John Hillerman passes

| November 10, 2017

Bobo sends us the sad news that John Hillerman, best known for his role in the television show Magnum PI as Thomas Magnum’s antagonist Jonathon Higgins has passed at the age of 84. He also made an appearance in the cult classic Blazing Saddles as Howard Johnson;

Like most of his generation, he was a veteran. Hillerman spent four years in the Air Force between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, leaving as a sergeant working in maintenance in a B-36 wing of the Strategic Air Command in Fort Worth, Texas. He says that the boredom of barracks life inspired him to become an actor.

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  1. Carlton G. Long says:

    RIP, Higgins.

  2. Sj says:

    Blazing Saddles a “Cult”? HARRUMPH
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN99jshaQbY

  3. AnotherPat says:

    Graybeard, Eden and other TAH Texans:

    John Hillerman was also a Texan, born in Denison and attended the University of Texas at Austin.

    Rest in Peace, SGT Hillerman. Thank you for serving our country.

    • Graybeard says:

      I saw that, too AP. Kinda funny how a ol’ boy from Denison can play a snob character.

      I bet he learned it from how some folks reacted to him being a small-town Texas boy.

    • Weekend Warrior in Texas says:

      I saw him on some talk show (maybe Johnny Carson), and he said he was from Weatherford TX. Maybe because people would not know where Denison is.

    • Eden says:

      Did not know that! Rest in Peace, SGT Hilleman!

  4. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    His character Higgins and his Doberman Pinschers were fun to watch, R.I.P. SGT Hillerman.

  5. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    RIP Higgy Baby.

  6. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace Sgt. Hillerman.

    I always got a kick out of him playing one of his illegitimate half siblings on Magnum.

  7. just some feller says:

    Good bye Jonathan Quayle Higgins III, VC, formerly sergeant major, Yorkshire Regiment, Baron of Perth.

    JSFeller

  8. IDC SARC says:

    RIP