Tom Selleck Biography

Tom Selleck Biography
Tom Selleck (born on 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..



Rising to 6'4", Tom's dark hair, chiseled good looks, muscular and hairy-chested physique, s-- appeal, iconic moustache and good sense of humor make him popular for action, drama, and comedy parts; his Magnum role was a mix of all three.

Born in Detroit to Ukrainian Rusyn parents, but raised in Los Angeles, Tom did modeling work and attended the University of Southern California on an basketball scholarship; he majored in business administration, however a drama coach suggested he try acting. Tom Selleck then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under Milton Katselas.

Tom began his career with bit parts in smaller movies, including the over-the-top Myra Breckinridge and Russ Meyer's The Seven Minutes. Tom Selleck 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 surprise 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 Selleck lookalike Wayde Preston in that series' highest-rated episode, "The Saga of Waco Williams." Ironically Selleck, after years of little interest, was cast as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark that same year. Magnum's producers would not release the actor and he had to pass on the role, which then went to Harrison Ford.

Tom starred in a number of film roles during and after Magnum; among the most notable were as an acrophobic police detective in Runaway and as a stand-in father in Three Men and a Baby. Tom Selleck also played the lead role in the Australian western Quigley Down Under. His other films included High Road to China, Lassiter, Her Alibi, An Innocent Man, Folks!, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Mr. Baseball, In & Out and The Love Letter. Selleck had a very successful recurring guest-star television role on the popular sitcom Friends as "Richard," an ophthalmologist friend of Monica Geller's father and, eventually, one of Monica's (ex-)boyfriends. During filming, when he shows up on stage, he would receive long standing ovations. This leads to changing Friends' filming style by removing the audience and use laugh tracks.

Tom 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 Ike: Countdown to D-Day. 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, Tom 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).

Tom 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. Tom was famous for wearing a Hawaiian-style aloha shirt and also wearing a Detroit Tigers baseball cap. In the series, Magnum would drive a Ferrari 308 GTS.  Selleck will not star in the upcoming Magnum P.I. film, because he has been considered too old but may appear in a cameo role. George Clooney, Vince Vaughn, and Ben Affleck have been rumored for the role.

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Tom Selleck was married to model Jacqueline Ray from 1970 to 1982 from which he adopted her son, Kevin, from a previous marriage. Selleck's second marriage was to Jillie Mack, they married in 1987. They have one daughter, Hannah Selleck. Tom also dated Mimi Rogers in the early 1980's. He reportedly lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Tom is a member of the National Rifle Association. On May 20, 1999 He sparred with Rosie O'Donnell on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on the issue of gun control and an ad in which he appeared which supported the NRA. Selleck was invited to the show to promote his latest movie, The Love Letter, but found himself instead defending his position on gun ownership. Selleck refused to be drawn into a heated discussion by saying: "It's your show, and you can talk about it after I leave". O'Donnell was highly criticized for this, 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 this issue gun control." Though often considered a conservative, Selleck describes himself politically as "a registered independent with a lot of libertarian leanings".

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 Michael Josephson Institute of Ethics and co-founder of the Character Counts Coalition.

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