Veteran actor Miguel Ferrer, star of RoboCop and Twin Peaks, has died

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May 3, 2017, 1:34 PM EDT (Updated)

Character actor Miguel Ferrer, who had roles in several sci-fi classics over the years, has passed away at the age of 61.

Ferrer broke onto the scene with the memorable role of Bob Morton in director Paul Verhoeven's original RoboCop (1987). Morton was the corporate sleazeball who led the RoboCop program before being taken out by his rival, Dick Jones (Ronny Cox).

Ferrer also played the semi-shady vice president in Iron Man 3 (2013); a first officer in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984); and FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks (1990-91) and in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992); and even kicked in more than a few voice-acting roles in several DC animated shows over the years. 

Outside of sci-fi fare, his largest role was a long-running gig on NCIS: Los Angeles and a stint on Crossing Jordan. Ferrer was a veteran actor with more than 40 roles across film and television on his resume. 

"Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a beloved family member," showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement. "Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart.  Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family.  He will be greatly missed."

Miguel Ferrer leaves behind a wealth of material for fans, and revisiting Iron Man 3 and RoboCop this weekend sounds like the perfect way to pay tribute. R.I.P.

(Via Deadline)