Miguel José Ferrer
February 7, 1955
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Died||January 19, 2017 (aged 61)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
Miguel José Ferrer (February 7, 1955 – January 19, 2017) was an American actor. His breakthrough role was in the 1987 film RoboCop. Other film roles include Quigley in Blank Check (1994), Harbinger in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Shan Yu in Mulan (1998), Eduardo Ruiz in Traffic (2000) and Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3 (2013).
Ferrer's notable television roles include FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017), Tarakudo on Jackie Chan Adventures (2000–2005), Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan (2001–2007) and NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles (2012–2017).
Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of five children of Academy Award-winning Puerto Rican actor José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, who was of English, Irish and German descent. Ferrer's siblings were sisters Maria and Monsita, and brothers Gabriel (later the husband of singer Debby Boone) and actor Rafael. He also had an older half-sister, Letty (Leticia) Ferrer, from his father José's prior marriage to Uta Hagen. 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 tended 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. Sharing a love of comics Ferrer and Mumy co-created Comet Man and Trypto the Acid Dog plus co-wrote the Marvel Graphic Novel The Dreamwalker.
Ferrer began his acting career in the early 1980s making guest appearances on episodic television. He played the younger version 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. In 1984, he directed the Mark Medoff play “When Ya Coming Back, Red Ryder?” at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida. He had a major role in the 1987 action movie RoboCop as the cocaine-snorting aspiring corporate executive Bob 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." He was also the protagonist of the American rock band Toto's music video for the song I Will Remember, appearing alongside actor Edward James Olmos.
Ferrer again played a medical examiner on the small screen, Dr. Garret Macy, in the television crime/drama series Crossing Jordan (2001–07). In August 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 had 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
On January 19, 2017, Ferrer died at his Santa Monica home of throat cancer at the age of 61. He is buried at Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, next to his father José Ferrer.
The seventh episode of the third season of Young Justice: Outsiders was dedicated to him. Ferrer had voiced the character Vandal Savage in the first two seasons. As a result of his death, David Kaye took over Ferrer's role as Savage as well as his role as Jonathan Rook/Stretch Monster in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.
The Adventure Time: Distant Lands special "Together Again" was also dedicated to him, as well as Polly Lou Livingston, Michel Lyman and Maureen Mlynarczyk. Ferrer voiced the character Death in the series.
|1982||Truckin' Buddy McCoy||Pete|
|1982||And They Are Off|
|1983||The Man Who Wasn't There||Waiter|
|1984||Star Trek III: The Search for Spock||USS Excelsior helm officer|
|1989||Valentino Returns||Sinister biker|
|1990||The Guardian||Ralph Hess|
|1992||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me||Albert Rosenfield|
|1992||The Harvest||Charlie Pope|
|1993||Cigarettes & Coffee||Bill||Short film|
|1993||Point of No Return||Director Kaufman|
|1993||Hot Shots! Part Deux||Commander Harbinger|
|1993||Another Stakeout||Tony Castellano|
|1993||It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|1994||Blank Check||Carl Quigley|
|1996||The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca||Centeno|
|1997||The Night Flier||Richard Dees|
|1997||Mr. Magoo||Mr. Ortega Peru|
|1998||Brave New World||Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning|
|1998||Mulan||Shan Yu (voice)|
|1998||Where's Marlowe?||Joe Boone|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Colonel Garret|
|2004||Silver City||Cliff Castleton|
|2005||The Man||Agent Peters|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2009||Wrong Turn at Tahoe||Vincent|
|2010||Hard Ride to Hell||Jefe|
|2011||This Is Not a Movie||Voice|
|2011||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Delgado (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2012||The Courier||Mr. Capo|
|2012||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!||Delgado (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Vice President Rodriguez|
|2014||Rio 2||Big Boss (voice)|
|2017||Teen Titans: The Judas Contract||Deathstroke / Slade Wilson (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|1981||Magnum, P.I.||Ensign Robert 'Bobby' Wickes, USN||Episode: "Lest We Forget"|
