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'Magnum, P.I.' actor John Hillerman dead aged 84

John Hillerman was best known for his 'Magnum P.I.' role of Higgins, a foil to Tom Selleck's titular character Thomas Magnum.

The late John Hillerman (second from left) with his Magnum P.I. co-stars, including Tom Selleck (right). Picture: @LarryManetti

LOS ANGELES - Magnum, P.I. star John Hillerman has died of natural causes aged 84, his publicist has said.

The actor, who portrayed Jonathan Higgins in the long-running TV series Magnum, P.I., passed away on Thursday at his home in Houston, Texas.

According to CNN, his publicist Lori De Waal said he died of natural causes.

Hillerman was best known for his Magnum P.I. role of Higgins, a foil to Tom Selleck's titular character Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living in Hawaii.

In 1987, Hillerman was handed an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, and also a Golden Globe gong in the same year for his portrayal of the snooty, but likeable, character.

He received a total of five Golden Globe nominations for his part in the series, which aired on US TV network CBS from 1980 to 1988.

Hillerman also starred in long-running CBS sitcom One Day at a Time, The Betty White Show, and appeared in episodes of Hawaii Five-O in 1976 and Murder, She Wrote in 1992, before retiring from acting in 1999.

The veteran actor made his big screen debut in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show in 1971, and went on to feature in several big films, including Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter and Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles.

His final movie was 1996's A Very Brady Sequel alongside Shelley Long, Gary Cole and Tim Matheson.

During his early years, he served four years in the US Air Force, where he progressed to the rank of sergeant but later moved from Texas to New York City to pursue his acting dream.

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