Miguel Ferrer, known for his onscreen and voice-acting roles for more than three decades, is dead at age 61 after a battle with cancer. He was born in Santa Monica, Calif. on Feb. 7, 1955 to actor José Ferrer and singer/actress Rosemary Clooney, George's aunt.
Ferrer starred on NCIS: Los Angeles and Crossing Jordan for more than 100 episodes each; he directed four episodes of the latter. Having acted on Twin Peaks and in its follow-up movie Fire Walk with Me at the dawn of the '90s, Ferrer will also appear in the Showtime revival premiering this May.
“Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a beloved family member," showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement obtained by Variety. "Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family."
Ferrer was married twice, to Leilani Sarelle from 1991 to 2003, and to Lori Weintraub from 2005 until his death. He has two children, sons Lukas and Rafi.
Ferrer was featured in films like RoboCop, Blank Check, Traffic and Iron Man 3. His voice work included Mulan, Adventure Time, Jackie Chan Adventures and Rio 2.
Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost wrote on Twitter:
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
2) We go back to 1974. Broke in on the same show. Great talent, better man. Working & writing for him a highlight in every part of my life.— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) January 19, 2017
3) Too soon, too soon, too soon.— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) January 19, 2017
Remembrances have begun pouring in from the film community at large:
Gutted to hear Miguel Ferrer has died - a long-time favourite actor of mine. Here he is in the greatest photo ever taken. pic.twitter.com/K2bgo9R3GN— David Neary (@DeusExCinema) January 19, 2017
RIP to Miguel Ferrer, responsible for my all time favourite Twin Peaks moment. https://t.co/s9IBneOwGh— Samuel Caddick (@Sam_Caddick) January 19, 2017
R.I.P. Miguel Ferrer. One of those character actors who always made a film better, if not stole it altogether. pic.twitter.com/PYjbs6HoLj— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) January 19, 2017
Miguel Ferrer was an absolute boss and I'm legitimately sad to hear of his passing. Dude was one of our greatest character actors. RIP.— Scott Wampler (@LimitedPaper) January 19, 2017
#MiguelFerrer A terrific actor. But imagine the work to stand on your own, apart from the long shadow of Jose Ferrer. Rest in power.— Pablo Guzmán (@yoruba69) January 19, 2017