‘I Quit Magnum to Have a Family’: Tom Selleck Reveals How He Raised His Daughter on a Ranch

November 28, 2019 Updated: December 5, 2019

In 1987, Tom Selleck married dancer Jillie Joan Mack. A year later, they welcomed a baby daughter, Hannah Margaret. Since then, it’s been all about family for the Hollywood star.

Rather than settle down in Tinseltown, Selleck, now 74, bought a secluded 65-acre ranch home with a horse corral and 20-acre avocado farm in Ventura County, California. “Anywhere I go, somebody says, ‘Don’t you have a house in Boca Raton? Or New Jersey?’ or wherever,” Tom revealed to People back in 2012.

“The truth is,” he admitted, “I’ve only got the one place.”

Selleck and his daughter, Hannah, walking in Los Angeles, California, on June 7, 1998 (©Getty Images | Brenda Chase)

The Selleck family’s ranch, which Selleck has referred to as “a real blessing,” helped foster a passion in the star’s young daughter, Hannah. The horse-loving girl thrived in the home’s rural environs, eventually becoming a world-class equestrian rider who competes in competitions all around the world.

At the age of 30, Hannah runs a horse-breeding business in collaboration with her father.

Selleck, Jillie Mack, and Hannah at the 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards held in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on Jan. 9, 2005 (©Getty Images | Vince Bucci)

“I quit Magnum to have a family,” Selleck said, explaining how his family ultimately triumphed over his career. “It took a long time to get off the train, but I try very hard to have balance, and this ranch has helped me do that.”

The star later admitted to CBS 2, “The shooting and making of it is very difficult. You spend more time than you do with your family.”

As for family dynamics, Selleck has admitted that he feels an affiliation with his character’s family in “Blue Bloods.” Since 2010, Selleck has starred in the show as New York City Chief of Police Frank Reagan, and Reagan, much like the real-life Selleck, is a family man.

Hannah performing at the Charity Pro-AM class at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California, on Sept. 27, 2014 (©Getty Images | Kevork Djansezian)

“It’s not The Waltons, but it’s a family,” Selleck said. “It’s a rather unsentimental family, but it is how this tough family deals with not only the problems of their job but the things that come home with [Reagan].

“I’m playing the patriarch of a family. I think Frank is sometimes an idiot and sometimes makes mistakes, but part of what he tries to be is a good dad.”

The role of the “good dad” is one that featured heavily in Selleck’s quality time with his daughter when Hannah was growing up; Selleck always chose bedtime stories accordingly.

Selleck, Jillie Mack, and Hannah at the premiere of Lionsgate’s “Killers” in Hollywood, California, on June 1, 2010 (©Getty Images | Frazer Harrison)

“I read to her all the time when she was little,” the actor explained, “and I said, ‘Hannah, I’m not going to read these to you.’ She said, ‘Why daddy?’ I said, ‘Because the dad’s always an idiot,’” Selleck joked.

As of November 2019, Selleck is starring in season 10 of “Blue Bloods.” But after filming wraps up at the end of every day, home is where his heart is. “My first priority,” Selleck told People, “is time with my family.”

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