Jacqueline Ray is an American actress who was very popular and gained prominence in the 80’s. She also took a shot at modelling during her prime. Her modelling activities landed her a couple of features in some notable fashion magazines. Jacqueline is proof that one wrong decision can send your life on a downward spiral, with all your achievements and accolades shrouded by the mist of your wrongdoing.

She was born Jacqueline Mary Ray in Burbank, California, USA. Ray is believed to have spent most of her childhood years in the beautiful city of California. She is known to be covert about her personal life, systematically keeping the media at bay. She has successfully withheld information as regards her date of birth, the names of her parents, as well as her educational background. However, we know she got into acting sometime in the early 60’s and she landed her first notable role in the 1967 movie titled In the Flint.

Acting Career

Jacqueline’s noteworthy performance in the movie In the Flint opened doors for her in Hollywood. She would go on to be featured in two movies The Killings at Outpost Zeta (1980) and Beyond the Universe (1981). However, it was her role in the 1981 movie, Beyond the Universe that gave her an A-list status in Hollywood. Jacqueline also made an appearance in the 1980 American crime drama television series titled Magnum, P.I. In 2006, she made an appearance in the American teen sitcom, Unfabulous as well as its spinoff, Unfabulous: The Best Trip Ever (2007)

Her Son and Marriages

Jacqueline Ray has been in and out of relationships. As a matter of fact, she has actually been married three times to three different men. The first man she married was called Shepard. Unfortunately, that’s about the only information currently available about him (his last name). Jacqueline and Shepard had a son together in 1966 named Kevin Selleck.

Kevin was born Kevin S. Shepard but opted to change his last name to Selleck after he was adopted by his mother’s second husband Tom Selleck. Kevin like his mother and stepfather is an actor. He was among the cast of the 1997 American slasher film (horror film) titled Scream 2. He also made an appearance in Magnum, P.I. Kevin is currently married to Anabelle Selleck and they are happy together.

Tom Selleck

Jacqueline Ray

As previously stated, Jacqueline’s second husband was American actor and producer, Tom Selleck, who was born on the 29th of January 1945 in Detroit Michigan. Tom is famous for his starring role as private investigator, Thomas Magnum in the American crime drama television series titled Magnum, P.I. (1980). Furthermore, Tom would go on to be featured in over 50 films and television roles since his appearance in the Magnum, P.I. TV series in 1980.


Some of his notable filmography credits include Three Men and a Baby (1987) Quigley Down UnderMr. Baseball (1992) and Lassiter (1984). Tom was also cast as Dr. Richard Burke on Friends, as A.J. Cooper on the American TV series Las Vegas. More recently, he has been playing the role of NYPD Police Commissioner; Frank Reagan in 176 episodes of CBS’s ongoing American police procedural drama TV series titled Blue Bloods (2010 to date). Tom was nominated for People’s Choice Award in the Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor (2017) category as a result of his exceptional acting in Blue Bloods.

See Also: Kevin Selleck (Actor) – Bio, Net Worth, Relationship With Tom Selleck 

Jacqueline Ray and Tom Selleck

Jacqueline and Tom got married on the 15th of May 1971. It is believed that Jacqueline agreed to marry Tom at a time when he was struggling to land roles in films and TV shows. Jacqueline believed in his talent when nobody else did and decided to marry him despite his indigent predicament.

However, after 11 years of marriage, Jacqueline and Tom got divorced in August 1982. Reports have it that Jacqueline couldn’t handle the attention Tom was getting from his female fans after he landed the role of Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I. Tom was reportedly too cozy with his female fans and this brought a lot of grief and hurt to Jacqueline leading to the untimely dissolution of their marriage.

Clarence Barry Witmer

About 10 years after finalizing her divorce from Tom, Jacqueline Ray married her third husband, Clarence Barry Witmer on the 21st of March 1992. Jacqueline’s marriage to Clarence didn’t last long. They secretly got divorced and to date, no one really knows why. Jacqueline Ray also has a daughter named Umeko Ray with an unknown man. She is believed to be single at this time as she is currently incarcerated.

Quick Facts About Tom Selleck’s First Wife

  • Jacqueline was considered to be one of the most beautiful Caucasian women of her time.
  • She is currently serving an 18-year jail sentence.

Jacqueline’s life recently took an unexpected turn as a result of a crime she perpetuated. Her daughter, Umeko Ray was being harassed and abused by her husband Leon Bauchum. Leon was also abusive to the children he had with Umeko. Now Leon’s distasteful act was taking its toll on Umeko and her children and invariably, it began to trouble Jacqueline. To put an end to her daughters suffering, Jacqueline decided to take the law into her own hands. She hired a hitman named Luis Barker to murder her son-inlaw, Leon Bauchum.

Jail Sentence

It is normal and completely understandable for a mother to be concerned about the wellbeing of her daughter and grandchildren. Nonetheless, it is illegal to commit murder or contract someone to murder a person. Leon was brutally beaten and shot severally by Luis. After he was confirmed dead, his body was dumped on the side of the road.

Jacqueline reportedly paid Luis Barker the sum of 12000 USD for this job. After an investigation was conducted, Jaqueline, as well as, Luis were arrested by the police. In 2014, they were charged to court and sentenced to 18 years and 29 years imprisonment respectively.

In conclusion, though Jacqueline’s daughter has been set free from the shackles of an abusive husband, Jacqueline has more years of jail time to serve. This will forever remain a blight to her career and personaliton

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