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Tom Selleck

Real name: Tom Selleck
Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Status: Married
Partner: Jillie Mack

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Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American actor, screenwriter and film producer, best known for his starring role on the long-running television show Magnum P.I.. He is recognizable by his 6 ft 4 (193 cm) height and trademark moustache.

Along with doing some modeling, Selleck attended the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. While he majored in business administration, a drama coach suggested Selleck try acting. He then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse under Milton Katselas.

Selleck had a very successful recurring guest-star television role on the popular sitcom Friends as "Richard," an ophthalmologist friend of Monica Geller's father and, eventually, one of Monica's (ex-)boyfriends. During filming, when he would show up on stage, he would receive long standing ovations. This led to a change in Friends' filming style; the live audience was removed, and laugh tracks were used instead. Selleck reprised his role as Richard several times throughout the show's ten years on the air.

Selleck has also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies in recent years. In particular, he has sought to help bring back to popularity the western, often playing one of that genre's typical characters but thrust into a modern context.

He joined the cast of the hit NBC drama Las Vegas in the season five premiere on September 28th, 2007. He plays A.J. Cooper, the new owner of the Montecito Casino. He replaces James Caan who left the cast in the same episode. This is his first regular dramatic gig on TV since he played Thomas Magnum on Magnum, P.I..

In 1993, During the brief run of the late night The Chevy Chase Show on Fox, he guest-starred and, as a gag, asked to be presented his 1992 Worst Supporting Actor Razzie award for his performance as King Ferdinand of Spain in Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. When the Razzie was actually presented to him on the air, Selleck took it in stride and asked the entire studio audience to "blow me a raspberry". Selleck thus became the third person in Razzie history to accept voluntarily one of the Worst Achievements in Film statuettes.

Tom Selleck was married to model Jacqueline Ray from 1970 - 1982 from which he adopted her son, Kevin (born 1966), from a previous marriage.

Selleck married Jillie Mack August 7, 1987. They have one daughter, Hannah Margaret Mack Selleck (born December 16, 1988). The family lives in Thousand Oaks, California.

Selleck is a board member of the National Rifle Association. On May 19, 1999, he sparred with Rosie O'Donnell on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on the issue of gun control and an ad in which he appeared which supported the NRA. Selleck was invited to the show to promote his latest movie, The Love Letter, but found himself instead defending his position on gun ownership. Selleck refused to be drawn into a heated discussion by saying: "It's your show, and you can talk about it after I leave". O'Donnell was highly criticized for this, which led her to make an apology to Selleck by saying: "For him feeling embarrassed and humiliated by me, I strongly do apologize to him personally, but I do not apologize for my feelings about this issue gun control."



 


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