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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Tom Selleck

Famous For:
Magnum P.I., Three Men and a Baby, Las Vegas
Birthdate:
January 29, 1945
Famous Years:
1980-Present
Currently Known For:
Blue Bloods
Networth:
$45 Million
Tom Selleck



  Famous For:
Magnum P.I., Three Men and a Baby, Las Vegas

  Birthdate:
January 29, 1945

  Famous Years:
1980-Present



  Currently Known For:
Blue Bloods

  Networth:
$45 Million


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Mustaches aren’t quite as in style as they once were, but there’s certain people that can still pull one off. One of the most famous mustaches of all-time, of course, belongs to Tom Selleck, the veteran actor that’s been in the business for about half a century. Selleck dominated the 1980s with one show, and has remained famous ever since , including one show that’s been on the air for the entire 2010s. It’s easy to identify Selleck thanks to his facial hair, which has certainly helped his career.

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Selleck was born on January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, though his family would eventually move to southern California while he was in his youth. The new area that Selleck found himself in was able to open up his career opportunities in show business, and he actually got his start as a model while he was attending the University of Southern California. On top of that, Selleck was a highly touted basketball player, earning a scholarship to the prestigious school, but he had no ambitions to be an actor at first. Instead, Selleck was focused on a career in business before a professor at USC told Selleck he should give acting a shot.

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The first time that Selleck appeared on television came in 1965 when he appeared on “The Dating Game”, though his first on-screen acting gig came when doing television advertisements for various companies. While a member of the National Guard, Selleck made his TV acting debut in 1969, appearing in guest spots in both “Lancer” and “Judd for the Defense”.

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Throughout the 1970s, Selleck would have small roles in several movies and television shows, with a few TV movies thrown into the mix. It wasn’t until 1980 that Selleck had his big breakout, playing Thomas Magnum IV in the popular series “Magnum, P.I.”. The show, which aired on CBS, was consistently toward the top of TV ratings for several seasons, with a total of eight seasons and 162 episodes being aired on the network.

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By the time “Magnum, P.I.” had started, Selleck was already in his mid 30s, and had sort of given up hope that he was going to land a regular gig on TV. It turned out, however that waiting was extremely beneficial for the actor. “The luckiest thing that happened was that I didn’t get a real job until I was 35,” he said. “When I was 25, I looked 35 but sounded 15. There are a lot of very good actors who make it as younger leading men but don’t graduate - because the audience won’t accept them as a grown up.”

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The character would become an iconic one in television history, and even though Magnum himself was stone-faced and down to business, reflecting on the character makes Selleck emotional. “Magnum was recognized as the first show to portray Vietnam veterans in a positive way,” he said. “My silly Hawaiian shirt and Detroit Tigers cap are in (the Smithsonian) collection.”

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The success of “Magnum, P.I.” gave rise to Selleck’s star power, and he started to have more notable roles in films, as well. He starred in movies such as “Runaway”, “Three Men and a Baby” and “An Innocent Man” during the 9180s, and added a few more movies in the 1990s such as “Mr. Baseball”. TV movies also became a standard in Selleck’s career during this time, as well as a guest spot on “Friends”, and in the 2000s had a series of TV films in the “Jesse Stone” saga.

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More recently, Selleck had a role during the end of the series run for “Las Vegas” in 2007 and 2008, and then two years later got the lead role on the CBS series “Blue Bloods”. Playing Frank Reagan, Selleck has been in the role ever since 2010, and the show has eclipsed more episodes than he had playing Thomas Magnum, which is no easy task.

In his private life, Selleck first got married to Jacqueline Ray in 1971, though the couple would split up in 1982. While filming Magnum, P.I. in Hawaii, Selleck had met with a model named Marie Helvin who was there on a visit. While Selleck hadn’t been married at the time, Helvin was married to photographer David Bailey. According to Helvin, “We met and I found myself very attracted to him,” when talking about Selleck.

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Helvin said his “suave American charm” was “the perfect antidote to Bailey,” leading to a fling with the actor. When she returned home to her husband, Helvin apparently talked in her sleep, saying Selleck’s name repeatedly, letting it slip that she had been having an affair. Helvin had told Selleck that she wanted to end things with her husband and possibly start a relationship with Selleck afterward.

However, Selleck had been at the “Cats” musical where his celebrity status allowed him backstage access. It was there that he had met Jillie Mack, and the two quickly formed a relationship of their own that led to marriage in 1987. Helvin and Selleck were no longer speaking, and Selleck has been married to Mack ever since, Together, they have a daughter named Hannah.

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Now in his mid 70s, Selleck figures to be part of television for the foreseeable future, especially as “Blue Bloods” continues to dominate Friday night ratings. Selleck didn’t think that he’d find the success as a star that he has, but was ready for the task when it finally presented itself. “It is scary for an actor when you get hired as a lead,” he said. “No matter what the plot is, it is your job to do something interesting enough to make them want to get inside the lead character’s head.”


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