How Did ‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor Roger E. Mosley Die? Car Accident and cause of death explained

According to a Facebook post made by his daughter Ch-a, Roger E. Mosley, a veteran actor best known for playing Theodore “T.C.” Calvin in “Magnum, P.I.,” passed away on Sunday morning. He was 83.

How Did ‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor Roger E. Mosley Die?

The character Theodore “TC” Calvin, a helicopter pilot, is Mosley’s most well-known one from the CBS drama “Magnum P.I.”

According to his daughter, veteran Hollywood actor Roger E. Mosley, best known for his portrayal of helicopter pilot Theodore “TC” Calvin on Magnum P.I., died on Sunday after suffering critical injuries in a “severe vehicle accident” that left him paralysed from the shoulders down.

Roger E. Mosley cause of death

Mosley apparently passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, after being “paralysed from the shoulders down” as a result of injuries he acquired in a car accident on August 4.

He passed away quietly while surrounded by family, Ch-a Mosley said online. “We could never be sad for such a wonderful man,”

Daughter Ch-a Mosley expressed her condolences

“He would HATE any sobbing done in his name,” she continued. It is time to honour the legacy he has left for all of us. I cherish you, Daddy. You also adored me.

Despite my heavy heart, I am a strong person. 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.

Actor Roger E. Mosley car accident

After the vehicle accident on August 4, Mosley was in a critical condition, but his daughter said that dad was “fighting hard” at the time. There were no more information regarding the crash available.

Mosley was involved in “a catastrophic vehicle accident that has left him paraplegic from the shoulders down,” she wrote in a previous post. She claimed that her father was continuously surrounded by family and friends and was “in a severe state but battling hard.”

Ch-a highlighted that her father enjoyed the little things and always had a bag of Starbucks gift cards with him to “present to individuals who’ve done well” in an updated post on Saturday.

She claimed that the programme had “had not broadcast since 1988 (though it remains in syndication). He continues to receive fan mail for his role as “TC.” People from all around the world have been inspired by him, and they continue to give him cards and other items for him to sign and autograph.”

Mosley, a native of Los Angeles who was up in Watts, graduated from Jordan High School and has spent decades working in the entertainment industry, appearing in dozens of movies and television programmes.

Roger E. Mosley wiki

Roger Earl Mosley, who was born on December 18, 1938, was brought up by his mother Eloise at the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts. He coached swimming in the area and wrestled in high school.

A director from Universal visited the Mafundi Institute, a community arts school in Watts, where Mosley was studying acting under Raymond St. Jacques, and he told the pupils, “I know actors who had to eat ketchup sandwiches,” according to a 1976 People article.

You have the gall to tell us to eat ketchup sandwiches for our art, Mosley yelled as he stood up. I am aware of individuals who survive by consuming ketchup sandwiches. Someone just give us a break.

The following week, Mosley was welcomed to the studio by the director.

Mosley had a brief part in The New Centurions (1972) and Hickey & Boggs after making one of his earliest on-screen appearances in 1971 on an episode of CBS’ Cannon (1972).

Later, he collaborated with John Wayne in McQ (1974), James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, and Louis Gossett Jr. in The River Niger (1976), and Burt Reynolds in Semi-Tough (1977) as football player Puddin Patterson Sr.

After appearing in Magnum, he played Milt Johnson on Showtime’s Rude Awakening, Coach Ricketts on ABC’s Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, and Nell Carter’s character in the CBS sitcom You Take the Kids. A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1994), Pentathlon (1994), Heart Condition (1990), and Unlawful Entry (1992) all featured him (1996).

How Did 'Magnum, P.I.' actor Roger E. Mosley Die? Car Accident and cause of death explained
How Did ‘Magnum, P.I.’ actor Roger E. Mosley Die? Car Accident and cause of death explained

Along with his numerous nieces and nephews, survivors also include his wife of nearly 60 years, Antoinette (“Toni”), son Brandonn, grandson Austin, and Rahsan.

Roger E. Mosley career

The actor co-starred with Tom Selleck in 158 episodes of “Magnum P.I.” on CBS during its initial run from 1980 to 1988. Later, he made a brief appearance as a different character in two episodes of the reboot.

He played the lead role in Gordon Parks’ 1976 biopic “Leadbelly,” which followed the career of folk musician Huddie Ledbetter. It was his favourite role, Mosley said to Ebony magazine in 1982, and soon after its release, he established Mo-Laud Productions to encourage the Black community to collaborate in developing more production firms to better represent voices.

Mosley’s television shows 

Mosley also starred in television shows like “Love Boat,” “Sanford and Son.” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Fact Checkers Unit” and others. “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” and “Unlawful Entry” are among the movies with these credits.

Before the CBS series was cancelled in 1988, Mosley co-starred with Tom Selleck in “Magnum, P.I.,” appearing in 158 episodes.

The revival, which premiered in 2018 and was cancelled in 2022 before being picked up again for two more seasons in July of that year, featured him again in a cameo appearance in an episode that year.

The Love Boat, Sanford and Son, Kung Fu, Kojak, The Rockford Files, Starsky and Hutch, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, and Walker, Texas Ranger were among the other television shows in which Mosley appeared.

He is survived by his three children and wife of nearly 60 years, Antoinette “Toni.”

Mosley was a licensed private helicopter pilot 

Mosley was a certified private helicopter pilot in real life (something the producers learned after he was recruited, he claimed), but he was not permitted to fly on the show.

T.C. was first depicted by the writers as the proprietor of a failing helicopter company, but Mosley resisted “being the only Black guy in Hawaii and being broke,” as he put it. And they turned around. They decided that I would be wealthy and Tom would be bankrupt, despite the fact that I was continuously saving him.

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In addition, Mosley gave his character traits like a degree from Grambling State University, a penchant for reading and poetry, and a lack of a social life.

In an interview with Ebony from 1982, he declared, “They [the Magnum writers] keep writing for me to smoke and drink, but I won’t do it.” I never do drugs, smoke, or consume alcohol in real life or on the show. I don’t want black children to watch that.

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