John Hillerman, who played the stuffy (but lovable) character on the Tom Selleck starrer, winning an Emmy in 1987 TV series Magnum, P.I., has died.
Hillerman received four Emmy nominations in consecutive years for portraying Higgins and won in 1987. He had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Houston, nephew Chris Tritico said, He was 84.
Hillerman had roles in many top films, including such hits as Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974), where he played a chap named Howard Johnson, and Roman Polanski’s noir classic Chinatown(1974), as Russ Yelburton, deputy chief of the water department.
Hillerman also performed in High Plains Drifter (1973), Lucky Lady (1975), Audrey Rose (1977) and another Brooks’ film, History of the World: Part I (1981) and A Very Brady Sequel (1996).