Roger E. Mosley, ‘Magnum P.I.’ Star, Dies At Age 83
“Magnum P.I.” star Roger E. Mosley has died at a Los Angeles hospital from injuries he sustained in a car accident last week. According to the Los Angeles Times, he was paralyzed in a car accident on Thursday.
‘Coach Mosley’ from Magnum P.I. passed away at 1:17 am,’ his daughter Ch-a Mosley wrote on Facebook of her father, Roger E. Mosley.
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“He was surrounded by family as he transcended peacefully. We could never mourn such an amazing man. He would HATE any crying done in his name. It is time to celebrate the legacy he left for us all. I love you, daddy. You loved me too. My heart is heavy, but I am strong. I will care for mommy, your love of almost 60 years. You raised me well, and she is in good hands. Rest easy.”
Roger E. Mosley Dies At 83
Cannon and Longstreet, according to IMDB, paved the way to success in 1971 with minor roles in both shows. He appeared in the 1973 film “Terminal Island” alongside future castmate Tom Selleck. In the biopic “The Greatest,” he portrayed Muhammad Ali’s archrival Sonny Liston (1977).
In the 1980s and ’80s, his career took off as Theodore “T.C.” Calvin, a charter helicopter pilot who aided Magnum on cases with his Vietnam War buddy. It has also been reported that Mosley also wrote and directed an episode.
Mosley took his role as an African-American actor seriously and acted accordingly. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he told Ebony in 1982 that the show kept “writing for me to smoke and drink, but I won’t do it. On the show or in real life, I never get high, smoke, or drink. In my opinion, that’s not what I want to expose my children to.”
According to IMDB, he appeared in two episodes of the “Magnum” reboot in 2019 and 2021 as John Booky.
One-off appearances in series like “Las Vegas” and “The District” have occurred over the past decade or so.
@GottaLaff Sad News: Actor Roger E. Mosley dies at age 83. He was best known as Tom Selleck sidekick in Magnum P.I.
— Mike Vanriel (@MikeVanriel2) August 7, 2022
The Los Angeles Times reported that Mosley was raised in the Watts district of LA and also coached high school track there.
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