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Also Known As: Miguel Jose Ferrer Died:
Born: February 7, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: actor, comic book writer, musician

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Intense character actor who specializes in playing cranky or seamy types. Ferrer first gained notice in films as the greedy businessman who played an instrumental role in the creation of "Robocop" (1987). He is also remembered as Albert Rosenfield, the foul-tempered FBI forensics expert, on David Lynch's cult soap, "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91) and in the feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" (1992).The eldest son of actor Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, Ferrer was drawn to the drums as a child after seeing Little Ricky play them on "I Love Lucy" and Ringo Starr perform with The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." A professional musician by his late teens, Ferrer was chosen as one of three drummers -- including Ringo Starr -- to perform on Keith Moon's solo album. Fittingly he made his acting debut playing a drummer in an episode of "Sunshine" (NBC, 1975), a sitcom co-starring his friend and fellow musician Bill Mumy (best remembered for playing Will Robinson on "Lost in Space"), who snared him the gig.Apart from music, Ferrer became a busy character actor in films and TV. In 1990 alone his output included recurring roles on "Twin Peaks" and "Shannon's Deal:" a part in the "Drug Wars"...

Intense character actor who specializes in playing cranky or seamy types. Ferrer first gained notice in films as the greedy businessman who played an instrumental role in the creation of "Robocop" (1987). He is also remembered as Albert Rosenfield, the foul-tempered FBI forensics expert, on David Lynch's cult soap, "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91) and in the feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" (1992).

The eldest son of actor Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, Ferrer was drawn to the drums as a child after seeing Little Ricky play them on "I Love Lucy" and Ringo Starr perform with The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." A professional musician by his late teens, Ferrer was chosen as one of three drummers -- including Ringo Starr -- to perform on Keith Moon's solo album. Fittingly he made his acting debut playing a drummer in an episode of "Sunshine" (NBC, 1975), a sitcom co-starring his friend and fellow musician Bill Mumy (best remembered for playing Will Robinson on "Lost in Space"), who snared him the gig.

Apart from music, Ferrer became a busy character actor in films and TV. In 1990 alone his output included recurring roles on "Twin Peaks" and "Shannon's Deal:" a part in the "Drug Wars" miniseries; a starring role as a Blue Bayou cop in his own series "Broken Badges;" and supporting roles in two features, "Revenge" and "The Guardian." Ferrer achieved leading man status in the little-seen thriller, "The Harvest" (1993), landed higher profile gigs in three commmercial projects: "Point of No Return," "Hot Shots: Part Deux," and "Another Stakeout" -- all feature film hits.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rio 2 (2014)
2.
 Iron Man 3 (2013)
3.
 Courier, The (2012)
4.
 Far Away Eyes (2011)
5.
6.
 Man, The (2005)
7.
 Silver City (2004) Cliff Castleton
8.
 Manchurian Candidate, The (2004) Colonel Garrett
9.
 L.A. County 187 (2003) Sergeant Walter Drazin
10.
 Sunshine State (2002) Lester
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1962:
Inspired to play the drums at age eight after watching Little Ricky play on "I Love Lucy"
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Decided to become a professional drummer after watching Ringo Starr perform with the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
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Began touring with several bands during his late teens
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Participated in recording sessions
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Selected as one of three drummers to play on Keith Moon's solo album along with Ringo Starr and Leon Russell
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Urged to act by former child actor, friend and fellow musician Bill Mumy, then co-starring in the NBC sitcom, "Sunshine"
1975:
Acting and TV debut, as a drummer on "Sunshine"
1983:
Feature debut, "Heartbreaker" (completed 1981)
1987:
Breakthrough feature supporting role, "Robocop"
1990:
Recurring role as Albert Rosenfield, the irritable FBI pathologist, on David Lynch's TV series, "Twin Peaks"
1990:
Recurring role as Todd Spurrier on "Shannon's Deal"
1990:
Starred as Beau Jack Bowman on the CBS cop drama, "Broken Badges"
1992:
Recreated the role of Albert Rosenfield for the feature "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"
1992:
Cast as a regular on David Lynch's short-lived period sitcom, "On the Air"
1993:
First feature lead, "The Harvest"
1998:
Co-starred in the NBC midseason replacement sitcom "Lateline"
2000:
Offered a memorable turn as a drug informant in the acclaimed film "Traffic"
2001:
Cast as the title character's boss, a medical examiner, on the NBC serie "Crossing Jordan"
2004:
Cast in the remake of the 1962 thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"
2004:
Cast in John Sayles' political satire "Silver City" which starred Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Daryl Hannah and Richard Dreyfuss
2005:
Cast opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy in the comedy "The Man"
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Notes

Ferrer writes for Marvel Comics with his partner, the former child star Bill Mumy. They created and wrote the limited series, "The Comet Man" and the "Graphic Novel", "The Dreamwalker". This dynamic duo also created "Trypto the Acid Dog", and wrote several stories for the "Marvel Comics Presents" anthology series, "Clive Barker's Hellraiser", and "Swamp Thing".

Ferrer performs with The Jenerators, a six-piece rock band which plays such L.A. clubs as the Palomino, Blak & Blu and At My Place.

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wife:
Leilani Sarelle. Actor. Featured in "Basic Instinct" (1992); met on the set of the film "Harvest".

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father:
Jose Ferrer. Actor, director. Appeared with Miguel in a 1981 episode of "Magnum, "P.I."; acted in several dozen Hollywood and international films; won an Oscar as Best Actor for "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1950); died in 1992.
mother:
Rosemary Clooney. Singer, actor. Married on July 13, 1953; divorced in 1962; remarried in 1963, divorced again in 1966; Jose Ferrer's third wife; had five children together; talented pop songstress of the 1950s who also acted in several Hollywood features; died 2002 of lung cancer.
half-sister:
Leticia Thyra Ferrer. Actor. Born in 1940; mother, Uta Hagen.
brother:
Rafael Francisco Ferrer. Born in 1956; mother Rosemary Clooney.
sister:
Maria Providencia Ferrer. Children's tapestry designer. Born in 1957; mother Rosemary Clooney.
brother:
Gabriel Vicente Ferrer. Born in 1959; mother Rosemary Clooney; married to singer-actress Debby Boone; they have four children together: Jordan (born c. 1980), twin girls Gabrielle and Dustin (born c. 1983) and Tessa (born c. 1986).
sister:
Monsita Teresa Botwick. Born in 1960; mother, Rosemary Clooney.
son:
Lucas Brandon Jose Ferrer. Born in June 1993; mother Leilani Sarelle.
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