Action’s Villainous Sidekicks: Miguel Ferrer
This week’s villainous sidekick is Miguel Ferrer. He may also be known as “that guy in that movie” because of the numerous roles that Ferrer has in the many movies and TV series. His face is very recognizable to fans of action movies as always being around. And while never being the main villain for our heroes to defeat, he never fails to be a part of the problem. And with over 120 acting credits to name, Ferrer has surely been in something that everyone has seen.
His first credit is in an episode of Magnum, P. I. Like most other up-and-coming actors, he continued taking small roles in movies and TV series after that including roles in T. J. Hooker, CHiPs, Hill Street Blues, and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. But his first big memorable role was as Bob Morton in the 1987 smash hit RoboCop.
Morton was the man responsible for making the cyborg cop, but used this to advance his own career. When RoboCop began to clean up the street of Detroit and rid the city of crime, this angers another man who had built a different robot to fight crime with. He orders Clarence Boddicker, one of the movie’s main villains, to kill Morton. He does so when he arrives at Morton’s house and finds him snorting coke and entertaining some “ladies of the night.”
While Morton may seem like a decent guy at first, his actions were never about the good of the city and were only for his own benefit. He was willing to step on anyone to advance his own career and it ended up getting him killed.
After RoboCop, Ferrer continued playing shady and villainous roles in movies and series such as Deep Star Six, Tales from the Crypt, Another Stakeout, and even in the comedy Hot Shots! Part Deux. In 1994, he starred as Lloyd Henreid in the great Stephen King mini-series The Stand. This role was perfect for Ferrer and he added a great deal to an already great series. This also started a string of Ferrer appearing in movies or series based on King’s writings. He later appeared in The Night Flier and the 1997 mini-series of The Shining.
Ferrer continued his great work into the 2000s with performances in movies and series including Traffic, The Manchurian Candidate, CSI, and more. But he also did more voice acting. He appeared in episodes of animated series for Superman, The Batman, and The Spectacular Spider-Man. He also voiced J’onn J’onzz / Martian Manhunter in the 2008 animated film Justice League: The New Frontier.
But in 2013, he played his first role in a live-action superhero movie when he portrayed Vice President Rodriguez in Iron Man 3. And once again, he returned to the role of a seemingly straight-forward guy who ends up turning into a semi-bad guy. In the end he doing what he does for a good reason, but it was still a role that Ferrer was made for. A role in which no matter what good he tries to do, there is always something bad attached to this guy’s agenda. And that is exactly why Ferrer makes it on to this list.
Daryl Karpinski, Jr.