Miguel Ferrer

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Miguel Ferrer
BornMiguel José Ferrer
(1955-02-07) February 7, 1955 (age 59)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Leilani Sarelle (1991–2003)
Lori Weintraub (2005–present)
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For the Cuban footballer, see Miguel Ferrer (footballer).
Miguel Ferrer
BornMiguel José Ferrer
(1955-02-07) February 7, 1955 (age 59)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Leilani Sarelle (1991–2003)
Lori Weintraub (2005–present)

Miguel José Ferrer (born February 7, 1955) is an American actor and voice actor mostly known for villainous roles, notably Bob Morton, the designer of the titular character in RoboCop, and Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3. He also voiced the antagonistic Hun leader Shan Yu in Mulan (1998) and Big Boss in Rio 2. Non-villainous roles include Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan, NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles, and FBI forensic pathologist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks.

Early life[edit]

Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of five children of Academy Award–winner José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney. His father was Puerto Rican and his mother had Irish and German ancestry. Ferrer's siblings are sisters Maria and Monsita and brothers Gabriel (nicknamed "Gabri" and the husband of singer Debby Boone, who is thus his sister-in-law) and Rafael, also an actor. His first cousin is actor George Clooney. Ferrer was reared in Hollywood, and as a teenager his interests shifted toward music. He played the drums on Keith Moon's Two Sides of the Moon. Ferrer's friend, Bill Mumy, who had acted out Will Robinson on the television classic Lost In Space, cast him as a drummer in the series Sunshine, his first television role.[1]


Ferrer began his career in the early 1980s making guest appearances on episodic television. In 1983, he was given a small part as a waiter in The Man Who Wasn't There. He also had a small part in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) as the Excelsior helm officer. He had a major role in the 1987 action movie RoboCop as aspiring, cocaine-snorting corporate executive Bob Morton. Since appearing as Morton, Ferrer has usually acted out flamboyant villains with senses of humor. Ferrer's notable roles include a sinister biker in Valentino Returns, an overzealous engineer in DeepStar Six, a resourceful vigilante in Revenge, Commander Arvid Harbinger in the comedy Hot Shots! Part Deux, Lloyd Henreid in the Stephen King mini series The Stand, and a drug informant in Traffic.[2] He has occasionally taken on lead parts as well, such as The Harvest and The Night Flier.

In the early 1990s, Ferrer appeared on three primetime TV series simultaneously: as D.A. Todd Spurrier in Shannon's Deal (1989–1991), as Cajun cop Beau Jack Bowman in Broken Badges (1990–1991), and as cynical, wittily abrasive FBI forensics specialist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks (1990–91). Ferrer reprised the role of Albert in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). He played another medical examiner on the small screen, Dr. Garret Macy, in the television crime/drama series Crossing Jordan (2001–07).[2]

Ferrer performed as the voice of the Heretic leader in the video game Halo 2. In 1999, at the 41st Grammy Awards, he was nominated for "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" in Disney's The Lion King II, "Simba's Pride Read-Along". In 2003, Ferrer made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated.[2]

Ferrer played a super-villain called "The Weatherman," in the failed 1997 TV pilot, Justice League of America. Later in the year, Ferrer provided the voice for a similar character, the Weather Wizard, in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons." Ferrer also voiced Aquaman in another Superman: Animated episode, "A Fish Story." Ferrer has also provided voice-over roles in the TV series Robot Chicken (2006) and American Dad! (2007).[2]

Ferrer played Jonas Bledsoe on NBC's short-lived update of the Bionic Woman series. Ferrer also starred in another short-lived NBC series, Kings, in 2009 as a military commander of Gath. He played Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Felix Valdez in the 2011 Lifetime police procedural drama, The Protector. Also in 2011 he started a multiple episode guest role on the final season of Desperate Housewives.

Signed to a recurring role in NCIS: Los Angeles as Naval Criminal Investigative Service Assistant Director Owen Granger, Ferrer was promoted to a series regular for the fifth season on February 6, 2013.[3] He also appeared in the 2013 film Iron Man 3 as the Vice-President.


1983The Man Who Wasn't ThereWaiter
Star Trek III: The Search for SpockUSS Excelsior helm officer
1987RoboCopBob Morton
1988Valentino ReturnsSinister biker
1989Deepstar SixSnyder
The GuardianRalph Hess
1992Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With MeAlbert Rosenfield
Cruel DoubtLouis Young
1993The HarvestCharlie Pope
Point of No Return (The Assassin)Director Kaufman
Hot Shots! Part DeuxCommander Harbinger
Another StakeoutTony Castellano
It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson WellesNarrator
1994Incident at Deception RidgeRay Hayes
The StandLloyd Henreid
Blank CheckCarl Quigley
1996Project ALFDexter Moyers
1997Mr. MagooMr. Ortega Peru
Justice League of AmericaThe Weather Wizard
The Night FlierRichard Dees
1998Where's Marlowe?Joe Boone
Brave New WorldDirector of Hatcheries and Conditioning
MulanShan Yuvoice
2000TrafficEduardo Ruiz
2002Sunshine StateLester
2004Silver CityCliff Castleton
The Manchurian CandidateColonel Garret
2005The ManAgent Peters
2007Bionic WomanJonas Bledsoe
2008Justice League: The New FrontierMartian Manhuntervoice
2009Wrong Turn at TahoeVincent
Noah's Ark: The New BeginningKabosvoice
2010Hard Ride to HellJefe
This Is Not a Movievoice
2011The CourierMr Capo
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2Delgadovoice
Four AssassinsEli
2013Iron Man 3Vice President Rodriguez
2014Rio 2Big Bossvoice


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