RIP, ‘Magnum PI’ costar John Hillerman

John Hillerman, right, won an Emmy for his co-starring role with Tom Selleck in TV's "Magnum, P.I." (Courtesy CBS)

John Hillerman, the Emmy-winning co-star of TV’s “Magnum, P.I.,” died Thursday at his home in Houston.

Spokeswoman Lori De Waal announced that the 84-year-old actor died, but did not reveal the cause.

Hillerman played stuffy Jonathan Quayle Higgins III to Tom Selleck’s free-wheeling private detective Thomas Magnum in the hit 1980s show set in Hawaii.

Among his other notable TV roles were Bonnie Franklin’s boss on “One Day at a Time” and radio show detective Simon Brimmer on “Ellery Queen.”

He appeared in four Peter Bogdanovich movies — “The Last Picture Show,” “What’s Up, Doc?,” “Paper Moon” and “At Long Last Love,” as well as in Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles,” Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown,” and Stanley Donen’s “Lucky Lady.”

His last movie was 1996’s “A Very Brady Sequel.”

O.J. BANNED FROM VEGAS HOTEL

Why aren’t we overly surprised to hear about TMZ’s report that O.J. Simpson got kicked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday after allegedly getting drunk and unruly?

The former football player, actor and defendant for the Southern California murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, apparently has been frequenting the hotel’s bars since he was released on parole after almost nine years in prison in Nevada (convicted on armed robbery and kidnapping charges).

ABC News in Las Vegas reported that the hotel’s lawyer confirmed Simpson was banned from the premises and that Las Vegas police weren’t investigating what they called a “private property issue.”

While TMZ reported that Simpson, 70, became disruptive at the Clique bar and glasses were broken before security escorted him out, another bar patron (who took a photo with The Juice) didn’t see Simpson drinking.

Simpson’s attorney Malcolm Laverne said he was neither drunk nor belligerent.

QUICK TAKES

Shiva Oswal, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Cupertino, apparently has done well on Whiz Kids week of “Who Wants To Be a Millioniare” with Chris Harrison; he’s vying for $1 million on episodes airing at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14-15 on ABC. … Among the winners of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s second industry-driven Saucy Awards were Adam Tortosa of Robin (rising star chef), Namu Stonepot (fast-casual restaurant), Tartine Manufactory (wine program), Julie Vandermeersch of Vive La Tarte (pastry chef) and Sam Situ of China Live (sous chef).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor Josh Peck is 31. … Singer Miranda Lambert is 34. … Actress Heather Matarazzo is 35. … Rapper Eve is 39. … DJ Diplo is 39. … Actress Ellen Pompeo is 48. … Comedian Tracy Morgan is 49. … Comedian Tommy Davidson is 54. … Novelist Neil Gaiman is 57. … Actor-comedian Sinbad is 61. … Lyricist Tim Rice is 73. …. Songwriter Marilyn Bergman is 88.

— Staff, wire report

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