Tom Selleck Biography
Thomas William Selleck, commonly known as Tom Selleck, is an American film producer and actor. He made his break out in the TV series Magnum PI where he played the role of a private investigator.
Selleck has appeared in more than 50 other TV series and movies since his breakout. This includes Blue Bloods, Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady, Quigley Down Under, Lassiter, Mr. Baseball, and much more.
Selleck is also a veteran in the California Army National Guard. He is also the co-founder of the organization called Character Counts, an endorser in ads for National Review magazine, and a spokesman for the NRA (National Rifle Association.
How Much Is Tom Selleck Worth?
Tom Selleck achieved his current net worth from a couple of shows, TV series, and movies. He has been active in the entertainment industry for more than 5 decades.
Selleck became very famous due to the TV series “Magnum PI”. As of today, he is playing a role in a cop drama on CBS called “Blue Bloods”.
In addition to that, Selleck also starred as a guest in the popular TV sitcom “Friends”. He played the boyfriend of Monica.
Aside from movies and TV shows, Selleck’s net worth also grew from his endorsement deals. He has appeared in a lot of various ads on TV for different brands. This includes Right Guard Deodorant, Close-Up toothpaste, Dubonnet, AT&T, and much more.
During his career’s peak, Selleck would earn around $500,000 every episode of Blue Bloods.
As of today, Tom Selleck’s net worth is around $45 million.
Tom Selleck Personal Life
Thomas William Selleck was born in 1945, in Detroit, Michigan. His father, Robert Dean Selleck, was a real estate investor and an executive. His mother, Martha Selleck, was a housewife.
Selleck has 3 siblings. He has a younger brother named Daniel who was born in 1950. He has a younger sister named Martha who was born in 1954. He also has an older brother named Robert who was born in 1944.
In 1948, the family decided to move from Detroit to Sherman Oaks, California.
In 1962, Selleck graduated from Grant High School. Then, he attended Los Angeles Valley College.
Selleck transferred to the University of Southern California with the help of a basketball scholarship during his junior year. Selleck played for the basketball team known as the USC Trojan.
Selleck is also a member of the Trojan Knights and the fraternity called Sigma Chi.
During his college years, a drama coach recommended Selleck to try acting. Selleck was majoring in Business Administration during that time. However, he changed his mind.
Selleck had dropped out by his senior year to pursue a career in acting. Selleck was also drafted into the United States Military during this period as part of the Vietnam conflict.
Her son, Kevin Shepard, was a former drummer for Tonic, an American rock band.
Mack and Selleck have one daughter named Hannah. She was born on December 16, 1988.
Selleck, together with his wife and daughter, live on a 60-acre avocado ranch in Hidden Valley. This is located in Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village, California. This land was owned formerly by Dean Martin.
During an interview in 2012, Selleck shared details about working and living on his ranch. He said that he likes to go out and work on the ranch. This includes clearing brush and fixing roads. Selleck also stated that he hates the gym. He believes that sweating outside is better than sitting on a stationary bike.
Selleck is also a huge fan of ice hockey. People have seen him attending games at Staples Center, especially when the Los Angeles Kings are playing. According to Selleck, Alexander Frolov and Anze Kopitar are two of his favorite players.
Selleck was also once a small owner of his favorite childhood baseball team Detroit Tigers. When he got a role in the movie Mr. Baseball, Selleck prepared for it by reaching out to the Tigers to practice with them.
For 3 weeks, Selleck took batting practice. He even made an appearance in an exhibition game. According to Selleck, his training greatly helped him in his role in the movie. He stated that he obtained a lot of experience from attending the meetings of the team.
Larry Manetti, one of the co-stars of Selleck in the show Magnum PI, was lavish in his praise of the actor. Manetti praised Selleck for his excellent work ethic on an exhausting TV series. He also praised Selleck for his willingness to support the crew members and cast of the show and his work with Hawaiian charities.
Selleck joined the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in 2009 as a national spokesman for the new Education Center.
Tom Selleck Professional Career
The early career of Tom Selleck was greatly defined by appearances in commercials. After he appeared in the TV commercial for Close-Up toothpaste, Right Guard Deodorant, Dubonnet, Revlon’s Chaz Cologne, and Coca-Cola, he became a recognizable person.
Probably the most popular TV commercial for Selleck was with Marlboro, where he played as the Marlboro Man.
After several years, Selleck began to show presence in films and TV shows. After he landed minor roles, Selleck made a huge breakthrough with a recurring role in The Rockford Files.
In 1979, he reflected his real-life nature with a role in the movie The Sacketts where he played a cowboy.
