Roger E. Mosley, 'Magnum, P.I.' actor, died at the age of 83 in a car crash

Roger E. Mosley, 'Magnum, P.I.' actor, died at the age of 83 in a car crash

Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role on the action crime series "Magnum, P.I.," has died. He was 83.

Mosley died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday as a result of injuries he sustained in a fender bender in Lynwood, California, on Thursday, Mosley's daughter Ch-a Mosley confirmed to THEUSANEWSTIMES.COM

Brought into the world in LA on Dec. 18, 1938, to Eloise Harris, Mosley grew up in the Imperial Courts public housing in Watts. The actor made his television debut on the crime show "Longstreet" in 1971 and starred in a number of films all through the '70s, including the crime show "Hit Man," the blaxploitation flick "The Mack" and the John Wayne dramatization "McQ."

Yet, Mosley never left the universe of television behind, appearing in series, for example, "Kojak," "The Rockford Files," "Starsky and Hutch," "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams," "Sanford and Son," "Kung Fu," and "The Love Boat."

His showbiz breakthrough, however, came in 1980 when he scored the role of helicopter pilot Theodore "TC" Calvin on "Magnum, P.I.," which starred Tom Selleck and John Hillerman.

The representation Mosley's "Magnum, P. I." character provided to the Black community was important to the LA native.

"They (the Magnum writers) keep writing for me to smoke and drink, however I will not make it happen," Mosley told Ebony in a 1982 interview, per The Hollywood Reporter. "I never get high, smoke or drink on the show or in real life. That is not the very thing that I believe Black kids should see."

On social media Sunday, many shared affectionate memories of watching Mosley onscreen.

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