“I’m a fairly private person,” Tom Selleck Opens Up

“I’m a fairly private person,” Tom Selleck the actor, 75, who shot to fame with Magnum P.I. in the 1980s, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “And I’ve always treasured the balance between work and time with my family”. The actor added that his relationships and ranch “keep me sane.”

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Selleck has been married to Jillie Mack since 1987, and the couple share daughter Hannah Margaret, 31. Selleck was first married to Jacqueline Ray, with whom he shares son Kevin, 54. Selleck has a fantastic career that includes the starring role on Magnum P.I., a fun part as Monica’s beau on Friends and his most recent show Blue Bloods, which is in its 10th season. And his personal life is pretty impressive too he is still married to his wife of over 30 years Jillie, and he is close to his two kids.

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The ranch used to be an avocado farm, but a drought ended that. Now he likes to walk among the over 1,500 native trees. ‘ I do grunt work, and I make the rounds. I love watching things grow. It’s a retreat,’ he said of the sprawling Spanish style home that has a red-tiled roof. He purchased the ranch in 1988 after he quit Magnum P.I. fame got to be too much for him he said, and he needed a time out. ‘I knew intellectually what it would mean in terms of being a public person, but until you’ve lived it, there’s no way to understand it,’ said the star.

Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck

‘”I quit ‘Magnum,’ not because I didn’t like it or I was tired of it,” he said. “I was tired of it. And I wanted a three-dimensional life because I didn’t have one.” The magazine reports that Selleck was at the peak of his popularity when he decided to leave the long-running crime series “Magnum, P.I.,” on which he starred from 1980 to 1988.

‘I’m a fairly private person and I’ve always treasured the balance between work and time with my family. It’s always about them.’ Selleck said he takes pride in what he accomplished both onscreen and off. “I’m proud of my work, I still love what I do, and I have my family,” he said. “I’ve been enormously fortunate.”

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