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Friday, November 10, 2017

John Hillerman, a Texas-born actor best remembered as the stuffy English foil Higgins to Tom Selleck's freewheeling private detective on the hit 1980s television series "Magnum, P.I.," died Nov. 9 at his home in Houston. He was 84. A spokeswoman, Lori De Waal, said the cause of death has yet to be determined. Hillerman was a theater stalwart and versatile Hollywood character actor before becoming a household name as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., which aired on CBS from 1980 to 1988.





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I thought he was 84 in 1988. He played a great role. RIP John.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-10 07:27 AM | Reply

Nicely played.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-11-10 08:23 AM | Reply

He had one of the funniest lines in Blazing Saddles, unrepeatable in today's world. I use to watch Magnum PI all the time in which he was perfectly cast and nicely rewarded with an Emmy and a Golden Globe. RIP

#3 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2017-11-10 09:25 AM | Reply

Higgins, Shut UP!

#4 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-10 10:39 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Higgins, Shut UP!


I knew exactly, EXACTLY, what scene you were linking to -- LOL

Great show, great character, and tremendous job by Hillerman.


Jonathon Quayle Higgins III, Sergeant-Major
Yorkshire Regiment
Victoria Cross recipient
Her Majesty's Armed Forces
British Secret Service / MI6

#5 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-10 01:09 PM | Reply

Higgy-Baby = "Oh My God !" ... www.youtube.com [0:32]

RIP Bro, you were EFFING awesome!

#6 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-10 01:15 PM | Reply

Hillerman was from Texas, something one might not guess considering his Emmy-winning portrayal as a "British butler" running Robin Masters Estate.


He is perhaps best remembered for his role as former British Army Sergeant Major Jonathan Higgins in Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988), for which he learned an English accent by listening to a recording of Laurence Olivier reciting Hamlet.

He considered Higgins his favorite role, and described the character in a 1988 interview as "think[ing] he's the only sane character [in the show], and everyone else is stark raving mad."

Awesome ~

#7 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-10 01:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pinchaloaf, this is the episode that "Higgins, Shut up!" is from: "J. 'Digger' Doyle", Season 1, Episode 17


I remember seeing it the first time as a kid in '81 and laughing myself into a bronchial attack.

Always thought Magnum was cool...even to the point of growing a bushy orange moustache from age 19 on and never shaving it off since.

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-10 08:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My favorite Magnum PI episodes ...

Never Again... Never Again -- great episode
The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii
Missing in Action
Lest We Forget -- great episode
The Curse of the King Kamehameha Club
J Digger Doyle -- great episode
Dead Man's Channel
From Moscow to Maui -- great episode
The Elmo Ziller Story -- great episode
Almost Home
Luther Gillis File #521 -- great episode
Distant Relative
Squeeze Play -- great episode
Operation Silent Night -- great episode
The Return of Luther Gillis
The Kona Winds
Going Home

Here's a great exchange between Magnum and Higgins while Higgins and Agatha reenact one the Battle of Britain's most brilliant aerial dogfights in preparation of the Queen's jubilee -- Higgins is command of the RAF while Agatha graciously accepted the thankless job of taking the Nazis side ... www.youtube.com

Effing hilarious !!!

#9 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-11 07:58 AM | Reply

Per the first video at the top of the thread ...

Jonathon Quayle Higgins III, Sergeant-Major
Yorkshire Regiment
Victoria Cross recipient
Her Majesty's Armed Forces
British Secret Service / MI6
PhD -- Mathematics

#10 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-11 08:06 AM | Reply

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