Miguel Ferrer, the character and voice actor who appeared in shows including NCIS: Los Angeles and Crossing Jordan, and films such as RoboCop and Iron Man 3, died on Thursday of throat cancer. He was 61.
Ferrer was the son of top 1950s singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer, and first cousin to George Clooney. He appeared on NCIS: Los Angeles for seven seasons.
George Clooney said Ferrer "made the world brighter and funnier" in a statement obtained by Variety.
"Today history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer. But not lost to his family," Clooney wrote. "Miguel made the world brighter and funnier, and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."
NCIS: Los Angeles 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 humour, and a huge heart."
He also appeared on the original Twin Peaks TV series and will reprise his role as FBI pathologist Albert Rosenfield in Showtime's upcoming Twin Peaks reboot.
His TV roles included Shannon's Deal, Broken Badges, Crossing Jordan, Bionic Woman, and Desperate Housewives. He also provided voices for films, TV shows, and videogames, including Mulan, Superman: The Animated Series, Robot Chicken, American Dad!, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and the Halo 3 videogame. On film, he also appeared in the 2004 The Manchurian Candidate, Sunshine State, Hard Ride to Hell, and Mr. Magoo.
Born in Santa Monica, Calif., he started out as a studio musician, touring with his mother and Bing Crosby, and recording with Keith Moon of The Who, before moving into television and film.
Among his early appearances were playing his father's younger self on Magnum P.I. and portraying an Excelsior helm officer in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. In Robocop, he played corporate executive and villain Bob Morton, a type he would return to frequently in roles such as an engineer in DeepStar Six, in Hot Shots! Part Deux, in the mini-series The Stand, and as a drug informant in Traffic.
Many celebrities, friends and co-stars joined Clooney in paying tribute to the RoboCop and Twin Peaks actor on Twitter.
He is survived by his wife, Lori; sons, Lukas and Rafi; and several brothers and sisters.