He is known for starring as private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P. Selleck has appeared in more than 50 film and television roles since Magnum, P.
He appeared as Dr. Richard Burke on Friends and as A. Cooper on the TV series Las Vegas. He also had a lead role in several westerns based on Louis Lamore books, the Sacketts. His father was of primarily English ancestry but had distant German ancestry as well, while his mother was of English descent.
Through this line, Selleck is the 11th generation of his family born in North America. Selleck's family moved to Sherman OaksCalifornia, during his childhood.
He has an elder brother named Robert, a sister named Martha, and a younger brother Tom selleck political affiliation Daniel. Selleck graduated from Grant High School in While working as a modelSelleck attended the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship where he played for the USC Trojans men's basketball team.
While Selleck was acquiring a degree in Business Administrationa drama coach suggested he try acting. Selleck's first television appearance was as a college senior on The Dating Game inand again in Soon after, he appeared in commercials for products such as Pepsi-Cola. He appeared in a number of TV series, mini-series and TV movies.
Upon James Garner 's death, he said, "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him. That they feel that way is, I think flattering although it adds a certain amount of pressure.
Selleck, an accessible but relatively untested actor, spent years receiving little interest from the entertainment industry. His big break came when he was cast in the lead role as Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.
The producers Tom selleck political affiliation not release the actor for other projects, so Selleck had to pass on the role of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Arkwhich then went to Star Wars alumnus Harrison Ford.
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Selleck starred in the B-movie Daughters of Satan. In he starred in Concrete Cowboys with Jerry Reed.
He starred in a number of film roles during and after Magnum ; among the most notable were as an acrophobic police detective in Runaway ; as a stand-in father in Three Men and a Baby ; and as an American 19th-century sharpshooter in the Australian western Quigley Down Undera role and film that he considers one of his best. The Discovery ; Mr.