Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Infobox actor
name = Tom Selleck

caption = Selleck on the red carpet at the 60th Annual Academy Awards, April 11, 1988.
birthname = Thomas William Selleck
birthdate = birth date and age|1945|1|29
birthplace = Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
occupation = Actor, Producer, Writer
yearsactive = 1969 - present
spouse = Jacqueline Ray (1972 - 1980) Jillie Mack (1987 - present)
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children = one son from first marriage, and a daughter from his current.
parents = Robert & Martha Selleck
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emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series 1984 "Magnum, P.I."
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goldenglobeawards = Best Actor in a Television Drama Series 1985 "Magnum, P.I."
goldenraspberryawards = Worst Supporting Actor 1992 ""
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Thomas William Selleck (born January 29 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor, screenwriter and film producer, best known for his starring role on the long-running television show "Magnum P.I."


Early life

Born in Detroit to Rusyn American Robert Selleck (died 2001) and Scottish-American Martha Selleck. The family moved to Sherman Oaks when Tom was growing up. Tom's siblings include brother Robert (born 1944), brother Daniel (born 1950), and sister Martha. Tom graduated from Grant High School, in 1962. [ retrieved 2007-07-30]

Along with doing some modeling, Selleck attended the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship. He is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. retrieved 2007-07-30] and a member of the Trojan Knights. While he majored in business administration, a drama coach suggested Selleck try acting. He then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, under Milton Katselas.

Selleck served in the California National Guard and was activated for the Watts riots.

Early career

Selleck's first TV appearance was as a college senior on "The Dating Game" in 1965 and again in 1967 - he lost both times. Soon after, he appeared in commercials for products such as Pepsi-Cola.

He began his career with bit parts in smaller movies, including the over-the-top "Myra Breckinridge" and Russ Meyer's "The Seven Minutes". He also appeared in number of TV series, mini-series and TV movies. Selleck also had a recurring role in the 1970s as Lance White in "The Rockford Files". Lance was very trusting and always lucky, much to the annoyance of Jim Rockford, the show's star private eye played by James Garner. White would frequently say to Rockford, "Don't worry, Jim, clues will turn up" and then a clue would just turn up, much to Rockford's consternation, for whom obtaining clues required hard work and hard knocks. Selleck's character was based on one played in Garner's earlier TV series "Maverick" (1957) by Wayde Preston in that series' highest-rated episode, "The Saga of Waco Williams."

Selleck, after years of little interest, was cast as Thomas Magnum in "Magnum, P.I." and as Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in the same year. "Magnum, P.I." producers would not release the actor and he had to pass on the film role, which then went to Harrison Ford. The decision of choosing the role of Indiana Jones vs. Magnum actually haunted him so much that before making the decision, he consulted his best friend on what to do. Together they came to the conclusion that honoring the contract with Universal Studios was the honorable thing to do. It turned out that the shooting of the pilot for Magnum was delayed for over 6 months, which would have enabled him to complete the role as Indiana Jones. Coincidentally, while Selleck was waiting in Hawaii for "Magnum, P.I." to commence, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were in Hawaii as well to shoot scenes for "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Selleck later went on to star in "High Road to China", one of the many adventure films inspired by the success of "Raiders" that emerged in the early to mid-1980s.

Movie stardom

He starred in the 1979 TV movie "Concrete Cowboy" with Jerry Reed. Selleck starred in a number of film roles during and after "Magnum"; among the most notable were as an acrophobic police detective in "Runaway", as a stand-in father in "Three Men and a Baby", and as an American cowboy in the Australian western "Quigley Down Under", a role and film thathe considers one of his best. His other films include "Three Men and a Little Lady", "High Road to China", "Lassiter", "Her Alibi", "An Innocent Man", "Folks!", "", "Mr. Baseball", "In & Out" and "The Love Letter".

In the early 1990s, Selleck held a press conference to say that he was not gay after a Queer Nation poster allegedly tried to out him. Years later, he played an openly gay character in "In & Out" with Kevin Kline. He also sued a tabloid for printing a story that he was gay, which later was settled with an apology and a financial sum that Selleck donated to a university journalism program, to promote ethics in media.

Selleck has also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies in recent years. In particular, he has sought to help bring back to popularity the western, often playing one of that genre's typical characters but thrust into a modern context.

Surprising many of his fans, Selleck unexpectedly played the role of General Dwight D. Eisenhower in the History Channel's 2004 made-for-TV movie "". The movie showed the planning, politics, and preparation for the 1944 Invasion of Normandy, and Selleck was critically lauded for playing a cool, calm Eisenhower.

Most recently, Selleck has appeared in a recurring role on the acclaimed ABC drama "Boston Legal" as Ivan Tiggs, the troubled ex-husband of Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen), and as novelist Robert B. Parker's character Jesse Stone in several CBS made-for-TV movies, earning a 2007 Emmy nomination for "".

"Magnum P.I."

