One of Hollywood’s most famous mustachioed men, Tom Selleck, famously left hit show Magnum, P.I. to help raise his daughter. Thirty years on and Hannah Selleck is busy carving out a career of her very own, and it’s one that couldn’t be much further removed from the glitz and glamour of the showbiz industry. Here’s a look at what she’s been up to.
Born in 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, Tom Selleck proved to be multi-talented from a young age. While studying for a business administration degree at the University of Southern California, he also played basketball for the USC Trojans and worked as a model. Selleck then honed his acting talents at the Beverly Hills Playhouse before serving in the California Army National Guard for six years.
On his return, he landed parts in Coma, Myra Breckinridge and The Seven Minutes and a recurring gig in The Rockford Files as P.I. Lance White. His big break arrived when he was selected to play the eponymous character in 1980s detective show, Magnum, P.I. However, his casting later ruled him out of an even bigger role, the lead in the first Indiana Jones movie.
Selleck played Thomas Magnum for 163 episodes across eight seasons, winning an Emmy Award for his performance in 1984. Alongside Selleck’s signature mustache, the character was also renowned for his array of Hawaiian shirts, his beloved baseball cap and his Ferrari 308 GTS. The show was taken off air in 1988, although it was rebooted in 2018, with Jay Hernandez replacing Selleck as leading man.
Selleck also continued to show up on the big screen during his Magnum, P.I. stint. He appeared in Divorce Wars: A Love Story, High Road to China, Lassiter and Runaway. But his biggest movie success came when he teamed up with Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg to play a trio of father figures in box office hit Three Men and a Baby.
A whole new generation discovered Selleck’s talents when he was cast as Monica’s much older interest Richard in Friends. The star went on to land the recurring roles of Jack McLaren in The Closer, the eponymous hero in Jesse Stone and A.J. Cooper in Las Vegas. More recently, he’s enjoyed a long-running spell as Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on CBS police procedural Blue Bloods.
Selleck also added several entries to his filmography during this period. He took the lead in 1992’s Mr. Baseball, appeared opposite Kevin Kline in 1997 comedy In and Out and voiced Cornelius Robinson in 2007 animation Meet the Robinsons. His last big-screen appearance came in 2010 when he played Mr. Kornfeldt in action rom-com Killers.
Selleck has also often attracted attention for his political views. In 1999 he got into a dispute with Rosie O’Donnell on her eponymous chat show over his support for the National Rifle Association. In 2003 he became the public spokesman for the organization after Charlton Heston’s resignation. And in the 2008 presidential election he publicly backed Senator John McCain.
As for his personal life, Selleck first walked down the aisle with model Jacqueline Ray in 1971. The actor also adopted her son from a previous relationship, Kevin Shepard, shortly after. Selleck and Ray stayed together for 11 years before splitting in 1982.
Five years later Selleck eloped to Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with actress Jillie Mack. The pair had previously shared screentime in Magnum, P.I., with Mack playing Sally Ponting in a 1985 episode. The couple then welcomed their first and only child, Hannah, into the world just before the Christmas of 1988.
Selleck decided to quit his leading role in Magnum, P.I. shortly after to focus on raising a family. He and wife Jillie then moved to Ventura Country, California, where they purchased a 65-acre ranch. Mack told People magazine in 2012, “We both thought it was the best environment for [Hannah] to grow up.”
And the family has certainly adapted well to country life. Not only has Selleck become a keen avocado farmer, he’s set up a horse breeding business with his daughter Hannah too. And Hannah also regularly tours the world as an equestrian champion, a sport she says she was urged to take up by her parents.
“I loved being around the animals, and as a kid, taking care of different ponies and hanging out at the barn all day,” Hannah told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. Hannah, who began horse riding aged just four, began to take the sport seriously in her early teens. She added, “As I progressed in the sport, I fell in love with the competition itself.”
Although she spent much of her youth competing, Hannah doesn’t believe she missed out on being a typical teen. She told THR, “I stayed in school regularly even though I missed quite a bit of class to travel and compete, but I attended school dances and went to prom, and I was able to balance it.”
Hannah once interned at a Beverly Hills PR firm but soon decided it wasn’t for her, telling THR, “That was the first time that I had been away from the horses, and I was miserable. I was only able to ride on the weekends, and that was a huge shock. After that, I realized I have to do the horses, so I quit the PR job.”
Hannah then began working for her horsing coach on her way to becoming an assistant trainer. When asked about her current role, she replied, “I have a small breeding program in California where I’m developing young horses to bring along and sell. It’s a business that so far has been really great and a great experience.”
Hannah also spoke about how her horse breeding business has received the backing of her famous father. She said, “My dad encouraged it a lot. He liked the idea of developing the babies and developing young horses, so he was a big supporter of this idea.”
Hannah also told THR how fortunate she feels to now call New York her home. She said, “It’s been a nice change. I’m so lucky to be able to live in the city and have the horses based just outside so I get the best of both worlds where I can train full time and still live in a wonderful place like Manhattan.”
And although she enjoyed a brief stint as a model, Hannah doesn’t regret turning her back on the Hollywood lifestyle. “All my time goes into the horses and that’s my focus. If you split your focus, its hard to excel. The modeling I only really did to help out some friends, and I do it for my sponsors. Outside of that, I don’t have time.”
And Hannah told THR that both her parents are delighted at how her career has turned out. “They wanted me to find my love and pursue that. As a kid they tried to raise me as normally as possible given my dad’s line of work. Those horses have been a great way for me to have my own accomplishments outside of whatever my parents had done.”