Character Actor Miguel Ferrer Has Died
January 19, 2017 3:24 PM   Subscribe

 
It's this scene from Twin Peaks that will always keep a fondness in my heart for him.

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posted by Catblack at 3:28 PM on January 19, 2017 [39 favorites]


Robocop for me, being the first time I noticed him.
posted by King Sky Prawn at 3:32 PM on January 19, 2017 [13 favorites]


His path is no longer strange nor difficult.

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posted by tzikeh at 3:33 PM on January 19, 2017 [4 favorites]


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posted by thedarksideofprocyon at 3:36 PM on January 19, 2017


Aw, I was hoping he would be in the Twin Peaks revival. (Oh, I see he will be! Nvm.)

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posted by Kitteh at 3:37 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by Silverstone at 3:38 PM on January 19, 2017


Loved him The Stand.

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posted by I_Love_Bananas at 3:38 PM on January 19, 2017 [4 favorites]


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posted by stevil at 3:38 PM on January 19, 2017


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An actor I always liked, regardless of role.
posted by selfnoise at 3:41 PM on January 19, 2017 [5 favorites]


Fawk, that Twin Peaks scene is one of my favorites ever. I just rewatched RoboCop again recently, too. Dammit, I'm gonna miss him.
posted by dozo at 3:45 PM on January 19, 2017 [3 favorites]


Aw, I was hoping he would be in the Twin Peaks revival.

It sounds as though he completed his work as Albert Rosenfield (he was one first of the original cast to sign on again for the new series).

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posted by Doktor Zed at 3:46 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by Pendragon at 3:47 PM on January 19, 2017


The huge advert that takes over the page on the Variety site is infuriating, especially when reading family's words about a man that died of throat cancer.
posted by dozo at 3:47 PM on January 19, 2017 [2 favorites]


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One of my favorite character actors. I'm so glad, though, that he got to participate in the Twin Peaks revival.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 3:48 PM on January 19, 2017 [2 favorites]


I saw this and actually said "Oh, no!" out loud.

XO of the USS Excelsior -- boldly transwarp where no one has gone before...
posted by Guy Smiley at 3:50 PM on January 19, 2017 [5 favorites]


oh man, 61 is young. he was a great character actor who always brought a lot of texture to his roles.


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posted by supermedusa at 3:50 PM on January 19, 2017 [3 favorites]


Damn, he's in NCIS: LA and his character has been sick. I had hopes it wasn't him just fine acting.

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posted by evilDoug at 3:51 PM on January 19, 2017 [3 favorites]


The Stand for me as well. RIP Miguel.
posted by Ber at 3:51 PM on January 19, 2017


He looked so sick in NCIS, but I admired that he was an actor to the very end. Sorry he left so young.
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 3:51 PM on January 19, 2017 [2 favorites]


Lloyd Henreid, man.

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posted by mochapickle at 3:51 PM on January 19, 2017


I'll be watching either 'The Night Flier' or 'Where\'s Marlowe' tonight. Weeping silently as to not show weakness.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 3:53 PM on January 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


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I was always so excited to see him, but he was always Albert Rosenfield to me. That scene Catblack linked to was where my mind went the second I heard the news, and it has stuck with me more than just about any scene in any television show I've seen.
posted by rustcellar at 4:01 PM on January 19, 2017 [4 favorites]


I'm not usually affected much by celebrity passings but this is an unexpected bummer. He made anything he was in better.
posted by rodlymight at 4:02 PM on January 19, 2017 [2 favorites]


Albert Rosenfield is one of my favorite minor characters of all time. Very glad he'll be in the new season. So sorry to hear of Miguel's passing.

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posted by /\/\/\/ at 4:08 PM on January 19, 2017 [3 favorites]


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posted by numaner at 4:09 PM on January 19, 2017


Ferrer also played drums in fabled pre-Internet Comic Book Supergroup Seduction of the Innocent, which also included Billy Mumy on guitar.
posted by The Tensor at 4:11 PM on January 19, 2017 [6 favorites]


. Oh damn.
posted by octothorpe at 4:19 PM on January 19, 2017


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He was very talented and it appears very lovable too. 61 is too young.
posted by bearwife at 4:22 PM on January 19, 2017


He did really good work. I'm sad to hear this.

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posted by mixedmetaphors at 4:24 PM on January 19, 2017


I've always been fond of his work in the low-budget feature, "Where's Marlow." (also starring Mos Def)
posted by baseballpajamas at 4:26 PM on January 19, 2017 [2 favorites]


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posted by Joey Michaels at 4:33 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:37 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by cazoo at 4:44 PM on January 19, 2017


Miguel Ferrer was reeeeeeally underrated in Robocop. The role of Bob Morton is frankly this close to being an afterthought. Morton is a foil for the two Big Bads and only speaks in MBA buzzwords, sports metaphors and curses, unless he's clunkily threatening Detroit cops with the worst 80s computer jargon this side of Tron.

