Roger E. Mosley passed away early on Sunday. He was most remembered for playing Theodore “TC” Calvin, a helicopter pilot, in the CBS television series “Magnum P.I.” Age-wise, he was 83. There are currently no other facts available regarding Mosley’s passing.
A memorial post on her Facebook by Mosley’s daughter served as confirmation of the news of his passing.
She wrote, “Roger E. Mosley, my father, your friend, ‘coach Mosley,’ ‘TC,’ from Magnum P.I., passed away at 1:17am.” “He softly crossed over while surrounded by family. Such a magnificent man could never be mourned. Any wailing made in his honor would make him angry. It is time to honor the legacy he has left for all of us. I cherish you, Daddy. You also adored me. Although my heart is heavy, I am strong. Your nearly 60-year love, mommy, will be taken care of by me. She is in wonderful hands, thanks to the way you raised me. Take it easy.
The actor was well-known for his co-starring role with Tom Selleck in the first season of “Magnum P.I.” in the 1980s. In all, Mosley appeared in 158 episodes of the sitcom and made a cameo appearance as T.C.’s barber in the show’s 2018 CBS relaunch.
Mosley, who was born on December 18, 1938, in Los Angeles, was raised in Watts and attended Jordan High School. He made his acting debut on the big screen in 1971 by taking on small roles in “Canon” and “Longstreet.” He later played Monk alongside Phyllis Davis and his soon-to-be co-star Selleck in the film “Terminal Island.”
Mosley began his career on “Magnum, P.I.” as Theodore “T.C.” Calvin, a helicopter pilot who ran a tour company named “Island Hoppers,” after playing a series of parts in the late 1970s. He frequently shared the screen with Lawrence Francis Manetti’s Orville “Rick” Wright. A first-season episode was written and directed by Mosley as well.
Mosley appeared on a number of other television programs in addition to “Magnum, P.I.,” including “Love Boat,” “Night Gallery,” “Sanford and Son,” “Kung Fu,” “Kojak,” “McCloud,” “The Rockford Files,” “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “You Take the Kids,” “Night Court,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” “Walker,” “Texas Range
For his work on Blaxploitation movies including “The Mack,” “Hit Man,” “Sweet Jesus,” “Preacherman,” “Darktown Strutters,” and “The River Niger,” Mosley is recognized in the film industry. Additionally, he portrayed one of the lead parts in Michael Mann’s feature debut, the 1979 television movie “The Jericho Mile.”
Mosley leaves behind his three children, Toni Laudermick, and his partner.