Miguel Ferrer

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Miguel Ferrer
Born Miguel José Ferrer
(1955-02-07) February 7, 1955 (age 59)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Leilani Sarelle (1991–2003)
Lori Weintraub (2005–present)

Miguel José Ferrer (born February 7, 1955) is an American actor and voice actor mostly known for villainous roles, notably Bob Morton, the designer of the titular character in RoboCop, and Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3. He also voiced the antagonistic Hun leader Shan Yu in Mulan (1998). Non-villainous roles include Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan, NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles, and FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks.

Early life[edit]

Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of five children of Academy Award–winner José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney. His father was Puerto Rican and his mother had Irish and German ancestry. Ferrer's siblings are sisters Maria and Monsita and brothers Gabriel (nicknamed "Gabri" and the husband of singer Debby Boone, who is thus his sister-in-law) and Rafael, also an actor. His first cousin is actor George Clooney. Ferrer was reared in Hollywood, and as a teenager his interests shifted toward music. He played the drums on Keith Moon's Two Sides of the Moon. Ferrer's friend, Bill Mumy, who had acted out Will Robinson on the television classic Lost In Space, cast him as a drummer in the series Sunshine, his first television role.[1]

Career[edit]

Ferrer began his career in the early 1980s making guest appearances on episodic television. In 1983, he was given a small part as a waiter in The Man Who Wasn't There. He also had a small part in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) as the Excelsior helm officer. He had a major role in the 1987 action movie RoboCop as aspiring, cocaine-snorting corporate executive Bob Morton. Since appearing as Morton, Ferrer has usually acted out flamboyant villains with senses of humor. Ferrer's notable roles include a sinister biker in Valentino Returns, an overzealous engineer in DeepStar Six, a resourceful vigilante in Revenge, Commander Arvid Harbinger in the comedy Hot Shots! Part Deux, Lloyd Henreid in the Stephen King mini series The Stand, and a drug informant in Traffic.[2] He has occasionally taken 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 Albert in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). He played another medical examiner on the small screen, Dr. Garret Macy, in the television crime/drama series Crossing Jordan (2001–07).[2]

Ferrer performed as the voice of the Heretic leader in the video game Halo 2. In 1999, at the 41st Grammy Awards, he was nominated for "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" in Disney's The Lion King II, "Simba's Pride Read-Along". In 2003, Ferrer made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated.[2]

Ferrer played a super-villain called "The Weatherman," in the failed 1997 TV pilot, Justice League of America. Later in the year, Ferrer provided the voice for a similar character, the Weather Wizard, in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons." Ferrer also voiced Aquaman in another Superman: Animated episode, "A Fish Story." Ferrer has also provided voice-over roles in the TV series Robot Chicken (2006) and American Dad! (2007).[2]

Ferrer played Jonas Bledsoe on NBC's short-lived update of the Bionic Woman series. Ferrer also starred in another short-lived NBC series, Kings, in 2009 as a military commander of Gath. He 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.[3] He also appeared in the 2013 film Iron Man 3 as the Vice-President.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Heartbreaker Angel
1984 Flashpoint Roget
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock USS Excelsior helm officer
1987 RoboCop Bob Morton
1988 Valentino Returns Sinister biker
1989 Deepstar Six Snyder
1990 Revenge Amador
The Guardian Ralph Hess
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Albert Rosenfield
1992 Cruel Doubt Louis Young
1993 The Harvest Charlie Pope
Point of No Return (The Assassin) Director Kaufman
Hot Shots! Part Deux Commander Harbinger
Another Stakeout Tony Castellano
It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles Narrator
1994 Incident at Deception Ridge Ray Hayes
The Stand Lloyd Henreid
Blank Check Carl Quigley
1996 Project ALF Dexter Moyers
1997 Mr. Magoo Mr. Ortega Peru
Justice League of America The Weather Wizard
The Night Flier Richard Dees
1998 Where's Marlowe? Joe Boone
Brave New World Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning
Mulan Shan Yu voice
2000 Traffic Eduardo Ruiz
2002 Sunshine State Lester
2004 Silver City Cliff Castleton
The Manchurian Candidate Colonel Garret
2005 The Man Agent Peters
2007 Bionic Woman Jonas Bledsoe
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
2011 The Courier Mr Capo
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Delgado voice
Far Away Eyes Eli
2013 Iron Man 3 Vice President Rodriguez
2014 Rio 2 Big Boss voice

Television[edit]

Video Games[edit]

  • Halo 2 (2004) - Sesa 'Refumee

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