Tom Selleck played the role of Thomas Magnum in 1980 after six failed TV pilots. The show would go on for eight seasons and 162 episodes until 1988. Selleck was famous for his moustache, a Hawaiian-style aloha shirt, and Detroit Tigers baseball cap. Magnum drove a Ferrari 308 GTS.

Selleck will not star in the upcoming "Magnum P.I." film because he has been considered too old, but he may appear in a cameo role. In January 2007, it was announced that Matthew McConaughey will play Magnum. [ [ "Magnum" at] ]

"The Closer"

In February 1998 Selleck accepted the lead role in a sitcom for CBS called "The Closer". In it he played Jack McLaren, a legendary publicist heading up a brand new marketing firm. His costars included Ed Asner, David Krumholtz, and Penelope Ann Miller. Despite the high pedigree, and the expectations for his first series since "Magnum, P. I.", low ratings caused the show to be cancelled after 10 episodes.

Cowboy roles

Selleck became extremely popular with fans when portraying cowboy roles in western films, starting with his role as Orrin Sackett in the 1979 western "The Sacketts", opposite Sam Elliott, Jeff Osterhage, and western legends Glenn Ford and Ben Johnson. He was easily accepted playing a cowboy, and the roles seemed to "fit" him. He followed "The Sacketts" with "The Shadow Riders" in 1982, then with "Lassiter" in 1984. "Quigley Down Under" is probably one of his best known western films, however he also won a "Western Heritage Award" for his 1997 role in "Last Stand at Sabre River". His last two cowboy roles to date were in the 2001 TNT western "Crossfire Trail" (based on a Louis L'Amour novel of the same name) and the 2003 western "Monte Walsh".


Selleck played the recurring role of Richard Burke on "Friends", a love interest to the character of Monica Geller (Courteney Cox). Richard Burke is an ophthalmologist who is 21 years older than Monica and close friends with her parents. Monica and Richard have a very close and deep relationship until Monica discovers that Richard is not willing to have more children, when the two break up. However, later on, he returns, telling Monica he still loves her and would do anything to be with her, all the while knowing she was in a serious relationship with Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry). Monica later chooses Chandler over Richard. Richard Burke appears in Seasons 2, 3 and 6 of "Friends" and is referred to often throughout the series. The role helped revitalize Selleck's career.

"Las Vegas" and upcoming movies

He joined the cast of the hit NBC drama "Las Vegas" in the season five premiere on September 28, 2007. He plays A.J. Cooper, the new owner of the Montecito Casino. He replaces James Caan who left the cast in the same episode. This is his first regular role on a drama show since he played Thomas Magnum on "Magnum, P.I.". In film, he will be seen in the Direct-to-DVD sci-fi Destroyer of Souls, set to be released in 2009, directed by Albert Pyun and starring Steven Seagal, Charles Durning, and Lorenzo Lamas.

Awards & Accolades

On April 28, 2000, he received an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University. He was chosen because of his outstanding character and ethic. He is a board member of the non-profit Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics and co-founder of the [ Character Counts Coalition] . Selleck received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986. The star is situated at [,+Los+Angeles,+Los+Angeles,+California+90028,+United+States&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=26.200922,58.710937&ie=UTF8&cd=2&geocode=0,34.101780,-118.340969&ll=34.101737,-118.340456&spn=0.001666,0.003583&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=34.101544,-118.34082 6925 Hollywood Blvd] .

*Golden Apple Awards- 1982 Male Star of the year
*Golden Apple Awards- 1983 Male Star of the year
*People Choice's Award- 1984 Favourite Male TV Performer
*Emmy Awards- 1984- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
*People Choice's Award- 1985 Favourite Male TV Performer
*People Choice's Award- 1985 Favourite All-Round Male Entertainer
*Golden Globes- 1985 Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series-Drama

In 1993, during the brief run of the late night "The Chevy Chase Show" on Fox, Selleck guest-starred. As a gag, he asked to be presented his 1992 Worst Supporting Actor Razzie award for his performance as King Ferdinand of Spain in "". When the Razzie was actually presented to him on the air, Selleck took it in stride and asked the entire studio audience to "blow me a raspberry." Selleck thus became the third person in Razzie history to accept voluntarily one of the Worst Achievements in Film statuettes.

Personal life

Tom Selleck was married to model Jacqueline Ray from 1970–1982 from which he adopted her son, Kevin (born 1966), from a previous marriage. He dated actress Mimi Rogers for a short time in the early 1980s.

Selleck married Jillie Mack August 7, 1987. [ retrieved 2007-07-30] They have one daughter, Hannah Margaret Mack Selleck [ retrieved 2007-07-30] (born December 16, 1988). The family lives in Thousand Oaks, California. [ retrieved 2007-07-30] He has a summer residence in Jonesboro, Maine, United States.

In 1988, Selleck, Larry Manetti and Denver Broncos team owner Pat Bowlen, opened The Black Orchid restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii. It went bankrupt within a year and was sold in 1992.

