Frank Sinatra, in his last major acting role (he planned to appear on "Magnum, P.I." again the following season, but Tom Selleck's scheduling conflicts forced the producers to cut back the episodes ...
Thomas Sullivan Magnum, IV is an ex-Navy "NIA" (ONI) Captain and Vietnam Special Ops veteran who resigned his commission at age 33 because he never got to be 23. On the beautiful Hawaiian islands, Magnum is a P.I. who enjoys life, his buddies and friends and who works just hard enough to keep it real. Written by
John Hillerman was born in 1932, making him 7 years old when World War II began and 13 when it ended. Higgins is thought to have been born in c.1920. Hillerman is only 6 years older than Roger E. Mosley, who was born in 1938.
Mosley's character T.C. was said to have graduated college in 1968 and then enlisted in the US Marine Corps. Mosely is 7 years older than Tom Selleck and 9 years older than Larry Manetti.
Despite the age gaps of Selleck, Mosley and Manetti, all three of their characters were the same age. In the episode 'Straight and Narrow', T.C says he is the same age as Magnum, who was most likely born in 1946. In 'Death of the Flowers', it is made explicit that Rick was 12 years old in 1958, making him the same age as the other two. This would make Magnum, T.C. and Rick 'Baby Boomers'. See more »
[Magnum is trying to tell one women why another is in his room]
It would take a 1930's movie to explain this and I bear no resemblence to Myrna Loy.
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...that I would bash this show. Well I can't. How could one forget Magnum's psychic link when he went to England or when he gets stranded on the island that doesn't welcome visitors or the all time worst one: the Ivan and Cookie episode. Ugh, for years just saying "cookie" with a Russian accent would make me laugh. Yeah, the episodes that were marked serious were pretty bad but the light-hearted ones more than made up the difference. Magnum's trip to L.A., the treasure hunt, Higgins and Magnum's feud, Magnum as a hotel detective, the P.I. award that didn't matter to him because he wanted to solve the murder of the French detective that he didn't even like, were great stories. That last episode was particularly good as a lot of the more fun guest stars of the past participated. Candy Clark's Leslie should get special mention as the best of all the guest stars as the hooker that means well but doesn't listen to anyone. As for the regular cast: all good, although Larry Manetti sometimes came across a little amateurish. But this would have meant nothing if the main star wasn't any good. And Tom Selleck was good. He makes me believe that Magnum can look at a video of T.C.'s kidnapped daughter and figure out where she is being held from the reflection of an apartment building in the glass behind her. Yes, Tom Selleck's performance is what makes me watch Magnum P.I. whenever I get the chance.
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