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