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Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor, screenwriter and film producer, best known for his starring role on the long-running television show Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods.


Selleck played the recurring role of Dr. Richard Burke on Friends, a love interest to Monica Geller. Richard Burke is an ophthalmologist who is 21 years older than Monica and close friends with her parents. Monica and Richard have a very close and deep relationship until Monica discovers that Richard is not willing to have more children, when the two break up. However, later on, he returns, telling Monica he still loves her and would do anything to be with her, all the while knowing she was in a serious relationship with Chandler Bing. Monica later chooses Chandler over Richard. Richard Burke appears in Seasons 2, 3 and 6 of Friends and is referred to often throughout the series. The role helped revitalize Selleck's career.

Personal Life[]

Tom Selleck was married to model Jacqueline Ray from 1970–1982 and he adopted her son, Kevin (born 1966), from a previous marriage. He dated actress Mimi Rogers for a short time in the early-1980s.

Selleck married Jillie Mack on 7th August 1987. They have one daughter, Hannah Margaret Mack Selleck (born December 16, 1988). The family lives in Thousand Oaks, California. He has a summer residence in Jonesboro, Maine, United States.

In 1988, Selleck, Larry Manetti and Denver Broncos team owner Pat Bowlen, opened The Black Orchid restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii. It went bankrupt within a year, and was sold in 1992.

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