We’re all familiar with Tom Selleck from his classic film and television roles, first dressed in his brightly coloured suits.
In “Magnum P.I.,” he wore Hawaiian shirts to take down the bad guys, and in “Three Men and a Baby,” he played the lovable bachelor.
And you can’t talk about the veteran actor without mentioning his legendary moustache – Mr. Selleck truly is one-of-a-kind!
But Tom never thought of himself as superior to ordinary people. Concerned about what the next generation will become, he felt compelled to intervene and be there for them.
He devotes his spare time to his family as well as his work as an avid philanthropist.
According to all accounts, Tom Selleck had a happy childhood. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the beautiful San Fernando Valley of California, the son of loving and involved parents who set high expectations for their four children.
“A man is only as good as his word,” his loving but strict father advised him as a child, and he never forgot it.
He worked his way through Valley Junior College in California to pay his tuition and get a basketball scholarship.
He went on to play basketball for the University of Southern California before becoming an actor.
He began his acting career by appearing in toothpaste commercials.
He was quickly recognized for his talent, and Twentieth Century Fox signed him to a contract.
After being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War and then fired by Fox upon his return, he landed the role that would propel him to fame: “Magnum P.I.”
After eight seasons, Tom Selleck received several Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama in 1985.
Tom blamed the failure of his first marriage on his hectic work schedule, so when he fell in love for the second time with English dancer Jillie Mack, he vowed not to repeat the same mistake.
Tom quit Magnum after they had their daughter Hannah Margaret so he wouldn’t have to juggle family and work again.
He has carried the strong moral backbone instilled in him as a child into adulthood.
“I’ve tried very hard to conduct myself in an ethical way,” the actor shared, “because that’s important to my stability now.”
He is a national spokesperson for Character Counts!, a non-profit organization that assists children in developing a strong ethical perspective.
“I work with exceptional kids,” Tom said, “gang kids, deprived kids, enriched kids, and they all have an astounding sense of entitlement.”
Time for Tom to change all that!
Tom is also a spokesperson for the National Fatherhood Initiative, a member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ committee, and an active participant in New York City’s Student/Sponsor Partnership Program.
In addition, he was an honorary chairman of the Skin Cancer Foundation and a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Mission, which assists the homeless.
Linda D. Kozaryn contributed photography to the Department of Defense.
He may have stepped away from the A-list spotlight, but he’s not ready to put his feet up just yet. He tends to his 30 acre avocado farm when he is not doing all of the above or spending time with his family.
I think even his hardcore fans may be surprised by the amount of good work he is involved in. This 74-year-old appears to have so much more to offer.
But guess who he attributes his success in life to? Jesus.
All of Selleck’s success and fortune are attributed to Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.
”A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time”, he said.
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