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

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/20/2017 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 "NCIS: Los Angeles" and, before that, to NBC crime drama "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 gruff-but-supportive boss to series star Jill Hennessy for the six seasons of "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)

          A native of Santa Monica, California, Ferrer was the son of Academy Award-winning actor Jose Ferrer and singer-actress Rosemary Clooney, and a cousin of George Clooney, who issued a statement Thursday afternoon.

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)

"Today, history will mark giant changes in our world," Clooney said, "and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer.  But not lost to his family. Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day ... pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."

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)

            In his own statement, "NCIS: Los Angeles" showrunner R. Scott Gemmill called Ferrer "a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence onscreen, a wicked sense of humor and a huge heart."

         Ferrer began his career in the early 1980s with guest shots on many TV series. In 1990 he scored a signature role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on David Lynch's smash series "Twin Peaks." He reprised that character for the 1992 movie "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me."

He will encore yet again as Agent Rosenfield for Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival airing this spring.

          Along with TV, Ferrer appeared in more than 40 movies, including "RoboCop," where he played the villainous Bob Morton, designer of the title character, "Iron Man 3 ," where he portrayed the vice president, and "Traffic."

Voiceover credits include "Superman: The Animated Series," ''Robot Chicken" and "American Dad!"

           Before becoming an actor, he was a successful studio musician who played drums in a variety of bands, and toured with his mother and Bing Crosby.

             Survivors include his wife Lori and sons Lukas and Rafi.

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