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Ferrer in March 2014
|Born||Miguel José Ferrer
February 7, 1955
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Died||January 19, 2017
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Throat cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Leilani Sarelle (m. 1991; div. 2003)
Lori Weintraub (m. 2005; his death 2017)
|Relatives||Rafael Ferrer (brother)
Debby Boone (sister-in-law)
Betty Clooney (aunt)
Nick Clooney (uncle)
George Clooney (cousin)
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 is 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 died at age 61 of throat cancer.
Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of five children of Academy Award winning actor José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney. His father was Puerto Rican, while his mother had English, German, and Irish ancestry. 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.
Ferrer's friend, Bill Mumy cast him as a drummer in the series Sunshine, his first television role. Ferrer was also Mumy's bandmate in Seduction of the Innocent, a band that also consisted of Steve Leialoha, and Max Allan Collins.
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). 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). In 2003, Ferrer made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated. 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). 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. 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.
Death and legacy
|1983||The Man Who Wasn't There||Waiter|
|Star Trek III: The Search for Spock||USS Excelsior helm officer|
|1988||Valentino Returns||Sinister biker|
|The Guardian||Ralph Hess|
|1992||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me||Albert Rosenfield|
|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||Blank Check||Carl Quigley|
|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|
|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|
|This Is Not a Movie||voice|
|2011||The Courier||Mr Capo|
|Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Delgado||voice|
|2012||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!||Delgado||voice|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Vice President Rodriguez|
|2014||Rio 2||Big Boss||voice|
|2017||Teen Titans: The Judas Contract||Deathstroke/Slade Wilson||voice; Posthumous release|
|1981||Magnum, P.I.||Ensign Robert 'Bobby' Wickes, USN||Episode: "Lest We Forget"|
|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||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|
|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|
|2011-2014||Adventure Time||Death / Grod / Skeleton #2||Episodes: "Wake Up", "Betty", "Sons of Mars", "Death in Bloom"; voice|
|2012-2017||NCIS: Los Angeles||Owen Granger||105 episodes|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Albert Rosenfeld||Episode: "Episode #1.1"; post-production; Posthumous release|
- Halo 2 (2004) - Sesa 'Refumee
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