With his serious looks, stern demeanor, and trademark moustache, Thomas William “Tom” Selleck is an actor best known for his portrayal of private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I. With his serious looks, stern demeanor, and trademark moustache, he makes a good choice for cops and investigators roles, which he has been offered many times. In a series of television movies based on Robert B. Parker novels, he played Police Chief Jesse Stone, in keeping with his image. The great actor had been in the entertainment industry for a long time before he was noticed. Before Magnum, P.I., he had minor roles in a variety of films and television shows that helped him become a household figure. Following that role, he secured other significant roles in television programs and films, including a role in the film Three Men and a Baby, which went on to become a great commercial success. Acting seemed an unusual career choice for the athletic basketball player with a business administration degree. On the advice of a drama coach, he began performing. He progressed from little jobs to being the award-winning, highly sought after actor that he is today. He was a sportsman in his younger years and is a skilled beach volleyball player.
Childhood and Adolescence
Martha Jagger and Robert Dean Selleck are his parents. His father was a real estate mogul and businessman, while his mother was a stay-at-home mom. He has three brothers and sisters.
He attended Grant High School and graduated in 1962.
He had an athletic build and participated in a variety of sports. He was accepted to the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship. He studied business administration as a major.
He used to model as well, and his drama coach encouraged him to try his hand at acting. After that, he studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, where he was mentored by Milton Katselas.
Career of Tom Selleck
He began his acting career in television programs with minor roles. In 1965, he featured on the show The Dating Game as a college senior, a role he returned in 1967. He began performing in commercials during his early days, when he would take any job he could get his hands on. He worked as a minor character in films and television shows such as The Movie Murderer (1970), Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1973), Charlies Angels (1976), and The Sacketts (1977). (1979). Despite his good looks, impressive body, and acting talents, the talented actor’s career was not progressing as he had hoped; even after years of hard work, he had mostly gone unnoticed. When he was offered a role on the television series Magnum, P.I., this changed.
In the television series Magnum, P.I., he played Thomas Magnum, a private investigator. The series, which aired on CBS from 1980 until 1988, was a huge hit and one of the most popular sitcoms on American television.
Following his popularity as a television actor, his movie career took off as well. In 1987, he co-starred in the comedy picture Three Men and a Baby alongside Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson. The film was one of the year’s major successes.
From 1996 through 2000, he starred as Dr. Richard Burke in ten episodes of the sitcom Friends. Despite the fact that his role was only a guest appearance, his performance was praised by both critics and the public. For Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
In 1997, he starred alongside Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, and Matt Dillon in the romantic comedy In & Out. Tom Hanks’ comments at the 1994 Academy Awards ceremony about the amazing LGBT guys he has met inspired the film.
In the television sitcom The Closer, he played a successful advertising firm CEO. He was in ten episodes of the CBS drama that aired in 1998.
He played A.J. Cooper in the television series Las Vegas from 2007 to 2008. The show followed a group of casino employees as they dealt with problems that arose in the workplace. In 2007, he co-starred with Kathy Baker in the television mystery film Jesse Stone: Sea Change. The film was based on Robert Parker’s novel and followed a police chief as he investigated an unsolved murder. He also reprised his role as Jesse Stone in subsequent films in the series. He has been playing Frank Reagan in the police drama series Blue Bloods since 2010. The series depicts the lives and work of a family of New York City Police Department officers.
Major Projects of Tom Selleck
He is best recognized for his eight-year role as private detective Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I. This show established him as a well-known actor and earned him critical acclaim and honors.
Achievements & Awards
For his depiction of Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I., Selleck won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1984.
Personal History and Legacy
In 1971, he married model Jacqueline Ray and adopted her child. In 1982, the couple divorced. In 1987, he married Jillie Mack for the second time. The pair has a daughter together.