There’s just something about Tom Selleck that appeals to everyone, both women and men. He’s a real gentleman, and his personal beliefs, strong family values, and military experience have made him a fan favorite in every project he takes on.
Whether in his influential roles in “Blue Bloods” or “Magnum P.I.” or “The Closer,” Selleck credits his stellar performances solely to his faith in Jesus Christ.
In 1962 Selleck graduated from high school. He wanted to enroll in the University of Southern California but due to high tuition fees he surrendered his dream for a season. Instead, he enrolled in Valley Junior College, saved money, earned a basketball scholarship and transferred to USC in his junior year.
It was at USC that a drama coach suggested that Selleck try acting. He ventured into acting and appeared on “The Dating Game” and TV commercials including products like Pepsi-Cola. Eventually, Twentieth Century Fox started recruiting him for a contract. He worked hard to learn the art of acting, but little did he know his life was about to take a turn.
Selleck took a break from acting and was drafted into the military in 1967 and served through until 1973 in the California National Guard.
Upon returning to civilian life, he was dropped from his contract with Fox.
“I got into an infantry National Guard unit and did six months active duty in the middle of my time at Fox … and then [Fox] fired me (aughs)” Selleck said.
Selleck is Selleck, of course, and he wasn’t about to let something like that get in his way. He continued to pursue acting and his career took off in a big way soon after. He attributes his fortune to Jesus Christ.
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps,” Selleck said. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
According to New York Daily News he said, “I try very hard to conduct myself in an ethical way, because that’s important to my stability now.”
“We’re a culture that’s so centered on the individual. The culture says that basically nothing is more important than the way you feel. We’re living in an age that celebrates unchecked impulses. I work with exceptional kids, gang kids, deprived kids, enriched kids and they all have an astounding sense of entitlement. They don’t celebrate earning the privilege of driving at 16. They expect a car. There’s a big difference.”
We know, the world needs more grounded celebrities like Tom Selleck!