On Magnum PI, remember when Thomas Magnum had to go to work for his boss? So, who exactly was the real Robin Masters?
Tom Selleck portrayed Magnum, the private investigator who wore a Detroit Tigers hat. Still, who and what was Masters supposed to be? With a little help from Looper, we get some assistance in this matter.
There was never a face-to-face meeting between the two characters. But there’s a very interesting surprise in store for longtime fans.
On CBS’s ‘Magnum PI,’ the voice of a cinematic legend represented the Masters.
Would you believe that one of the film industry’s most powerful people provided Masters’ voice for Magnum PI? Of course, your interpretation of the term “powerful” is important. However, we would like you to consider Orson Welles to be a cinematic legend.
By the 1970s, Welles’ television commercials had sadly become a bit of a sideshow. However, his work on the big screen, particularly in Citizen Kane, in which he played newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, cannot be overlooked.
Welles’ voice will suffice for the purposes of this story. Magnum overheard his voice while speaking with Robin Masters. On Magnum PI, Thomas mistakenly believed Higgins, played by John Hillerman, was the boss. It’s not true, I’m afraid.
“Robin Masters was never Higgins,” said Donald Bellisario, the show’s creator. In the same interview, Bellisario stated that Welles needed to be carried in by ambulance in order to record his lines for Masters.
Selleck Would Leave Popular Show While It Was Still Strong
Wouldn’t it have been great to see Welles and Selleck in a scene together back then? Because Welles d1ed, it never happened. In the physical body, who was Robin Masters? It’s a puzzle.
While we’re in the world of Magnum PI, why did Selleck leave the show? It was still doing O on CBS, though perhaps not as well as when it first aired.
Selleck achieved worldwide acclaim for his starring role, which aired from 1980 to 1988. He talked about why he left. During a 2020 interview, Selleck discussed how fame wasn’t what he expected.
“I quit ‘Magnum’ not because I didn’t like it or was bored with it,” he explains. “I was exhausted by it.” And I yearned for a three-dimensional existence because I didn’t have one.
“I knew intellectually what it would mean to be a public figure, but there’s no way to understand it until you’ve lived it,” Selleck says. “I thought to myself, ‘I don’t think I’m cut out for this.'”