‘Mag­num P.I.’ ac­tor John Hiller­man dies at age 84

The Standard Journal - - OBITUARIES - By Lynn El­ber As­so­ci­ated Press Tele­vi­sion Writer

LOS AN­GE­LES — 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 to the As­so­ci­ated Press. Hiller­man was 84.

Hiller­man, who had been in de­clin­ing health, died 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.”

When Hiller­man de­cided to re­tire about 17 years ago, the ac­tor born in Deni­son, Texas, re­turned to his na- tive state and was con­tent leav­ing Hol­ly­wood be­hind, said his nephew. He re­mem­bered his un­cle, an Air Force vet­eran, fondly.

“He had an out­stand­ing sense of hu­mor and was one of the most well-read peo­ple I ever met. You couldn’t play Scrab­ble with him,” Tritico said.

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