|1982–85||Trapper John, M.D.||Trauma Team Doctor, Dr. Austin, Darby Thud||3 episodes|
|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"|
|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||Television film|
|1988||Hooperman||Scott Kapus||Episode: "Chariots of Fire"|
|1988||C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf||Paul Kiley||Television film|
|1987, 1989||Miami Vice||Ramon Pedroza, District Attorney||2 episodes|
|1989||Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North||Scott Toney||Television film|
|1989||Shannon's Deal||Todd Spurrier||Television film|
|1990||Drug Wars: The Camarena Story||Tony Riva||3 episodes|
|1990–91||Twin Peaks||FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield||8 episodes|
|1990–91||Shannon's Deal||D.A. Todd Spurrier||9 episodes|
|1991||Murder in High Places||Wilhoite||Television film|
|1990–91||Broken Badges||Beau Jack Bowman||7 episodes|
|1990–94||Tales from the Crypt||Gary, Hitman, Mitch Bruckner||3 episodes|
|1992||On the Air||Bud Budwaller||7 episode|
|1992||In the Shadow of a Killer||Dist. Atty. Steven Walzer||Television film|
|1992||Cruel Doubt||Lewis Young||2 episodes|
|1993||Scam||Barry Landers||Television film|
|1994||Biography||Narrator (voice)||Episode: "Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon"|
|1994||The Stand||Lloyd Henreid||4 episodes|
|1994||Incident at Deception Ridge||Ray Hayes||Television film|
Episode: "24 Hours"
|1994||Jack Reed: A Search for Justice||Win Carter||Television film|
|1994||A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story||Stanislav||Television film|
|1995||The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.||Jack Valko||Television film|
|1995||In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice||Thomas Manning||Television film|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Prologue Narrator, Abbazzia||6 episodes|
|1996||Project ALF||Dexter Moyers||Television film|
|1997||Justice League of America||The Weather Man (Dr. Eno)||Pilot|
|1997–99||Superman: The Animated Series||Aquaman, De'Cine, Weather Wizard (voices)||3 episodes|
|1997||The Shining||Mark James Torrance (voice)||Uncredited |
|1998||Brave New World||Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning||Television film|
|1998||Men in Black: The Series||Dr. Lupo, Lupo Clone (voices)||Episode: "The Take No Prisoners Syndrome"|
|1998||Hercules||Antaeus (voice)||Episode: "Hercules and the Hostage Crisis"|
|1998–99||LateLine||Victor 'Vic' Karp||17 episodes|
|1999||Will & Grace||Nathan Berry||Episode: "Saving Grace"|
|2000||3rd Rock from the Sun||Jack||Episode: "Youth Is Wasted on the Dick"|
|2001||Matisse & Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry||Pablo Picasso (voice)||Television short|
|2001–07||Crossing Jordan||Dr. Garret Macy||117 episodes|
|2002||Shadow Realm||Dr. Daniel Critchley||Television film|
|2002||Night Visions||Dr. Dan Critchley||Episode: "Patterns"|
|2002||Sightings: Heartland Ghost||Allen||Television film|
|2003||L.A. County 187||Sgt. Walter Drazin||Television film|
|2003–2004||Jackie Chan Adventures||Tarakudo/Shadowkhan King (voice)||8 episodes|
|2006||Robot Chicken||Danny Ocean, Basher Tarr (voices)||Episode: "1987"|
|2007||American Dad!||Agent Hopkins (voice)||Episode: "American Dream Factory"|
|2007||El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera||El Tigre I (voice)||Episode: "The Grave Escape"|
|2007||Bionic Woman||Jonas Bledsoe||9 episodes|
|2007||The Batman||Sinestro (voice)||Episode: "Ring Toss"|
|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 (voice)||2 episodes|
|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"|
|2011||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Magister Hulka, Alpha #4 (voices)||Episode: "Basic Training"|
|2011||ThunderCats||Duelist (voice)||Episode: "The Duelist and the Drifter"|
|2011||The Protector||Lieutenant Felix Valdez||13 episodes|
|2011||Desperate Housewives||Andre Zeller||5 episodes|
|2012||Applebaum||Detective Pepper Ferrer||Pilot|
|2010–13||Young Justice||Vandal Savage, L-1, Tribune, National Guardsman #2 (voices)||11 episodes|
|2011–14||Adventure Time||Death, Grod, Skeleton #2 (voices)||4 episodes|
|2012–17||NCIS: Los Angeles||NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger||115 Episodes|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Albert Rosenfield||11 episodes|
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
|2017–18||Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters||Stretch Monster, Helicopter Pilot (voices)||10 episodes|
|1998||Disney's Animated Storybook: Mulan||Shan-Yu||Voice|
|2004||Halo 2||Heretic Leader||Voice|
|2013||Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know!||Death||Voice|
|1986||"Pizza Face"||Barnes & Barnes|
|1995||"I Will Remember"||Toto|
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