Vale: Miguel Ferrer

US actor Miguel Ferrer, best known for NCIS: Los Angeles, has died, aged 61.

He died of cancer on Thursday, according to reports.

Since 2012, Ferrer has played NCIS‘ Owen Granger, the unit’s assistant director.

Series showrunner, R. Scott Gemmill, said in a statement, “Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a beloved family member. Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart.”

His other landmark TV role was as FBI agent Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks, a role he reprised for the upcoming series revival. He also portrayed Chief medical examiner Dr. Garret Macy opposite Jill Hennessy on Crossing Jordan from 2001 to 2007.

On 1987’s RoboCop he played Bob Morton, the conniving corporate executive who designed the film’s title cyborg and there were roles on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Mulan, Rio 2 and DeepStar Six.

Other TV credits included Magnum, P.I., Hill Street Blues, Adventure Time and The Stand.

Ferrer was the cousin of George Clooney, and son of and singer Rosemary Clooney and Oscar-winner José Ferrer.

“That can be an intimidating thing to try and do what he does so well,” Ferrer told The Times in 1990.

“It took me a while to become sure enough to try it out and be able to call my dad and say, ‘Guess what? I am going to take a whack at what you do. What do you think?’ ”

Source: LA Times


  1. The role of Owen Grainger in NCIS:LA could have been written for him. His interaction with other cast members, especially Hetty is truly memorable with that gravelly voice and ‘the look’

  2. I was sad to hear of the death of Miguel Ferrer. He was awesome on NCIS: LA as Owen Granger. Makes me wander what’s going to happen to his character on NCIS: LA. RIP.

  3. It was a year or so ago I thought he had suffered a minor stroke or Bells Palsy in his face. Probably some sort of treatment side-effect. Golly I have loved him in Crossing Jordan (underrated show, IMHO) and NCIS LA, where he and the woman who play Hetty Lange could debate tea leaves for 40 minutes and I wouldn’t mind. I have loved knowing his deep Hollywood history as I catch up on old films and watch the new doco Bright Lights. He will be missed and many blessings are headed his way from those of us left behind.

  4. daveinprogress

    I remember him well from Will & Grace – just one episode, but made a big impression! He did have great screen presence and could play both the drama of it as well as for laughs. I didn’t know he was the son of singer Rosemary Clooney. He certainly had that resonantly deep voice of his father Jose. Gone way too young.

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