American actor Miguel Ferrer was born on February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California. He was raised in a family with roots in performing: his father is Oscar-winning actor Jose Ferrer, and his mother is singer Rosemary Clooney. His brother, Rafael, also became an actor; his cousin would also be known as actor George Clooney. As a teenager, however, his interests shifted to music; as a teenager, he recorded the drums for Two Sides of the Moon, the only solo album from the original The Who drummer Keith Moon.
Ferrer got his start in acting in the early 1980s, initially playing a bit role as a drummer in an episode of Sunshine. His early career was marked by several guest roles in regular television programs, as well as some roles in films, the first being a bit role in 1983’s Heartbreaker. His first major role was in the 1987 action flick RoboCop, where he played cocaine-snorting corporate executive Bob Morton. Since then, he’s played several other major roles in films, usually typecast as a villainous character with a sense of humor—Valentino Returns, DeepStar Six, Hot Shots! Part Deux, The Night Flier and Traffic, where he will eventually win a Screen Actors Guild award as part of its cast.
Ferrer later got regular roles on television. His first came in 1989, when he joined the cast of the acclaimed legal drama Shannon’s Deal. Simultaneously, he took on two other regular television roles: as a policeman in Broken Badges, and as cynical forensic specialist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks. He would later reprise the role in the resulting 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. In 2001, he would play a similar role, as Chief Medical Examiner Garret Macy, throughout the six-year run of Crossing Jordan. His most recent television stint was on the short-lived remake of Bionic Woman, where he took on the role of Jonas Bledsoe, a member of the group where lead Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) works for.
Ferrer is also a known voice talent. His work on the spoken-word children’s album, Simba’s Pride Read-Along, earned him a Grammy nomination in 1999. He has also voice characters for American Dad!, Robot Chicken and Superman: The Animated Series.