Magnum, PI actor Roger E Mosley dies aged 83
Roger E. Mosley, who played the helicopter pilot and Tom Selleck’s friend Theodore “TC” Calvin on all eight seasons of Magnum, PI, died Sunday at the age of 83. He became a household name after starring in a popular TV show that won him Emmy Award.
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The actor, who was known as the star of 1973’s The Mack, died from injuries due to a car accident three days ago. His daughter Ch-a Mosley told the Hollywood Reporter.
Mosley’s most prominent film role was as blues and folk singer Huddie Ledbetter in the 1976 biopic Leadbelly, which included one of Roger Ebert’s highest praises for a biography of a musician.
Roger Earl Mosley was born on December 18, 1938, in the Imperial Courts project in Los Angeles. He grew up in Watts with his mother, Eloise.
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After earning a theater degree from the Mafundi Institute in Watts, he began appearing in small roles in The New Centurions and Hickey & Boggs. He played the titular Magnum, PI in 158 of his 162 episodes which aired between December 1980 and May 1988.
The white actor Gerald McRaney was set to play the part of TC Calvin, a private helicopter charter pilot who often flew Tom Selleck’s Thomas Magnum around Hawaii for various cases.
Production needed a person of color for the main cast, which also included Larry Manetti and John Hillerman. Selleck had suggested Mosley based on their previous film together, Terminal Island (1973).
“Daddy” Angelo Romano would not approve of crying in his wake. But it’s a time to remember one of the great men the world has ever seen. His daughter wrote on Facebook that “he would hate any crying done in his name.” Let’s celebrate the legacy he left for us all. I love you, daddy. I loved you too!
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