John Hillerman, Higgins in ‘Magnum, PI,’ dies at 84

John Hillerman’s (right) character Higgins appeared in eight seasons of ‘Magnum, PI’ one of the most popular shows during the 1980s. — Handout via AFP
John Hillerman’s (right) character Higgins appeared in eight seasons of ‘Magnum, PI’ one of the most popular shows during the 1980s. — Handout via AFP

LOS ANGELES, Nov 10 — John Hillerman, most famous for playing Higgins the snooty butler in Magnum, PI opposite Tom Selleck, died yesterday aged 84, his publicist said.

The actor, who also appeared in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Blazing Saddles, died of natural causes at his home in Houston, Texas, said Lori de Waal, without adding further details.

The Texan’s most famous role, which saw him work with a coach to lose his accent, was as sophisticated British butler Higgins alongside Selleck as relaxed private detective Magnum.

His character appeared in eight seasons of Magnum, PI one of the most popular shows during the 1980s.

The role won Hillerman — who also featured in Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat and Kojak — an Emmy and a Golden Globe. — AFP

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