Magnitude P.I. Mosley, best known for role as helicopter pilot, dies at 83

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Magnitude P.I. Mosley, best known for role as helicopter pilot, dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role as the helicopter pilot Theodore T.C. Calvin in the television series Magnum P.I. of CBS. Early Sunday morning, he died. He was 83 years old. There was no more information about Mosley's death.

Mosley's daughter confirmed the news of his death through a tribute on her Facebook.

Roger E. Mosley, my father, your friend, your coach Mosley, your TC from Magnum P.I. She passed away at 1: 17 am. He was surrounded by family as he peacefully transcended. 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. My heart is heavy, but I am strong. I will care for mommy, your love of almost 60 years. She is in good hands and you raised me well. The actor was well known for his role alongside Tom Selleck in the original 1980s series Magnum P.I. Mosley starred in 158 episodes and made a cameo in the show's rebooted CBS series of 2018 as the barber to the character he originated, T.C.

In 1971 he got his start in screen acting with small roles in Cannon and Longstreet. He went on to play Monk in Terminal Island, along with Phyllis Davis and his soon-to be co-star Selleck.

Mosley began his time in the late 1970s after a number of roles in the late 1970s on Magnum, P.I. Calvin was a helicopter pilot who operated a tourist charter business called Island Hoppers. His character appeared often alongside Orville Rick Wright, played by Lawrence Francis Manetti. Mosley wrote and directed an episode of the original series.

P.I. is also added to Magnum. Mosley also made appearances on the shows 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, Rude Awakening, Las Vegas and Fact Checkers Unit. Mosley is credited for his work on Blaxploitation films such as The Mack, Hit Man, Sweet Jesus, Preacherman, Darktown Strutters and The River Niger. He also played one of the main roles in the TV film The Jericho Mile in 1979, which was Michael Mann's feature debut.

Mosley is survived by his partner, Toni Laudermick, and three children.