Orson Welles, one of the greatest actors of all time, actually was the voice of Robin Masters, Magnum’s homeowner and infamous playboy! Though his character was sporadically featured, his presence always filled the episodes he appeared in nonetheless.
However, his voice had to be replaced by Reid Crandell after Welles’ unfortunate death.
Jessica To The Rescue
When "Magnum P.I.’s" airing schedule got moved to Wednesday nights, the ratings actually started dropping. Apparently, the show was able to grab its mojo back when they aired their crossover episode with Jessica Fletcher from "Murder, She Wrote."
The two iconic characters joined forces on "Magnum P.I." before continuing the features on "Murder, She Wrote." The special guest shows, fortunately, were wise decisions for the shows’ ratings.
Magnum vs. the World
On the show, Magnum had a particularly complicated relationship with Higgins, T.C., and Rick. Their characters truly had contrasting personalities on the show, making it difficult to settle any issues.
Magnum probably had more support due to his carefree style which differed so much from the strict and intimidating characters some of them portrayed. Thus, it wasn’t surprising that Magnum’s contemporaries lashed out on the other men when they took punches at him.
Too Tall To Drive
Since Tom Selleck had an incredibly tall height of 6’4”, the Ferrari he drove on the show had to be permanently modified. Initially, the creators wanted Magnum to drive a Porsche, but the company refused to make any modifications.
They had to choose the Ferrari in the end. Apparently, the padding needed to be removed and the seats had to be placed differently to give more space for the actor. What a boss!
Being A Veteran
Thomas Magnum’s character was a pretty revolutionary portrayal of veterans on television.
He portrayed his character in a more positive sense rather than focusing on the harshness that comes with being a veteran. Before him, veterans were mostly portrayed to be damaged and emotionally unstable.