Miguel Ferrer Passes Away at 61

Miguel Ferrer in Iron Man 3

Screen Rant comes to you with sad news, as it has been confirmed that prolific film and television actor Miguel Ferrer, has died from cancer at age 61.

Ostensibly born into show-business in 1955, Ferrer was the oldest child of famed singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer. Before becoming an actor, Ferrer worked with is mother, playing drums and touring with her and Bing Crosby. He also played drums for Keith Moon’s album Two Sides of the Moon.

His first role was in an episode of Magnum P.I. in 1981, where he played Ensign Robert 'Bobby' Wickes -- the younger version of a character played by his father Jose. After a few small roles in films like The Man Who Wasn’t There and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, he was cast as Bob Morton in the original RoboCop. As fans will remember, Morton was the creator of RoboCop, and enjoyed a feud with fellow dystopian businessman Dick Jones (Ronny Cox). Though Ferrer's role in the film was short, it was a memorable role that no doubt led to his working steadily in the industry until last year. In fact, at one point, Ferrer starred on three television shows at the same time. Shannon’s Deal, Broken Badges, and Twin Peaks.

Miguel Ferrer in RoboCop

Ferrer was also a notable voiceover actor, having lent his voice to Shan-Yu, the villian in Disney's Mulan, as well as a number of characters in comic book based animated shows and films, playing such noted characters as Aquaman, Vandal Savage, Martian Manhunter, and Weather Wizard. He’s voiced characters on Robot Chicken, Adventure Time, and American Dad and even gave his voice to the video game Halo 2.

In recent years, Ferrer appeared in Iron Man 3, and was a regular on Crossing Jordan and Desperate Housewives. He played a recurring role for four years on NCIS: Los Angeles before being promoted to series regular in the fifth season. And, as many will no doubt wonder, Ferrer was scheduled to appear in the upcoming Showtime revival of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and it has been reported that the actor completed filming his scenes, reprising his role as FBI agent Albert Rosenfield.

In 2001, Ferrer won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best cast, as a part of the ensemble of the film Traffic.

He is survived by his wife Lori, sons Lucas and Rafi, and four brothers and sisters. He leaves behind a legacy of over 100 roles in film and television.

Source: Variety

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