‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: One Star Played an FBI Agent on Cult Classic ‘Twin Peaks’

by Matthew Wilson

“NCIS: Los Angeles” features a lot of crime, action, and mysteries as well. But one star on the hit crime drama got some practice playing an FBI agent early in their career.

The late, great Miguel Ferrer played Assistant NCIS Director Owen Granger for several seasons on the show. But back early in his career, Ferrer had a memorable turn as FBI agent Albert Rosenfield on the cult classic “Twin Peaks.”

Airing in the 1990s, “Twin Peaks” revolved around the mysterious murder of a teenage girl, Laura Palmer. But the show also focused on the eccentric town folks and a seemingly mystical threat from an alternate dimension. Ferrer featured in eight of the episodes before the show was canceled after just two seasons. He played a no-nonsense character similar to his role on “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Miguel Ferrer on ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ and Beyond

Miguel Ferrer was in show business for a very long time. He graced Hollywood starlets when he was only a baby, and he soon became a performer as just a child. Ferrer starred in many different productions. For instance, he played a memorable turn in the classic “Robocop.”

But “NCIS: Los Angeles” ended up being one of his final roles. Ferrer played the part of Owen Granger to perfection. He first appeared in Season Three on a recurring basis. Ferrer’s character acted as a foil to the rest of the cast. But over the next few seasons, the show pulled away the gruff layers from the character. And he became one of the integral parts of the cast.

In 2017, Ferrer succumbed to a battle with throat cancer. The actor realized that his days were numbered, but he wanted to make the most of his time on the show.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” wrote Ferrer’s cancer into the show, as the actor grew noticeably weaker. Ultimately, they wrote off Ferrer by having his character disappear to avoid the others on the team having to watch his cancer battle. They later confirmed the character’s death and memorialized Ferrer on the show.

“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,” producer R. Scott Gemmill said in 2017.

During this same period of time, Ferrer returned to film his “Twin Peaks” character in a revival of the show. He once again played the no-nonsense FBI agent for a final time. It ended up becoming one of the last projects that Ferrer filmed before he passed away. Fans continue to remember Ferrer for his catalog of work.