Roger E. Mosley, who played helicopter pilot Theodore T.C. Calvin in the CBS television series Magnum P.I., died early Sunday morning. He was 83 years old at the time. At this moment, no further official information about Mosley’s death is available.
Mosley’s daughter, Ch-a, confirmed his death in a tribute post on her Facebook page.
“Roger E. Mosley, my father, your friend, your ‘coach Mosley’ your ‘TC’ from Magnum P.I., passed away at 1:17am,” she wrote. “He was surrounded by family as he transcended peacefully. We could never mourn such an amazing man. He would hate any crying done in his name. It is time to celebrate the legacy he left for us all. I love you daddy. You loved me too. My heart is heavy but I am strong. I will care for mommy, your love of almost 60 years. You raised me well and she is in good hands. Rest easy.”
The actor was most recognised for his portrayal of Magnum P.I. alongside Tom Selleck in the original 1980s series. Mosley appeared in 158 episodes and appeared as the barber of the character he created, T.C., in the show’s revamped 2018 CBS season.
Mosley, who was born in Los Angeles on December 18, 1938, grew up in Watts and attended Jordan High School. In 1971, he made his film debut in Canon and Longstreet, playing minor roles. He later appeared in Terminal Island as Monk, starring Phyllis Davis and his soon-to-be co-star Selleck.
Mosley first appeared on Magnum, P.I. in the late 1970s as Theodore T.C. Calvin, a helicopter pilot who ran a tourist charter company named Island Hoppers. His figure frequently appears with Lawrence Francis Manetti’s Orville ‘Rick’ Wright. Mosley also directed and created an original series episode.
Mosley’s partner Toni Laudermick and three children survive him.