‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Explains Why He’s Portrayed Servicemen Throughout Career

by Keeli Parkey

These days, most television fans will recognize actor Will Estes for his portrayal of police officer Jamie Reagan in “Blue Bloods.”

As fans are aware, Jamie is an officer with the New York City Police Department. And, he is one of several members of his family who have pursued a career in law enforcement. Jamie followed his grandfather, Henry Reagan (played by Len Cariou), his father, Frank Reagan (played by Tom Selleck), and his brother, Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg) in serving with the NYPD.

In fact, Jamie studied law at the prestigious Harvard Law School. But, he decided that becoming a police officer was the right move for him. Both Henry and Frank rose to the very top of the NYPD. They became the police commissioner during their respective careers. That is a role Frank still holds in the timeline of the show.

Playing a character who has decided to sacrifice himself for others is something Will Estes did before he played a police officer on “Blue Bloods.”

He explained why he enjoyed playing heroes during an interview with Men’s Journal. During the interview, he was asked, “You’ve played a few servicemen. What draws you to roles like this?”

To put it simply, the 42-year-old “Blue Bloods” star likes playing heroes.

“I enjoy it,” Estes said during the interview.

Estes then went on to compare “Blue Bloods” to another long-running television series.

“‘The Sopranos‘ was a show about villains,” Estes said of the famous show a New Jersey mob family. “But (Blue Bloods) is a show about heroes, real-life heroes that wear uniforms. They are firemen and police officers, and that’s what the show’s about.”

Playing officer Jamie Reagan in “Blue Bloods” is not the only time Will Estes has played a police officer. The popular CBS cop drama first aired on television in 2010. Two years later, Estes played the character of Officer Simon Jansen in “The Dark Knight Rises,” according to IMDb. This film is the last in the Batman trilogy created by acclaimed director Christopher Nolan.

Ten years before he became Jamie Reagan, Estes played a heroic sailor alongside Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, and Harvey Keitel in the drama “U-571.” In this film, Estes was cast as Seaman Ronald “Rabbit” Parker.

The acting career of Will Estes goes back more than 30 years. His first role came in 1987. That year, he was cast in an episode of the television series “Santa Barbara.” His career continued with roles on such television roles as “Highway to Heaven,” “The New Lassie,” “Boy Meets World,” “7th Heaven,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”