What does somebody as accomplished as “Blue Blood” star Tom Selleck do for their birthday? With a net worth in the tens of millions, he probably celebrated with something most can only dream of, right? Not exactly. The Frank Reagan actor rang in his 75th birthday with some deliciously reheated airline food.
No, he didn’t go out of his way to hunt down some beloved item he had on a flight once. He just happened to be commuting back to his ranch from what was likely an acting obligation.
In 2020, the “Magnum P.I.” and “Blue Bloods” star made an appearance on the “Rachael Ray Show.” He talked to Rachael about how he doesn’t look at his birthday as a really significant thing. He said he’d take dinner with family over a big party any day. And while his family wasn’t present on the flight, at least he did the dinner part.
“You know how I celebrated? With some airline food. I was commuting back to the ranch to see Jillie and Hannah, but it’s okay. It just happened,” Selleck said.
We can take comfort in the fact that Selleck was on his way to see his family, at the very least. And before we cast too much judgment, not all airline food is made the same. Better options definitely exist, especially for someone with the status of Tom Selleck. But if it’s somewhat fresh, first-class airline food isn’t the worst thing out there, despite the stigma.
And Rachael Ray was sympathetic to Tom Selleck’s humble celebration. Apparently, she approaches birthdays with the same philosophy.
“Yeah, I like to go lowkey on mine, too. People are like ‘Oh, what’d you do?’ ‘Well, my mom bought me a pizza,'” Ray said.
The ‘Blue Bloods’ Star Loves Dinner for Episodic Shows
In a 2017 interview he gave to Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning,” Tom Selleck talked about how much he loves filming the family dinner scenes on “Blue Bloods.”
“As you probably know, on an episodic show, with an ensemble, you may not see your fellow actors for a month. Our show, every eight days, that’s how long it takes us to shoot one, we have a little actor family get together in addition to the family dinner,” Selleck said. “And I love all these people and they’re fine actors. So it’s kind of a double bonus. It’s hard work, you’ve got to eat for eight hours.”
As we know from Judy Norton’s experience on “The Waltons,” filming family dinner scenes can be logistically difficult. But it also gives the actors a chance to spend some time together. And Tom Selleck looks forward to those occasions as a result.