After a brutal end to 2016 with the deaths of some beloved celebrities, 2017 begins its wrath early. Miguel Ferrer lost his battle with throat cancer today at his home in Los Angeles. Earlier today, Ferrer’s cousin, George Clooney, and co-stars paid tribute to the late actor on Twitter.
While not really a leading man, Ferrer often took up villainous roles in film and television over his 30+ year career. He had a major role in 1987’s RoboCop as the creator of the titular hero. For those who grew up in the 1990’s, Ferrer was the villain in Disney’s Blank Check. More recently, he played Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3 and voiced Big Boss in Rio 2.
Perhaps the most beloved character of Ferrer’s career came in the form of Albert Rosenfield in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Albert was a crude, judgmental character with a heart of gold buried beneath his countless snide remarks. While he’s easy to dislike during his first appearance on the show, you grow to love him and the interactions he shares with Sheriff Truman and Special Agent Dale Cooper. Luckily, Miguel Ferrer was able to rejoin the world of Twin Peaks before his death. The show wrapped filming and, along with his role on NCIS: Los Angeles, should mark his final performances onscreen.
All respects go to Miguel Ferrer’s family and friends.