Miguel Ferrer, actor and voice actor, passed away at age 61 in his Los Angeles, California home, after losing his battle with throat cancer.
Ferrer, who was most recognized for his villainous role as Bob Morton, the designer of the title character in RoboCop. He also had the role of voicing the antagonistic Hun leader Shan Yu in Mulon (1998) and Big Boss in Rio 2. Other notable roles that Ferrer had include Dr. Garret Macey in Crossing Jordan, NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles, Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3, and FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks.
Ferrer was born the oldest of five children from Academy Award-winner Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney in Santa Monica, California in 1955. His father, Jose, was Puerto Rican, and his mother, Rosemary, had Irish, English, and German ancestry. Ferrer’s siblings are sisters Maria and Monsita, and brothers Gabriel, who’s nicknamed Gabri and husband of singer Debby Boone, and Rafael, who is also an actor. Although Ferrer’s family tree was compiled of Hollywood fame, the relative that really stands out is his cousin, actor George Clooney. As a teenager, Ferrer’s interests turn towards music. He played the drums on Keith Moon’s Two Sides of the Moon, and was even casted as a drummer in the series Sunshine by his friend Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson on Lost In Space. The drummer role on Sunshine was Ferrer’s first television role.
Ferrer’s career began in 1980, where he made guest appearances on episodic television. In 1981, he portrayed a younger version of his father in Magnum P.I, and in 1983 he received a small role as a waiter in The Man Who Wasn’t There. He also had a role in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, playing the Exelsior helm officer. However, in 1987, Ferrer landed his first major role in the action movie RoboCop as the aspiring, cocaine-snorting corporate executive Bob Morton. After RoboCop, Ferrer continued to take roles as flamboyant villains with senses of humor. Ferrer is survived by his four siblings.