Subject: John Hillerman, Higgins on "Magnum, P.I.," Dies at 84
The Texan played the stuffy (but lovable) character on the Tom Selleck
starrer, winning an Emmy in 1987, and appeared in 'Chinatown' and
John Hillerman, the actor who made a career out of playing snooty
types, including Tom Selleck's fastidious estate caretaker Jonathan
Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., died Thursday. He was 84.
Hillerman, who received four Emmy nominations in consecutive years for
portraying Higgins and won in 1987, died at his home in Houston, family
spokeswoman Lori De Waal told the Associated Press. She said the cause
of death had not been determined.
His Higgins character was a natural extension of a part he played on
the TV detective show Ellery Queen: Simon Brimmer, a radio personality
and affected gent who fancied himself a savvy sleuth. Ironically,
Hillerman, who often played condescending characters with more than a
touch of the Tory Brit