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John Hillerman (1932–2017)


The impeccably urbane Englishman Jonathan Quayle Higgins III (VC !) -- Tom Selleck's sophisticated majordomo in Magnum, P.I. (1980) -- was of French, German and Austrian descent, raised in a small Texas town and educated at a Catholic high school. He majored in journalism from the University of Texas, enlisted in the Air Force and spent the period... See full bio »

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(age 84) in Houston, Texas, USA

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Known For

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I. Higgins / Father Paddy McGuinness / Sam Caldwell / Sir Fearing Pangborn
(1980-1988)
Chinatown
Chinatown Yelburton
(1974)
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles Howard Johnson
(1974)
Paper Moon
Paper Moon Deputy Hardin / Jess Hardin
(1973)

Filmography

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 1996 A Very Brady Sequel
Dr. Whitehead
 1993 Berlin Break (TV Series)
John J. MacKenzie
 1986-1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Edgar Greenstreet / Jonathan Higgins
- Murder on Madison Avenue (1992) ... Edgar Greenstreet
- Magnum on Ice (1986) ... Jonathan Higgins
 1990-1991 Valerie (TV Series)
Lloyd Hogan
- Isn't It Romantic? (1991) ... Lloyd Hogan
- Ho, Ho, Hogans (1991) ... Lloyd Hogan
- A Family Affair (1991) ... Lloyd Hogan
- A Sneaking Suspicion (1991) ... Lloyd Hogan
- The Best of Friends, Worst of Times (1990) ... Lloyd Hogan
 1990 Hands of a Murderer (TV Movie)
Dr. John Watson
 1989 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Francis Commarty
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Sir Francis Commarty
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Sir Francis Commarty
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Sir Francis Commarty
 1988 Street of Dreams (TV Movie)
Raymond Kepler
 1980-1988 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Higgins / Sam Caldwell / Sir Fearing Pangborn / ...
- Resolutions: Part II (1988) ... Higgins
- Resolutions: Part I (1988) ... Higgins
- Transitions (1988) ... Higgins
- Legend of the Lost Art (1988) ... Higgins
 1987 Assault and Matrimony (TV Movie)
Cyril
 1984 Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link (Video short)
The Host
 1984 Up the Creek
Dean Burch
 1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV Movie)
Maury Paul
 1982 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Jonathan Higgins
- Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend (1982) ... Jonathan Higgins
 1982 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
Monocle
- Tales of the Gold Monkey: Part 2 (1982) ... Monocle
- Tales of the Gold Monkey: Part 1 (1982) ... Monocle
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Rich Man - The French Revolution
 1976-1980 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Mr. Connors
- The Amarillo Connection (1980) ... Mr. Connors
- Connor's Crisis (1980) ... Mr. Connors
- Old Horizons (1980) ... Mr. Connors
- Et tu, Ann? (1979) ... Mr. Connors
- The Traveling Salesperson (1977) ... Mr. Connors
 1980 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Sturbridge
- Pack (1980) ... Sturbridge
 1980 Nobody's Perfect (TV Series)
 1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series)
William Whitney
- Diamonds Aren't Forever (1980) ... William Whitney
 1980 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Victor Sutter
- Cruise at Your Own Risk (1980) ... Victor Sutter
 1980 Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (TV Movie)
Paul Harrison
 1980 Marathon (TV Movie)
Greg
 1980 Young Maverick (TV Series)
McBurney
- Makin' Tracks (1980) ... McBurney
 1980 Soap (TV Series)
Minister
- Episode #3.12 (1980) ... Minister
 1979 Sunburn
Webb
 1979 Beane's of Boston (TV Movie)
John Peacock
 1979 Institute for Revenge (TV Movie)
Voice of I.F.R. (uncredited)
 1978-1979 Flying High (TV Series)
Richter / Herron
- Ladies of the Night (1979) ... Richter
- Fear of Cheesecake (1978) ... Herron
 1978 Betrayal (TV Movie)
Victor Slavin
 1978 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Sterling Murdock
- Harriet's Happenings (1978) ... Sterling Murdock
 1978 A Guide for the Married Woman (TV Movie)
Marvin
 1976-1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Nelson Bodine / Donald Blair
- A Stranger in His Grave (1978) ... Nelson Bodine
- Man on Fire (1976) ... Donald Blair
 1977-1978 The Betty White Show (TV Series)
John Elliot
- The Stunt Woman (1978) ... John Elliot
- Play Misty for John (1978) ... John Elliot
- Fletcher's Decision (1977) ... John Elliot
- Joyce's Wedding (1977) ... John Elliot
- Joyce, the Matchmaker (1977) ... John Elliot
 1977 Kill Me If You Can (TV Movie)
George Davis
 1977 Relentless (TV Movie)
Major Leo Hargit
 1977 Audrey Rose
Scott Velie
 1977 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Dr. Augustus Hamilton
- Licensed to Kill (1977) ... Dr. Augustus Hamilton
 1976 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Conrad Steigler
- Wonder Woman vs Gargantua (1976) ... Conrad Steigler
 1976 Serpico (TV Series)
Raoul Christie
- Rapid Fire (1976) ... Raoul Christie
 1976 The Invasion of Johnson County (TV Movie)
Major Walcott
 1975-1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Simon Brimmer
- The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman (1976) ... Simon Brimmer
- The Adventure of the Black Falcon (1976) ... Simon Brimmer
- The Adventure of the Pharaoh's Curse (1975) ... Simon Brimmer
- The Adventure of Veronica's Veils (1975) ... Simon Brimmer
 1975 Lucky Lady
McTeague
 1975 The Bob Crane Show (TV Series)
Dean Harrington
- The Son of the Campus Capers (1975) ... Dean Harrington
 1975 The Day of the Locust
Ned Grote
 1972-1975 Mannix (TV Series)
Norman Thompson / J.H. Morell / Larry Lawton
- Search for a Dead Man (1975) ... Norman Thompson
- Silent Target (1973) ... J.H. Morell
- Light and Shadow (1972) ... Larry Lawton
 1975 At Long Last Love
Rodney James
 1974 The Law (TV Movie)
Thomas Q. Rachel
 1974 Chinatown
Yelburton
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Mark Gallant
- The Only Way Out (1974) ... Mark Gallant
 1974 The Nickel Ride
Carl
 1974 The Last Angry Man (TV Movie)
Tree Inspector
 1974 Blazing Saddles
Howard Johnson
 1974 Maude (TV Series)
Drunk
- The Commuter Station (1974) ... Drunk
 1973 The Naked Ape
Psychiatrist
 1973 Paper Moon
Deputy Hardin / Jess Hardin
 1973 High Plains Drifter
Bootmaker
 1972 The Outside Man
Department Store Manager
 1972 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Morris Ridley
- The Wizard (1972) ... Morris Ridley
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
Adrian Weems
- Once Upon a Chilling (1972) ... Adrian Weems
 1972 Skyjacked
Walter Brandt
 1972 The Great Man's Whiskers (TV Movie)
Major Underwood
 1972 The Carey Treatment
Jenkins
 1972 What's Up, Doc?
Hotel Manager
 1971 Honky
 1971 Sweet, Sweet Rachel (TV Movie)
Medical Examiner
 1971 The Last Picture Show
Teacher
 1971 Lawman
Totts
 1970 They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
Reporter (uncredited)
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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Magnum, P.I. (1980) co-star Tom Selleck] The biggest boy scout in America.

Trivia:

Retired in Texas. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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