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Overview (4)

Born in Santa Monica, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (throat cancer)
Birth NameMiguel José Ferrer
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Miguel José Ferrer. He was an actor, known for Traffic (2000), Crossing Jordan (2001) and Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). He was married to Lori Weintraub and Leilani Sarelle. He died on January 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Spouse (2)

Lori Weintraub (2 September 2005 - 19 January 2017) ( his death)
Leilani Sarelle (1991 - 2003) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep gravelly voice
Often played sleazy, untrustworthy scoundrels

Trivia (31)

Also a voice-over actor.
Was the oldest of five children of José Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney. Miguel was followed by Maria Ferrer (born 1956); Gabriel Ferrer, Monsita Ferrer and Rafael Ferrer.
Father of two sons with Leilani Sarelle, Lucas Ferrer (born 1993) and Rafael Ferrer (born 1996), and of a third son with Kate Dornan, Jose Robert Ferrer (born 2004).
Studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and was also a voice-over actor.
Brother-in-law of Debby Boone. Ex-brother-law of Meilani Paul and Adrian Paul.
Formerly played drums and sang in the Los Angeles band "The Jenerators" with actor and co-founder Bill Mumy.
Was good friends with actress Dominique Dunne and Brandon Lee; he served as a pallbearer at both their funerals.
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 (1999).
His musical credits included playing drums on Keith Moon's album "Two Sides of the Moon" (1975).
He and his cousin George Clooney have both appeared in remakes of films that starred Frank Sinatra. Ferrer had a supporting role in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), while Clooney took over Sinatra's role in the Ocean's Eleven (2001) trilogy. He has also parodied George's role on Robot Chicken (2005).
Nephew of Nick Clooney, Nina Clooney and Betty Clooney. Half-nephew of Gail Stone.
His father was Puerto Rican. His mother had English, German and Irish ancestry.
Was a huge fan of author Stephen King, and had appeared in three adaptations of his work: The Night Flier (1997), The Shining (1997) and The Stand (1994). Appropriately, King has made numerous references in his work to The Caine Mutiny (1954), which starred his father José Ferrer.
Collector of vintage comic books; Batman was always his hero.
Originally pursued a career as a musician. After seeing Little Ricky playing the drums on I Love Lucy (1951), he decided he wanted to learn to play the drums. His father, José Ferrer, who was already an accomplished pianist, encouraged him in this. He would later use this talent when traveling on tour with his mother Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby. It was not until Crosby's death that he decided to pursue acting. His career later came full circle when he worked with Denise Crosby on Crossing Jordan (2001).
Two members of his family have set records for memorable firsts among Hispanics. His father José Ferrer was the first Hispanic actor to win an Oscar, for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). His cousin, Carlos Campo, son of his aunt Betty Clooney, is the first Hispanic President of Regent University.
Was longtime friends with Carrie Fisher whom he encouraged and helped prepare for her Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) audition. Their mothers (Debbie Reynolds and Rosemary Clooney) were known for their performances in such hit musicals as Singin' in the Rain (1952) and White Christmas (1954).
Made his first film appearance in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), which was directed by Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy. He subsequently directed an episode of Crossing Jordan (2001) that featured a guest appearance by subsequent Spock Zachary Quinto.
Made a guest appearance on an episode of the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996). Series regular Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the grandson of director Michael Gordon, who directed his father José Ferrer in his Oscar-winning role as Cyrano de Bergerac (1950).
In 1954, the year before he was born, his parents appeared in the year's two most successful films. Rosemary Clooney was in the top moneymaker that year White Christmas (1954), while José Ferrer appeared in the second-highest-grossing film The Caine Mutiny (1954).
Has played the DC comics supervillain, the Weather Wizard, in both animated form (Superman: The Animated Series (1996)) and live-action (Justice League of America (1997)). However, the character was referred to as the Weatherman in the latter production.
Along with Peter Weller, Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith, he is one of only four actors from RoboCop (1987) to appear in the "Star Trek" universe. He appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) (his debut cinematic appearance).
Was very close to his cousin George Clooney.
The Monuments Men (2014), featuring his cousin George Clooney and uncle Nick Clooney, opened on his 59th birthday.
He and Guillaume Depardieu were both the sons of Oscar-nominated actors (José Ferrer and Gérard Depardieu) who have played Cyrano de Bergerac. Both had also played younger versions of one of their father's characters: Miguel on Magnum, P.I. (1980), and Guillaume in "Les Miserables" and "The Count of Monte Cristo". They were also both close friends of an actor who played The Crow: Brandon Lee and Vincent Perez.
Miguel Ferrer passed away on January 19, 2017 and was interred in San Juan, Puerto Rico's Cementerio Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis.
His father Jose Ferrer passed away on January 26, 1992. Miguel passed away on January 19, 2017, just one week away from exactly twenty-five years later.
Was in the band Seduction of the Innocent with his friends Bill Mumy and mystery novelist Max Allan Collins. Seduction often performed in and around San Diego Comic-Con, and Ferrer's good friend Brandon Lee would sometimes roadie for the group.
His breakthrough role in RoboCop (1987) was released just a month after the release of Roxanne (1987). His next prominent role was on Twin Peaks (1990), which premiered shortly after the first European releases of Cyrano de Bergerac (1990). Both films were remakes of Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), which starred his father José Ferrer.
Following his sudden death, he was interred in San Juan, Puerto Rico's Cementerio Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on making Crossing Jordan (2001)] It was great. I loved that. Six years on the same show, working on the same lot. Got to go home and see my kids every night. They weren't always awake, but I saw them. I loved that there were no out-of-control egos on the set. I loved working with the same people for six years. You develop a sure hand, and you learn how one works and likes to work. I wouldn't trade it for anything. We had a ball.
[on making RoboCop (1987)] 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 Edward 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. To tell you the truth, while we were doing it, I had no idea that it wouldn't be silly. I had no idea if it was going to be a good movie or a bad movie, or what it was going to be. I knew that it was great fun to make, but while you're in the middle of these things, you just don't know how it's going to turn out. It has to pass through so many hands-editing, the music, the sound design, how it's marketed, and all the rest of it. You just don't know. And sometimes the RoboCop suit itself looked absolutely laughable. And they struggled to find angles in which it didn't look silly, so to tell you the truth, at the time, many of us, myself especially, had no idea if it was going to be any good. Then I saw a screening of the finished product before it came out and I knew it was a really wonderful, different kind of picture, with sophisticated humor and yet good action and compelling characters and something that was really special. I remember the first time sitting in the movie theater and watching a trailer, and the audience absolutely laughed at it in the worst way possible. Which was, to say the least, disheartening. Then, I remember the first night the movie came out and I think I drove around to every theater in Los Angeles in which it was playing and kind of stood in the back and watched the reaction, and that was one of the great thrills of my life.
[on his acting preparation] I'm not really a guy who draws on things from my own past. I think if you're a competent actor with a good imagination, and if it's on the page, it makes your job a lot easier. If it's well written, it allows your imagination to run wild and draw inspiration from that. I'm not one of those people who writes a biography or tries to figure out what kind of ice cream the character liked when he was 10. If your attention is on something like that, I just think it's a bit of a wank. If your attention is on superfluous aspects that are not part of the story, then you can't be concentrating on the human realities of the piece.
[1999] My favorite place in the whole world is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The whole experience in Wyoming is just fantastic. It's renewing. In the winter we will go skiing, and during the summer there's golf, there's Yellowstone, there's just whatever. It's the best place in the world.

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