A Closer Look At The Life Of Tom Selleck

Published on 11/05/2020
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How could we overlook about Thomas Magnum or Dr. Richard Burke? Maybe it’s his mustache for which you recognize him. Definitely, he is one amongst Hollywood’s best actors has ever seen. Even after being widely-known, many things are unknown to supporters about him. Let’s look more closely at this living legend’s personal and professional life. Read as much about his family, his legal proceedings and achievements, especially in the entertainment industry.

Gallery Tom Selleck At 72 He Takes Unexpected Turn

The Skinny on Tom Selleck, A Hollywood Legend

Dreamer

When he was just a young boy, his family moved to California from Detroit. His dad was a shareholder in property investment, and his mother was a housewife. They educated him the meaning and significance of a strong work ethic, and he would realize this for the rest of the time. He even ended up giving it to his daughter. In 2017, Selleck’s mother passed away. He said, “She’s always been there and always been very fair — even when she said, ‘Wait till your father gets home,’ which usually was for a good reason.”

Dreamer

Dreamer

Not The NBA

Selleck ended up going on a sports scholarship to the University of Southern California. He started working on the side as a model. In fact, he was registered in Business Administration, but his drama trainer told him to keep acting. Unsurprisingly, Selleck took the advice and did study acting in Beverly Hills Playhouse’s Milton Katselas.

Not The NBA

Not The NBA

My Country

Remarkably, he served in the United States Army too. For quite a while, he was allocated to the 160th Infantry Regiment of the California Army National Guard. He also talked about the time he served, and he said, “I am a veteran, I’m proud of it. I was a sergeant in the U.S. Army infantry, National Guard, Vietnam era. We’re all brothers and sisters in that sense.”

My Country

My Country

Influence

Selleck said that it was a life-changing experience that he turned 70 years old. It was evidently the very first moment since his father died that he started to feel like a grown-up person. He mentioned, “I had had a lot of leadership positions, I had been in the military…but you know, in my case, when my father died, I go, ‘There’s nobody to go to for fatherly advice. You’re on your own, pal’.”

Influence

Influence

Only The Start

Since we have mentioned it earlier, we all now know that Selleck had modelling gigs before. However, were guys aware that he was on The Dating Game? His brothers from the fraternity and the drama instructor persuaded him to listen to the tv program. Pepsi kept in contact after his show appearance and decided to book him for an advertisement. This was the start of a great career, although, at that time, none realized it.

Only The Start

Only The Start

Opportunity

Eventually, Selleck will attract Twentieth Century Fox’s interest and attention. It was evident that they were really invested in taking him. Good thing, Selleck knew when an opportunity comes by. He, without a doubt, signed up with the company. The very next day, he started his acting classes. It was evident that Selleck was eager to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry.

Opportunity

Opportunity

Soap Opera Kid

One of the projects that Tom Selleck has done during his early years in the entertainment industry was The Young and the Restless. He portrayed the character of Jed Andrews, which was a minor character. It is truly fascinating how life imitates art. Little did Tom Selleck know that the love triangle in the story will happen to him in real life.

Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Beginnings

At the age of 35, he was able to get his greatest role. Sure, we’re talking about no other than, Thomas Magnum of Magnum! After claiming numerous minor roles, he ultimately ended up working on a project that will push him to new celebrity status. Were you aware that he flew to Hawaii just for his role only for production to stall? They had to postpone recording because of an author’s protest. During that moment, Selleck worked as a handyman to pay the bills!

Beginnings

Beginnings

Magnum P.I.

It was undeniable that Magnum P.I was indeed a huge success. It ran for about 163 episodes and 8 seasons. After that, the show has finally ended. We guess everybody will know and remember Tom Selleck as the man with a signature mustache, Detroit Tigers baseball cap, and Hawaiian t-shirts. Don’t you think?

Magnum P.I.

Magnum P.I.

They See Me Rollin’

Definitely, we are never going to forget the scenes where Thomas Magnum dives around with the red Ferrari. Interesting tidbit: the actor was going to have a Porsche at first! The tall stature of Selleck, however, was obviously not designed for these vehicles. This is why they turned it into a red Ferrari. We are confident that Ferrari’s marketing department is thankful for Selleck’s body shape!

They See Me Rollin

They See Me Rollin

Nothing But Respect

In 1996, Larry Manetti, his magnum costar, released a memoir called Aloha Magnum. If stuff like this happens, you should expect it to be filled with controversies and scandals. This did not extend to Tom Selleck, nevertheless. Manetti had only positive things to tell about the actor. He commended Selleck’s wonderful work discipline and how awesome a friend he was for the members of the cast and production team.

Nothing But Respect

Nothing But Respect

Star!

