‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: How Did Miguel Ferrer Die?

Former “NCIS: Los Angeles” star Miguel Ferrer died on January 19, 2017. What was Miguel Ferrer’s cause of death? Here’s everything Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows about Ferrer’s career and death.

Miguel Ferrer’s movies and TV shows

Miguel Ferrer on NCIS Los Angeles. | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Miguel Ferrer on NCIS Los Angeles. | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

Miguel Ferrer made his acting debut in a 1981 episode of “Magnum, P.I.” titled “Lest We Forget,” in which he played the character Robert “Bobby” Wickes. He made his film debut the following year in the movie “Truckin’ Buddy McCoy.” He played the character Pete. Ferrer got his big break when he played Morton in the 1987 film “RoboCop.” The actor also became known for his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield in the television series “Twin Peaks” from 1990 to 1991.

Ferrer’s other acting roles include appearances in the 1994 movie “Blank Check,” and the television shows “On the Air,” “The Stand,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “Desperate Housewives.” He played Owen Granger on “NCIS: Los Angeles” from 2012 to 2017.

Miguel Ferrer said he had the ‘best summer of his life’ during ‘RoboCop’

Miguel Ferrer |  Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic
Miguel Ferrer | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Most actors don’t forget their big break, and Ferrer was no different. Back in 2009, he told The A.V. Club he had “the best summer of his life,” during the time he made the film “RoboCop.” Ferrer said he was elated that he got such a great movie role:

RoboCop’ was maybe the best summer of my entire life. It was the summer of 1986, and it was the best part I’d been asked to do at the time, and working with an amazing director, Paul Verhoeven. The writer Ed Neumeier and I became great friends, and he gave me just so much to work with. I woke up every day and when I was looking at myself in the mirror shaving, I just couldn’t believe my good fortune. I was the happiest guy probably in the state during that time.

What was Miguel Ferrer’s cause of death?

Linda Hunt and Miguel Ferrer. | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Linda Hunt and Miguel Ferrer. | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

Miguel Ferrer died January 19, 2017, from throat cancer. He was 61 years old. Ferrer’s cousin George Clooney gave a heartfelt statement about the late actor. “Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will,” Clooney said in a statement released to “The Hollywood Reporter.”

Miguel Ferrer worked on the ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ set until his last days

Miguel Ferrer and Daniela Ruah on NCIS: Los Angeles. |  Ron P. Jaffe/CBS via Getty Images
Miguel Ferrer and Daniela Ruah on NCIS: Los Angeles. | Ron P. Jaffe/CBS via Getty Images

During an interview with CBS about “NCIS: Los Angeles” season 8, Executive Producer R. Scott Gemmill said Ferrer had an unmatched work ethic. “The most important thing to Miguel was working. He just loved his work. He loved the craft and he kept working all the time—even when we didn’t want him to work. I really would have liked him to take an episode off.” Gemmill marveled that even when Ferrer didn’t have any lines in an episode, he would still come to work so he could attend the script read-through. “That was the kind of professional he was,” said Gemmill.

Executive Producer Frank Military agreed, saying, “He wanted to work, and there was nobody that was not going to have him work. He was an actor and that’s what he was going to do until the end. He was going to act.”

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