Hearing Tom Selleck's Full Story Just Made Me Love Him More!
Tom was a good kid, though your typical mischievous boy growing up! He and his brothers were prone to pranking their poor mother, often catching mice and using them to chase her around the house.
God had another purpose for him. Conflict arose and American entered into the Vietnam War. Tom was part of the draft, and left to go and serve his country. He did so with just as much dedication as he'd shown in the other areas of his life.
Tom was a good student and athlete in school. After graduating high school, it was his dream to attend the University of Southern California, but the tuition costs were too high. But Tom didn't let that discourage him from his dream. He enrolled in Valley Junior College. He worked hard, saved up, scored himself a basketball scholarship, and by junior year, Tom was at USC.
While at college, Tom studied business administration, joined a fraternity, and played for the basketball team. But God was already leading him to another field!
Tom Selleck did some modeling on the side to help make ends meet. A drama coach suggested the young man give acting a try, and Tom made his first TV appearance on The Dating Game in 1965.
Next, he forayed into television commercials for products like SafeGuard deodorant and even Pepsi!
After graduating from USC, Tom continued down the acting path. He studied at Beverly Hills Playhouse and then went on to join the Twentieth Century Fox talent program. As with everything, Tom worked hard.
Tom spent 6 years in the California National Guard in the 160th infantry regiment from 1967 to 1973. He was even including in some of the recruiting posters! And those years of service remain some of his proudest.
“I am a veteran, I’m proud of it," Tom Selleck says. "I was a sergeant in the U.S. Army infantry, National Guard, Vietnam era. We’re all brothers and sisters in that sense.”
Tom finally returned home from the War only to learn he'd been let go from Fox. That began an 11 year stretch of struggles. Tom continued to work hard on his acting career, but all of the TV shows he managed to land went nowhere. Still, he refused to give up.
The show enjoyed 8 successful seasons between 1980 to 1988, and Tom's career took off. He earned an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series,” was named “Favorite Male Television Performer” four times by People’s Choice Awards, and even scored a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 1986!
Needless to say, that was just the start of Tom's success. It's the type of fame that could easily derail someone's priorities. But Tom remained focused on the things that truly matter rather than all of the glitz and glamour.
“I just knew that if I wanted a family — which I was thinking seriously about at that point — that it was time at that point to move on," Tom recalls about those days. "As good as this business has been to me, that’s not what life is about. Life is about more important things. You know, we’ve all struggled as we get successful in this business to balance that, I certainly have.”
We’re living in an age that celebrates unchecked impulses.”
Not only is Tom Selleck a talented actor, but he's also an upstanding man with morals. Highly regarded for his good looks, it's refreshing to know there's also a strong backbone, a good heart and a man of true character behind that iconic mustache!
"A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold." Proverbs 22:1
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