Tom Selleck has been one of the most beloved stars in Hollywood for decades, but even his most devoted fans will likely be shocked to learn of the heartbreaking journey he underwent that eventually led him to God.
According to Q Political, Selleck had already begun his acting career when he sacrificed everything to join the California National Guard in the 160th infantry regiment and serve from 1967 to 1973 during the height of the Vietnam War. His years of service left an impression on him that he would never forget.
“I am a veteran, I’m proud of it, I was a sergeant in the U.S. Army infantry, National Guard, Vietnam era. We’re all brothers and sisters in that sense,” Selleck once said.
Selleck was heartbroken to return to civilian life to find that his talent agency had fired him. For the next eleven years, he pursued acting by starring in six pilots for television that never amounted to anything. Despite his frustrations, Selleck never gave up, and he finally got his big break at the age of 35 with the hit show Magnum P.I.
Magnum P.I. made Selleck a household name and brought him unprecedented success, but when it finally ended, the star realized something was missing from his life.
“I just knew that if I wanted a family — which I was thinking seriously about at that point — that it was time at that point to move on,” he recounted. “As good as this business has been to me, that’s not what life is about. Life is about more important things. You know, we’ve all struggled as we get successful in this business to balance that, I certainly have.”
In 1987, Selleck married his beautiful wife Jillie Joan Mack, with whom he has one daughter. They have now been married for almost 30 years.
Selleck has always been open about the fact that his Godly values have gotten him through the tough times.
“I try very hard to conduct myself in an ethical way, because that’s important to my stability now. We’re a culture that’s so centered on the individual,” Selleck complained. “The culture says that basically nothing is more important than the way you feel. We’re living in an age that celebrates unchecked impulses.”
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