Miguel José Ferrer (born February 7, 1955, died January 19, 2017) was an American actor. He was often cast in roles as a villain.
Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of five children of Puerto Rican Academy Award-winner José Ferrer and American singer Rosemary Clooney. Ferrer's siblings are Maria, Gabriel, Monsita, and Rafael, also an actor. Ferrer was raised in Hollywood, and as a teenager his interests shifted toward music. Ferrer played the drums on Keith Moon's Two Sides of the Moon. Jenerators band mate Bill Mumy ("Will Robinson" on the television classic Lost In Space) cast him as a drummer in his first television role, in the series Sunshine. He only took the role because Mumy talked him into it.
Ferrer began his career in the early 1980s making guest appearances on episodic television. In 1983, he was given a small part as a waiter in the 1983 movie The Man Who Wasn't There. He also had a small part in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) as the Excelsior helm officer. He had a major role in the 1987 action movie RoboCop as aspiring, cocaine-snorting corporate executive Bob Morton. Since then, Ferrer had been cast in many major movies, usually in the role of flamboyant villains with a sense of humour. Ferrer's notable screen roles include a sinister biker in Valentino Returns (1988), an engineer in DeepStar Six (1989), Commander Arvid Harbinger in the comedy Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Lloyd Henreid in the Stephen King mini series The Stand (1994), investigative reporter Richard Dees in Stephen King's The Night Flier (1997), and Eduardo Ruiz in Traffic (2000).
In the early 1990s, Ferrer appeared on three primetime TV series simultaneously: as D.A. Todd Spurrier in Shannon's Deal (1989–1991), as Cajun cop Beau Jack Bowman in Broken Badges (1990–1991), and as cynical, wittily abrasive FBI forensics specialist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks (1990–91). Ferrer reprised the role of Albert in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). He played another medical examiner on the small screen, Dr. Garret Macy, in the television crime/drama series Crossing Jordan (2001–07).
Ferrer performed as the voice of the Heretic leader in the video game Halo 2, as well as the protagonist, Jack, in the video game BioShock. In 1999, at the 41st Grammy Awards, he was nominated for "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" in Disney's The Lion King II, "Simba's Pride Read-Along". In 2003, Ferrer made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated.
Ferrer played a supervillain called The Weatherman in the failed 1997 TV pilot, Justice League of America. Later in the year, Ferrer provided the voice for a similar character, Weather Wizard, in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons". Ferrer also voiced Aquaman in another Superman: Animated episode, "A Fish Story". Ferrer has also provided voice-over roles in the TV series Robot Chicken (2006) and American Dad! (2007).
As a writer, Ferrer worked on several comic book series, such as Comet Man, which he co-created with Jenerators band member Bill Mumy and artist Kelley Jones, The Dreamweaver, and Trypto the Acid Dog (released by Dark Horse Comics).
Ferrer played Jonas Bledsoe on NBC's short-lived update of the Bionic Woman series. Ferrer also starred in another short-lived NBC series, Kings, in 2009 as a military commander of Gath.
Ferrer loved to golf and ski, and every year he helped to organize a golf tournament fundraiser for the UCLA Children's Hospital. He also found time to play club dates with Mumy and their band The Jenerators.
He was divorced from actress Leilani Sarelle and has two sons, Lukas and Rafael, from that marriage, and a son Jose Robert, with Kate Dornan, daughter of Robert Kenneth "Bob" Dornan. He was married to Lori Weintraub from 2005 until his death in 2017. His brother Gabriel Ferrer is married to singer Debby Boone. Gabriel and Debby are the parents of young artist Gabi Ferrer and her twin, Dustin Ferrer. His other brother, Rafael Ferrer, is also an actor. His mother is George Clooney's aunt. Ferrer was a close friend of actress Dominique Dunne, and in 1982 served as a pallbearer in her funeral.
On January 19, 2017, Ferrer died at his Santa Monica home of throat cancer at the age of 61. He is buried at Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, next to his father José Ferrer. Miguel O'Hara, the alter ego of the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man 2099, was named after Ferrer by his friend, writer Peter David, who co-created the character. The seventh episode of the third season of Young Justice: Outsiders was dedicated to him. Ferrer had voiced the character Vandal Savage in the first two seasons. As a result of his death, David Kaye took over Ferrer's role as Savage as well as his role as Jonathan Rook/Stretch Monster in Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.
