Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Every Princess Has a Royal Villain ~ Mulan's Villain ~ Miguel Jose Ferrer

Every Princess Has a Royal Villain

Mulan’s Villain

Miguel Jose Ferrer

February 7th, 1955


Miguel José Ferrer (born February 7, 1955) is an American actor and voice actor who is often cast as a villain. His notable roles include Bob Morton, a supporting character in RoboCop (1987), the short tempered FBI agent Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks, and Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan. His voice acting in Mulan (1998), as the villain Hun leader Shan Yu is also especially memorable.

Early life

Ferrer was born in Santa Monica, California, the oldest of five children of Puerto Rican Academy Award-winner Jose Ferrer and American singer Rosemary Clooney. Ferrer's siblings are Maria, Gabriel, Monsita, and Rafael, also an actor. Ferrer was raised in Hollywood, and as a teenager his interests shifted toward music. Ferrer played the drums on Keith Moon's Two Sides of the Moon. Jenerators band mate Bill Mumy ("Will Robinson" on the television classic Lost In Space and later Lennier on the TV series Babylon 5) cast him as a drummer in his first television role, in the series Sunshine. He only took the role because Mumy talked him into it.


Ferrer began his career in the early 1980s making guest appearances on episodic television. In 1983, he was given a small part as a waiter in The Man Who Wasn’t There. He also had a small part in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) as the Excelsior helm officer. He had a major role in the 1987 action movie RoboCop as aspiring, cocaine-snorting corporate executive Bob Morton. Since then, Ferrer has been cast in many major movies, usually in the role of flamboyant villains with a sense of humour. Ferrer's notable screen roles include a sinister biker in Valentino Return (1988), an engineer in DeepStar Six (1989), Commander Arvid Harbinger in the comedy Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Lloyd Henreid in the Stephen King mini series The Stand (1994), investigative reporter Richard Dees in Stephen King's The Night Flier (1997), and Eduardo Ruiz in Traffic (2000).

In the early 1990s, Ferrer appeared on three primetime TV series simultaneously: as D.A. Todd Spurrier in Shannon’s Deal (1989–1991), as Cajun cop Beau Jack Bowman in Broken Badges (1990–1991), and as cynical, wittily abrasive FBI forensics specialist Albert Rosenfield in Twin Peaks (1990–91). Ferrer reprised the role of Albert in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). He played another medical examiner on the small screen, Dr. Garret Macy, in the television crime/drama series Crossing Jordan (2001–07).

Ferrer performed as the voice of the Heretic leader in the video game Halo 2, as well as the protagonist, Jack, in the video game BioShock In 1999, at the 41st Grammy Awards, he was nominated for "Best Spoken Word Album for Children" in Disney's The Lion King II, "Simba's Pride Read-Along". In 2003, Ferrer made his New York stage debut in the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated.

Ferrer played a supervillain called The Weatherman in the failed 1997 TV pilot, Justice League of America. Later in the year, Ferrer provided the voice for a similar character, Weather Wizard, in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons". Ferrer also voiced Aquaman in another Superman: Animated episode, "A Fish Story". Ferrer has also provided voice-over roles in the TV series Robot Chicken (2006) and American Dad! (2007).

He co-created and co-wrote various comic books with Jenerators band member Bill Mumy, including Comet Man, The Dreamweaver, and Trypto the Acid Dog (released by Dark Horse Comics).

Ferrer played Jonas Bledsoe on NBC's short-lived update of the Bionic Woman series. Ferrer also starred in another short-lived NBC series, Kings, in 2009 as a military commander of Gath. He played Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Felix Valdez in the 2011 Lifetime police procedural drama, The Protector. Also in 2011 he started a multiple episode guest role on the final season of Desperate Housewives.

He currently has a recurring role in NCIS: Los Angeles as NCIS assistant director Owen Granger.