Is it even surprising that Tom Selleck does have a star in the Walk of Fame in Hollywood? Well maybe not. Then again, he worked hard to earn it! Throughout 1986 it was granted and obviously it wouldn’t have occurred without Magnum P.I. For the supporters go over to Hollywood Boulevard 6925 and see it for yourself!

Star

Star

One, Two

We just couldn’t envision anybody else like Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I. Did you happen to know that the part was actually intended to be offered to Kevin Dobson? It is fortunate that the TV performer finally declined the character. It worked brilliantly to the advantage of Selleck!

One Two

One Two

A Miss

The actor was not permitted to do some other ventures whilst also shooting Magnum, P.I. That must have been incredibly difficult for the actor whose demand was always high then. In fact, he had to reverse the lead character in Raiders of the Lost Ark because of the clashes! But here is the bad part: if he did know that the author’s protest would take place, he could and should have done it.

A Miss

A Miss

Swing And A Miss

Throughout 1982, he had been contacted by the Victor / Victoria film crew. He was kind of afraid to step into the role, but ultimately decided to work on the project. Unfortunately, by then it was too late seeing as Magnum already had began its production.

Swing And A Miss

Swing And A Miss

Creative Team

Selleck was opinionated about his character ‘s description. Actually, Thomas Magnus was interpreted differently than what we saw on TV. The writing team planned his character as somewhat charming debonair and not really like James Bond. Selleck talked to all of them and persuaded them to consider making it more like  Joe in an average manner. We’re happy he managed to change the direction and we’re certain that the production staff too is!

Creative Team

Creative Team

First Wife

After a year of dating, Tom Selleck tied the knot with the model Jacqueline Ray. After spending 11 years of their lives being married and together, they then decided to file for a divorce. Did you know that h e actually adopted her son, Kevin? Even after what happened and the separation, they were still connected. We dare say not that every stepdad did the exact same thing.

First Wife

First Wife

A Superstar of It’s Own

You can’t remember Tom Selleck without recognizing the mustache! Then again, this is yet another internationally renowned physical attribute. We bet you wouldn’t identify him if he removed it. It will probably feel like there’s something that’s missing  when you look at him and don’t see it. It’s just how it’s involved with his individuality. Nevertheless, there’s some other guy who people confuse him for.

Tom Selleck As Magnum PI

A Superstar of It’s Own

Agree to Disagree

While the mustache is distinctive, this is also why Selleck is completely mistaken with other famous people. There has been one guy in specific that he ended up getting all of the time. The actor said, “There was a time I could have been mistaken for Burt Reynolds. I had a mustache and so did he. But he was the number one star in the world, so there wasn’t really much confusion.”

Agree To Disagree

Agree To Disagree

His Mustache’s Agent

Stephen Colbert was enthusiastic to have Tom Selleck on the show, but he seemed more interested about his mustache! Both made jokes that the mustache had an assistant of its own! Stephen even joked, “It [the mustache] precedes you into the room by about 30 seconds!” It is evident that Tom Selleck’s mustache is his strongest asset.

His Mustaches Agent

His Mustaches Agent

Mustache For President

During the appearance of Tom Selleck in Stephen Colbert’s show, they made jokes about his mustache and many more. He asked, “I know you have never expressed any desire to run for public office, but what about your mustache, because I would vote for that thing!” The audience in the studio laughed and obviously loved the joke, even Tom Selleck.

Mustache For President

Mustache For President

Ay Baby

Prior to Magnum P.I actually ended its run, Selleck did appear in the comedy Three Men and a Baby with Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg. Selleck thanked Magnum for how well his professional life went, but the film only added to his prominence. It made him even more popular than he ever was as the movie had become the greatest box office success that year!

Ay Baby

Ay Baby

Jimmy Fallon – The Ghost

Selleck was invited to the show of Jimmy Fallon. He appeared as his guest and he was questioned by Jimmy about the controversial story of the house where they shot the movie Three Men and a Baby. Jimmy mentioned that there was a boy who died inside the house. Selleck then replied, exposing that the movie was actually shot in a set made by the staff, “Well, we shot it on a sound stage, They built the set and all.”

Jimmy Fallon The Ghost

Jimmy Fallon The Ghost

Love Story

It was around that year when Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack finally decided to tie the knot. They got married that same time and they have been together ever since. Jillie Mack gave birth to a beautiful girl whom they named Hannah. As of the moment, the three of them are living in California and having private lives as much as possible.

Love Story

Love Story

Small Role

It may not be known widely but did you know that the parents and wife of Tom Selleck did appear on the show, Magnum P.I? We’re not kidding! Tom did his best to make it happen even though they played only minor roles. Jillie Mack, his wife, was in Rembrandt’s Girl during the show’s fourth season. You can try and look back at it to see it for yourself!

