Texas-born John Hillerman, who has died aged 84, is best remembered playing a plummy English estate manager in the popular 1980s TV series Magnum PI. As Jonathan Quayle Higgins III he was the stuffy foil to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling private detective.
Hillerman was a theatre stalwart who had proved himself a versatile Hollywood character actor before achieving household name as Higgins – in Britain as well as the US. The rather posh accent, which he learned from listening to recordings of Laurence Olivier reciting Hamlet, convinced many in Britain that he was from these shores.
Hillerman recalled his pain at disappointing