John Hillerman, ‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor, dead at 84

(CNN)Actor John Hillerman died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Houston, Texas, his publicist, Lori De Waal, stated. He was 84 years old. Hillerman was famous for his Emmy Award-winning work from the long-running detective series “Magnum, P.I.”

Hillerman’s most acclaimed work was at the use of Jonathan Higgins from the popular 1980s detective comedy-drama “Magnum, P.I.” Playing the repressed and paternalistic foil to Tom Selleck’s titular character gained Hillerman an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1987 along with a Golden Globe Award that same year.
Hillerman produced his film debut in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Last Picture Show” in 1971, before scoring roles in movies such as Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon,” Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” and Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown.”
    Hillerman majored in journalism at the University of Texas and attained the rank of sergeant during a stint in the Air Force, before moving from Texas into New York City to pursue a career in acting.
    Hillerman went on to make one hundred appearances on the small screen, De Waal said. The celebrity’s final appearance was in the 1996 film “A Very Brady Sequel.”

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