Tom Selleck is a big name in old-school movies and TV, often spotted in colorful outfits. He rocked Hawaiian shirts in “Magnum P.I.,” kicking bad guy butt, and then played a cool single guy in “Three Men and a Baby.”
You can’t miss talking about his famous mustache when you’re discussing Tom. It’s like his trademark. Even though he’s a star, Tom doesn’t think he’s better than anyone else. He often steps up because he’s worried about what’s happening with younger people these days.
Tom had an awesome childhood in the sunny San Fernando Valley, California. His parents, who wanted the best for their four kids, raised him there, though he was born in Detroit, Michigan.
His dad was loving but strict, and he once told him, “A man is only as good as his word,” which Tom took to heart and never forgot.
He paid his own way through Valley Junior College in California using a basketball scholarship. After playing basketball for the University of Southern California, he got into acting.
Tom’s talent didn’t go unnoticed. He got a contract with Twentieth Century Fox and even did some toothpaste commercials.
In 1985, after 8 seasons, he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama and got loads of Emmy nominations.
Tom fell head over heels for an English dancer, Jillie Mack. He didn’t want to make the same mistakes he made in his first marriage, which he thought was partly due to his busy work life.
When their daughter Hannah Margaret was born, Tom left Magnum, so he didn’t have to juggle work and family.
Tom is a pretty straight-up guy, thanks to the solid values he was taught growing up. He’s worked hard to act right because he thinks it’s really important to his peace of mind.
He’s a representative for Character Counts, a charity that helps kids learn good values.
Tom works with all sorts of kids, from gang kids to rich kids, and he helps them believe in themselves.
He’s also a spokesperson for the National Fatherhood Initiative. He’s part of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is active in a student support program in New York City.
Tom was also the honorary chairman and spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation and the Los Angeles Mission, which helps homeless people.
Even though he’s not in the celebrity spotlight anymore, he’s not sitting around doing nothing. When he’s not doing all of these things or hanging out with his family, he’s looking after his 30-acre avocado farm.
His fans might be surprised by all the good stuff he’s doing. At 78, he’s still got a lot to give.
But you know who he says is responsible for his success? Jesus. Tom believes his success and wealth come from his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He believes, “A man plans his course in his heart, but the Lord orders his steps.” So, he thinks it’s important to let God lead the way so that he can lift you up when the time is right.