‘Magnum, P.I.’ Actor Dies At 83 After A Car Crash

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Last week, actor Roger E. Mosley was involved in a car crash. He later died at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday August 7, 2022. The cause of death was related to injuries from the car crash. He was 83 years old.

Mosley’s daughter, Ch-a Mosley, announced her father’s death in a touching post on Facebook. She wrote, “Roger E. Mosley, my father, your friend, your “coach Mosley” your “TC” from Magnum P.I., passed away at 1:17am. 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.”

More than 900 people commented on Ch-a Mosley’s post. She later posted an update sharing how much “the outpouring of love” means to her.

Mosley was both an actor and director. He is best known for his role as Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin on the show “Magnum, P.I.” He also acted on shows including “You Take the Kids,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “Rude Awakening,” “FCU: Fact Checkers Unit,” and on the “Magnum, P.I.” reboot in 2019 as John Booky.

Back in 1982, Mosley spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why his portrayal of TC Calvin was so important. He explained, “They (the Magnum writers) keep writing for me to smoke and drink, but I won’t do it. I never get high, smoke or drink on the show or in real life. That’s not what I want Black kids to see.” 

Watch the video below for more about Mosley’s life and death.

Mosley’s agent never thought “Magnum, P.I.” would become a hit. Mosley remembered his agent telling him, “It’s starring this guy Tom Selleck. Tom Selleck has made about five pilot shows … and none of them has sold. So here’s what you do, Roger: Sign up for the show, go over to Hawaii, they’ll treat you good for the 20 days it will take to shoot the [pilot], you’ll get a lot of money, and then you come home. A show with Tom Selleck always fails, and you’ll be fine.” His agent was definitely wrong. The show was a hit.

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