Roger Earl Mosley was born on December 18, 1938, in the Imperial Courts project in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood, to a single mother, Eloise.
His first television appearance was on an episode of CBS’s Canon in 1971. He then had bit parts in The New Centurions and Hickey & Boggs. He studied acting at Watts unat community arts school. Between December 1980 and May 1988, he surfaced in 158 of the 162 episodes of Magnum, P.I.
He got the role in Terminal Island, in which he played “Monk”. Along with Mosley, the film also starred Phyllis Davis, Ena Hartman, and Tom Selleck, who would go on to star in the tv show Magnum, P.I.
In the 1976 Gordon Parks-directed biopic Leadbelly, which was about the musician, Mosley played the title role in a prominent film role. Mosley declared that this was his favorite role in an article in the November 1982 edition of Ebony. Mosley played an ad role in Magnum, P.I. for consecutive seasons.
He played chopper pilot Theodore “T.C.” Calvin, a friend of Tom Selleck and owner of Island Hoppers, a travel agency. He portrayed the billionaire friend of Montecito owner A.J. Cooper, played by Tom Selleck, in Season 5 of Las Vegas.
Again in 2019, Mosley reprised his role as Booky, T.C.’s barber, in the Magnum, P.I. reboot episode “A Kiss Before Dying.” Mosley has also shown up as a celebrity guest on tv shows such as Night Court, Kung Fu, Kojak, The Rockford Files, and Sanford and Son.
The Next Generations of Roots featured him as well. In addition, Mosley crafted an unforgettable appearance in the 1973 movie The Mack as Goldie’s militant brother. Other blaxploitation films he appeared in included Hit Man (1972), Preacherman (1973), Darktown Strutters (1975), and The River Niger (1976).
McQ, The Greatest, sunny Liston, Semi-Tough, Heart Condition, and Pentathlon are among Mosley’s other classic films. Additionally, he co-starred in the 1996 movie A Thin Line Between Love and Hate with Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield, and Bobby Brown.
He also ended up playing Coach Ricketts in the television series Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (1992–1993) alongside comedian and entertainer Mark Curry. Finally, between 1983 to 1985, he decided to make a week’s worth of appearances as a special guest on The $25,000 Pyramid.
His death has shocked all, and mournings pour in. Everyone remembers him as Beloved “coach” Remembrances to the actor have flooded social media, with fans expressing their condolences, love, and prayers to Roger E Mosley’s wife and family.
At the time of his passing, Roger E. Mosley had a $3 million net worth. He was an American actor, filmmaker, and co-writer, which earned him a decent salary in his career field. He has amassed enough fortune to live a lavish and comfortable lifestyle thanks to his sources of income.
The deceased actor was wed to Antoinette “Toni” Laudermilk, who serves as the president of the charitable organization Center For Life Long Learners. For nearly sixty years, the couple remained united.
He had three kids. Throughout his professional life, Roger E. Mosley kept his personal life private. Toni, his wife, did, however, make appearances with him at red carpet events and film festivals.
Mosely also had a knack for flying helicopters. Though he was a certified pilot, he was not allowed to fly one. For his role in Magnum P.I., a stunt double was used to fly the chopper.
It’s funny how his stunt double wore a fake muscle suit to mimic Mosely’s rod body! The restored M.D. 500D helicopter was honored at the 2013 HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. Both Larry Manetti and fellow Magnum, P.I. co-star Mosley imbued their signatures on the helicopter’s nose.
Mosley lived a healthy life and abstained from substance abuse. He didn’t smoke, drink, or did drugs and insisted that his character in Magnum P.I. also be portrayed as such. It showed his integrity in both his personal and professional life.
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