‘Magnum, P.I.’ ac­tor Hiller­man dies at 84

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - By Lynn Elber

LOS ANGELES» John Hill er­man, who played stuffed-shirt Hig­gins to Tom Sel­leck’s free­wheel­ing de­tec­tive Thomas Mag­n­u­min 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 at his home in Hous­ton, nephew Chris Tritico said. The cause of death was not im­me­di­ately known, he 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.”

When Hiller­man de­cided to re­tire about 17 years ago, the ac­tor born in Deni­son, Texas, re­turned to his na­tive state, his nephew said.

Hiller­man used some­thing closer to his own voice in Mel Brooks’ “Blaz­ing Sad­dles,” play­ing Howard John­son, one of the comic Western’s many John­sons..


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