January 19, 2017, Prescott-
Miguel Ferrer died today. He was well-known for roles in “The Stand”, “Crossing Jordan” and, most recently, “NCIS-Los Angeles”. The last is where I best knew his work, as the irascible Owen Granger, right-hand man to Unit Director Henrietta Lange (Linda Hunt) and father figure to three of the team members. I have had a suspicion that Granger was to be written out of the script, (no further spoiler alert), due to Mr. Ferrer’s cancer having taken a turn for the worse, of late. Now, this is all moot.
In watching television shows, I tend to root for the people in the background, hoping they will come forward and show their strengths. Granger was an on-screen booster of background players, like Eric Christian Olsen’s Marty Deeks and Renee- Felice Smith’s Nell Jones. I get the sense that Miguel Ferrer chose this sort of persona, that his own life was spent encouraging young people to play to their hidden strengths, to never sell themselves short. As this is how I have chosen to spend my own life, his performances have been a well-polished mirror.
RIP, Miguel, and may Owen Granger’s counsel live on.