LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Miguel Ferrer, best known for his roles on CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” and the 1987 sci-fi hit “Robocop”, died Thursday of cancer. He was 61.
A Santa Monica native, Ferrer launched his career on various 1980s TV shows, including guest appearances on “CHiPs,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Magnum P.I.” In 1990, he was featured on on David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” as FBI agent Albert Rosenfeld.
Ferrer reprised that role on Showtime’s upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival, set to debut later this year.
In 2001, he starred opposite Jill Hennessy on “Crossing Jordan,” and then went on to join the cast of “NCIS: Los Angeles” opposite LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell in 2012.
Ferrer’s numerous film gigs included “RoboCop”, “Blank Check”, “Hot Shots! Part Deux”, and “Iron Man 3.”
Known for his gravelly voice, Ferrer was nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in Disney’s “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride Read-Along” at the 42st annual Grammy awards.
“Today, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ lost a beloved family member,” showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement. “Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.”
Ferrer’s cousin, actor George Clooney, issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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. 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.”
Ferrer was the oldest of five children born to actor Jose Ferrer and crooner Rosemary Clooney. He was also brother-in-law to singer Debby Boone.
He is survived by his wife and two sons from a previous marriage.