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Among all the guest stars on Friends, Tom Selleck ranks near the top. The TV icon’s character on the hit NBC sitcom made quite an impression.

On the show, Selleck played a doctor who was 20 years older than Monica Geller (played by Courteney Cox), who was his love interest. As it turns out, Selleck and Cox have a similar age difference in real life. So how old was Selleck when he first appeared on Friends?

When was Tom Selleck on ‘Friends’?

Selleck first appeared on Friends during season 2 in the episode “The One Where Ross and Rachel … You Know.” He played Dr. Richard Burke, an ophthalmologist who falls for Monica Geller after she caters an event for him.

Eventually, the two begin dating and become serious to the point where they discuss having children together. Unfortunately, Richard and Monica’s romance doesn’t last as their 21-year age difference and disagreement over having children caused them to end their relationship.

Though Richard tries to reconcile with Monica on several occasions, she ultimately turns him down and remains in a relationship with Chandler (Matthew Perry).

Selleck appeared as Dr. Richard Burke in 10 of the show’s 236 episodes. His first guest appearance took place in 1996. He was 51 years old.

Like his character, Selleck was a few years older than his on-screen love interest Cox, who was only 32 at the time.

Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and Courteney Cox call Tom Selleck the ‘seventh friend’

Though he wasn’t on the show for long, Selleck quickly became a fan favorite. While the live studio audience and fans at home adored the actor, the cast were also big fans of the actor.

While speaking with Access in promotion of their forthcoming HBO Max reunion, Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa Kudrow were asked to list some of their favorite guest stars who appeared on their hit sitcom series throughout the years.


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Of course, Selleck was one of the many guest stars the women named as they consider him the “seventh friend.”

“Tom Selleck. So incredibly..the sweetest,” Cox said.

“I think he counts as the seventh friend,” Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover chimed in.

“He and Paul Rudd,” Aniston added. “I got to say, were close to the seventh friend.”

What is Tom Selleck doing now?

Tom Selleck returned for the 2021 Friends reunion on Max. The Richard Burke actor appeared during a trivia game among the six main cast members.

Selleck continues to star in the CBS police drama Blue Bloods. Season 14 is scheduled to debut in fall 2024.

Selleck turned 78 in 2023.