(January 29, 1945 - living) U.S.A.
Born at Detroit, Michigan, but raised in Los Angeles, Selleck did modeling work and attended the University of Southern California on an athletic scholarship, majoring in business administration until a drama coach suggested he try acting. He was quite successful 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 Bracken's World.
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.
Tall, athletic, and brawny with wavy dark hair, a craggily handsome face, eyes sparkling with intelligence and wit, and a broad, easy smile, Tom Selleck looks as if he were born to be a movie star. Indeed, he was among Hollywood's hottest television sex symbols of the '80s, and yet, despite his charisma and charm, he has yet to translate his popularity into a major screen career.
The once-divorced Selleck married former dancer Jilly Mack in 1987. They have one daughter. Also in 1987, Selleck appeared in the film for which he is best known, Three Men and a Baby. His next few films, including Quigley Down Under (1991) and Mr. Baseball (1992), were only somewhat popular.
In 1997, Selleck revitalized his own movie career by playing the gay news anchor who helps a sexually confused Kevin Kline in the comedy In and Out.
Tom Selleck Says He's Not Gay
The nope-not-gay refutation comes in the September 16 issue of The Advocate, a leading gay and lesbian magazine. Whispers about the so-called truth of his private life have dogged the 52-year-old actor since he hit it big in 1980 with the TV cop show Magnum P.I.
Selleck makes it plain to the Advocate that he's straight and that "it's not anti-gay to say that you're not gay."
The classically handsome star has taken heat in the past for publicly declaring that he was "singularly heterosexual" and vigorously protesting (to the tune of a $20 million lawsuit) a 1991 tabloid story that suggested he was gay.
"I would have had the same problem - felt the same kind of righteous indignation - if somebody had said I was having an affair with some actress I had never met," Selleck said.
Selleck tells the Advocate that he expects gay rumors to start anew with the release of his movie, In & Out. In it, he plays a gay journalist. Selleck says it took him 30 takes to get a smooch right with costar Kevin Kline. He found the scene "difficult."
© by Joal Ryan, Aug 29, 1997
07/02/02: Tom Selleck, the NRA, and hot gay love scenes
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I know that Tom Selleck is GAY, as I had a relationship with him for four years. I know that he has enjoyed a married life, but this is truly a cover for his lusting desires for younger men and boys.
I am sorry for those men that believe him to be a devout heterosexual, but he is not, so get over it!!
Well, we don't know where the truth is... but we think it is not really important, it's only Tom's business.