Magnum P.I. star Roger E. Mosley, who played the role of helicopter pilot Theodore “T.C.” Calvin, died Sunday at the age of 83, the actor’s family said in a statement.

Roger’s daughter, Ch-a Mosley, said that her father 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,” she wrote on Facebook.

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Finishing the tribute, she said, “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.” 

Mosley was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eloise Harris. He never knew his father. He grew up in the Imperial Courts public housing in the Watts neighborhood. For high school, Mosley attended Jordan High School.

Mosley was a series staple in Magnum, P.I., which ran between 1980 and 1988. He starred opposite Tom Selleck in the CBS TV show.

In 1974, Mosley founded the Watts Repertory Company.

In addition to his work on Magnum, P.I., Mosley appeared in several hit TV shows such as Love Boat, Night Gallery, Sanford and Son, Kung Fu, Kojak, McCloud, The Rockford Files, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Starsky and Hutch, You Take the Kids, Night Court, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Walker, Texas Ranger, Rude Awakening, Las Vegas and Fact Checkers Unit. 

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Mosley’s most prominent film role was his 1976 Leadbelly, a biography of the musician directed by Gordon Parks.

In an article in the November 1982 issue of Ebony magazine, Mosley said that this was his favorite role.

Stephen Hill, who played T.C. in the new series, said, “It is truly an honor for us to welcome an original cast member of Magnum, P.I.; one who embodied the role of T.C. with such thoughtful and dignified talent.”

Mosley played a cameo role in the new Magnum P.I. series in 2018 and 2021.

Mosley was married to Antoinette Laudermick. He had three children.

On August 4, 2022, he was involved in a car accident in Lynwood, California. He died Sunday from his injuries at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.