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- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), as the USS Excelsior Helm officer"
- RoboCop" (1987), as Bob Morton
- Valentino Returns (1988), in which he plays a sinister biker
- Deepstar Six (1989), as Snyder, an inept undersea technician
- The Guardian, as Ralph Hess
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), as Albert Rosenfield
- The Harvest (1993), as Charlie Pope
- Point of No Return (The Assassin) (1993), as Director Kaufman
- Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), as Commander Harbinger
- Another Stakeout (1993), as Tony Castellano
- Incident at Deception Ridge (1994), as Ray Hayes
- The Stand (TV miniseries) (1994) as Lloyd Henreid
- Blank Check (1994) as Carl Quigley
- Project ALF (1996) as Dexter Moyers
- Mr. Magoo (1997), starring as Mr. Ortega Peru
- Justice League of America (1997) starring as the villain The Weather Wizard
- Where's Marlowe? (1998), as Joe Boone
- The Night Flier (1997) as Richard Dees
- Mulan (1998), as the villain Hun leader Shan Yu
- Traffic (2000), as Eduardo Ruiz
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004), as Colonel Garret
- The Man (2005), as Agent Peters
- Bionic Woman (TV series) (2007) as Jonas Bledsoe
- Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) as Martian Manhunter (voice)
- Crossing Jordan, crime/drama series, as Dr. Garret Macy, September 24, 2001 to the series end on May 16, 2007
- Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009), as Vincent
- Noah's Ark: The New Beginning (2009), as Kabos (voice)
- Hard Ride To Hell (2010), as Jefe
- This is Not a Movie (2011), voice
- Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2" (2011), as Delgado (voice)
- Four Assassins" (2011), as Eli
- Noah (2012), as Kabos (voice)
- Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!" (2012), as Delgado (voice)
- Iron Man 3 (2013), as Vice President Rodriguez
- Rio 2 (2014), as Big Boss (voice)
- Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, as Deathstroke/Slade Wilson (voice) (posthumous release)
Among the television shows in which Miguel has made guest appearances are:
- Miami Vice
- Magnum, P.I.
- Will & Grace
- Superman: The Animated Series (Weather Wizard), (De'Cine), (Aquaman)
- Tales from the Crypt (appeared in 3 episodes)
- Twin Peaks (recurring)
- ER - the first episode
- Jackie Chan Adventures - voice of "Tarakudo"
- Contestant on Celebrity Jeopardy! (winner)
- Medium - 5/5
- Robot Chicken - Danny Ocean
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Episode: Ten Count (Season 7, Episode 18)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- The Batman - Sinestro
- El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera - Original El Tigre.
- Lie to Me (2009), as FBI ASAC Bill Steele
- 3rd Rock from the Sun - (as Jack, State Department) in,"Youth Is Wasted On Dick" (Season 5, Episode 15)
- Psych (2010), as Fred Collins Boyd
- Edgar Floats (2010), as Bob
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (2011), as Magister Hulka, Alpha #4 (voices) (Episode: "Basic Training")
- Thundercats (2011), as Duelist (voice) (Episode: "The Duelist and the Drifter")
- The Protector (2011), as Lieutenant Felix Valdez (13 episodes)
- Desperate Housewives (2011), as Andre Zeller (5 episodes)
- Applebaum (2012), as Detective Pepper Ferrer (Pilot)
- Young Justice (2010-2013), as Vandal Savage, L-1, Tribune, National Guardsman #2 (voices) (11 episodes)
- Adventure Time (2011-2014), as Death, Grod, Skeleton #2 (voices) (4 episodes)
- NCIS: Los Angeles (2012-2017), as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger (115 episodes)
- Twin Peaks (2017), as Albert Rosenfield (11 episodes, posthumous release) (Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television)
- Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (2017-2018), as Stretch Monster, Helicopter Pilot (voices) (10 episodes, posthumous release)
- List of famous Puerto Ricans
- Irish immigration to Puerto Rico
- Official website
- Template:Title without disambig at the Internet Movie Database
- Miguel Ferrer fansite with list of comic book credentials
- The Jenerators official website