Tom Selleck just turned 78! He’s famous for his role in the hit series “Magnum P. I,” which made him work so hard that he re-learned how to balance his work and personal life the hard way. The actor found refuge in his ranch and enjoys doing chores around it daily, and now he gets to have his six grandchildren join him.
Tom Selleck broke into fame when he starred as investigator Thomas Magnum in the hit series “Magnum P.I.” which earned him several awards, including an Emmy.However, before becoming a well-known actor, he married model Jaqueline Ray, whom he met while building his career doing commercials.
The couple was married for eleven years and had a son, Kevin before they divorced. But in his younger days, Selleck admitted that he got into big trouble that he regrets
Selleck was adored for his looks, but the actor said he did not always have the confidence or a smooth tongue when it came to women, especially after he divorced his first wife.
Tom Selleck in Hollywood in 2010 | Source: Getty Images
But someone he could connect with was his second wife, Jillie Mack, a Wiltshire, England-born actress he met backstage at the production of “Cats” in London, where Mack was a performer.
Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack in Los Angeles in 2017 | Source: Getty Images
Mack also made things easy for Selleck and made the first move. The actor could not bring himself to talk to her, so just before she went on stage, she asked him to go out for a cocktail after the show. The two fell in love and married in 1987. They had a daughter, Hannah, who they raised out of the Hollywood limelight.
Selleck just celebrated his 78th birthday and now has six grandchildren from his son Kevin. He loves them dearly and is happy when they visit him on his ranch in California. Selleck wished to see them more during the pandemic, but he had to be extra careful because his current show, “Blue Bloods,” would not be able to continue without him.
The actor loves his ranch; he purchased it after he wrapped up his time on “Magnum P.I.” in 1988. The show had consumed him so much that he felt he needed to isolate himself and regain his sanity, so he took a break and found peace in planting oak trees.
Selleck revealed in an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” that after 36 years of living on the farm, he still loves to see his trees grow. He joked and said he now has baby, teenage, and adult trees
Tom Selleck Took a Break from Hollywood to Be a Family Man
Selleck loved his time on “Magnum P.I.” despite the long 90 hours he worked a week. But when the show ended in 1988, he took a break to be a present father and husband.
Tom Selleck, his wife Jillie Mack, and their daughter Hannah in Los Angeles in 2007 | Source: Getty Images
They filmed 163 episodes of “Magnum P.I.” and Selleck said there would have been a lot more to shoot, but he was tired of the role because he was in every scene.