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 »
Magnum P.I. was the best series of the early eighties. Sometimes the stories were weak (too often, especially in the 2nd season), and the acting hokey, and in the first season the production values were laughable.
However, if it had even an ok storyline, the performances of TC, Rick, Higgins and especially Tom Selleck would emanate with charm, humor, and often believable action.
However, what was most memorable (especially for me, stuck on a horrifyingly dreary school routine), were the open seas, the open skies and general tropical landscape. And of course most importantly, every week a crime or mystery would be solved.
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