A man’s man and an acting icon, Tom Selleck is one of our favorite Hollywood names. Ever since he took the role of Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I he ensured his place in the film industry.
He started his career as a model who stole women’s hearts and signed for Twentieth Century Fox. This collaboration, however, only lasted until he was drafted to fight in the Vietnam’s war. When he recalls this period of his life, he says, “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.”
After the war ended, he started filming Magnum P.I and found himself into the spotlight once again.
Tom’s childhood was a happy one. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in San Fernando Valley, California. His parents were strict but always very supportive of their four children. Tom’s father once told him how “a man is only as good as his word,” and that’s something Tom lived by all his life.
Tom’s acting career only went upwards in the years to come, and after eight seasons of playing detective Magnum, he received numerous awards, among which a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama in 1985. He was also nominated for an Emmy several years in a row.
Back in 1971, Tom married model Jacqueline Ray and adopted her son while the two were still married. Their union didn’t last long and Tom blamed his career for the break-up. So when he married his second wive, dancer Jillie Mack, he promised himself he’d never put acting before his family ever again. And he kept the promise. After his daughter Hannah Margaret was born, he quit Magnum and devoted his time to his baby and his wife.
This awesome actor is an awesome human being too. He never considered himself superior over the ordinary people and was always there to offer a helping hand. Being concerned for what the young generations are turning into, he felt the urge to step in and be there for them. Tom founded the non-profit organization Character Counts! Speaking to New York Daily News, he said,
“I’ve tried very hard to conduct myself in an ethical way because that’s important to my stability now.”
“I work with exceptional kids,” Tom said, “gang kids, deprived kids, enriched kids, and they all have an astounding sense of entitlement.” Time for Tom to change all that!
Tom is a great fan of nature and outdoors.
The Selleck family owns a 65-acre ranch in California. That’s where Hannah was brought up. She was surrounded by nature and horses since early age and learned how to love and appreciate that kind of life herself. Which is truly amazing.
As for Tom, even at the age of 74, he still isn’t ready to quit his job as an actor and philanthropist. When he isn’t busy being spokesman for the National Fatherhood Initiative and doing his role at the Skin Cancer Foundation, as well as that at the Los Angeles Mission, which helps the homeless, he’s spending his days with his family at their 30 acre avocado farm.
Mr. Selleck really is one-of-a-kind.