In 1987 Selleck appeared in the hit feature film for which he is best known, ‘Three Men and a Baby'.
He played a playboy architect, forced to look after a baby girl abandoned outside the apartment he shares with fellow bachelors, played by Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg.
Selleck was cast to play laid-back private detective Thomas Magnum, in a new and soon to be iconic television series ‘Magnum, P. The Hawaiian-set show, which was frequently quirky and light-hearted, launched Selleck into international stardom. At this critical crossroad in his career, Selleck consulted his best friend for help in deciding whether to choose Indiana Jones or Magnum.
Wearing a Hawaiian style aloha shirt, a Detroit Tigers baseball cap and a full-bodied moustache, Selleck squeezed his 6’4” frame into a Ferrari 308 GTS and drove into the hearts of audiences around the world. he was also cast to play Indiana Jones in Steven Spielberg’s 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Together they came to the conclusion that Selleck should honour his contract with Universal Studios.
On the other hand, true talents also appeared on the show: Boxcar Willie; Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman; voice manipulator Michael Winslow; novelty rock band Green Jelly and The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, which evolved into Oingo Boingo.
The show became famous for some of the arguments that couples had over incorrect answers, racy, sometimes embarrassing responses and the innocent, naivete of many contestants.
Bob Eubanks, the show’s host, played perfectly off the couples and their answers, which only increased the enjoyability of the proceedings.
As well as being a talented collegiate athlete, the budding actor was a member of the California National Guard and was actually called up for service during the Watts riots.
In 1970 Selleck married model Jacqueline Ray and adopted her son, Kevin, from a previous marriage. Selleck’s feature film career began in 1970 as the ‘stud’ ogled by Mae West in ‘Myra Breckenridge’, which he followed with small roles in ‘The Seven Minutes’, ‘Terminal Island’, ‘Coma’, and a starring role in the low-budget horror flick ‘Daughters of Satan’.