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Actor Miguel Ferrer Dies At 61

| by Jordan Smith

Miguel Ferrer, who appeared in "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Twin Peaks," died Jan. 19 at the age of 61.

The actor had been suffering from cancer, according to Hollywood Reporter.

He played the role of Owen Granger in "NCIS: Los Angeles" since 2012.

CBS said Ferrer was surrounded by family and friends when he died at home.

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"Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence onscreen, a wicked sense of humor and a huge heart," R. Scott Gemmill, the show-runner of "NCIS: Los Angeles," said in a statement, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Ferrer also starred as Bob Morton, the man who came up with the idea of a robotic police officer in the 1987 film "RoboCop."

Hewas the son of actor Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, and cousin of actor George Clooney.

"Today, history will mark giant changes in our world, and lost to most will be that on the same day Miguel Ferrer lost his battle to throat cancer," Clooney said. "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, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."

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Ferrer began his career as a musician, accompanying his mother on tour with Bing Crosby.

"I played with her from about the time I was 18, and I conducted for her many times," he told an interviewer in 2002, according to the Los Angeles Times. "There was not a night I didn't want to pinch myself and say, 'Look what I'm doing!'."

Prior to his death, Ferrer completed a voice part for the animated film "Teen Titans: The Judas Contract." His participation in the movie was announced earlier Jan. 19.

He also will appear in a series of "Twin Peaks" to be screened in May.

"Great talent, better man. Working & writing for him was a highlight in every part of my life," Mark Frost, co-creator of "Twin Peaks," wrote on Twitter, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ferrer gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times when "Twin Peaks" was still being broadcast.

"Now I know my future is somewhat secure, because 20 years from now, I will be able to do 'Twin Peaks' conventions," he said. "I will never starve."

Sources: Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS via Yahoo! TV

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