Many Tom Selleck fans know him best from his ’80s TV hit “Magnum P.I.” Others may know him best as Monica’s boyfriend, Dr. Richard Burke, on “Friends,” as Peter Mitchell from the 1987 hit film “Three Men and a Baby” or, more recently, as Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on the TV series “Blue Bloods.”
Throughout his long career in show business, the actor has had his share of ups and downs but has managed to stay out of the tabloid magazines andremain devoted to his family. Here are some fun facts you may not know about this Hollywood legend.
He Dropped Out Of College To Pursue Acting
Selleck was born in Detroit but grew up in Southern California. While attending the University of Southern California, Selleck belonged to the Sigma Chi fraternity and alsoworked as a male modelto pay the bills. However, he ended up dropping out in order to pursue an acting career. He signed a contract with 20th Century Fox just three credits shorts of a business degree.
When you think of Selleck, chances are you think about the actor’s most defining feature. His famous mustache evenhas its own Facebook page, where it is listed as a “Public Figure” and has more than 40,000 followers. As you probably figured, without his mustache, Selleck is almost unrecognizable!
He Has Been Married Twice
He Was A Struggling Actor Until His Mid-30s
Tom Selleck was 35 when he got his big break. As the star of “Magnum P.I.,” a crime drama about a private investigator living in Hawaii, Selleck was thrust into the spotlight. Before that, the actor had starred in six other TV pilots that did not take off.
He Worked As A Handyman
When an actors’ strike delayed filming on “Magnum P.I.” for six months, Selleck was already in Hawaii ready to begin filming. He had already signed a lease on an apartment, so he worked as a handyman for his landlordin order to make ends meet.
He Might Have Been Indiana Jones
The role of Indiana Jones in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” was originally offered to Selleck. However, CBS forced the actor to pass on the movie due to a conflict with his “Magnum P.I.” contract.Selleck revealed the story in 2014when talking to David Letterman.
He Met His Second Wife After Seeing Her Perform In ‘Cats’
Tom Selleck has been married to his second wife, Jillie Mack, for more than 30 years. They met in 1983 after Selleck saw her in a London performance of “Cats.” He credits their successful marriage to his choice to put his family before his career.
He Had A Secret Wedding
He Played Basketball In College
At 6 feet 4 inches tall, it’s not surprising that young Tom Selleck gravitated toward basketball. When he was a student at the University of Southern California, he played for the school’s men’s basketball team.
He Briefly Dated Mimi Rogers
Some People Confuse Him With Burt Reynolds
Because of their mustaches and similar features, some people have confused Tom Selleck with the late Burt Reynolds. You can see why below.