Miguel Ferrer, a character actor set to appear in Showtime’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival but probably best known for his work on NCIS: Los Angeles died Thursday. He was 61.
The actor, according to a statement CBS supplied to CNN, was suffering from throat cancer.
“Actor Miguel Ferrer passed away peacefully at his home this morning after losing his battle to cancer. He was surrounded by his close family and friends, including his wife Lori, sons Lukas and Rafi, and his brothers and sisters.”
Ferrer played Owen Granger, the assistant director in charge of the operations in the overall story. He signed on during Season 3, and had continued the show right up through his illness. It’s not clear how NCIS: L.A. will deal with his death.
Ferrer also reprised his role of FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks, a role he originated in the ABC series that ran from 1990 to 1991. The Showtime series, which is set to debut in May, is in post-production, so Ferrer already has filmed his scenes.
Miguel Jose Ferrer was born Feb. 7, 1955, in Santa Monica, California. He was the oldest of five children between singers Jose Ferrer – who died in 1992 – and Rosemary Clooney, who died in 2002.
Although he came from an entertainment family, it was actually Lost In Space‘s child actor Bill Mumy that got him interested in acting, according to reports. Mumy cast him in a television series, and he would later play a younger version of his father’s character during a guest stint on Tom Selleck’s Magnum P.I.
That led to more roles, including a small part in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, and later in one of his more iconic roles as corporate executive Bob Morton in 1987’s RoboCop.
In 1990, he joined Twin Peaks, sticking around for six episodes before the show was cancelled a year later. He then popped up in the Stephen King television miniseries The Stand in 1994, and later as Dr. Garret Macy in Tim Kring’s Crossing Jordan.
Later roles included NBC’s short-lived Bionic Woman remake as well as ABC’s Desperate Housewives.
More recently, besides his work on NCIS: L.A. and Twin Peaks, he voiced Deathstroke in the upcoming video Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.
Ferrer was originally married to Basic Instinct actress Leilani Sarelle, but married Lori Weintraub in 2005, who survives. He’s also survived by two children.
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