Miguel Ferrer, who will go down in history as the guy who snorted coke off a hooker’s breasts and soon after got shot and blowed the fuck up by Kurtwood “Dumb-Ass” Smith in RoboCop, died today of cancer at the age of 61. Ferrer, who was George Clooney’s cousin (which has always made my head explode a little), was one of those great character actors who always made everything he was in more interesting, and his breakout role as Bob Morton made RoboCop all the more of the classic it is. Ferrer was a good bad guy because he wasn’t terribly attractive, but he had a magnetism that was alluring even as he was being a complete asshole. I know we’re a pop culture blog, so his role in RoboCop should be enough to get him mentioned, but he actually wrote some comics, too! Along with fellow actor Bill Mumy (Will Robinson on Lost in Space), Ferrer wrote Comet Man in 1987, with a young Kelley Jones on art; Trypto the Acid Dog, with Steve Leialoha doing the art; and Dreamwalker, a Marvel graphic novel drawn by the great Gray Morrow. I haven’t read Trypto, but it looks pretty wacky, and the other two are decent comics. Ferrer and Mumy didn’t write a lot of comics, but it’s very neat that they did so when comics weren’t as “cool” as they are now.
So rest in peace, Miguel Ferrer. Let’s hope you’re somewhere where you can chill with 1980s hookers without fearing that Robert Sean Leonard’s douchey dad is going to come in and ruin your fun. That’s all any of us can hope for, right?