We’ve lost another great one today folks. Actor Miguel Ferrer has died from cancer at the young age of 61. Some of you might not be familiar with his name but I’m sure you know his face.
This cousin of George Clooney was a wonderful character actor that made a great bad guy in films and TV. His most recent stint on TV was on the popular NCIS: Los Angeles and was set to revive his role in the upcoming Twin Peaks sequel. But many fans of horror and sci-fi will remember him most from his films such as Robocop, Sightings: Heartland Ghost, Night Visions (TV Series), The Night Flier, The Shining (TV Mini-Series), Tales from the Crypt (TV Series), The Stand (TV Mini-Series), Twin Peaks (TV Series), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, The Guardian, DeepStar Six, and especially the aforementioned Robocop.
A veteran of 40-plus movies and scores of TV shows, Ferrer launched his career in the early 1980s with small guest shots on such series as Magnum, P.I., CHiPS and Cagney & Lacey and features including Heartbreaker, The Man Who Wasn’t There and Star Trek: III: The Search for Spock. He would go on to focus mostly on TV throughout that decade before landing the Twin Peaks role in 1990.
Ferrer is notable for his early breakout role in Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop (1987) as Bob Morton, the ambitious and sleazy corporate climber who spearheads the Robocop program to great success, only to be murdered by his envious boss.
The Santa Monica native toplined the short-lived Stephen J. Cannell-creator cop drama Broken Badges in 1991 and also starred in Lynch’s 1950s romp On the Air the following year. He appeared in a number of features during the 1990s but continued to star on short-run TV series including Fallen Angels and Al Franken’s LateLine.
In 2001, Ferrer landed a role in the NBC drama Crossing Jordan, starring opposite Hennessy’s Boston medical examiner. The show was among the top 20 in the year-end ratings for 2001-02 and remained on the air until 2007.
Ferrer also was an accomplished drummer before turning to acting. He played in bands, toured with his mother and Bing Crosby and recorded with the Who’s Keith Moon.
Ferrer is survived by his wife Lori, sons Lukas and Rafi and his brothers and sisters.
All of us here at Horror Patch send our thoughts and prayers to Miguel’s friends, family, and fans. He will be greatly missed and was taken too soon!
R.I.P. Miguel Ferrer 1955-2017