Not everyone has what it takes to hang on to a particular profession for decades; it takes a lot to achieve such a feat. Staying relevant in a particular field for many years and having numerous accolades to show for your consistency and involvements in several projects is unarguably the hallmark of a successful career. Tom Selleck may not be the most successful veteran actor you know but he boasts of an incredible résumé and career timeline. The fact that he’s yet to retire from the industry after having invested over five decades of his life makes most people curious about his age and the number of kids he has. So, how old is Tom Selleck and how many kids does he have? Find out below.
How Old is Tom Selleck?
Tom Selleck is still active in the industry more than fifty years after his career took off. This feat alone is enough to raise questions on how old he is. The actor was born in the year 1945, precisely on 29th January, in the city of Detroit, Michigan, in the United States of America. Originally born Thomas William Selleck, his father (Robert Dean Selleck) was a real estate investor and his mother (Martha Selleck) was a housewife at the time of his birth. Tom has English and distant German ancestry on his father’s side and English roots as well on his mother’s side. The actor spent his childhood in Sherman Oaks, California, where he was raised together with his three siblings – Robert (his elder brother), Daniel (his younger brother) and Martha (his sister).
Tom attended Grant High School, from where he graduated in the year 1962. Upon graduation, he was admitted at Los Angeles Valley College to further his education. In order to save money, Selleck decided to live at home. He would later transfer to the University of Southern California with the assistance of a basketball scholarship during his junior year. Though a Business Administration student at the institution, Selleck was also part of the school’s Trojans men’s basketball team, the Trojan Knights, and the Sigma Chi fraternity. The actor would withdraw from the university in his senior year after his drama coach suggested he should try acting. Selleck’s next stop was at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, where he honed his acting skills under Milton Katselas.
As a successful actor and producer, Tom has won several awards for his roles in the industry especially in Magnum, P.I., which was his breakout project. He also featured in numerous commercials both before and after he found fame and fortune with Magnum P.I. Other notable projects he was part of include Friends, The closer, Jesse Stone series, Blue Bloods, and Las Vegas.
The actor also lent his expertise and service in the 160th Infantry Regiment of the California Army National Guard for six years (1967 -1973) after receiving a draft notice during the Vietnam War. Besides acting, Tom is an avid ice hockey fan. According to him, Slovenian professional ice hockey player Anže Kopitar and Russian ice hockey star Alexander Frolov are his two favorite players. The Hollywood veteran was formerly a minority owner of the baseball team the Detroit Tigers, which was his childhood favorite team.
He has been acting as the national spokesperson for the new Education Center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund since February 2009. Recently, precisely on September 18, 2018, he stepped down as the spokesman of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA). A registered member of the American Independent Party, Tom Selleck voiced his support for Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election but did not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
How Many Kids Does He Have?
The Hollywood actor and film producer has two lovely children – adopted son Kevin Shepard and biological daughter Hannah Margaret Selleck. Kevin is the biological son of Tom’s first wife Jacqueline Ray. He got married to the model in 1971 and in 1982, the two went their separate ways. Born in the year 1966, Shepard is a drummer and a former member of Tonic, an American rock band.
Tom had Hannah with his second wife Jillie Mack, whom he married in 1987. The actor’s only daughter was born on December 16, 1988. She is a successful show jumping competitor, a show rider and trainer for Burgundy Farms, as well as the owner of the Descanso Farm. The veteran Hollywood star and his family currently reside on a 60-acre (24 ha) avocado ranch in Hidden Valley, in Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village, California,