#12: ROGER E. MOSLEY AS THEODORE “TC” CALVIN IN MAGNUM P.I. (1980-1988)

Somehow, Roger E. Mosley managed to outshine Tom Selleck’s sweet moustache as the best side character on the beloved CBS action series Magnum P.I. As helicopter pilot TC, Mosley (a poor man’s Mr. T, if you will) held his own amongst the show’s predominantly pale-faced cast. Whenever Selleck’s Magnum needed an airlift out of a tight situation, or a tough black dude to deflect some ready-to-rumble bad guys, TC was there faster than viewers could say “obligatory black dude.”