Selleck landed a role in 1980 in the hit TV series Magnum PI. This is the show that made him extremely famous. The show was shot in Hawaii and it continued for 8 seasons.
This was the result of his great performance in Magnum PI.
During the 80s, Magnum PI became an iconic part. Fans across the globe grew familiar with the Hawaiian shirt, characteristic mustache, and Ferrari of Tom Selleck.
Even after the show ended, Magnum PI became the most well-known syndicated rerun in the world. Though Selleck played a part in the TV series, he still had time to appear in movies such as Three Men and a Baby and Runaway.
After Magnum PI, Selleck obtained more fame after he appeared in movies like The Love Letter, In and Out, An Innocent Man, and Quigley Down Under.
Selleck also returned to TV after he landed a role in the famous sitcom Friends. This was a memorable return for him. In the series, Selleck played a role as the ex-boyfriend of Monica. Due to his performance in Friends in 2000, Selleck was nominated for an Emmy Award for “Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series”.
In 1998, he tried to make a comeback with a leading role in a TV show. It was a sitcom called Closer. Unfortunately, after 10 episodes, the sitcom was canceled due to low ratings.
However, that did not end his career. He became successful again after joining the cast of Las Vegas on NBC. This was his first major recurring role in a TV series after Magnum PI.
Selleck also began appearing in the cop drama Blue Bloods in 2010. He is playing the Police Commissioner in the show. Selleck also appeared in Boston Legal.
Just like any other actors, Selleck also had a fair share of controversies. The most popular one was the 2015 water controversy.
The Calleguas Municipal Water District sued Selleck for allegedly stealing and moving around 1.4 million gallons of water from them to the Hidden Valley Municipal Water District.
This controversy happened during the driest drought in California. According to reports, Selleck used 1.4 million gallons of water to water his avocado farm.
Selleck settled the suit by paying the Calleguas Municipal Water District $21,865.55. This was the amount that represented the private investigator fees of the district in association with the case.
Since Selleck settled the case, he avoided a trial. In addition to that, he also didn’t admit to doing any wrong actions.
Tom Selleck Awards & Achievements
Selleck obtained an honorary doctorate on April 28, 2000, from Pepperdine University. The University picked Selleck due to his excellent ethic and character.
Selleck is the co-founder of the Character Counts Coalition and a board member of the non-profit Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics.
In 1986, Selleck also gained a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You can see the star at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard.
Selleck also obtained the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 1989.
In addition to that, Selleck won a couple of awards as well. This includes:
- Favorite Actor in a New TV Series (1981)
- Favorite Male TV Performer (1983)
- People’s Choice for Favorite Male TV Performer (1984)
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1984)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1985)
- People’s Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Performer (1985)
Aside from these awards, Selleck was also nominated in a couple of other awards as well. This includes:
- Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1982)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1982)
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1983)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1984)
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1985)
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1986)
- Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy (1998)
- Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2000)
- Favorite TV Icon (2005)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (2007)
- Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (2007)
- Favorite Crime TV Drama Actor (2017)
Favorite Quotes from Tom Selleck
A lot of individuals may be familiar with Selleck because of his roles in the popular TV series “Blue Bloods” and “Magnum PI”. However, there are still a lot of things people probably do not know about him.
This is particularly true when it comes to his quotes. Here are some of the favorite quotes from Tom Selleck:
“The Westerns I like aren’t comedies. I’m drawn to the scope of them and the land as a central character.”
“I realized I liked the screen. I knew it was a challenge, but I wasn’t afraid of risk”
“But you know there’s a lot of westerns – not that they were bad – it’s just that they can be remade because they’re great stories that aren’t indelible in an audience’s mind when it comes to both the cast and the story”
“I feel the other elements of a western is the land, which is very important in this movie. I mean the land is another character in the piece, actually”
“Few of us are as good as we think we are; none of us are as good as we can be.”
“Unless you treat failure as part of the journey, you’re never going to get anywhere.”
“We judge ourselves by our good intentions, but we’re judged by our last word.”
“Risk is the price you pay for the opportunity.”
“Having had that experience… I think what modern culture wants to see is the relationship with the woman. I don’t think you can tell a story on film nowadays where the woman simply is there for the man when he decides to settle down”
“My mustache gets so many questions he has his agent now.”
“Shooting clay targets is a very cleansing experience. It’s very relaxing. It takes a lot of concentration. It’s also very social since you’re usually shooting with friends. You can talk and forget about almost anything else that’s on your mind.”
“It’s not that conservatives don’t care. We do. We just have different answers than liberals do. It’s a difference of the mind, not of the heart.”