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'NCIS: Los Angeles' star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/19/2017 By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer
This image released by CBS shows Miguel Ferrer in character as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger in "NCIS: Los Angeles." Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by CBS shows Miguel Ferrer in character as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger in "NCIS: Los Angeles." Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) —             Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS' hit drama "NCIS: Los Angeles" and, before that, to "Crossing Jordan," has died.

This image released by CBS shows Miguel Ferrer in character as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger in NCIS: Los Angeles. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Neil Jacobs/CBS via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by CBS shows Miguel Ferrer in character as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger in NCIS: Los Angeles. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Neil Jacobs/CBS via AP)

            CBS said Ferrer died Thursday of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61.

FILE - This May 19, 2014 file photo shows actor Miguel Ferrer at CBS Television Studios Summer Soiree in Los Angeles. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Photo by Katy Winn//Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This May 19, 2014 file photo shows actor Miguel Ferrer at CBS Television Studios Summer Soiree in Los Angeles. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Photo by Katy Winn//Invision/AP, File)

He had played assistant director Owen Granger on "NCIS: Los Angeles" since 2012. Before that, he played the chief medical examiner and boss to series star Jill Hennessy for the six seasons of NBC's "Crossing Jordan."

FILE - This Sept. 18, 2012 file photo shows Lori Weintraub, left, and actor Miguel Ferrer at the CBS 2012 Fall Premiere Party in West Hollywood, Calif. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Sept. 18, 2012 file photo shows Lori Weintraub, left, and actor Miguel Ferrer at the CBS 2012 Fall Premiere Party in West Hollywood, Calif. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

          Ferrer began his career in the early 1980s with guest shots on TV series. In 1990 he scored a signature role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on David Lynch's smash "Twins Peaks."

FILE - This April 24, 2013 file photo shows actor Miguel Ferrer at the world premiere of "Marvel's Iron Man 3" in Los Angeles. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This April 24, 2013 file photo shows actor Miguel Ferrer at the world premiere of "Marvel's Iron Man 3" in Los Angeles. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

He was the son of actor Jose Ferrer and singer-actress Rosemary Clooney, and a cousin of George Clooney.

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2015 file photo shows actor Miguel Ferrer at the at 2015 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Sept. 11, 2015 file photo shows actor Miguel Ferrer at the at 2015 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to “Crossing Jordan,” died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 61. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
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