Tom Selleck Appeared Twice on Iconic Game Show Before He Was Famous

by Katie Maloney

Can you guess which famous game show a dreamboat like Tom Selleck made appearances on before he hit it big?

It wasn’t Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy! But if you guessed The Dating Game, you’re right! Tom Sellek was on the show twice before he was ever a famous actor. He appeared in both 1965 and 1967 and he lost both times. During an interview, Tom Selleck shared what it was like to be on the show.

“I was so nervous and my mouth was so dry, my top lip was stuck to my gum,” said Selleck.

It’s because you didn’t have your mustache, Tom! He appeared on the show long before he grew his iconic mustache. We’re sure that if his stache was in tow, he would have won dates with every contestant and audience member on The Dating Game set.

Shortly after his stint with game shows, Tom Selleck landed the role of Thomas Magnum, a private investigator (P.I.) living on Oahu, Hawaii on Magnum P.I. The show lasted eight seasons, Sellek grew a mustache, and he quickly became an American heartthrob. Sometimes, all it takes is a little facial hair.
Tom Sellek in Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck Was A Soap Commercial Dreamboat Before Hitting It Big In Magnum P.I.

Before he was a famous actor, Tom Selleck had a basketball scholarship to USC. While there, the business school put him in the United Airlines management training program. In other words, he was set up for success in all things business. But his heart was in another career field: acting. While attending business school, Tom Selleck auditioned for acting gigs. The first commercial he ever landed was for Safeguard deodorant soap in the 70s.

During the commercial, Tom plays a dreamy dude with just the right amount of chest hair. As he lathers the soap all over his body, the narrator for the commercial talks about the benefits of the soap – but we don’t remember any of that. We were too busy watching Tom rub soap all over his body. Once he’s nice and clean, Tom goes about his day. As he leaves his apartment, takes a cab to his office, and grabs a cup of coffee at work, women from all over catch a whiff of his cleanly scent and can’t help but be allured. Even famous actress Penny Marshall makes an appearance in the commercial. As Tom Selleck walks by Penny, she says, “He smells just the way a man should – clean.”

Tom Selleck in his first ever commercial.