John Hillerman

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John Hillerman
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Hillerman and Betty White, 1977.
BornJohn Benedict Hillerman
(1932-12-20) December 20, 1932 (age 81)
Denison, Texas, USA
 
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John Hillerman
Betty white show 1977.jpg
Hillerman and Betty White, 1977.
BornJohn Benedict Hillerman
(1932-12-20) December 20, 1932 (age 81)
Denison, Texas, USA

John Benedict Hillerman (born December 20, 1932) is an American actor, known for his starring role as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on the television show Magnum, P.I.

Personal life[edit]

Hillerman was born in Denison, Texas, the son of German Americans Christopher Benedict Hillerman, a gas station owner, and Lenora Joan (née Medlinger).[1][2] His father was the grandson of immigrants from Germany and France. His mother was the daughter of immigrants from Austria and Germany. Young Hillerman grew up in Denison and attended St. Xavier's Academy.

After graduation, he attended the University of Texas at Austin for three years where he majored in journalism.[3] In 1953, he joined the United States Air Force, serving for four years and achieving the rank of Sergeant. During his years of military service, he worked with various theatrical groups, and on his discharge he moved to New York City to study at the American Theatre Wing. In 1957, he began his career in professional theater as the resident juvenile at the Chautauqua Playhouse in Middleton, Ohio.

Hillerman has been a long-time bachelor, saying "When I was a young struggling actor I couldn't afford a wife. And now I'm so set in my ways at the age of 44 no woman would live with me". However, in the 1970s, Hillerman had an actress girlfriend who shared his distaste of marriage.[4] He now stays away from the spotlight and irregularly attends events.[5] Hillerman retired in 2009, and now resides in his home state of Texas.[6]

Career[edit]

Hillerman appeared on Broadway in 1959 and worked in live performances in a variety of venues before making his motion picture debut in 1970. He had roles in such noteworthy films as The Last Picture Show (1971), What's Up, Doc? (1972), High Plains Drifter (1973), Paper Moon (1973), Blazing Saddles (1974), and Chinatown (1974). His other roles include Lucky Lady (1975), At Long Last Love (1975), and a small appearance in the comedy film Up the Creek (1984).

In 1975, he was a co-star in Ellery Queen as Simon Brimmer, a radio detective who hosted a live radio show and tried to outsmart Ellery Queen (Jim Hutton). From 1976 to 1980, he had a recurring role as Mr. Conners on the television series One Day at a Time, and he co-starred as Betty White's ex-husband on the short-lived The Betty White Show in 1977.[citation needed]

He is probably best remembered for his role as former British Army Sergeant Major Jonathan Quayle Higgins III ("Higgins") on the television series Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988). Hillerman learned to do the English accent of Higgins by watching and listening to the performances of Laurence Olivier.[citation needed]

In 1982 John Hillerman played in the T.V. pilot of Tales of the Gold Monkey, where he played a German villain by the name of "Fritz the Monocle".

In 1984, he hosted the David Hemmings - directed puzzle video Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link. In 1990, Hillerman returned to television to perform for one season as Lloyd Hogan in the series The Hogan Family. That same year, Hillerman portrayed Dr. Watson to Edward Woodward's Sherlock Holmes in Hands of a Murderer.

In 1993, he appeared in Berlin Break for one season. He played the role of Mac Mackenzie, a former spy and currently the proprietor of "Mac's", a bar in West Berlin considered to be neutral territory during the Cold War. He teamed up with two jobless spies as investigators: Valentin Renko (Nicholas Clay), an ex-KGB agent, and Willy Richter (Kai Wulff), an ex-BND (West German secret service) operative. The show also featured Jeff MacKay (who played "Mac" MacReynolds in Magnum P.I.).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Globe Award

