Tom Selleck’s Most Memorable Roles Outside ‘Blue Bloods’ and ‘Magnum, P.I.’
Today, Tom Selleck is best known for portraying New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in the CBS hit show Blue Bloods. Yet, this isn’t the first time the actor has led a successful series, as no one can forget Selleck’s 9-season run in Magnum, P.I. Yet, both of these shows are only two of the actor’s great accomplishments. The actor has displayed his acting prowess in several other film and TV productions.
1. ‘Quigley Down Under’ (1990)
Soon after Magnum, P.I. came to an end, Selleck starred in Quigley Down Under. The film follows rifleman Matthew Quigley (Selleck) who travels to the Australian outback to answer a help wanted ad for a sharpshooter. Yet, not everything is at it seems on paper.
When Quigley meets his employer (Alan Rickman), he soon discovers that he’s been hired to kill aborigines. Quigley and his new employer fight it out, yet Quigley gets knocked out, and he’s left in a remote area of the outback to die. After he’s rescued, he plots his revenge.
2. ‘Three Men and a Baby’ (1987)
Three Men and a Baby premiered towards the end of Mangum, P.I. The film follows three bachelors with little-to-no parenting skills as they aim to take care of a baby left in their care by one of their girlfriends. The film stars Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenberg.
3. The ‘Jessie Stone’ franchise
Tom Selleck and Jessie Stone have become one and the same over the years. And, the next Stone production has been announced! Selleck has portrayed Jessie Stone many a time, as multiple TV movies focused on the character have graced Selleck fans. Jessie Stone is a New York Police Chief investigating a series of murders, in adaptations of Robert P. Parker’s novels. Each TV movie follows Stone down a different and dangerous winding path.
4. ‘Friends’ (1996 – 2000)
Though Tom Selleck was not a leading character in Friends, he played Dr. Richard Burke — Monica’s love interest — in ten different episodes from 1996 to 2000. Fans enjoyed seeing a Hollywood A-lister appear on the show. Like Brad Pitt and other famous faces who graced the screen, he was present just long enough to leave an everlasting impression — long enough until Chandler came in to seize Monica’s heart instead.
5. ‘In & Out’ (1997)
Tom Selleck portrayed Peter Malloy in In & Out, which followed a midwestern teacher (Kevin Kline) who questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards. Selleck plays a newscaster who comments on the story that takes the small Indiana town by storm. Though Selleck is not the lead in the movie, the film remains a well-known comedy with a handful of A-listers (and then-upcoming stars) taking on minor and supporting roles.