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
Thomas Magnum resigns from the US Navy in 1979 after 12 years of service. He says it was because he had turned 33 without ever being 23. He then takes up work as a private investigator, later moving into the guest-house at Robin's Nest at the behest of playboy author Robin Masters in 1980, where he also serves as security consultant at the estate in exchange for living there rent-free and the use of Robin's Ferrari 308 GTS.
There are conflicting dates for Magnum's birthday, with dates being given ranging from 1944-47. 1946 would seem to the most likely year of birth, based on Magnum's being 33 in 1979. Magnum was a Navy SEAL in the Vietnam War and later served in Naval Intelligence ('NIA'/ONI) after a spell in a VA hospital. Magnum had lost his younger half-brother in the war and had also believed he had also lost his wife Michelle, who would later make a few appearances on the show. See more »
I loved watching this show in the '80's as a teenager and still love watching it today. Every time a cable station picks it up for syndication, I'm a devoted viewer. Sometimes I'm even surprised by not recognizing a particular episode. Like today on A&E, they aired the 'The Legend of the Lost Art' episode which I don't think I've ever seen. The show never did lose it's edge with great humor, story lines, beautiful scenery, and not to mention wonderful actors. I don't think they'll ever be a detective show that will compare. I hope it lives on in syndication forever.
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