The world was saddened to learn Migeul Ferrer passed away on Thursday, losing his battle with throat cancer. The veteran actor was 61-years-old.
He'll be best remembered for portraying Bob Morton in 1987's RoboCop, Dr. Garret Macy on Crossing Jordan, Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks, as well as lending his powerful voice to animated characters in Mulan, Superman: The Animated Series, Robot Chicken, and American Dad.
Now his famous cousin, George Clooney (Ferrer was the son of actor Jose Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney), has issued a heartfelt statement.
"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 wrote (via THR). "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."
In the twilight of his career, Ferrer played Naval Criminal Investigative Service Assistant Director Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles. Its official twitter account posted a touching tribute as well.
"Today, NCIS: LOS ANGELES lost a beloved family member," it tweeted. "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."
Click "Start Slideshow" to see what other celebrities — including Edgar Wright, Tony Todd, Dean Norris, Kyle MacLachlan, Mark Hamill, Joss Whedon, and Edward James Olmos — paid tribute to Ferrer.
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Ferrer is survived by his wife Lori and sons Lukas and Rafi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.
RIP the great Miguel Ferrer. Memorable in many roles like TWIN PEAKS & just brilliant as Bob Morton in ROBOCOP. 'I fucking love that guy!'. pic.twitter.com/CKAXNKG3V4— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 19, 2017
So sad to hear of the passing of Miguel Ferrer. Kind man and great actor. RIP— dean norris (@deanjnorris) January 19, 2017
Awful news...Miguel Ferrer is gone. Agent Rosenfield, I love you. RIP.— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) January 19, 2017
Miguel Ferrer was many great things, but to me, he'll always be Disney's most bad-ass villain. What a voice. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/nM8Hk1zDqv— Joss Whedon (@joss) January 19, 2017
Miguel Ferrer my long time friend !I'm crying in your passing You gave us such heart both on and off screen Rest my loving friend Rest SSWA— Edward James Olmos (@edwardjolmos) January 19, 2017
Can't believe this gut-punch...just heard @Miguel_J_Ferrer passed..loved that hilarious, brilliant dude. So much luv 2 his family. Unreal.— Jill Hennessy (@JillHennessy) January 19, 2017