Life and career
Ferrero was born in Brockport, New York. He joined the California Actors Theater in
Los Gatos, California. In 1979, he moved to Los Angeles and began to act in Hollywood. He is widely remembered for his role as the ill-fated lawyer Donald Gennaro in
Jurassic Park (1993). He is also remembered as a regular on the 1980s TV series
Miami Vice for playing the comic relief character Izzy Moreno, an informant with a
malapropism infused Cuban accent and involved in a variety of outlandish business ventures. Less well known is that he appeared in the pilot episode as assassin Trini DeSoto. He also guest-starred on an episode of
Cheers ("Rescue Me", season 3), playing the role of an Italian waiter. In addition, he has appeared in
Get Shorty (1995),
Gods and Monsters (1998), and
The Tailor of Panama (2001).
As of 2008, Ferrero is a member of the Antaeus Company, a Los Angeles classical theater ensemble.
 In 2011, Ferrero reprised the role of Donald Gennaro in a
CollegeHumor parody of Jurassic Park.