People primarily know him from dramas. I used to kid him that he's been in every TV drama over the last twenty years. Even Harry Morgan didn't guest in as many series. But what folks might not know is that Miguel was a gifted comic actor. Amazing timing and a pitch-perfect knack for delivering dialogue. Some actors need to be led to the joke, not Miguel. He instinctively just "knew" comic rhythms and tone.
He was also, a pro's pro. I'm sure one of the reasons he worked so often is because so many producers, directors, and actors loved him.
Miguel was also a great storyteller. And when the stories involve David Lynch (he was in TWIN PEAKS), George Clooney (his cousin and one-time roommate), ROBOCOP, and mother Rosemary Clooney you knew you were in for a mesmerizing tale. I was hoping to get him to guest on my podcast.
My condolences to his family and fans. Damn! Miguel Ferrer. This one hurts.