Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’s hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to the NBC crime drama “Crossing Jordan,” died Jan. 19 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 61.
The cause was cancer, CBS announced.
Mr. Ferrer was the son of Academy Award-winning actor Jose Ferrer and singer-actress Rosemary Clooney, and a cousin of George Clooney. Before becoming an actor, he was a successful studio musician who played drums in a variety of bands, and toured with his mother and Bing Crosby.
Mr. Ferrer appeared in more than 40 movies, including “RoboCop” (1987), where he played the villainous Bob Morton, designer of the title character, “Iron Man 3” (2013), where he portrayed the vice president, and director Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic” (2000), as a drug dealer.
He fared better on television, where in 1990 he scored a signature role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on David Lynch’s smash series “Twin Peaks.” He reprised that character for the 1992 movie “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” (He will encore yet again as Agent Rosenfield for Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival airing this spring.)
Since 2012, he had played assistant director Owen Granger on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2012. Before that, he played the chief medical examiner and gruff but supportive boss to series star Jill Hennessy for the six seasons of “Crossing Jordan.”
His voice-over credits included “Superman: The Animated Series,” “Robot Chicken” and “American Dad!”
Miguel José Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on Feb. 7, 1955.
His first marriage, to actress Leilani Sarelle, ended in divorce. In 2005, he married producer Lori Weintraub. Besides his wife, survivors include sons Lukas and Rafi from his first marriage.
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