John Hillerman (December 20, 1932 – November 9, 2017) was an American actor best known for his starring role as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on the television show Magnum, P.I. that aired from 1980 to 1988. For his role as Higgins, Hillerman earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning in 1981, & four Emmy nominations, winning in 1987. He co-starred as Betty White's estranged husband on The Betty White Show (1977-1978). He retired from acting in 1999.