Tom Selleck was born in Detroit to two loving parents. When they relocated to California, Selleck started out as a model and got his first break on the ’60s show, The Dating Game. He was so much of an instant sensation that Pepsi seized the opportunity to have him in one of their commercials, the first in a long line of commercials he would go on to do in his career.
Cats The Musical
Tom Selleck was a 38-year-old divorcé filming on location in London when his coworkers realized that he had developed an obsession with the musical Cats. It was said that, he spent countless nights in the WestEnd, telling fellow Lassiter star, Jane Seymour how great the show was. “I thought it was good, but I couldn’t see going back a dozen times,” Seymour told People magazine.
It Wasn’t Just The Show He Thought Was Great
It turns out what he actually thought was fantastic, was 25-year-old Jillie Joan Mack, the dancer who played Rumpleteazer. Soon after, a dinner date turned into a romance, and once Mack’s contract was up, she moved to Hawaii where Selleck was filming Magnum P.I.
His First Love
After dating for less than a year, Tom Selleck and model Jacqueline Ray were wed on May 15, 1971. They were married for 11 years, with Selleck even adopting Ray’s son, Kevin. Though their marriage didn’t last, his hit show did, which he landed towards the end of their marriage.
Last But Not Least
Selleck wanted to start a family and just seven years after Magnum P.I. ended, he married his second wife, Jillie Mack. At a 24-hour wedding chapel in Lake Tahoe, Nevada they were married in a secret ceremony and had only polaroid photos taken so no negatives could be leaked to the press. Maybe secrecy was the key because this time the marriage lasted 30 years and counting.
A Loving Father
From a young age, it was apparent that she had inherited her parent’s good looks. With her long, slender frame and beautifully defined features, she was stunning at every red carpet event she attended, and the media certainly noticed.
A Concerned Father
A source close to the family shared how Selleck was struggling with the situation saying, “He wanted to be sure she was making the right choices. She’s had great success as an accomplished equestrienne and the photos projected a very different kind of image.” Taking a look at these photos, though. it’s not hard to see why he was concerned, but it turns out the Magnum P.I.-actor had some scandal skeletons in his closet that were about to become public knowledge.
A Dishonest Decision
The Wrong Move
Selleck hired a truck to illegally transfer around $1.4 million worth of water over district boundaries so he wouldn’t lose his farm. In 2015, he was hit with a lawsuit by the Calleguas Municipal Water District whose private investigator discovered that a tanker truck had multiple times been filled at a hydrant in another district and then driven towards Selleck’s property. So, what was the retribution for his illegal act?
Almost Getting Off Scot-Free
It’s no surprise then given her father’s dirty secrets that Hannah felt the need to break out on her own and set herself apart from her father and the scandal that had surrounded her immediate family. As a teen, she was looking to find herself as an individual, and so she set out to do just that.
Proving A Point
During one of Hannah’s photoshoots, she was photographed with what appears to be meat hanging out of her mouth. It seemed as she got older, the more risqué her photoshoots got, and the media just continued to eat it up. Many questioned how exactly her father felt about these shoots.
No Harm, No Foul
Despite this blight on his character and reputation, Selleck has continued to have an unaltered career. He’s portrayed Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on the hit show Blue Bloods since 2010. When asked why he wanted to leave Magnum, Selleck replied, “Magnum, P.I. went to 163 shows and we still had ground to cover…I was tired from it because I was in every shot.”
Never A Bad Word
Thinking Of Others
Selleck received a $350,000 bonus from Universal Studios during the final season of the show. He immediately used that money to buy lavish gifts for others such as Rolex watches and even a Porsche, but the most touching gesture was when he gave each member of the cast and crew a $1,000 bonus as a symbol of his gratitude
Box Office Smash
Friends fans will remember him as the handsome Dr. Richard Burke, third best guest character on the show and one of the top two fan favorites out of all of Monica’s boyfriends. Despite only being on the show for a total of 10 episodes, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
A Coninued Legacy
Charitable In Every Way
Now, Tom Selleck may be tall, dark and insanely talented, but he’s also an avid philanthropist. To name just a few of his endeavors, he’s a board member for The Joseph & Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics, spokesman for the National Fatherhood Initiative, committee member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and active part of the Student/Sponsor Partnership Program in New York City.