Tom Selleck - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 5, 2022

Tom Selleck
Profession: Actor, Producer
Best Known For: Magnum P.I. (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $45 million

Personal Details

Born on : January 29, 1945 (age 79)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Thomas William Selleck
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Horoscope: Aquarius
Father's Name: Robert Dean Selleck
Mother's Name: Martha Selleck
Siblings: 3

Robert Selleck (older brother)
Martha (older sister)
Daniel Selleck (younger brother)

High School: Grant High School
University: University of Southern California
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (English, Scottish, Irish, German)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: August 7, 1987
Wife's Name: Jillie Mack

Jacqueline Ray (1971-1982)

Children: 2

Kevin Selleck (adopted stepson)
Hannah Margaret Selleck (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.93 meter (6 feet 4 inch)
Weight: 88 kg (194.01 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: 13 US
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Tom Selleck?

Tom Selleck is an actor, producer by profession, and American by nationality. He is well known for starring in Magnum P.I., Three Men and a Baby, Blue Bloods, Friends, and The Sacketts.

Tom Selleck – Age, Parents, Siblings

Tom Selleck’s birth took place on January 29, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was born Thomas William Selleck to his mother Martha Selleck (née Jagger), a housewife, and his father Robert Dean Selleck, an executive and real estate investor. 

He is not the only child of his parents and has three siblings- older brother Robert Selleck, younger brother Daniel Selleck and a younger sister named Martha.

Tom Selleck in high school (Image: Pinterest)

Education, Ethnicity

For education Tom Selleck attended Grant High School, graduating in 1962. He went on to attend Los Angeles Valley College and transferred to the University of Southern California under a basketball scholarship. There he played for the USC Trojans men's basketball team. 

While he was majoring in Business Administration, a drama coach suggested he take up acting. In his senior year, he dropped out and studied acting at Beverly Hills Playhouse.

He is of Multi-ethnic (English, Scottish, Irish, German) ethnicity.

Tom Selleck – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

He married Jacqueline Ray on 15 May 1971. Although they did not have any children together, Tom Selleck adopted Ray’s on Kevin Shepard (born 1966). After more than 11 years of marriage, the pair divorced, which was finalized on 10 August 1982. 

He has also been in romantic relationships with Goldie Hawn, Lillian Müller, Jill St. John (1981), Mimi Rogers (1982 - 1983), and Marie Helvin (1983).

Tom Selleck married his girlfriend Jillie Mack on 7 August 1987. With his wife, he had a child. Their daughter Hannah Margaret Selleck was born on December 16, 1988. She is now an international showjumper. 

Jillie Mack, Tom Selleck, Hannah Selleck (Image: Country Living)

Tom Selleck – Career

Early Days

Selleck’s first TV appearances were in 1995 as a college senior on The Dating Game. This role gave way to numerous commercials and minor appearances in films such as Myra Breckinridge, Coma, and The Seven Minutes.

Tom Selleck landed his big break when he was cast as the lead role of Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I. While working on the series pilot, he was offered the role of Indiana Jones in Raiders of Lost Ark. But as the producers of the Magnum, P.I. were not flexible, he had to let the part go.

Magnum P.I. was a huge success and Tom Selleck portrayed the role of Thomas Magnum from 1980 to 1988.

Tom Selleck on the Magnum P.I. set in 1984 (Image: Wikipedia)

Film, Series

Over the years Tom Selleck has starred in films Three Men and a Baby (1987), Quigley Down Under (1990), Mr. Baseball (1992), The Sacketts (1979), In & Out (1997), Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007), among many others

He has also portrayed characters in the TV series Blue Bloods (2010-present), The Rockford Files (1978- 1979), Friends (1996-1997, 2000), and Las Vegas (2007-2008), to name a few.


On Jesse Stone, Tom Selleck has starred alongside Kohl Sudduth, Kathy Baker, Viola Davis, Kerri Smith, and Reg Rogers.

California National Guard

Tom Selleck received a draft notice during the Vietnam War. He joined the California National Guard and served in the 160th Infantry Regiment of the California Army National Guard from 1967 to 1973. 

He had reached the rank of Sergeant and had been awarded California National Guard Federal Service Ribbon, California State Service Ribbon, and California Drill Attendance Ribbon.

Tom Selleck served in California Army National Guard (Image: GodVine)

Tom Selleck – Awards, Nominations

For his work in acting and entertainment Tom Selleck has earned numerous awards. He has been nominated for seven People's Choice Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a Satellite Award, etc.

Among the nominations he has won People's Choice Awards (1981, 1983, 1984, 1985), Primetime Emmy Awards (1984), Golden Globe Awards (1985), etc.

Tom Selleck – Net Worth, Salary

His net worth is known to be around $45 million. He is paid around $200 Thousand Per Episode.

Tom Selleck – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Tom Selleck is absent. However many accounts have been set up in his name.

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