Thomas William Selleck is an American actor, maker of films, and veteran of the California Army National Guard. He is best known for appearing in the television series Magnum, P.I. as private investigator Thomas Magnum. Between 1980 and 1988 as Peter Mitchell in Three Men and Baby, and since 2010 as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan in Blue Bloods on CBS.
After Magnum, P.I., Selleck has starred in more than 50 movie and TV appearances, including Three Men and a Girl, Quigley Down Under, Mr. Baseball and Lassiter. He appeared on Friends as Dr. Richard Burke, and as A.J. Cooper on Las Vegas TV Series. He also played a lead role in the western television film The Sacketts, based on two books by Louis L’Amour.
Caption: Tom Selleck
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Tom Selleck: Early Life, Family, Education
The actor was born on 29 January 1945 to Martha Selleck and Robert Dean Selleck. His mother was a housewife and father, an executive and real estate investor. His father was mainly of English descent but also had distant Serbian ancestry, while his mother was of English descent. Selleck is a direct descendant of English colonist David Selleck who migrated from Somerset, England, to Massachusetts in 1633 through a purely paternal line. Through this line, Selleck is the eleventh generation of his North American-born father. Selleck’s family relocated during his childhood to Sherman Oaks, California. He has Richard, an elder brother, Mary, and Daniel, a younger brother.
The actor graduated in 1962 from Grant High School and enrolled in home living and saving money at Los Angeles Valley College. In his junior year, Selleck moved to the University of Southern California, with the aid of a basketball scholarship, where he played for the USC Trojans men’s basketball team. He is a member of the Sigma Chi brotherhood and a member of the Knights of Troy. Although Selleck was a student in business administration, he was recommended by a drama coach to try acting and dropped out of university in his senior year. Selleck then studied acting under Milton Katselas, at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Selleck had joined the California National Guard after receiving a draft notice during the Vietnam War. He served in the California Army National Guard’s 160th Infantry Regiment from 1967 through 1973.
Caption: Tom Selleck in army
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Tom Selleck: Career and achievements
Selleck’s first appearance on television was on The Dating Game in 1965 as a college senior, and again in 1967. He soon appeared in advertisements for products like Pepsi-Cola.
He started his career in smaller movies with bit parts including Myra Breckinridge, Coma and The Seven Minutes. The actor has appeared in various TV series, mini-series, and TV movies. He was also the face of Salem cigarettes and Chaz cologne by Revlon. Selleck appeared in the 1971 Right Guard deodorant commercial, with Farrah Fawcett for the Dubonnet aperitif in 1972, and another for the Close-Up toothpaste in 1977. He was also in an advertisement for the Safeguard deodorant soap. He appeared in the B-movie Satan’s Daughters in 1972. Also struggling as an inexperienced television star, Selleck’s appearance as private investigator Lance White in The Rockford Files was recurring in the 1970s.
Selleck was an open actor who got no attention from the film industry for years. His big break came when he was cast in the lead role of Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I. The producers would not approve the actor for other projects, so Selleck had to pass on the part of Indiana Jones in Lost Ark Raiders, who then went to Harrison Ford, Star Wars alumnus. It turned out that a writers ‘ strike postponed the pilot’s shooting for Magnum for over six months, which would have allowed him to complete Raiders.
Selleck was popular for his mustache, an aloha shirt in Hawaiian style, a Detroit Tigers baseball cap, and a Colt. The actual prop from the show was 9 hours 19 mm Parabellum, serial number 70L33101, used with readily available blanks for its reliable functioning; although the original gun was traditional.45 ACP 1911. During the series, Magnum also used a Star Model B, another 9 mm similar to the M1911A1, and a Detonics Pocket 9.
Caption: Tom Selleck as Thomas Sullivan Magnum
In 1990, he starred in the Australian western Quigley Down Under as an American sharpshooter of the 19th century, a role and film which he sees as one of his best. He also appeared in Three Men and a Little Lady during the 1990s, High Road to China, Lassiter, Her Alibi, An Innocent Man, Folks! Christopher Columbus: Discovery, Mr. Baseball, In & Out, The Letter of Love, Selleck’s appearance in In & Out (Peter Malloy) is his first as a gay character.
He joined the cast in the season-five premiere of NBC drama Las Vegas on September 28, 2007. He’d played with A.J. Cooper, The Montecito Casino’s new owner. He replaced James Caan, who left the cast in the same episode. This was Selleck’s first regular role on a drama show since he played Thomas Magnum on Magnum, P.I. As of December 30, 2007, he began doing commercial voice-overs for Florida’s Natural orange juice.
Tom Selleck: Personal life and wife
Selleck was married to the actress Jacqueline Ray from 1971 until 1982. During that time he adopted her son, Tonic, former drummer for the American rock band, Kevin Shepard. Selleck married Jillie Joan Mack on August 7, 1987. They’ve got one daughter, Hannah.
Selleck is an avid ice hockey fan and attends games at Staples Center in Los Angeles Kings. He names two of his favorite players, Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov. He was once a Detroit Tigers minority owner, his favorite baseball team from childhood onward.
Caption: Tom Selleck’s family
Tom Selleck: Net Worth and Social media
A career spanning almost five decades in Hollywood means Selleck has received his fair share of big paychecks. The famous actor and producer have an estimated net worth of $45million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. He would also reportedly receive $150,000 per Blue Bloods season.
Officially, the actor is not available on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.
Tom Selleck: Body measurements
The handsome actor is 1.91 meters tall and weighs 88 kgs with an endomorph body type. His shoe size is 13 however his exact body measurements are not available. The color of Selleck’s hair is brown and eyes are hazel.