Miguel Ferrer

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.[2]

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.[3]

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).[4] 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).[4] In 2003, Ferrer made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated.[4] 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).[4] 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.[5] 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.[1]

Ferrer died on January 19, 2017, from throat cancer[1][6] at his Los Angeles home at the age of 61.[7]

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

Known For


Cast Credits

The Protector (2011)
Starring as Lieutenant Felix Valdez (13 episodes)
  • Episode 1x13: Safe (Sep 19, 2011)
  • Episode 1x12: Ghosts (Sep 12, 2011)
  • Episode 1x11: Blood (Aug 29, 2011)
  • Episode 1x10: Rats (Aug 22, 2011)
  • Episode 1x09: Affairs (Aug 15, 2011)
  • Episode 1x08: Bangs (Aug 8, 2011)
  • Episode 1x07: Wings (Aug 1, 2011)
  • Episode 1x06: Beef (Jul 24, 2011)
  • Episode 1x05: Revisions (Jul 17, 2011)
  • Episode 1x04: Spoon (Jul 10, 2011)
  • Episode 1x03: Class (Jun 26, 2011)
  • Episode 1x02: Help (Jun 19, 2011)
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Jun 12, 2011)
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ThunderCats (2011)
Guest starring as Duelist
Adventure Time (2010)
Guest starring as Grod
Guest starring as Death (2 episodes)
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (2010)
Guest starring as Magister Hulka / Alpha #4
Young Justice (2010)
Guest starring as Vandal Savage (6 episodes)
Guest starring as L-1 (2 episodes)
Guest starring as Vandal Savage / Tribune
  • Episode 2x15: War (Feb 9, 2013)
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
Starring as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger (80 episodes)
Guest starring as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger (17 episodes)
Lie to Me (2009)
Guest starring as FBI ASAC Bill Steele
The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008)
Guest starring as Silvio Manfredi / Silvermane (2 episodes)
Bionic Woman (2007)
Starring as Jonas Bledsoe (8 episodes)
Psych (2006)
Guest starring as Fred Collins Boyd
Robot Chicken (2005)
Guest starring as Danny Ocean / Basher Tarr
  • Episode 2x06: 1987 (May 7, 2006)
American Dad! (2005)
Guest starring as Agent Hopkins
Medium (2005)
Guest starring as Joey / Teddy Carmichael
Desperate Housewives (2004)
Guest starring as Andre Zeller (5 episodes)
The Batman (2004)
Guest starring as Sinestro
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)
Guest starring as Gus Kovak
Night Visions (2001)
Guest starring as Dr. Dan Critchley
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as Defense Attorney Whitten
Jackie Chan Adventures (2000)
Guest starring as Tarakudo / Shadowkhan King (8 episodes)
Will & Grace (1998)
Guest starring as Nathan Berry
LateLine (1998)
Starring as Victor 'Vic' Karp (18 episodes)
Disney's Hercules (1998)
Guest starring as Antaeus
Men in Black: The Series (1997)
Guest starring as Dr. Lupo / Lupo Clone
The Shining (1997)
Guest starring as Mark James Torrance
  • Episode 1x02: Part 2 (Apr 28, 1997)
Justice League of America (1997)
Guest starring as Dr. Wellsley Eno
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Dec 28, 1997)
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
Guest starring as Jack
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)
Guest starring as Miguel Ferrer
Superman: The Animated Series (1996)
Guest starring as De'Cine
Guest starring as Aquaman
Guest starring as Weather Wizard / Mark Mardon
The Stand (1994)
Starring as Lloyd Henreid (4 episodes)
ER (1994)
Guest starring as Mr. Parker
On the Air (1992)
Starring as Bud Budwaller (7 episodes)
Twin Peaks (1990)
Guest starring as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield (10 episodes)
Shannon's Deal (1990)
Starring as D.A. Todd Spurrier (7 episodes)
Tales from the Crypt (1989)
Guest starring as Mitch Bruckner
Guest starring as Hitman
Guest starring as Gary
Miami Vice (1984)
Guest starring as District Attorney
Guest starring as Ramon Pendroza
T. J. Hooker (1982)
Guest starring as Sonny Unger
Cagney & Lacey (1982)
Guest starring as Nunzio
  • Episode 3x07: Choices (May 14, 1984)
Hotel (1982)
Guest starring as Brian
Hill Street Blues (1981)
Guest starring as Carlos
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
Guest starring as Ensign Robert 'Bobby' Wickes
Trapper John, MD (1979)
Guest starring as Darby Thud
Guest starring as Dr. Austin
Guest starring as Trauma Team Doctor
CHiPs (1977)
Guest starring as Bean