Tom Selleck Turns 75, So Here Are 10 Awesome Facts About the Legendary Actor on His Birthday

BY Louise Chambers TIMEFebruary 3, 2020 PRINT

Hollywood actor Tom Selleck turned 75 years old on Jan. 29, 2020. In celebration of his award-laden acting career, philanthropy, and truly iconic mustache, here are 10 of the most highly regarded items on Selleck’s resumé.

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Selleck attends ‘The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special’ at CBS Television City in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2017 (©Getty Images | Kevin Winter)

1. He is a U.S. Army National Guard Veteran

Selleck received a draft notice during the Vietnam War and joined the California National Guard, where he served from 1967 to 1973. As per, he was later featured on a number of California National Guard recruiting posters.

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Selleck receives an honorary Doctorate of Law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, on April 4, 2000 (©Getty Images | Dan Callister)

2. He Received an Honorary Doctorate

Selleck received an honorary doctorate degree in law from Pepperdine University in April of 2000 for his “outstanding character and ethics.” As per CBS, Selleck had originally attended the University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship but dropped out to pursue acting.

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Selleck with his wife, Jillie Mack, arriving at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons Restaurant in West Hollywood on March 21, 1999 (©Getty Images | Brenda Chase)

3. He Almost Played Indiana Jones

Selleck auditioned and was offered the lead role in the Hollywood classic “Indiana Jones” films. Due to scheduling conflicts, however, Selleck turned down the role, which went to Harrison Ford instead.

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Selleck in London filming an episode of “Magnum, P.I.” on May 2, 1985 (©Getty Images)

4. He Chose “Magnum, P.I.” Instead

Selleck was playing the role of private investigator Thomas Magnum in “Magnum, P.I.” at the time of being offered Indiana Jones. “Magnum, P.I.” turned out to be Selleck’s most successful endeavor, running for eight seasons and making the actor an international household name.

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5. He Has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Selleck was gifted his Hollywood star way back in 1986 at the height of his fame as the laid-back, Hawaiian-shirt-clad private eye Thomas Magnum. Selleck has since gone on to star in numerous movies and long-running television series, including “Three Men and a Baby,” “Friends,” and “The Rockford Files.”

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Selleck playing the heroic lead in the Brian G. Hutton film ‘High Road to China,’ circa 1983 (©Getty Images)

6. He Was a Contestant on “The Dating Game” … Twice

As per Fox News, Selleck appeared on ABC network’s “The Dating Game” in 1965 and again in 1967, looking for love. Perhaps inconceivably—Selleck went on to be a huge Hollywood heartthrob—the actor was passed over both times.

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Selleck with his wife, Jillie Mack, and their daughter, Hannah, at the People’s Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on Jan. 9, 2005 (©Getty Images | Amanda Edwards)

7. Selleck Has a Long and Happy Marriage

Selleck met dancer Jillie Mack in 1983 when she was performing in a production of “Cats” in London, England. The couple have been married for 33 years. Selleck and Mack also have a daughter, Hannah, and the actor also has an adopted son, Kevin, from his previous marriage to model Jacqueline Ray.

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Selleck speaks on Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on May 28, 2012. (©Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla)

8. He Is a Spokesperson for the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund

Selleck voiced his support for veterans as per “We learned a lesson as a country over time, that we need to welcome our troops home regardless of whether you have political problems with whatever mission they’re on. [T]hey just served and we need to thank them for it.”

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Selleck presents the Outstanding Drama Series award during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2008. (©Getty Images | Kevin Winter)

9. Selleck Has Won Several Coveted Awards

Selleck has a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy, and three People’s Choice awards, all for his beloved, longstanding role in “Magnum, P.I.”

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Singer Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, and Will Estes of “Blue Bloods” at Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood on June 5, 2012 (©Getty Images | Alberto E. Rodriguez)

10. He Is Sometimes Saluted on the Street

According to CBS, Selleck is occasionally saluted by real-life NYPD officers while walking down the streets of New York. As standard practice, police officers greet the police commissioner this way; since 2010, Selleck has played the formidable Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on television series “Blue Bloods.”

Now, at the age of 75, Selleck remains a Hollywood icon, a household name, and a staunch advocate for the causes close to his heart. As such, the septuagenarian continues to inspire millions of fans around the world.

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Louise Chambers is a writer, born and raised in London, England. She covers inspiring news and human interest stories.
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