Small Role

Small Role

The Right

Not all artists are willing to publicly reveal their political inclinations. Selleck isn’t one of those famous people. He is a grateful Republican and John McCain even supported him. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association. Actually, he’s also on the Board of Directors! This fact only made Selleck be loved by a lot of people.

The Right

The Right

Neither Here Nor There

Although he may well have been involved with politics before, mostly during 2016 elections, Selleck did not display support. He remained quiet as to who he went for; Clinton and Trump. Nevertheless, he’s not laying low. The actor penned a note to David Brown, Chief of the Dallas Police Department to appreciate Brown’s governance in that year’s shooting by the Dallas law enforcement officers.

Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here Nor There

Cha-Ching

The actor has already been in more than 50 television shows and movies throughout his professional life. Even after all this, his net present value is only 25 million dollars. That may sound like a big deal of wealth to us average folks, however, when you try comparing it with the other celebrities of his physique it is also rather low.

Tom Selleck And Best Friend

Cha-Ching

Baywatch

Were you aware that on Baywatch he could have been Mitch Buchannon? Yes, throughout the 90’s hit tv show the actor would have portrayed the character! Then why did he change it? It really was intriguing enough that Tom Selleck did not really want to be an icon of sex. Which is why David Hasselhoff was offered the part instead.

Baywatch

Baywatch

Dr. Richard Burke

Everybody absolutely adores Friends and his characterization of Dr. Richard Burke played a big role in its success.  He got to play the ophthalmologist Monica Geller has been dating for a while. He also earned an Emmy nomination in a Comedy Series Award for an Outstanding Guest Actor!

Dr. Richard Burke

Dr. Richard Burke

Visiting Rachael Ray

Tom Selleck characterized a nice story about an uncommon supporter in a discussion with famous chef Rachael Ray. During his time at the eye doctor (ironic for fans of Friends), the female who was lounging behind the desk could not fathom where she did know him from. After Selleck had provided multiple television shows, he eventually nailed it right on his head and proposed that she could recognize him as Friends’ Dr. Burke.

Visiting Rachael Ray

Visiting Rachael Ray

David Letterman

The discussion transitioned to the lack of success in Japan when David Letterman first interviewed Selleck in 1993. bBesides expressing that he felt isolated all through his four months in Japan, he also said there was no one who can recognize him in that country. It was indeed a big transition for him being so well-known and the next, everyone does not know you at all.

David Letterman

David Letterman

Frank Reagan

Just recently, Tom Selleck appeared as police commissioner Frank Reagan on Blue Bloods  Here’s an interesting thing to note: it’s not uncommon for the actual policemen to welcome him when he gets out of the set. Officers are meant to salute each police officer, and it is a testimony to his excellent performance that he is mistaken for a real person.

Frank Reagan

Frank Reagan

Dad Jokes

His co-star, Donnie Wahlberg, had so many things to say about him. He mentioned, “He can [be funny], yes, usually after he makes sure everyone understands what’s important. It would feel like Christmas on a Tuesday night in August when my dad started telling jokes and it’s the same thing with Tom when he starts with his oddball jokes and his weird rhymes that he tells from 1930 that is so funny. Everybody feels so much lighter and happier.”

Dad Jokes

Dad Jokes

An Affair To Remember

We all know that Tom Selleck, at the moment, has a happy married life. However, this was not the case when he was younger. He was quite a heartbreaker according to Marie Helvin’s memoir. “When I visited Hawaii once, Tom Selleck was shooting for Magnum PI. We met and bit of an affair started, then Selleck came to London, we had dinner and went back to his hotel. But the next morning, I sent him a letter to break off this relationship because I was worried about my married life. Later on after a week, he joined Musical Cats backstage and met his wife-to-be,” says in a part of the memoir.

An Affair To Remember

An Affair To Remember

Tom and Mimi

After Tom Selleck’s affair with Marie Helvin, dated the gorgeous Mimi Rogers. Their relationship was indeed a stormy one and it only lasted for about a year. Mimi would eventually marry Tom Cruise, however, of course, she will not miss the chance of having to have a relationship with Tom Selleck first.

Tom And Mimi

Tom And Mimi

Grilled By Rosie

Tom Selleck was also invited in Rosie O Donnell’s show to promote his movie entitled The Love Letter during 1999. However, aside from promoting the movie, he was also grilled by Rosie and talk about his beliefs in owning a gun. This is quite an issue for Selleck so he said during his appearance on the show, “It’s your show, and you can talk about it after I leave.” He totally sensed what was Rosie was doing and he was having none of it.

