• John Hillerman, the Texas-born actor who transformed himself into Jonathan Quayle Higgins, the oh-so-British caretaker of the Robin Masters estate on “Magnum, P.I.” died yesterday. He was 84.

In addition to serving as a foil to Tom Selleck’s Thomas Magnum for the run of the series, Hillerman also had roles in such seventies films as The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon, High Plains Drifter, Blazing Saddles (in which he played Howard Johnson), and Chinatown.