Early on Sunday morning, Roger E. Mosley passed away. On the CBS detective program Magnum, P.I., he played the part of helicopter pilot Theodore “TC” Calvin, for which he was best known. He was 83.
His daughter Ch-a Mosley, who confirmed the news on Facebook, said that he was accompanied by family as he peacefully transitioned.” A man this great could never be lamented by us. He would hate any tears shed in his honor.”
“The legacy he has left for all of us deserves to be honored. I loved you, Daddy. And you loved me. Despite my heavy heart, I am a strong person. I’ll take care of your nearly 60-year love, mom. She is in wonderful hands, and you raised me well. Rest Easy”.
Although there was no indication of a cause of death, the actor was recently involved in a car accident, which left him paralyzed from the shoulders down and in serious condition, according to a post made by his daughter early on Saturday morning.
For the entire eight-year run of the first Magnum P.I., from 1980 to 1988, Mosley played the title role. In 158 of the 162 episodes, he costarred with Tom Selleck.
In the episode, Mosley’s persona operated a helicopter company and frequently gave Magnum rides across Hawai’i to assist him to avoid danger. Later, in 2019, the actor made a cameo appearance in the rebooted series, but as a different character named John Booky.
He also appeared on shows like 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, in addition to Magnum P.I.