Ferrer took that thankless role, that cog in the screenplay, and made Bob Morton a real, living person and an unforgettable presence in the film. So what if people don't quote Bobby-boy when they quote Robocop?

The Tensor, Ferrer played drums on Keith Moon's solo album. Clearly a man of many talents.
posted by infinitewindow at 4:47 PM on January 19, 2017 [19 favorites]


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posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 4:49 PM on January 19, 2017


Awww... My favorite role of his was in Hot Shots! Part Deux.
posted by freakazoid at 5:09 PM on January 19, 2017 [5 favorites]


He's got a reputation as a likeable guy and I've seen him out of character but Bob Morton was an impossible role to shake for me. Ultimate yuppie scum, so of a time.


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posted by stoneweaver at 5:10 PM on January 19, 2017


So sad to hear this. He will be so missed. Who else could have delivered lines like his in Twin Peaks? "Well, I've had about enough of this small town filled with morons and half wits, dolts, dunces, dullards and dumbbells...And you, you chowder-head yokel, you blithering hayseed. You've had enough of me?" Shakespearean!!
posted by dinofuzz at 5:12 PM on January 19, 2017 [3 favorites]


Seconding the Robocop shoutout. My first exposure to Ferrer, who was memorably sleazy and corpspeak evil in it.

aav..

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posted by the sobsister at 5:13 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by Hiding From Goro at 5:20 PM on January 19, 2017


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Sad to hear. I enjoyed so many of his roles. Be at peace, Mr. Ferrer
posted by pointystick at 5:30 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by ZeusHumms at 5:41 PM on January 19, 2017


Frequently played villains, was almost always more likable and entertaining than the heroes. Starred in the strange, somewhat underdirected but nevertheless fascinating adaptation of Stephen Kings' Night Flier, which gave him the opportunity to watch an invisible vampire piss blood into a urinal, which can only be described as an acting challenge.

I am so angry that he died. FUCK YOU 2017. WE ALREADY HAD A SHITTY YEAR!
posted by maxsparber at 5:42 PM on January 19, 2017 [4 favorites]


Here he is in Star Trek III, on the Excelsior bridge with James B. Sikking (who I later knew as Dougie Howser's dad).
posted by borborygmi at 5:45 PM on January 19, 2017 [3 favorites]


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posted by valkane at 5:56 PM on January 19, 2017


didnt do it
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:56 PM on January 19, 2017 [17 favorites]


Now you listen to me. While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I am a naysayer and hatchetman in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I'll gladly take another because I choose to live my life in the company of Gandhi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method... is love.

I love you Sheriff Truman.

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posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 5:58 PM on January 19, 2017 [14 favorites]


no, if you did your username would be robocop is eating baby food.

(edit: see post above, once removed.)
posted by Guy Smiley at 5:59 PM on January 19, 2017


Dammit, Albert.

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posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:00 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by cda at 6:02 PM on January 19, 2017


I will always remember him as the first Dune's emperor.
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posted by pjmoy at 6:14 PM on January 19, 2017 [2 favorites]


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posted by rhizome at 6:16 PM on January 19, 2017


Does anybody know Kurtwood Smith's whereabouts at the time of Ferrer's death?

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posted by Pope Guilty at 6:18 PM on January 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


PJmoy, I think you're thinking of his dad, Jose Ferrer.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:19 PM on January 19, 2017 [2 favorites]


. for a truly fine actor.

But imagine going through life with a famous actor dad, famous singer mom, famous actor/singer/radio DJ uncle, and then your cousin George has to go and get himself world-famous too.... that's gotta be tough, just to hold your own.
posted by easily confused at 6:26 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by brevator at 6:34 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by porpoise at 6:39 PM on January 19, 2017




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To '90s kids, Ferrer will be immortal as Hun jerkass villain Shan Yu in Mulan and the rich jerkass villain from Blank Check . 😔
posted by nicebookrack at 6:53 PM on January 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


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posted by droplet at 6:56 PM on January 19, 2017


You know, he DID have 20 seconds to comply...

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posted by Samizdata at 6:59 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by allthinky at 7:02 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by but no cigar at 7:09 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by Beardman at 7:29 PM on January 19, 2017


Thank you, freakazoid, for posting that snippet from Hot Shots: Part Deux. My friends and I loved that sequence.

One of the great character actors. I will miss him.

