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Tom Selleck
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Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Occupations: Actor, Producer
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Claim to Fame: The red Ferarri driving Thomas Magnum on the popular CBS detective series Magnum, P.I.

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Jacquelyn Ray Selleck, actress, model; separated 1979, six months before Selleck filmed the Magnum, P.I. pilot; subsequently divorced
Wife: Jilly Joan Mack, actress, dancer; married 1987

Father: Robert Selleck, real-estate investor; served as a first vice president of Coldwell Banker; portrayed Selleck's grandfather on the series; serves Selleck Properties in an advisory capacity
Mother: Martha Selleck, homemaker
Brother: Robert Selleck Jr, real-estate developer; partners with brother Dan in Selleck Properties
Brother: Dan Selleck, real-estate developer
Stepson: Kevin, born 1966; son from Selleck's first wife's previous marriage
Daughter: Hannah Margaret Mack Selleck, born 1989; mother, Jilly Mack

Six-foot-four, green-eyed, mustachioed and classically proportioned, Tom Selleck certainly looks the part of Movie Star but he's had a very spotty career in that medium. Moreover, his genial persona clashes pleasingly with his dazzling good looks. TV would appear to be his most hospitable arena. Selleck looks like the macho man par excellence but his voice has a tendency to squeak and his playful manner often suggests a little boy living in an adult hunk's body. He appeared in eight busted pilots, usually playing cops, soldiers and other men of action, before hitting paydirt with the often light-hearted detective series "Magnum, P.I." (CBS, 1980-88). The match of actor and character proved magical; formidable ratings and international stardom followed. 5After achieving a reasonable level of success as a model in print, billboards and TV ads, Selleck signed a seven-year contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1967. He turned up in a daytime soap ("The Young and the Restless"), played a recurring role in ABC's primetime showbiz melodrama, "Bracken's World" (circa 1970), and appeared in a slew of forgettable roles in undistinguished TV movies, famous actors and features. His film career started as the "Stud" ogled by Mae West in the notorious "Myra Breckenridge" (1970). His 1970s films were not star-making material: small roles in "The Seven Minutes" (1971), "Terminal Island" (1973) and "Coma" (1978), and a starring role in the low-budget horror flick "Daughters of Satan" (1972). 5Selleck had been hired to star in George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) but CBS would not release him from his "Magnum" commitments. His loss was Harrison Ford's gain. With the notable exceptions of "Three Men and a Baby" (1988), a saccharine but highly profitable remake of Coline Serreau's 1985 French comedy, and its 1990 sequel, most of Selleck's big-screen outings have been commercial and critical disappointments. Some reviewers point to the Australian oater "Quigley Down Under" (1990) as his best feature work to date. Here he plays an American rifleman hired by a villainous Alan Rickman ostensibly to shoot vermin at a Western Australian grazing station but discovers that he's expected to kill tribal Aborigines. The Western has proved a congenial genre for Selleck's laid-back persona; he fared well in a number of TV-movies, famous actors and miniseries set in the Old West. 5Through the 1980s and '90s, Selleck appeared in countless TV specials: awards shows, tributes (Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor), Battles of Network Stars, patriotic specials, and children's shows (on morality, drugs, etc.). He also appears to have accepted the role of Charlton Heston's heir apparent as Hollywood's official voice of conservatism (though he claims to be a registered Independent) in a number of public affairs programs and political events. 5Having executive produced the last two seasons of "Magnum", Selleck served in that function for eight "B.L. Stryker" (ABC, 1989-90) TV films starring Burt Reynolds. He also produced a number of other TV-movies, including "Revealing Evidence" (NBC, 1990) and "Silverfox" (ABC, 1991). Selleck subsequently hosted the excellent astronomy series, "The Practical Guide to the Universe" (The Learning Channel, 1993). He made a highly touted return to series TV as a recurring character on the hit sitcom "Friends" in 1996.

The Movie Murderer (1970) (TV movie)
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
The Seven Minutes (1971)
Daughters of Satan (1972)
Terminal Island (1973)
The Young and the Restless (1974-1975) (TV Series, 1973-)
A Case of Rape (1974) (TV movie)
Returning Home (1975) (TV movie)
Most Wanted (1976) (TV movie)
Midway (aka The Battle of Midway) (1976)
The Washington Affair (1977)
Bunco (1977) (TV movie)
The Gypsy Warriors (1978)
Superdome (1978) (TV movie)
Coma (1978)
The Rockford Files (1979-1980) (TV Series, 1974-1980)
The Sacketts (1979) (TV movie)
The Concrete Cowboys (aka Ramblin' Man) (1979) (TV movie)
Magnum, p.i. (1980) (TV Series)
Divorce Wars: A Love Story (1982) (TV movie)
The Shadow Riders (1982) (TV movie)
High Road to China (1983)
Lassiter (1984)
Runaway (1984)
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
An Innocent Man (1989)
Her Alibi (1989)
B.L. Stryker (1989-1990) (TV Series: Producer)
Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler (1990) (TV movie: Producer)
Quigley Down Under (1990)
3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Mr. Baseball (1992)
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
Folks! (1992)
Broken Trust (Court of Honor) (1995) (TV movie)
Friends (1996-1997) (TV Series, 1994-)
Ruby Jean and Joe (1996) (TV movie: Actor/Producer)
Open Season (1996)
The Magic of Flight (1997) (Narrator)
Last Stand at Saber River (1997) (TV movie: Actor/Producer)
In & Out (1997)
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) (TV movie)
The Closer (1998) (TV Series: Actor/Producer)
The Love Letter (1999)
Crossfire Trail (2000) (TV movie)

1983/84: Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Magnum, P.I.

Was once a USC campus representative for United Airlines

University of Southern California in Los Angeles

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