TOM SELLECK Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Though Selleck has all the looks, style and charm of a big-screen hero, his success to date has been centred on the small screen with starring roles like Magnum, P.I. and a popular supporting role on Friends.


Tom started off modelling in print, billboards and TV ads. He was quite successful in that arena and ended up signing a seven-year contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1967. He appeared in the daytime soap The Young and the Restless and the primetime melodrama Bracken’s World.


He was the stud who got ogled by Mae West in his film debut, Myra Breckenridge which he followed with small roles in The Seven Minutes, Terminal Island, Coma and a starring role in the low-budget horror flick Daughters of Satan. He also made a slew of TV movies before landing the long-running Magnum, P.I. The show, which was often quirky and light-hearted, blasted Selleck into international stardom. Though the show kept Selleck busy for most of the 80’s, he did miss out on the chance to work as Indiana Jones in George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark as CBS would not release him from his Magnum contract.


Except for 1997’s In & Out, 1988’s Three Men and a Baby and its 1990 sequel, most of Selleck’s big-screen appearances have been disappointing critically and financially. As an actor Tom is charming and engaging and it would be great for him to find a film role that really captures and capitalizes on those assets.