Actor Miguel Ferrer, known for a variety of distinctive roles in movies and television shows, has passed away, according to Variety. He was 61.
The son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney and cousin of George Clooney began his entertainment career as a musician before turning to acting, landing his first role in 1981. He began popping up in television shows and movies, then broke through in a big way as the nasty and ambitious corporate stooge Bob Morton in RoboCop (above).
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He showed a different side of his acting personality as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on TV's Twin Peaks, a forensic analyst with a cutting sense of humor.
In Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, Ferrer was superb as a drug dealer who is arrested and decides to testify against his boss, a powerful drug lord whose wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) then orders his assassination.
Ferrer remained busy throughout his career. He never became an A-list star, but he appeared to be well respected by his colleagues, and his extensive resume of roles is a testament to his talent. Most recently, he has been featured on TV's NCIS: Los Angeles for the past seven seasons. He also completed his role in the upcoming new season of Twin Peaks.
After the news broke, George Clooney stated: "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.”
His NCIS: Los Angeles costar LL Cool J noted his passing on social media.
So did his Twin Peaks costar Kyle MacLachlan.
A new season of Twin Peaks, featuring one of Ferrer's final performances, will debut on Showtime on May 21.