The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that actor John Hillerman, an actor best known as the majordomo of the Robin Masters estate on TV’s Magnum P.I. with Tom Selleck in the 1980’s, has died.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Hillerman, who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck's freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the 1980s TV series Magnum, P.I., has died, his nephew said Thursday. Hillerman was 84.
Hillerman, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, nephew Chris Tritico said.
Besides playing manager of the Hawaiian estate that Magnum used as home base, Hillerman was known for his 1970s roles as arrogant radio show detective Simon Brimmer on the Ellery Queen series and the difficult boss on the sitcom One Day at a Time.
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During the early 80’s when Vietnam veterans were mostly portrayed as killers and nuts, Magnum P.I. offered up three decent and well-adjusted Vietnam veterans; Thomas Magnum, T.C. and Rick. John Hillerman portrayed a veteran of World War II.