Roger E. Mosley, Best Known for Starring in “Magnum, P.I.,” Dies at 83 After Car Crash in California

Actor Roger E. Mosley, shown in 2010, is best known for his role as helicopter pilot Theodore “T.C.” Calvin on “Magnum, P.I.” In addition to later acting roles, he was also a high school track and field coach in the Monrovia Unified School District. (Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic)

Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role on the action crime series “Magnum, P.I.,” has died. He was 83.

Mosley died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday as a result of injuries he sustained in a car accident in Lynwood, California, on Thursday, Mosley’s daughter Ch-a Mosley confirmed to USA TODAY.

Born in LA on Dec. 18, 1938, to Eloise Harris, Mosley grew up in the Imperial Courts public housing in Watts. The actor made his television debut on the crime drama “Longstreet” in 1971 and starred in a number of films throughout the ’70s, including the crime drama “Hit Man,” the blaxploitation flick “The Mack” and the John Wayne drama “McQ.”

But Mosley never left the world of television behind, appearing in series such as “Kojak,” “The Rockford Files,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” “Sanford and Son,” “Kung Fu,” and “The Love Boat.”

His showbiz breakthrough, however, came in 1980 when he scored the role of helicopter pilot Theodore “TC” Calvin on “Magnum, P.I.,” which starred Tom Selleck and John Hillerman.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Edward Segarra