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Miguel Ferrer Dies at 61

Miguel FerrerCharacter and voice actor Miguel Ferrer died Thursday after a battle with throat cancer just shy of his 62nd birthday.

Ferrer had a long and distinguished career in Hollywood starting in 1981 with an appearance on Magnum P.I., all the way to a five-season run on NCIS: Los Angeles and recently the Twin Peaks revival series now in production for Showtime.  He also lent his voice to a number of animated projects including Disney’s Mulan, Superman The Animated Series, Justice League: New Frontier, The Batman, Young Justice, Adventure Time and in the video game Halo 2.

 

He was no stranger to the realm of science fiction and superheroes landing roles as the cut-throat executive shark in RoboCop, the Vice President of the United States in Iron Man 3, and the cocky first officer of the USS Excelsior in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Ferrer was born in 1955 in California, the son of famous 1950’s singer Rosemary Clooney and veteran actor José Ferrer.  He was the first cousin to George Clooney who had this to say about Ferrer’s passing.

“Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family,” Clooney wrote. “Miguel made the world brighter and funnier, and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will.”

 

Before moving into acting, Ferrer toured with his mother and Bing Crosby, and even recorded with Keith Moon of The Who.

Ferrer was said to be “a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart,” by NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner R. Scott Gemmill.

Miguel Ferrer is survived by his wife and two sons.


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