The actor is best known for starring alongside Tom Selleck in the hit action series Magnum PI
Actor Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role in Magnum PI, has died.
The 83-year-old was involved in a car accident in August that left him paralyzed and in critical condition.
His death was announced on Facebook by his daughter Ch-a Mosley on Sunday 7 August.
In a heartfelt tribute, she said, “We could never mourn the loss of such an amazing man.”
Here’s everything you need to know about Richard E. Mosley and how he died.
Who Was Roger E Mosley?
Mosley was an actor best known for his role as helicopter pilot Theodore Calvin (TC) on Magnum PI
Born Roger Earl Mosley, the 83-year-old grew up with his mother Eloise at the Imperial Courts Project in Los Angeles.
A wrestler and swim coach, he began acting at a local art school and was discovered when a director from Universal came to talk to students about sacrifice.
Mosley challenged the director for his comments on “ketchup sandwiches” and was invited to visit Universal Studios.
He made his screen debut in 1971 and had a successful career working with actors such as John Wayne, James Earl Jones, Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck.
His acting career includes roles on acclaimed series such as Starsky and Hutch, Walker, Texas Ranger and A Thin Line Between Love & Hate.
Who did he play in Magnum PI?
Mosley played the role of helicopter pilot Theodore Calvin (TC) in Magnum PI created by Donald Bellisario and Glen A. Larson.
The actor starred opposite Selleck in the popular adventure drama from 1980 to 1988 in over 150 episodes.
His character TC knew Selleck’s character Thomas Magnum from Vietnam and owned a helicopter company called Island Hoppers in Oahu, Hawaii.
He often jumped in to help Magnum and got him out of trouble with the help of his helicopter.
According to Mosley, Selleck recommended him for the role after the pair performed together at Terminal Island in 1973.
In an interview with Jim Conlon, Mosley recounted a conversation he had with his agent about the role.
Mosley said his agent told him, “This guy’s starring is Tom Selleck. Tom Selleck has done about five pilot shows and none of them have sold. So Roger, here’s what you do: Sign up for the show, go to Hawaii, they treat you well for the 20 days it’s going to take to shoot the pilot, you get a lot of money, and then you come home. A show with Tom Selleck always fails, and you’ll be fine.”
Mosley added, “Well, 8 1/2 years later.”
How did he die?
Mosley died three days after a car accident at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
His daughter Ch-A posted about her father’s condition on Facebook.
On Saturday, August 6, she shared that he had “fought hard,” but on Sunday, August 7, she confirmed the actor had passed away.
The car accident had left Mosley paralyzed and in critical condition, but the exact cause of death was not disclosed.
Mosley is survived by his wife Antoinette Laudermick and their three children.
What honors did he receive?
His death was announced in a Facebook post by his daughter, Ch-A Mosley.
In a heartfelt tribute, she said: “We could never mourn the loss of such an amazing man. He would HATE any crying on his behalf. It’s time to celebrate the legacy he left for all of us. I love you daddy. you loved me too My heart is heavy but I am strong. I will take care of mom, your love of almost 60 years. You raised me well and she is in good hands. Sleep calmly.”
Actor Richard Brooks also took to social media to offer his condolences to the family.
In a tweet, he said, “We lost another great actor and another legend today.”
Adding: “I have so enjoyed working with Roger. He really came through for me when I was producing my first track. He was the best.”