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posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 7:37 PM on January 19, 2017


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posted by dannyboybell at 7:44 PM on January 19, 2017


PJmoy, I think you're thinking of his dad, Jose Ferrer.

Who died in 1992, fwiw.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:55 PM on January 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


WTF, infinitewindow - Dwight Eisenhower is dead?!?
posted by Guy Smiley at 8:15 PM on January 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


Robocop was my first notice of him, but he stood out so well, did such a good job in the roles he was given. I'm going to miss him in all of the roles he would have been amazing in.

The report said cancer, but I still think we should check on Clarence Bodicker's whereabouts.
posted by Ghidorah at 8:45 PM on January 19, 2017


There are so many ways to read that Albert Rosenfield scene, and Miguel thought of all of them. RIP.
posted by anazgnos at 8:51 PM on January 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


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posted by jbenben at 9:07 PM on January 19, 2017


I had the chance to work with him once (just for a couple hours). Really a lovely guy. And an amazing voice.

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posted by Mchelly at 9:31 PM on January 19, 2017 [4 favorites]


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posted by lapolla at 11:51 PM on January 19, 2017




Miguel was Albert from Twin Peaks for me, always. But he was also in a lot of things I loved - like The Stand mini-series and the ER pilot. He was also a friend of Carrie Fisher - and they read the original Star Wars script together:

I remember I read the script out loud with a friend of mine, Miguel Ferrer. It read fantastic. We both wanted to play the part of Han Solo because that was the best part
posted by crossoverman at 12:39 AM on January 20, 2017 [6 favorites]


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I once heard someone describe him as the actors actor. Godspeed, Miguel.
posted by Sphinx at 1:37 AM on January 20, 2017


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posted by bryon at 1:57 AM on January 20, 2017


Goodness. Wasn't expecting this news. Always loved him as an actor. He was versatile in interesting ways.

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posted by hippybear at 2:03 AM on January 20, 2017


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posted by alrightokay at 2:33 AM on January 20, 2017


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posted by one weird trick at 2:37 AM on January 20, 2017


A day of mourning for a country.

We watched Robocop last night, but I should slot The Night Flier again soon.
posted by Gelatin at 2:38 AM on January 20, 2017


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posted by Faintdreams at 3:07 AM on January 20, 2017


I thought he gave a hell of a performance in "Traffic" as the state's witness against Stephen Bauer's character.
posted by Thistledown at 3:45 AM on January 20, 2017


Dammit.
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posted by detachd at 3:48 AM on January 20, 2017


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posted by crocomancer at 4:09 AM on January 20, 2017


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One of those great "hey, that guy!" actors. He always put something to make those peripheral roles memorable.
posted by lmfsilva at 4:39 AM on January 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


I read The Stand in my early teens, and it was pretty black and white to me at the time. Good v. Evil, ergo Lloyd was a bad guy and I didn't look too much past that. I'd reread it every few years, every time picking up a little more. But it wasn't until I saw the miniseries that Lloyd came alive. I thought the overall show was uneven at best, and kind of a disappointment to the source material, but one big thing that I took away was the realization that Lloyd wasn't a 2D caricature. Miguel Ferrer played that role with class, and gave Lloyd a certain dignity. I remember a scene near the end when people are starting to desert Flagg, and Lloyd considers fleeing as well, and I finally saw a man who painted himself into a corner, realized far too late exactly how fucked he is, and openly accepted the consequences of his actions.

Now when I reread the novel, I have a much clearer picture of Lloyd. He's not someone who does bad things just because he's a bad guy, he's not a psychopath, he's not a sketch. He's a real person who made some horrible choices (armed robbery, felony murder), and is trying to stop the rest of his life from unraveling. Sure, he's a piece of shit, but he wasn't fated to be a piece of shit, and I feel like I'm getting a more complete view of him (as well as other people I read about on the internet computer web sites). And it's largely due to Mr. Ferrer's portrayal.
posted by disconnect at 7:33 AM on January 20, 2017 [5 favorites]


I don't know what it means, but he also played Death on Adventure Time.

So, yeah. That.

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posted by rokusan at 9:05 AM on January 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


Ahhh, I didn't realize there was a thread.

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He was someone who always felt like a friend, in his role in Crossing Jordan. That show always made me feel less lonely, and his presence was a large part of that. I miss him already.
posted by limeonaire at 7:33 PM on January 20, 2017


Got demmit!
RIP, SHERIFF LOVER
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posted by Fibognocchi at 8:22 PM on January 20, 2017


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posted by flatluigi at 5:10 AM on January 21, 2017


I never disliked him in any role even in productions I didn't enjoy. I can't say that about many actors.
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