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'Magnum, PI' actor John Hillerman dies at 84

'Magnum, PI' actor John Hillerman dies at 84

The actor, who also appeared in Roman Polanski's "Chinatown", and "Blazing Saddles", died of natural causes at his home in Houston, Texas, said Lori de Waal, without adding further details.

Award-winning actor John Hillerman, best known as Jonathan Higgins, the sidekick to TV's Magnum P.I.

Hillerman's nephew remembered his uncle fondly, saying: 'He had an outstanding sense of humor and was one of the most well-read people I ever met. "You couldn't play Scrabble with him", Tritico told The AP. Higgins was the landlord for Tom Selleck's private investigator Thomas Magnum.

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Hillerman is survived by his sister Jo Ann Tritico, his seven nieces and his nephew, Chris.

Before being playing the manager of Magnum's home estate in Hawaii, Hillerman starred in some of the biggest films of the 1970s - including Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show and Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter. Hillerman played the caretaker of the resort out of which Magnum operated.

The Denison, Texas had recurring roles on "One Day at a Time, "The Betty White Show", "The Love Boat" and "The Hogan Family". It ran from 1980 until 1988 and earned Hillerman an Emmy as best supporting actor. He also won a Golden Globe for the role in 1982, one of five times he was nominated for the Globe.

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