Miguel Ferrer, a veteran actor who has played NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2012, died Thursday of cancer at the age of 61.
Ferrer began his career in the early ’80s with a series of bit parts, and as it evolved, he became known mainly for villainous roles, such as his portrayal of “RoboCop” designer Bob Morton in the 1987 action film and his voicing of Hun leader Shan Yu in 1998’s animated film “Mulan.” He also entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing the U.S. vice president in 2013’s “Iron Man 3.”
He played FBI man Albert Rosenfield in both seasons of ABC’s ’90s cult classic “Twin Peaks,” and reprised that role in Showtime’s revitalized “Twin Peaks” limited series, set to premiere in May. Ferrer also starred opposite Jill Hennessy for six seasons as Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Garret Macy in NBC drama “Crossing Jordan.”
Ferrer was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for “Simba’s Pride Read-Along” in Disney’s “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.”
Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of Academy Award-winning actor José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney’s five children. His mother’s brother, Nick Clooney, is the father of actor George Clooney, making Ferrer and the “Gravity” star first cousins. One of Ferrer’s first TV roles, which he took on in 1981, was as a younger version of his father’s character in the Tom Selleck crime drama series “Magnum P.I.”
“Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost tweeted his condolences along with Ferrer’s “Crossing Jordan” co-star Hennessy and others:
1) A death in the family: just learned we lost Miguel Ferrer today. Join me pls in sending sympathy to his wife and family.
— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) January 19, 2017
— Jill Hennessy (@JillHennessy) January 19, 2017
RIP the great Miguel Ferrer. Memorable in many roles like TWIN PEAKS & just brilliant as Bob Morton in ROBOCOP. 'I fucking love that guy!'. pic.twitter.com/CKAXNKG3V4
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 19, 2017