Personal life

Ferrer loves to golf and ski, and every year he helps to organize a golf tournament fundraiser for the UCLA Children’s Hospital. He also finds time to play club dates with Mumy and their band The Jenerators.

He is divorced from actress Leilani Sarelle and has two sons, Lukas and Rafael, from that marriage, and a son Jose Robert, with Kate Dornan, daughter of Bob Dornan. He has been married to Lori Weintraub since 2005. His brother Gabriel Ferrer is married to singer Debby Boone. Gabriel and Debby are the parents of young artist Gabi Ferrer and her twin, Dustin Ferrer. His other brother, Rafael Ferrer, is also an actor. He is George Clooney's cousin on his mother's side. Ferrer was a close friend of actress dominique Dunne, and in 1982 served as a pallbearer in her funeral.


  • Heartbreaker (1983), as Angel
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), as the SS Excelsior helm officer
  • RoboCop (1987), as Bob Morton
  • Valentino Returns (1988), in which he plays a sinister biker
  • Deepstar Six (1989), as Snyder, an inept undersea technician
  • Revenge (1990), as Amador, ally to Michael J. "Jay" Cochrane
  • The Guardian, as Ralph Hess
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), as Albert Rosenfield
  • The Harvest (1993), as Charlie Pope
  • Alive (1993), as Narrator (uncredited)
  • Point of No Return (The Assassin) (1993), as Director Kaufman
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), as Commander Harbinger
  • Another Stakeout (1993), as Tony Castellano
  • Incident at Deception Ridge (1994), as Ray Hayes
  • The Stand (TV Miniseries) (1994), as Lloyd Henreid
  • Blank Check (1994), as Carl Quigley
  • Project ALF (1996), as Dexter Moyers
  • Mr. Magoo (1997), as Mr. Ortega Peru
  • Justice League of America (1997), starring as the villain The Weather Wizard
  • Where’s Marloe? (1998), as Joe Boone
  • The Night Flier (1997), as Richard Dees
  • Mulan (1998), as the villain Hun leader Shan Yu (voice)
  • Traffic (2000), as Eduardo Ruiz
  • The Manchurian Candidate (2004), as Colonel Garret
  • The Man (2005), as Agent Peters
  • Bionic Woman (TV Series) (2007), as Jonas Bledsoe
  • Justice League: The New Frontier (2008), as Martian Manhunter (voice)
  • Crossing Jordan, crime/drama series, as Dr. Garret Macy, September 24, 2001, to series end, May 16, 2007
  • Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009), as Vincent
  • Noah's Ark: The New Beginning (2009), as Kabos (voice)
  • Young Justice, as Vandal Savage, January 7, 2011-present
  • Hard Ride To Hell (2010), as Jefe
  • Far Away Eyes (2011), as Eli

Guest appearances

Among the television shows in which Miguel has made guest appearances are:

  • Adventure Time as Death (voice actor)
  • Miami Vice
  • Magnum, P.I.
  • CHIPs
  • Will & Grace
  • Superman: The Animated Series (Weather Wizard), (De’Cine), (Aquaman)
  • Tales from the Crypt (appeared in 3 episodes)
  • Twin Peaks (recurring)
  • ER - the first episode
  • Jackie Chan Adventures - voice of "Tarakudo"
  • Contestant on Celebrity Jeopardy! (winner)
  • Medium - 5/5
  • Robot Chicken - Danny Ocean
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Episode: Ten Count (season 7, episode 18)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • The Batman - Sinestro
  • El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera - Original El Tigre.
  • Lie to Me
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun - (as Jack, State Department) in "Youth Is Wasted On Dick" (season 5, episode 15)
  • Psych
  • T. J. Hooker
  • ThunderCats (2011 TV series), as The Duelist in "The Duelist and the Drifter"
  • Young Justice, as Vandal Savage/L-1
  • Desperate Housewives (TV series – Season 8), as Andre Zeller (appeared in 5 episodes)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles - NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger (5 episodes)

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