Roger E. Mosley, who will always be remembered for his role on the hit television show, Magnum P.I., has passed away at the age of 83. His daughter, Ch-a, announced the sad news that Roger died from injuries he suffered during a car accident in Lynwood, California three days ago. She posted the following on Facebook to let Roger’s fans know the tragic news:
“Roger E. Mosley, my father, your friend, your ‘coach Mosley’ your ‘TC’ from Magnum P.I., passed away at 1:17am.”
She added that he was surrounded by family as he “transcended peacefully” and said, “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.”
Mosley’s most iconic character was Theodore “TC” Calvin on the popular television show Magnum P.I. He played the character opposite Tom Selleck from 1980 through 1988, but originally didn’t want the role for fear it would interrupt his film career. His agent convinced him to try out for the part:
“It’s starring this guy Tom Selleck. Tom Selleck has made about five pilot shows … and none of them have 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.”
And the rest is history.
Rest in peace, Roger. You will be missed!