YearNominated workCategoryResult
1982Magnum, P.I.Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TVNominated[7]
1984Magnum, P.I.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated[8]
1985Magnum, P.I.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated[9]
1986Magnum, P.I.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated[10]
1987Magnum, P.I.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesWon[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1970They Call Me MISTER TibbsReporterUncredited
1971LawmanTots
1971Sweet, Sweet RachelMedical ExaminerTelevision film
1971The Last Picture ShowTeacher
1972What's Up, Doc?Hotel Manager Kaltenborn
1972The Carey TreatmentJenkins
1972The Great Man's WhiskersMajor UnderwoodTelevision film
1972SkyjackedWalter Brandt
1972The Outside ManManager
1973The Thief Who Came to DinnerEdmund Lasker
1973High Plains DrifterBootmaker
1973Paper MoonDeputy Hardin/Jess Hardin
1973The Naked ApePsychiatrist
1974Blazing SaddlesHoward Johnson
1974The Nickel RideCarl
1974ChinatownYelburton
1974The LawThomas RachelTelevision film
1975At Long Last LoveRodney James
1975The Day of the LocustNed Grote
1975Lucky LadyMcTeague
1977Audrey RoseScott
1979SunburnWebb
1984Up the CreekDean Burch
1989Gummibärchen küßt man nichtPadre
1990Hands of a MurdererDr. John WatsonTelevision film
1996A Very Brady SequelDr. Whitehead

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972The Sixth SenseAdrian WeemsEpisode: "Once Upon a Chilling"
1972MannixLarry LawtonEpisode: "Light and Shadow"
1973MannixJ. H. MorellEpisode: "Silent Target"
1974MaudeDrunkEpisode: "The Commuter Station"
1974KojakMark GallantEpisode: "The Only Way Out"
1975MannixNorman ThompsonEpisode: "Search for a Dead Man"
1975The Bob Crane ShowDean HarringtonEpisode: "The Son of the Campus Capers"
1975–1976Ellery QueenSimon Brimmer8 episodes
1976SerpicoRaoul ChristieEpisode: "Rapid Fire"
1976Hawaii Five-ODonald BlairEpisode: "Man on Fire"
1976Wonder WomanConrad SteiglerEpisode: "Wonder Woman vs Gargantua"
1976–1980One Day at a TimeMr. Connors6 episodes
1977DelvecchioDr. Augustus HamiltonEpisode: "Licensed to Kill"
1977–1978The Betty White ShowJohn Elliott14 episodes
1978Hawaii Five-ONelson BodineEpisode: "A Stranger in His Grave"
1978Little House on the PrairieSterling MurdockEpisode: "Harriet's Happening"
1979The Love BoatEd Hartnett2 episodes
1980SoapMinisterEpisode: "3.12"
1980Young MaverickMcBurneyEpisode: "Makin' Tracks"
1980Hart to HartVictor SutterEpisode: "Cruise At Your Own Risk"
1980Tenspeed and Brown ShoeWilliam WhitneyEpisode: "Diamonds Aren't Forever"
1980Lou GrantSturbridgeEpisode: "Pack"
1980–1988Magnum, P.I.Jonathan Higgins158 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1983, 1985, 1987-88)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1984-86)
1982Tales of the Gold MonkeyMonocle2 episodes
1982Simon & SimonJonathan HigginsEpisode: "Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend"
1983The Love BoatManfredEpisode: "The Last Case"
1986Murder, She WroteJonathan HigginsEpisode: "Magnum on Ice"
1989Around the World in 80 DaysSir Francis Commarty3 episodes
1990–1991The Hogan FamilyLloyd Hogan13 episodes
1992Murder, She WroteEdgar GreenstreetEpisode: "Murder on Madison Avenue"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Hillerman Biography". filmreference.com. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Sheff, David (April 18, 1983). "The Lean Years Are Over for John Hillerman, Who's Finding a Magnum of Success in Hawaii". people.com. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Quttman, Monika (June 17, 1987). "'Higgins' Not Really British". Tribune Media Services. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Scott, Vernon (October 14, 1977). "John Hillerman Enjoys Being A Bachelor". Boca Raton News. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "‘Las Vegas’ will seem like a ‘Magnum, P.I.’ reunion". lasvegassun.com. August 10, 2007. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Potts, Kim (December 10, 2010). "'Magnum P.I.' Cast: Where Are They Now?". aoltv.com. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "IMDb profile". Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nominees/Winners". emmys.com. 1984. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nominees/Winners". emmys.com. 1985. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nominees/Winners". emmys.com. 1986. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Nominees/Winners". emmys.com. 1987. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 

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