Who is Tom Selleck
Many people will know Selleck as the famous actor, but is that all there is to him? He was born in 1945 in Michigan and is blessed with talent across many different areas. He studied for a business administration degree and played basketball for his college, the University of Southern California (USC). Soon he was working as a model, but that changed for a while when he was drafted to the US Army, serving from 1967 to 1973. He tried acting after a drama coach suggested he give it a try while he was studying at USC, he didn’t regret giving it a try and has gone on to have a long and successful career in the acting business.
The man, myth, and legend
If you were to create a caricature portrait of Tom Selleck, there is undoubtedly one facial feature you couldn’t leave out, his mustache. For decades it has been pretty much his identity, and with good reason, as he looks great wearing it on his face. Selleck was one of the most famous actors of his generation while he was starring in detective drama show Magnum P. I. Although he was incredibly successful and adored by fans all over the world, Selleck called time on his career as the TV investigator early for one reason, to look after his daughter. That was in 1988, and his daughter has now grown up, but did she follow in her dad’s career footsteps?
Selleck began working in the entertainment industry as early as the 1960s. Following some modeling, he appeared on TV show The Dating Game as well as featuring in commercials for Pepsi. As many actors do, his career began with a series of smaller roles in movies such as Coma, Myra Breckinridge, and The Seven Minutes. He was struggling to find regular work but began featuring as a recurring guest on crime drama The Rockford Files.
One of his most famous roles, when he finally got his big break, was as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator in the crime drama Magnum P. I. Selleck was soon hot property and missed out on the role of a lifetime thanks to his commitments on the crime show. He was approached by George Lucas to portray Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but had to pass on it because of conflicting schedules. Selleck went on to record 163 episodes of Magnum P. I., winning an Emmy in the process.
Time on Friends
One of the biggest TV stars in of the ‘80s, it was only right that he managed to appear in one of the biggest TV shows of the ‘90s, Friends. Friends was a smash hit, and Selleck appeared as the much older boyfriend of Monica Geller, played by Courteney Cox. His appearance as Dr. Richard Burke, a friend of Monica’s dad who was recently divorced when he bumped into Monica and the two started a relationship.
Three men and a baby
By now, most people in America knew who Tom Selleck was, and he was getting cast in some pretty big movies. In 1987 he was cast as one of the men in the comedy movie, Three Men, and a Baby. He was cast in the lead role of the 1990 western adventure movie, Quigley Down Under and the lead roles would continue to roll in for him. He was the lead in movies such as Lassiter, Folks!, Mr. Baseball and An Innocent Man.
Selleck took a break from his role of Magnum P. I. to allow him to raise his daughter Hannah, but he still found work in movies and TV shows that didn’t require him to spend so much time away from his family. A keen lover of sports, he was perfect for the role of Jack in the 1992 sports comedy Mr. Baseball. Selleck plays an aging baseball player who is transferred to Japan to play in their league but struggles to come to terms with the cultural differences with hilarious consequences.
Hannah’s mom, Jillie Mack, wasn’t Tom Selleck’s first wife, but his second. His first wife, Jacqueline Ray was married to Selleck from 1971 until their divorce in 1982, an 11-year relationship where Selleck adopted Ray’s son Kevin. Ray was a model turned actress who appeared in movies such as In Like Flint and Beyond the Universe, as well as making several appearances alongside Selleck in Magnum P. I. It would be on that show where he would meet his future wife.
As with most breakups, there comes a time when you are ready to put yourself back out there and date somebody else, and five years after his divorce, Selleck was prepared to begin dating again. He didn’t have to look too far when he was ready as he met his future wife, Jillie Mack, on the set of his show Magnum P. I. It wasn’t long until the pair tied the knot and soon they would be expecting their first child, Hannah, in 1988.
Family comes first
Not willing to miss out on time spent with his new daughter, Selleck quit his role in TV show Magnum P.I. Despite being one of the most popular stars, the studio couldn’t convince him to stay on, and the show ended with his resignation. It has recently been rebooted and is expected to hit our screens later in 2018. Selleck and his wife moved to Ventura Country, in California, where they moved to a great big ranch allowing their daughter to have plenty of space away from prying eyes.
Life out of the spotlight
The family wanted to live their life out of the spotlight as much as they could and soon adapted to their new country lifestyle. The range is an avocado farm, something that Selleck likes to take care of himself and Hannah found her calling while living on the ranch. Selleck set up a horse breeding business on the land, and that was something that his daughter Hannah couldn’t wait to get involved with. Hannah was urged to take up equestrian sports and is flourishing, winning tournaments across the world.
Hannah spoke with the Hollywood Reporter in 2017 and told the interviewer how much she loves animals. She said that lots of time during her childhood was spent looking after ponies and just hanging out in the barn a lot. She began to ride horses at the tender age of four and in her early teens began to really take the sport seriously. The more she involved herself with the sport, the more she fell in love with it.
Not a typical childhood
She believes she missed out on some of the things that most normal children get to experience when growing up, however. She spent a lot of her time competing against other horse riders from across the world, meaning she missed out on a lot of time at school. She attended school as much as she could and always made sure she was around for the dances and her prom. Although she missed out on day to day life a lot, she feels like she got a good balance to her school life.
When figuring out what she wanted to do with her life, she spent some time as an intern working at a PR firm but didn’t really enjoy it. As far as she was concerned, she was spending too much time away from her beloved horses, and the more time she was away from them, the more miserable she would become. Being only able to ride them on weekends was not enough for her so she soon sent the PR firm packing, realizing that she should be working permanently with horses.
Now that she knew, 100 percent, what she wanted to do with her life she had to find a way to make it all happen. She started to work toward becoming a horsing coach, and as she continued to progress, she eventually became an assistant trainer. Her current role is a part of a horse breeding company, based in California, where she aids the young horses in their development before selling them on to others. She says the business is great and is giving her plenty of experience.
Dad loves it
Her dad is very happy that things are beginning to work out so well for Hannah. She said that her dad is the one who has been encouraging her to make the horse business work and really liked the idea that the young horses could be trained and developed. Selleck and his wife moved out to the country to enjoy the quiet life, and it seems their daughter has not been tempted to step into the world of glitz and glamor her parents came from.
New York life
She has recently moved to New York and is said to be loving life in the big city. Stepping away from the spotlight at a young age has allowed her to live life in one of the biggest cities in the world at her own pace. Hannah is thrilled that she is able to have the benefits of living in a huge metropolis like New York while being able to escape to the country just outside and look after her horses.
Brief modeling career
Although she largely didn’t get into the entertainment business, she was tempted into modeling for a brief while. Hannah is happy that all of her focus goes on her horses, not feeling like she is missing out on the Hollywood life at all. She did some modeling in the past but only did so to help out some of her friends, and whatever her sponsors ask of her, not as a way to follow in the footsteps of her very famous dad.
Parents are delighted
Hannah’s parents are said to be delighted that her career has turned out so well. It can’t be easy to keep the pressures of being the daughter of famous parents away from her, but that is what Tom Selleck and his wife seem to have done. Hannah is incredibly happy that she was able to have as normal a childhood as possible and the horses are something that she is truly passionate about and incredibly fortunate to have been able to choose as a career.