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Roger Mosley

Eloise Harris


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Full Name
Roger Earl Mosley

December 18, 1938 (

Movies and TV shows
Magnum - PI, Unlawful Entry, The Mack, A Thin Line Between Love and, Leadbelly

Similar People
Larry Manetti, John Hillerman, Tom Selleck, Jeff MacKay, Donald P Bellisario

August 7, 2022 (aged 83) Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Years active

Toni Laudermick (1976–2022)

91 kg

Eye Colour
Dark Brown

Hair Colour

School Name
Jordan High School


Net Worth
$3 Million (As of 2022)

Roger Earl Mosley (December 18, 1938 – August 7, 2022) was an American actor, director and writer best known for his role as the helicopter pilot Theodore "T.C." Calvin in the television series, Magnum, P.I..


Larry Manetti, Tom Selleck, and Roger E. Mosley accept the Hero Award for "Magnum P.I." onstage at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards

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Roger E. Mosley Honored @ Crenshaw LIVE! 5/30/2018


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Mosley was born in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in the Imperial Courts public housing with his mother Eloise Harris in Watts. In 1974, he founded the Watts Repertory Company.

Roger E. Mosley smiling while wearing a black t-shirt, black cap, bracelet and necklace while Larry Manetti wearing blue long sleeves

Mosley was a licensed private helicopter pilot in real life, but when on the set of Magnum P.I. he was not allowed to do his own stunts. A pilot wearing a body stocking with muscles would be used instead. In 2013 at the HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, a ceremony for the restored MD 500D helicopter was held. Both Mosley and fellow Magnum P.I. co-star Larry Manetti autographed the nose of the helicopter.


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Mosley appeared as Monk in Terminal Island (1973). Other actors in the feature were Phyllis Davis, Don Marshall, Ena Hartman and Tom Selleck. Selleck would later become Magnum P.I.. His most prominent film role to date was his 1976 starring turn as the title character in Leadbelly, directed by Gordon Parks. In an article in the November 1982 issue of Ebony magazine, it was reported that this was his favorite role.

Roger E. Mosley smiling while at the 2009 TV Land Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre and wearing a black coat, blue long sleeves, and necktie

He appeared in Magnum, P.I. as Tom Selleck's friend and a helicopter pilot who operates his own tourist charter Island Hoppers from 1980-1988. He appeared in season five of Las Vegas as the billionaire friend of Montecito owner A.J. Cooper (Tom Selleck).

He also guest-starred on shows such as Night Court, Starsky and Hutch, Kojak, The Rockford Files, Baretta, and Sanford and Son; he also played a role in Roots: The Next Generations. He made a memorable appearance in the 1973 film The Mack, as the militant brother of the main character Goldie. He appeared in other blaxploitation films including Hit Man (1972), Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973), Darktown Strutters (1975) and The River Niger (1976). His other film credits include McQ (1974) with John Wayne, The Greatest (1977, as Sonny Liston), Semi-Tough (1977), Heart Condition (1990) and Pentathlon (1994). He also starred in Hangin' With Mr. Cooper (1992-1993) as Coach Ricketts in a recurring role with comedian/actor Mark Curry, and in A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996) with Martin Lawrence, Bobby Brown, and Lynn Whitfield.

