John Hillerman dies; Higgins in ‘Magnum, P.I.’


L. a. – John Hillerman, who performed stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum from the nineteen eighties Television set collection “Magnum, P.I.” has died, his nephew stated Thursday. Hillerman was 84.

Hillerman, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, nephew Chris Tritico said.

Apart from enjoying manager of your Hawaiian estate that Magnum utilised as home foundation, Hillerman was recognised for his 1970s roles as arrogant radio demonstrate detective Simon Brimmer within the “Ellery Queen” collection along with the tough boss on the sitcom “One Working day at a Time.”

When Hillerman chose to retire about 17 years in the past, the actor born in Denison, Texas, returned to his indigenous state and was content leaving Hollywood guiding, said his nephew. He remembered his uncle, an Air Force veteran, fondly.

“He had an impressive humorousness and was a single with the most well-read people I ever satisfied. You couldn’t enjoy Scrabble with him,” Tritico explained.

As for that quasi-British accent that Hillerman utilised on “Magnum” and elsewhere, his nephew claimed that was honed during a number of many years of enjoying varied roles over the New York stage before he turned to Television set and movies.

Hillerman employed something nearer to his have voice in Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” taking part in Howard Johnson, one particular with the comic Western’s quite a few Johnsons. He appeared inside a quantity of Television collection, such as “Valerie,” ”The Love Boat” and “The Betty White Exhibit,” and in films together with “The Previous Picture Show” and “High Plains Drifter.”

His previous credits involved 1996’s “A Incredibly Brady Sequel” and an early ’90s physical appearance on “Murder, She Wrote.”

The purpose of Higgins was his beloved, Tritico claimed.

“The reason he didn’t just take another big position is he refused to have a sitcom just after ‘Magnum,’” he explained. “He wanted to carry on carrying out the intense work that he felt ‘Magnum’ was.”

Hillerman’s survivors involve a sister, Jo Ann Tritico, and seven nieces and nephews together with Chris Tritico, a Houston lawyer.

At his ask for no services will be held, Chris Tritico reported.