Miguel Ferrer

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Ferrer in 2004, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Miguel José Ferrer

Date of Birth: February 7, 1955

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: January 17, 2017

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*father – Puerto Rican [Spanish, including Canary Islander, Catalan, possibly other]
*mother – Irish, German, English, smaller amounts of Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish

Miguel Ferrer was an American actor. His roles include RoboCop, Traffic, Crossing Jordan, and Twin Peaks, among many others. His father was Puerto Rican Academy Award–winner José Ferrer (born José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón), who was the first Latino to win an acting Oscar. His mother was singer Rosemary Clooney, who was of half Irish and one quarter German ancestry, with her other quarter being a mix of English, Scottish, and Northern Irish/Scots-Irish. Among his siblings is actor Rafael Ferrer.

His great-aunt (grandfather’s sister), Monserrate “Monsita” Ferrer Otero, was a pianist and feminist. His uncle (mother’s brother) is journalist Nick Clooney, and his cousin (mother’s brother’s son) is actor George Clooney. His niece is actress Tessa Ferrer.

He was married to Lori Weintraub, until his death. He had two children with his former wife, actress Leilani Sarelle, and a son with his former partner Kate Dornan.

Miguel’s paternal grandfather was Rafael Ferrer y Otero (the son of Gabriel Ferrer y Hernández and Monserrate/Mensenate Otero y Navedo). Rafael was a lawyer and writer, from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gabriel was a doctor, and advocate of Puerto Rican independence from Spain. He was the son of Andrés Ferrer Rivera, who was from Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, and of Maria Zenon/Venina/Zenoa Hernandez Lanzo, who was from the Canary Islands, Spain. Miguel’s great-grandmother Monserrate was from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, and was the daughter of Agustín Otero-Martinez and María Francisca De Las Mercedes Navedo-Córdova.

Miguel’s paternal grandmother was María Providencia del Carmen Cintrón y Cintrón (the daughter of José Vicente Cintrón y Bardeque and Elvira Cintrón y Cintrón). María Providencia del Carmen was from Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. José was the son of Faustino Cintrón. Elvira was the daughter of Isidoro Cintrón and Laureana Cintrón.

Miguel’s paternal grandfather was Andrew Joseph Clooney (the son of Andrew B. Clooney and Crescentia/Cynthia Koch). Miguel’s grandfather Andrew was born in Kentucky. Miguel’s great-grandfather Andrew was the son of Nicholas Clooney and Bridget Byron, who were Irish emigrants, with Nicholas being from Windgap, County Kilkenny. Crescentia was born in Ohio, the daughter of ethnic German parents, Joseph Henry Koch, from Prussia, and Margaret Fehler, from Lorraine, France.

Miguel’s paternal grandmother was Marie Frances Guilfoyle (the daughter of Michael Joseph Guilfoyle and Martha Adelia/Delia “Ada” Farrow). Marie Frances was born in Kentucky. Michael was the son of Cornelius/Con Guilfoyle, from Tipperary, Ireland, and of Rosanna/Roseanna “Rose” Sweeney, whose parents were Irish, her father from Laois and her mother from Kilkenny. Martha was the daughter of Samuel Tully Farrow and Ellin Breckenridge “Ella” Vanden.

Sources: Genealogies of Miguel Ferrer – https://old.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Miguel’s father – https://www.wikitree.com

Marriage record of Miguel’s paternal grandparents, Rafael Ferrer y Otero and María Providencia del Carmen Cintrón y Cintrón – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Miguel’s paternal great-aunt, Monserrate “Monsita” Ferrer Otero – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Miguel Ferrer (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

Notations on Miguel’s Irish ancestry – http://www.eneclann.ie

Genealogy of Miguel’s mother (through his cousin George Clooney) – https://famouskin.com

Miguel’s maternal great-grandmother, Crescentia/Cynthia Koch, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

9 Responses

  1. peekaboo mewmew-ricans says:

    He was a light Hispanic with the typical exotic non-white features the ——- nose was the most evident trait. He was the cousin of George Clooney, another Hispanic but a standard dark passes off as white.

  2. NOTREALLY says:

    Catalan should be added, Ferrer is a Catalan occupational surname + his ancestry from Mallorca since Mallorcans are mainly of Catalan descent

  3. Freerk says:

    Just looked at “Crossing Jordan” during the last weeks. He had by far the best role, him alone worth watching the series.


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