In January of 2017 the talented actor, Miguell Ferrer passed away. Recently, I believe a lot of people were familiar with him from his work on the TV show NCIS. For me it was his roles in the original Robocop movie, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Traffic, and his incredibly long list of TV roles including his portrayal of Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks.
After his passing I started looking up other bits of information about Miguell Ferrer. Honestly, I had only previously been familiar with his film roles. Like so many other Hollywood celebrities, I read that Miguell’s parents were both celebrities, with his father winning an Oscar. One of his cousins, surprisingly, was George Clooney!
Miguell didn’t start acting until his 20’s, but his career went into overdrive quickly after it started. His childhood passions of comic books, science fiction and action carried through his career. His enthusiasm for the genres he worked in and the opportunities he had was clear, as shown in a 2009 interview with AV/Film where Ferrer was asked about many of his iconic roles including…
“RoboCop was maybe the best summer of my entire life. It was the summer of 1986, and it was the best part I’d been asked to do at the time, and working with an amazing director, Paul Verhoeven. The writer Ed Neumeier and I became great friends, and he gave me just so much to work with. I woke up every day and when I was looking at myself in the mirror shaving, I just couldn’t believe my good fortune. I was the happiest guy probably in the state during that time.”
This is part of my ongoing series of portraits of those who passed away in 2017. Please comment below if there is someone you think I should include in this series. I have about six more ready to be posted as well 🙂