Roger E. Mosley, a TV and film star well-known for his role on Magnum P.I. as helicopter pilot Theodore “T.C.” Calvin, has died. He was 83.
Mosley’s daughter, Ch-a Mosley, confirmed his passing in a Facebook statement on Sunday.
“Roger E. Mosley, my father, your friend, your ‘coach Mosley’ your “TC” from Magnum P.I., passed away at 1:17am,” she wrote on social media. “He was surrounded by family as he transcended peacefully.”
Ch-a stated that her family and she “could never mourn such an amazing man,” and that her father “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,” she added. “I will care for mommy, your love of almost 60 years. You raised me well and she is in good hands. Rest easy.”
According to Ch-a, her father passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from injuries suffered in a car crash in Lynwood, California, just days before.
In a previous Facebook post on Saturday, she stated that her father was “paralyzed from the shoulders down” due to a “major car accident.”
Roger, who was born on December 18, 1938, went on to star on the original Magnum P.I. from 1980 to 1988. According to TVLine, he appeared in 158 of the show’s 162 episodes, opposite Tom Selleck, the show’s lead.
Roger appeared on several television shows, such as Love Boat, Night Gallery, Sanford and Son, Kung Fu, Night Court, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Rude Awakening, Las Vegas, and Fact Checkers Unit, to mention a few.
His filmography includes The Mack, Hit Man, Sweet Jesus, Preacherman, Darktown Strutters, and The River Niger, among others. He also appeared in movies like McQ, The Greatest, Semi-Tough, Heart Condition, and Pentathlon.
Roger E. Mosley has passed away at the age of 83. ‘TC Calvin’ from 'Magnum P.I.' and much more in a career spanning some five decades. RIP…pic.twitter.com/oFbPoSlYFt— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 7, 2022
Roger E. Mosley, who portrayed Theodore “T.C.” Calvin, the helicopter pilot and buddy of Tom Selleck’s character on all eight seasons of the original #MagnumPI, died Sunday at 83 https://t.co/XTivRjQ37U pic.twitter.com/cCqyQRDcpj— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 7, 2022
RIP Roger E. Mosley, actor best known for his role as TC on ‘Magnum PI’. He was in many films and shows played Coach Ricketts on ‘Hangin With Mr. Cooper’ and Smitty in ‘A Thin Line Between Love and Hate’ pic.twitter.com/Fjj769jeNB— Ave (@SebastianAvenue) August 7, 2022
Actor Roger Earl Mosley— Little Italy Fotografia📷 (@LittleItalyPics) August 7, 2022
(Dec.18, 1938 – Aug.7, 2022)
Rest in Peace 💔 pic.twitter.com/ijKLR6L5xM
R.I.P. to actor Mr Roger E. Mosley, a wonderful actor. I grew up seeing Mr Mosley play tennis at Poinsettia Park in West Hollywood, CA. He was like family. I was honored to play his son Bryant on TV’s Magnum P.I. My prayers and condolences to Mr Mosley’s family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/GlucYxlMPq— Shavar Ross (@shavar) August 7, 2022