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Actor Tom Selleck Credits Christ for Success: ‘The Lord Directs His Steps’

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Tom Selleck credits all his success to Jesus Christ. He acknowledges that his journey as a Christian has been rocky over the years and shares where he is now.


Why must Hollywood have such quiet faith? I don’t know about you but when I heard the 80’s heartthrob Tom Selleck loved Jesus and is a faithful family man I was a little over the moon. I remember as a child watching Magnum P.I. with my mom. I didn’t really know what was happening, but I remember loving the Hawaiian terrain. That’s probably why I ended up escaping the cold winters of Ohio to move to LA. Those palm trees and ocean views were just calling my name. Sorry, Mom. 

Tom Selleck grew up not far from where I grew up. He was born in Detroit, MI, but moved out to Sherman Oaks, CA (a suburb of LA), where his drama teacher encouraged him to give acting a shot. 

With Selleck being noted as one of the best looking men in Hollywood on several occasions it’s not hard to believe that he began his career by modeling on the side to help make ends meet. His official TV debut was on a 1965 appearance of The Dating Game, which he shares with AARP The Magazine, was slighting embarrassing. 

Soon after starring on The Dating Game and a few toothpaste commercials, Twentieth Century Fox started to recruit him. However, America was at war in Vietnam during this time and he enlisted in the California National Guard, serving from 1967 to 1973 in the 160th Infantry Regiment.

Selleck said he has been greatly impacted by his time in the Army and proudly reflects on those service days. “I am a veteran, I’m proud of it. I was a sergeant in the US Army infantry, National Guard, Vietnam era. We’re all brothers and sisters in that sense.”

It is quite interesting that in his most recent role on the CBS criminal drama series—Blue Bloods—he plays New York Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, the patriarch of the Reagan family—a family of faith that often says prayers in their frequent family meals.

Which isn’t far off from who he really is, a family man who accredits Christ as his Lord and Savior.  

Belief.net informed us that Selleck credits all his success in life to Jesus Christ. However, his faith was not always where it is today. Selleck acknowledges that his journey as a Christian has been pretty rocky throughout the years.

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps,” Selleck said. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”

Through all of his incredibly successful films, television shows and other entertainment ventures, Tom has always strived to maintain and project a strong sense of ethics, as well as live his life through the word of God. He is said to have shared this mission with the NY Daily News.

According to God Updates he said, “I’ve tried 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. The culture says that basically nothing is more important than the way you feel.” But he knows strong values, good ethics and moral character are needed today. Truly an honorable family man.

Selleck’s family

According to the Herald Weekly, One distinct aspect that sets the Selleck family apart from many other Hollywood families is that they have never let their celebrity lifestyle overpower them. Instead of getting all flashy with a ton of houses and cars, the Sellecks just enjoy their life residing in their cozy California ranch.

Quality has truly been greater for them than quantity.

Tom Selleck always kept it a priority to continue growing with Jillie, the woman he considers as his one true love. He’s fully willing to sacrifice all the time, work, patience and effort that a successful marriage requires of him. He knows that this won’t be a problem now that he’s retired from the busy Hollywood life.

It’s important to nurture your marriage. I think wanting time away from work has been good for that, he said.

However, Tom has his full focus on only two particular loves in his life: his wife and his daughter. He now knows that nothing is greater than his family, not even fame and fortune.