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‘Blue Bloods’ Star Tom Selleck Said One Physical Attribute Kept Him From Getting Jobs in Younger Days

by Megan Molseed
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Tom Selleck has made a career of playing tough detectives. During his career, Selleck has made a career playing characters that give off a sort of rugged toughness. It’s hard to believe that the “Blue Bloods” star almost didn’t make it in Hollywood due to one attribute.

However, when Tom Selleck first started acting, he was told his voice may hold him back in any success. According to a recent report by “Pop Culture,” Selleck opened up about “advice” he received from directors in a 1984 “People” magazine interview. 

“I don’t have a six-foot-four voice,” “Pop Culture” reported Tom Selleck told “People” magazine in 1984. “Directors used to tell me to either study voice or get out of the business.”

Tom Selleck’s Frank Reagan is Always Tough, But Fair

Tom Selleck plays Frank Reagan on the hit CBS crime drama “Blue Bloods.” On the popular drama series, Tom Selleck’s character serves as the current New York Police Department Commissioner. He is the second generation in the three-generation law-and-order Reagan family. 

Frank’s father, Henry (Len Cariou) is a retired police commissioner himself. Frank has three sons,  Danny, Joe, and Jamie; and one daughter, Erin. Frank’s sons all joined the NYPD police force, and Erin currently serves as the New York City Assistant District Attorney. Joe was killed in the line of duty. 

During the famous “family dinner” scenes featured in the popular CBS drama, Tom Selleck’s Frank Reagan is known for his tough but kind way of getting through to his children and other family members. It’s hard to believe that he was once told his voice would never cut it on the screen. 

Selleck Has Enjoyed a Successful Career

Tom Selleck first found fame in the crime-solving genre when playing the charming, and funloving detective, Thomas Magnum on “Magnum P.I.” in the 1980s. 

While directors may have told the star in his early acting days that his voice wouldn’t cut it, the 76-year-old actor has certainly proven them wrong. 

With his suave ambiance and debonair mustache, Tom Selleck has become one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men. 

Before taking on the role of Frank Reagan, the actor starred in several Hollywood hits such as “In & Out,” “Three Men & a Baby,” and “Mr. Baseball,” and “Killers,” where he co-starred with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.  

Tom Selleck also found popularity guest-starring in a variety of hit television series such as “Friends” where he played Richard, Monica Gellar’s much older boyfriend. Richard is often admired by Monica’s male friends, Chandler and Joey, because of his suave persona and enviable mustache.