Roger E. Mosley, 'Magnum, P.I.' actor, dies at 83 after a car crash


Actor Roger E. Mosley arrives on the red carpet for The Ernest Borgnine Pre-Oscar Party at Universal Studios in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010. Mosley died at the age of 83 on Aug. 7, 2022.

Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role on the action crime series “Magnum, P.I.,” has died. He was 83.

Mosley died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday as a result of injuries he sustained in a car accident in Lynwood, California, on Thursday, Mosley’s daughter Ch-a Mosley confirmed to USA TODAY. 

Born in LA on Dec. 18, 1938, to Eloise Harris, Mosley grew up in the Imperial Courts public housing in Watts. The actor made his television debut on the crime drama “Longstreet” in 1971 and starred in a number of films throughout the ’70s, including the crime drama “Hit Man,” the blaxploitation flick “The Mack” and the John Wayne drama “McQ.”

But Mosley never left the world of television behind, appearing in series such as “Kojak,” “The Rockford Files,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” “Sanford and Son,” “Kung Fu,” and “The Love Boat.” 

His showbiz breakthrough, however, came in 1980 when he scored the role of helicopter pilot Theodore “TC” Calvin on “Magnum, P.I.,” which starred Tom Selleck and John Hillerman.

The cast of "Magnum, P.I." (from left), Roger E. Mosley, Tom Selleck and Larry Manetti, are seen backstage at the TV Land Awards on April 19, 2009.

The representation Mosley’s “Magnum, P. I.” character provided to the Black community was important to the LA native.

“They (the Magnum writers) keep writing for me to smoke and drink, but I won’t do it,” Mosley told Ebony in a 1982 interview, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I never get high, smoke or drink on the show or in real life. That’s not what I want Black kids to see.” 


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