2007 Bionic Woman Jonas Bledsoe 9 episodes
2007 The Batman Sinestro Episode: "Ring Toss"; voice
2008 Medium Joey / Teddy Carmichael Episode: "Being Joey Carmichael"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Gus Kovak Episode: "Ten Count"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Defense Attorney Whitten Episode: "Miscarriage of Justice"
2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Silvio Manfredi / Silvermane Episodes: "Opening Night", "Gangland"; voice
2009 Kings General Mallick Episode: "Prosperity"
2009 Lie to Me FBI ASAC Bill Steele Episode: "Tractor Man"
2010 Psych Fred Collins Boyd Episode: "Think Tank"
2010 Edgar Floats Bob TV movie
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Magister Hulka / Alpha #4 Episode: "Basic Training"; voice
2011 ThunderCats Duelist Episode: "The Duelist and the Drifter"; voice
2011 The Protector Lieutenant Felix Valdez 13 episodes
2011 Desperate Housewives Andre Zeller Episodes: "Suspicion Song", "Always in Control", "Witch's Lament", "The Art of Making Art", " School of Hard Knocks"
2012 Applebaum Detective Pepper Ferrer TV movie
2010–2013 Young Justice Vandal Savage / L-1 / Tribune / National Guardsman #2 11 episodes; voice

BTVA Television Voice Acting Award [Winner] Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama As the voice of "Vandal Savage". Behind the Voice Actors Awards 2014

BTVA Television Voice Acting Award [Winner] Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/Drama Behind the Voice Actors Awards 2014

OFTA Television Award [Nominee] Best Voice-Over Performance For playing "Vandal Savage". Online Film & Television Association 2013

2011–2014 Adventure Time Death / Grod / Skeleton #2 Episodes: "Wake Up", "Betty", "Sons of Mars", "Death in Bloom"; voice
2012–2017 NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger 105 episodes
+ 6 episodes (posthumous credit)
2017 Twin Peaks Albert Rosenfeld Post-production; posthumous release (final television appearance)

Video games[edit]

  • Halo 2 (2004) – Sesa 'Refumee

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lawrence, Derek. "Miguel Ferrer: 7 Things to Know About the Late Actor". People Celebrity. People. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b David, Peter (January 19, 2017). "Miguel Ferrer". PeterDavid.net.
  3. ^ a b c d Miguel Ferrer Archived November 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. NBC. Retrieved on April 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 6, 2013). "Miguel Ferrer To Become Regular On ‘NCIS: LA’ And Also Co-Star In ‘NCIS: LA’ Spinoff". 
  5. ^ a b Saperstein, Pat (January 19, 2017). "Miguel Ferrer, 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Actor, Dies at 61". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 19, 2017). "Miguel Ferrer Dies: 'NCIS: Los Angeles' & 'Crossing Jordan' Star Was 61". Deadline.com. 
  7. ^ "Miguel Ferrer, 'NCIS: Los Angeles' actor, dies at 61". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "Filmography for Miguel Ferrer". 

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