In Memoriam: Miguel Ferrer

We're sad to report that actor Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61.

One of America’s great character actors, Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61, we’re sorry to announce. Many will remember him for his signature turn as Bob Morton in the 1987 classic RoboCop: the slick, ambitious OCP executive who creates the film’s title law enforcer and inadvertently gets on the wrong side of the villainous Dick Jones (Ronny Cox).

That film was but one stand-out in an immensely busy career: through the 1980s, brief roles in such shows as Magnum PI and Cagney & Lacey eventually led to his recurring part as FBI agent Albert Rosenfield in David Lynch’s brilliantly surreal thriller series, Twin Peaks. Ferrer reprised the role in Lynch’s 1992 film spin-off Fire Walk With Me, and returned once again as Rosenfeld in the first episode of the Twin Peaks revival series. 

Ferrer’s other performances are too numerous to list here, but his other memorable roles include Hot Shots! Part Deux, The Stand, and the Vice President in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3. Ferrer was also a prolific voice actor, playing the villainous Shan Yu in Disney’s Mulan and several sinister characters in the quirky animated series, Adventure Time

The Chigaco Tribune shared the news that Ferrer died on Thursday at his Los Angeles home of throat cancer, bringing to an extraordinary career to a close. The actor’s cousin, Hollywood star George Clooney, paid a heartfelt tribute – and it seems only right to let him have the last word.

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“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… pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will.”