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2019 Magnum P.I. (2019-2021 TV Series)
John Booky
- The Day Danger Walked In (2021)
- A Kiss Before Dying (2019)
2010 FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (TV Series)
Grandpa Faison
- Fact Master (2010)
- Gilfanator (2010)
- Fear of Flying (2010)
- Blonde on Blonde (2010)
- The Rider (2010)
- Turn Up the Heater with Jon Heder (2010) - SPF 125 (2010)
- Paranormal Factivity (2010)
2007 Las Vegas (TV Series)
- When Life Gives You Lemon Bars (2007)
2003 What Should You Do? (TV Series)
- Episode #2.12 ... Kidnapper
2003 The District (TV Series)
Temple's Father
- Bloodlines (2003)
2001 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Mudcat Burrell
- Like No Business I Know (2001)
2000 Hammerlock
Sgt. James Hammer
2000 Good vs Evil (TV Series)
- M Is for Morlock (2000)
1999 Rude Awakening (1999-2000 TV Series)
Milton 'Milt' Johnson
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Fred Carter
- Justice Delayed (2000)
1998 Letters from a Killer
1996 Women: Stories of Passion (TV Series)
- The Boxer (1996)
1996 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
1996 In the House (TV Series)
- To Die For (1996)
1994 RoboCop (TV Series)
Frank Uno
- Ghosts of War (1994)
1994 Sinbad (TV Series)
Sgt. Al Beckley
- Adoption: Part 2 (1994)
1994 Pentathlon
John Creese
1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992-1993 TV Series)
Coach Ricketts - A Moving Experience (1993) - The Unteachables (1993) - Boyz in the Woodz (1993) - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1993) - Forbidden Fruit (1993) - Miracle in Oaktown (1992) - Torn Between Two Teachers (1992) - Warriors: Part 2 (1992) - Warriors: Part 1 (1992) - Please Pass the Jock (1992)
1992 Unlawful Entry
Officer Roy Cole
1991 Night Court (TV Series)
Eugene Westfall
- Puppy Love (1991)
- My Life as a Dog Lawyer (1991)
1990 You Take the Kids (1990-1991 TV Series)
Michael Kirkland - Bad Boy (1991) - What I Did for Love (1991) - Fishes Are Like Sisters... You Can't Flush Them Without Feeling Guilty (1991) - The Eggs & I (1990) - Merry Christmas to All and a Pointy Hat to You (1990) - Pilot (1990) ... Michael Kirkland
1990 American Playhouse (TV Series)
- Zora Is My Name! (1990)
1990 Heart Condition
Captain Wendt
1980 Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988 TV Series)
Theodore 'TC' Calvin / Paul Robeson / Brutus Jones
1987 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Jeffrey T. Gilbert
- Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? (1987)
1986 Danger Bay (TV Series)
Hari Mubaru
- The Leopard's Spots (1986)
1981 The White Lions
John Kani
1980 Pray TV (TV Movie)
Willie Washington / Leroy Washington
1980 Stone (TV Series)
- What Do You People Want from Me? (1980)
1980 Attica (TV Movie)
Frank Green
1980 Paris (TV Series)
Royal Pratt
- Fitz's Boys (1980)
1979 Steel
1979 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (TV Movie)
Bailey Sr.
1979 The Jericho Mile (TV Movie)
Cotton Crown
1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini Series)
Lee Garnet
- Part II (1896-1897) (1979) ... Lee Garnet
1977 Starsky and Hutch (1977-1979 TV Series)
Big Red McGee / The Baron
- Huggy Can't Go Home (1979)
- The Set-Up: Part 2 (1977)
1978 The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (TV Series)
- The Runaway (1978)
1978 Cruise Into Terror (TV Movie)
1978 The Other Side of Hell (TV Movie)
Jim Baker
1977 Semi-Tough
Puddin Patterson Sr.
1977 Big Time
1977 The Greatest
Sonny Liston
1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Electric Larry
- Dirty Money, Black Light (1977)
1976 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Bosworth Hawkins
- Numbers (1976)
1976 Drum
1976 Stay Hungry
1976 The River Niger
Big Moe Hayes
1976 Leadbelly
Huddie Ledbetter
1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
- Dead Heat (1975)
1975 Baretta (TV Series)
Det. Rudy Davis
- Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth (1975)
1975 Darktown Strutters
1975 McCloud (TV Series)
- Return to the Alamo (1975)
1975 Switch (TV Series)
- Las Vegas Roundabout (1975)
1975 That's My Mama (TV Series)
Doc Green
- The Hero (1975)
1974 Kojak (TV Series)
- You Can't Tell a Hurt Man How to Holler (1974)
1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
- In Uncertain Bondage (1974)
1974 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Ben Driscoll
- A String of Puppets (1974)
1974 McQ
1973 Knuckle-Men
1973 Sweet Jesus, Preacherman
Holmes / Lee
1973 The Mack
1972 Hit Man
1971 Night Gallery (1971-1972 TV Series)
Prisoner / Second Askari (segment "Logoda's Heads")
- Finnegan's Flight (1972)
- The Different Ones/Tell David.../Logoda's Heads (1971)
1972 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Norman Blood
- Blood Is Thicker Than Junk (1972)
1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
Mover / 2nd Guard
- Through a Flame Darkly (1972) ... Mover (uncredited)
- Witness Within (1972) ... 2nd Guard
1972 Hickey & Boggs
1972 The New Centurions
Truck Driver
1972 The Living End (TV Movie)
Henry (as Roger Mosley)
1971 Cannon (TV Series)
- Death Is a Double-Cross (1971)
1971 Longstreet (TV Series)
Prison Guard
- The Shape of Nightmares (1971)
1984 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
- Dream a Little Dream (1984)
1986 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Missing Melody (1986) ... (written by)
Additional Crew
1977 Big Time (production assistant)
2014 The Nicole Barrett Show (TV Series)
- Silver Spur Awards, Trip to Bountiful (2014)
2011 Mama & Me (Documentary)
Self (voice)
2010 Way Black When (TV Special)
2009 The 7th Annual TV Land Awards (TV Special)
2009 Entertainment Tonight (TV Series)
- Episode dated 20 April 2009 (2009)
2007 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Tom Selleck: More Than Magnum (2007)
2001 I Love 1980's (TV Series documentary)
- I Love 1981 (2001)
1990 Match Game (1990-1991 TV Series)
Self - Panelist
1989 An Evening at the Improv (TV Series)
Self - Host
- Episode #4.11 (1989)
1988 Jumble (TV Special)
1987 Super Password (1987-1988 TV Series)
Self - Celebrity Contestant
1987 The New Hollywood Squares (TV Series)
Self - Panelist
- Episode #1.171 (1987) ... Self - Panelist
1987 The 8th Annual Black Achievement Awards (TV Special)
1983 Ebony/Jet Showcase (1983-1986 TV Series)
- Episode dated 19 September 1986 (1986)
- Episode dated 24 April 1983 (1983)
1986 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 21 July 1986 (1986)
1984 Body Language (1984-1985 TV Series)
1983 The $10,000 Pyramid (1983-1985 TV Series)
Self - Celebrity Contestant
1983 The $25,000 Pyramid (1983-1985 TV Series)
Self - Celebrity Contestant
1984 The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special)
Self - Presenter
1984 Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (TV Series)
Self - Panelist
1983 The 4th Annual Black Achievement Awards (TV Special)
1982 The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special)
Self - Presenter
Archive footage
2002 Mackin' Ain't Easy (Video documentary short)
2000 Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (TV Movie documentary)
Huddie Ledbetter
1993 Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (TV Movie documentary)


On August 4, 2022, Mosley was involved in a car accident in Lynwood, California, becoming paralyzed from the shoulders down. He died three days later from his injuries at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 83.


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