John Hillerman, ‘Magnum, P.I.’ Actor, Dies At 84


John Hillerman, the US actor who shot to fame as snooty English caretaker, Higgins, in Tom Selleck’s ’80s TV series Magnum PI, has died at the age of 84.

Hillerman’s publicist said he died of natural causes on Thursday at his home in Houston, Texas.

Born in 1932, Hillerman started out on stage before landing small roles in such ’70s classics as The Last Picture Show, Blazing Saddles, and Chinatown.


But he is best known for Magnum, which won him a Golden Globe and an Emmy.


Hillerman beat several British actors to the Higgins role, which he once called “the best gig I’ve ever had”.

He proved so convincing that he once received a fan letter from the UK describing him as “a credit to the Empire”.

New Straits Times

“I hate to disappoint you, but I’m a hick from Texas,” he would write back to fans who assumed he was British.

Hillerman — who also appeared on “The Love Boat,” “The Betty White Show,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “One Day at a Time” — received 4 Emmy nominations for … (TMZ)

The actor was last seen on screen playing a doctor in 1996 comedy A Very Brady Sequel.

Larry Manetti, who played bar owner Orville “Rick” Wright in Magnum, remembered Hillerman on Twitter as a “good friend”.

Others tweeted tributes using pictures of ‘Higgins’ with his loyal Doberman Pinschers, Zeus and Apollo.

(Source: BBC)

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