“Blue Bloods” star Tom Selleck first made a name for himself as Thomas Magnum in the 1980s hit series “Magnum P.I.” In the series, Tom Selleck played a lovable and suave detective solving crimes in Hawaii. Premiering in 1980, Selleck found fame in the hit detective series; and with that, so did the famous actor’s iconic mustache.
Prior to landing his breakthrough role solving crimes in a Hawaiin paradise as the mustached Thomas Magnum, Tom Selleck didn’t always sport his famous look.
Tom Selleck Didn’t Always Sport His Famous Mustache
In the late 1960s into the 1970s, Selleck landed many guest roles in a variety of popular television shows. Some of the roles, such as his spot in 1969 in “Lancer” and a guest role in 1976 on “Charlie’s Angels”, Tom Selleck performed sans his soon-to-be-famous mustache.
Once the actor hit it big as Thomas Magnum, however, the iconic ‘stache became synonymous with Selleck’s name.
While the actor’s mustache became so popular, Tom Selleck was sometimes unrecognizable without the facial frock.
However, in 1992, Selleck shaved his mustache to play Jon Aldridge in the movie “Folks!” In the film, Tom Selleck plays a man who takes in his parents after their home burns down. What seems like a good idea at first, leads to a series of issues for the free-wheeling Aldridge. Who knows why the actor decided to change his iconic look for the film, but the look worked.
Selleck’s ‘Stache Takes a Break for Some Popular Roles
1997 was a big year for Selleck, but not so much for his famous ‘stache. During this time, an unmustached Selleck landed a starring role in the hit film “In & Out.” He also reprised his role as Richard in the hit series “Friends.”
In the Friends episode entitled “The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry,” Selleck returns as Monica Gellar’s ex-boyfriend when the two decide to, unsuccessfully, try a platonic friendship.
Shortly after its late-1990s break, the mustache returned. Selleck did shave it off for his role in the 2000 television movie “Running Mates.” Selleck later shaved again for the 2004 movie “Ike: Countdown to D-Day,” where the famous actor portrayed General Dwight D Eisenhower.
Other notable TV shows and movies that Selleck went sans ‘stache are “Running Mates,” “The Love Letter,” “Bunco,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Lancer.”
“I said, ‘I don’t know whether an ex-cop who’s a police commissioner can have a mustache, and how about if I shave it off,'” Selleck said in the interview. “Leonard Goldberg said, ‘I think we oughta talk to CBS about that,’ and they said no.”
While we have seen Tom Selleck clean-shaven plenty of times, and we know he still looks good without the upper-lip addition, it would be hard to imagine Frank Reagan without Selleck’s classic look.