Grilled By Rosie

Grilled By Rosie

Killers

In the year 2010, Selleck appeared in the movie titled Killers. He starred in the movie together with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heighl. Even before the movie began, Kutcher knew right away what type of character he wanted to play. He said, “I call Mr. Kornfeldt ‘Sir’ in the script a lot. And I was thinking, ‘Who am I going to call Sir?’ Who’s a bigger guy, who’s got an intimidating thing, but doesn’t have to try to be intimidating?” I guess we all know what’s the answer to his question.

Killers

Killers

A Break

Everybody requires a break from time to time. Selleck discovered the very same thing when he could not spend time on Magnum with his wife and daughters. It was commendable to give his beloved primary focus to his family over his job. His family love is praiseworthy. Not everybody is prepared to do just that!

A Break

A Break

Hard Times

With his current happy married life, Tom Selleck shared his secret for everyone to know. “I’ve found it very difficult to expose my private life and live with it. It’s important to nurture your marriage. I think wanting time away from work has been good for that,” he said. It is evident that he indeed loves his family so much and he prioritizes them as much as possible and as much as he can. Selleck knows that significance of family and how not to neglect them.

Hard Times

Hard Times

Reasons Reasons

There was a time when Tom Selleck wanted to leave the TV series Magnum P.I and he talked about it in an interview with Closer Weekly. He was very open about the reason as to why he wanted to leave the show. He said, “Magnum, P.I. went to 163 shows and we still had ground to cover, and I wasn’t tired of it. I was tired from it because I was in every shot.” On the other hand, Blue Bloods was not very demanding of his appearance as not every scene required his participation.

Reasons Reasons

Reasons Reasons

Not The Only Reason

“I quit Magnum to have a family. It took a long time to get off the train, but I try very hard to have balance,” he mentioned as well. Tom Selleck knew what he should prioritize first even if it means leaving all those fame and momentum of his career behind. He was not afraid to lose any of it, instead,he was afraid of losing his family because of it that’s why he did what he did.

Not The Only Reason

Not The Only Reason

Words of Wisdom

Selleck may have previously been divorced, but his second wife is for keeps, no doubt about it. In fact, she’s his greatest love. We guess it’s already obvious s given that he sacrificed his career in order to focus on her and their child.  For 30 years presently, they have indeed been together and the pair are still strong. Selleck said, “It’s important to nurture your marriage. I think wanting time away from work has been good for that.”

Words Of Wisdom

Words Of Wisdom

I Do

It was in 1987 that both the general public and media were stunned by their marriage under covers. The one who arranged their marriage in Lake Tahoe chapel was Tom ‘s brother, Bob. Nevertheless, they did not use their actual names on the registration! The couple claimed to be ‘Tom Jenkins’ and ‘Suzie Mark.’ Even the minister did not know their identity until the wedding!

I Do

I Do

Nervous

“They were both nervous, like any other couple about to get married. He was very concerned that the service is heartfelt, very concerned for her that the service be meaningful. He is a very warm, caring man,” the wedding officiant shared. Tom Selleck was truly incredible. He made their marriage as private as it can get, unlike other celebrities who announce their massive weddings to the press. Tom maybe wanted an intimate wedding where he only expects those that are closest to them.

Nervous

Nervous

My Daughter, Hannah

Tom Selleck loves his daughter Hannah as a father. Tom and his wife wanted her to enjoy a normal childhood, so they attempted to avoid having their lives known by the public. She’s an equestrian these days! Sometimes Hannah models for sponsors and buddies. When you are a celebrity, it is hard to make your life private. However, the couple managed to do it for Hannah.

My Daughter Hannah

My Daughter Hannah

Encouragement

The couple didn’t make Hannah a socialist. In a real sense, she grew up on the family farm almost all of her life. She was taught about the hard work while she was there. It was also where she has grown to embrace horses. “As a kid, they tried to raise me as normally as possible, given my dad’s line of work. Those horses have been a great way for me to have my own accomplishments outside of whatever my parents had done,” she said.

Encouragement

Encouragement

Our Decision

Tom and Jillie’s decision to let Hannah grow up in their 65-acre family farm was the best decision they ever made. We both thought it was the best environment for [Hannah] to grow up,” Jillie said. Just by seeing how Hannah grew up to be the woman she is right now, we can totally agree on that statement given by Jillie.

Our Decision

Our Decision

Farm Life

Hannah just loves horses; therefore, there are no queries about how she eventually became an equestrian. Without such a desire, her life can never be the same. “I have a small breeding program in California where I’m developing young horses to bring along and sell. It’s a business that so far has been really great and a great experience. It is a very expensive sport, so that is why my dad encouraged and invested in this breeding operation. They have been very supportive. The prices of horses have become astronomical. So that’s why it’s so much more rewarding to bring a horse along on your own,” she said.

Farm Life

Farm Life

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