John Hillerman

John Hillerman


12/20/1932, Denison, Texas, USA

Birth Name

John Benedict Hillerman


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John Hillerman began his career on Broadway in 1959, and made his motion picture debut in 1970 with a small, uncredited role in the film They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!. Although a number of film and television roles followed, Hillerman is most recognizable for the character of Jonathan…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • John Hillerman had a part in numerous films during his career, including: Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles and The History of the World part 1, Paper Moon, and A Very Brady Sequel.

    • John won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV in 1982 and was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV in 1983, 1985, 1987, and 1988, for his role as Higgins in Magnum P.I.

    • John was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 3 times, from 1984-1986, finally winning it in 1987, for his role as Higgins in Magnum P.I..

    • John was a board member of the National Smokers Alliance, founded as a grassroots non-profit organization in 1993, and exposed as a fraud in 1997, as being a front group for the Phillip Morris tobacco company.

    • John served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-1957 and attained the rank of Sergeant.

    • He is 5' 7" tall

    • Now retired, living in Texas.

    • His middle name is Benedict. He was known to his family as "Jackie Ben."

    • In addition to playing Jonathan Higgins on Magnum, P.I., he guest starred as Higgins on three other shows: Quantum Leap in 1990 (through archive footage), Simon & Simon in 1982, and Murder, She Wrote in 1986.

    • He retired from show business in 2000.

    • He was wrongly reported as having died in 1996.

    • He attended The University of Texas at Austin.

    • He was born in Denison, Texas, USA, 20 December 1932.

  • Quotes

  • Best of Class and Class act Person/Actor God Bless

    John Hillerman an actor of excellence more over and over creative in all his works I just wish there could be a renewed connection with Mr. Hillerman as I and we all grow older I feel we need to get in touch with others who have made or lives so enjoyable as we move forward with age. I think of your rolls and remember a few commercial's but all I have is DVD's and thank god we have that, I'm certain with most of your fans they all want to get in tune with you personally or on film for me personally would be a heart stopper as you were the driving force that had viewer's in the 80s always wondering what would happen from episode to episode on Magnum you are the peanut butter on my PB&J as with the cast of Magnum Pi without you the characters would of been without most all keys to there rolls. I would love to say thank you my entire family would like that as well you have and still do entertain us once a weeks on Sunday unless there's Football then we get a bonus and have movie night on Saturday. God Bless you Johnmoreless
  • John Hillerman - an actor of excellence.

    I watched John Hillerman on Magnum for years. His delivery, his tone, his voice, his body language -everything he did was perfect. His character was so very intrigueing and always true to the core. I looked forward to every episode in which John was the root of the story. The episodes in which he portrayed Higgins and his brothers were particularly humorous. The character of Higgins was by all means not a perfect man -but he was a perfect gentleman with real ethics. My 20-year old son even respects John Hillerman -and he's only seen him in Magnum. Thanks for the upstanding character, the warmth, the culture, and the humor -thanks for everything John!moreless