“Blue Bloods” star Tom Selleck has played many characters over the course of his career, but he doesn’t have a favorite role among those.
Still, when asked during an interview to name his favorite, Selleck said a few roles in particular stick out. And he was most voluble on the subject of “Three Men and a Baby,” the 1987 smash hit that featured Selleck as a handsome architect who saves the day.
But Selleck also mentioned “Quigley Down Under,” a 1990 Western that also starred the late Alan Rickman. And Selleck listed another Western, 2003’s “Monte Walsh,” about a classic cowboy who’s the last of his kind.
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Doesn’t Play Favorites
During the interview with the BUILD Series in 2017, Selleck fielded questions from the studio audience. And one of the questions prompted Selleck to open up a bit about the films he remembers most vividly.
“I don’t have a favorite,” the “Blue Bloods” star confessed. “I’ve got ones that stick out for different reasons. I loved ‘Quigley Down Under.’ I love Westerns. I loved ‘Monte Walsh’ because it was not a movie about a gunman or a sheriff, it was about a cowboy at the end of the era of the Western cowboy whose primary thought and role in life was literally to stand athwart history yelling ‘Stop.’”
Then the actor moved on to the film that made him a movie star, “Three Men and a Baby,” which also starred Ted Danson and Steve Gutenberg.
“‘Three Men and a Baby’ kinda changed my life because all the people who said, ‘Well, we love Magnum but he can’t make it in movies’ could kind of not deny that we did pretty well,” Selleck said. “That movie was the number one movie in the world. And a good movie. And a good comedy. I mean, people don’t realize… comedies, it’s easier to make people laugh when you can make them cry also. It’s easier to make people cry when you can make them laugh also. You have to find the comedy in tragedy and the tragedy in comedy as an actor.”
Watch Selleck talk about the movies that stood out for him (at 30:50) here:
Selleck Prioritizes Family Time
Meanwhile, when he’s not filming hit movies or hit TV shows, the “Blue Bloods” star can be found tending to his family from his Ventura, California ranch.
“I’m a fairly private person,” Selleck told People last April. “And I’ve always treasured the balance between work and time with my family. It’s always about them.”
Selleck has a daughter, Hannah, with his current wife Jillie Mack, and a son, Kevin, from his marriage to his first wife, Jacqueline Ray.
The “Blue Bloods” star explained that he’d realized when he got his first taste of fame in the 1980s that he was “not cut out” for stardom. So he retreated to his ranch and focused on his family. Fortunately, it didn’t kill off his career. Today he’s working as much as ever, and Selleck reportedly considers himself “enormously fortunate.”