- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Miguel Ferrer, the actor known for his often-villainous turns in films like “RoboCop” and “Traffic,” died Thursday due to cancer, Entertainment Weekly is reporting. He was 61.

Mr. Ferrer was the son of singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer. He most recently starred on “NCIS: Los Angeles” and had filmed a role for the upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival. He also tried his hand in comedies such as “Hot Shots! Part Deux” and had a small role as a Star Fleet officer in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” in 1984. 

But it was for his turn as the slimy corporate shill Bob Morton in 1987’s “RoboCop” for which Mr. Ferrer would most frequently be recognized. In the film, after Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is killed in the line of fire, Mr. Ferrer’s Morton, an officer of the fictional OCP megacorporation, revived him as a “half-man, half-machine, all cop.”

Mr. Ferrer was also a musician who played drums and often toured with his late mother and Bing Crosby.

EW reported that Mr. Ferrer had suffered from cancer and was surrounded by family when he passed Thursday morning. 

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