Current Life

Tom lives on a 63-acre avocado ranch. The folowing quote is from a "Good Housekeeping" interview titled "Man of the House: Tom Selleck", "So I like to get outside and work on the farm, from fixing roads to clearing brush. I hate going to the gym, so sweating outdoors sure beats sitting on a stationary bike staring at my navel. And I work cheaper than anyone I could hire to do it."


To promote his movie "The Love Letter", Selleck was invited to be on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" on May 19, 1999. However, he found himself defending an ad to Rosie in which he appeared supporting the NRA and his position on gun ownership. Selleck said: "It's your show, and you can talk about it after I leave." O'Donnell was highly criticized, which led her to make an apology to Selleck by saying: "For him feeling embarrassed and humiliated by me, I strongly do apologize to him personally, but I do not apologize for my feelings about the issue of gun control." [ [ Tom Selleck - News ] ]

Selleck is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association. [ [ Article ] ] After close friend Charlton Heston stepped down as head of the NRA in 2003, he was considered to succeed him.

For a number of years Selleck appeared in television advertising for William F. Buckley's magazine The National Review.

Selleck describes himself politically as "a registered independent with a lot of libertarian leanings." [ [ Tom Selleck - Libertarian ] ]

Selleck has endorsed Sen. John McCain for President.


*"Myra Breckinridge" (1970)
*"The Seven Minutes" (1971)
*"Daughters of Satan" (1972)
*"Sons Of God" (1973)
*"Shadow of Fear" (1973)
*"Terminal Island" (1973)
*"Midway" (1976)
*"The Washington Affair" (1977)
*"Coma" (1978)
*"The Sacketts" (1979)
*"High Road to China" (1983)
*"Lassiter" (1984)
*"Runaway" (1984)
*"Three Men and a Baby" (1987)
*"Her Alibi" (1989)
*"An Innocent Man" (1989)
*"Quigley Down Under" (1990)
*"Three Men and a Little Lady" (1990)
*"Folks!" (1992)
*"" (1992)
*"Mr. Baseball" (1992)
*"The Magic of Flight" (1996) (short subject) (narrator)
*"Open Season" (1995)
*"Kids for Character" (1996) (direct to video) (host)
*"In & Out" (1997)
*"The Love Letter" (1999)
*"Meet the Robinsons" (2007) (voice)


He did the voice over for the 1993 AT&T ad campaigns titled "You Will." These ads had a futuristic feel, and posed the question of, "What if you had the technology to ______ ? Well, you will ... with AT&T." As of December 30, 2007, he began doing commercial voice-overs for Florida orange juice, a move that one writer quipped would have a "magnum" impact on sales (referring to the actor's role in "Magnum, P.I"). Kevin Bouffard. [ "Citrus ads to feature Selleck's narration: Florida agency approves a new slate of TV commercials,"] "The Ledger", December 20, 2007.]

Television Work (includes made-for-TV movies)

* "The Movie Murderer" (1970)
* "A Case of Rape" (1974)
* "The Young and the Restless" (cast member from 1974–1975)
* "Returning Home" (1975)
* "Most Wanted" (1976)
* "Bunco" (1977)
* "Superdome" (1978)
* "The Gypsy Warriors" (1978)
* "The Chinese Typewriter" (1979)
* "The Sacketts" (1979)
* "The Concrete Cowboys" (cowboy) (1979)
* "Stone Ninjas" (ninja) (1980)
* "Pirates of Rock" (pirate) (1981)
* "Magnum, P.I." (1980–1988)
* "Divorce Wars: A Love Story" (1982)
* "The Shadow Riders" (1982)
* "Murder, She Wrote" (1986)
* "Broken Trust" (1995)
* "Ruby Jean and Joe" (1996) (also executive producer)
* "Friends" (recurring role in 1996)
* "Last Stand at Saber River" (1997) (also executive producer)
* "The Closer" (1998)
* "Running Mates" (2000)
* "Crossfire Trail" (2001) (also executive producer)
* "Monte Walsh" (2003) (also executive producer)
* "Twelve Mile Road" (2003)
* "Reversible Errors" (2004)
* "" (2004)
*Jesse Stone TV movies (also executive producer & producer)
** "Stone Cold" (2005)
** "Jesse Stone: Night Passage" (2006)
** "Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise" (2006)
** "Jesse Stone: Sea Change" (2007)
** "Jesse Stone: Thin Ice" (2008)
* "Boston Legal" (recurring role in 2006)
* "Meet The Robinsons" (2007)
* "Las Vegas" (2007)


He has been thought of as the inspiration of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt and was considered for the film "Raise the Titanic" but his commitment with "Magnum, P.I." prevented him from taking the role.


External links

* person|272
* [ Selleck's Political Views]
* [ TRANSCRIPT: Tom Selleck at the "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"]
* [ Tom Selleck at the "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (Video)]

NAME=Selleck, Tom
DATE OF BIRTH=January 29, 1945
PLACE OF BIRTH=Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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