At 75, Where Tom Selleck Lives Currently Is Leaving Us In Tears

Feb 16, 2021 by apost team

Tom Selleck is one of the nation's most loved stars, whose mark on American culture has seasoned and aged as well as he has. With a career spanning decades and notable roles in films and TV, Selleck has become a Hollywood icon with his charm and immense talent. Today, the veteran actor has traded in the big city's glamorous life for a quiet one on his beautiful 65-acre ranch in California. Read on to see how to find out how the Selleck's having been living it out in their remote sanctuary. 

Tom Selleck (1980), (American Stock/Getty Images)

Though he is a household name, Tom Selleck values privacy in his life over everything else. Thanks to his notable roles in Magnum, PI and Three Men and a Baby, the Hollywood legend became a dreamboat in the '80s. Today he brings Frank Reagen's character to life in the television series Blue Bloods, which has him spending time between New York City and his ranch in Ventura, California. 

"My relationships and my ranch keep me sane," Selleck told People in April 2020, who is father to Hannah, 31, and Kevin, 54, his son with his first wife, Jacqueline Ray. Many celebrities often choose to live in major cities to stay close to their workspaces. Still, Selleck's choice to live on a ranch brings him into the small fraternity of Hollywood celebrities that have eschewed swanky apartments for farms and ranches. Other stars with ranches include Chris Pratt, Oprah Winfrey, and Russel Crowe, as per Hello Magazine

Tom Selleck (2017), (Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage?Getty Images)

Speaking to Closer Weekly in December 2018, Selleck opened up about how living on a farm has improved his life. "This ranch is a great counterpoint to the acting business, which is an abstraction — you do something, it's up on a piece of film, and everybody argues whether it's good or bad," he said. "You dig a hole and plant an oak tree — and I've probably planted a thousand of them — it's real. It's there, and you can watch it grow. It's a lot different from being famous, and it keeps me sane."

The ranch boasts an impressive 65-acre size, with a ranch house that features eight bedrooms and staff accommodations. Architectural Digest reports that the property includes stables, corrals, a tack room, a heliport, a swimming pool, an adjacent cabana, a tennis court, a three-hole putting course, and a practice green. Selleck bought the properly from late actor Dean Martin in 1988, shortly before his daughter's birth and just after the final season of Magnum, PI.

Tom Selleck, Jillie Mack (1988), (Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

"I quit Magnum to have a family," Selleck shared with Closer Weekly. "It took me a long time to get off the train, but I try very hard to have balance, and this ranch has helped me do that." When asked if there were any regrets about leaving behind Hollywood for a ranch, his wife, Jillie Mack, shared, "This is the best place to raise a child. It was such the wisdom of Tom. He knew he needed to buy back his anonymity, to replenish the soul."

Along with the anonymity, the ranch also gives Selleck the chance to immerse himself in work that he enjoys doing. "I work this ranch every day. I do the grunt jobs because it saves me money. And it's good for my head," he said. "You don't have time to reflect — you just keep moving. I feel very fortunate, and I feel I've earned it." 

Tom Selleck (1990), (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

Selleck is best known for his role as Thomas Magnum. However, other notable roles include Peter Mitchell, one of the bachelors on Three Men And A BabyMonica Geller's love interest Dr. Richard Burke on the hit television show Friends, and Matthew Quigley in Quigley Down Under. After his work in Magnum, he had a long hiatus to lead a quieter life and devote his time to family. Speaking of his decision to leave the silver screen after the iconic show, Selleck told People, "I quit Magnum, not because I didn't like it or I was tired of it. I was tired from it. And I wanted a three-dimensional life because I didn't have one."

"I knew intellectually what it would mean in terms of being a public person, but until you've lived it, there's no way to understand it," Selleck told People. "I had a feeling of, 'I don't think I'm cut out for this.'"

His hiatus was initially meant to be only for a year but lasted much longer when he realized he did not like the work he was being offered. "I put up with the articles that said he's disappeared, he's done. And you do get done, I'm well aware of that. It was a big lull, but it put a lot of things in perspective," he said.

Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg (2015), (Bobby Bank/GC Images/Getty Images)

After returning to the screen in the mid to late 90s, he found roles that he loved to play. Most recently, his stint on Blue Bloods has him traveling back and forth between California and NYC.

"This is a different deal than Magnum," he shared. "I don't work every day. I don't love the commute, but that's OK. I've got a job right now that I love."

Looking back over his 50-year-long career, Selleck says he is grateful for everything he has been given, both on-screen and off. "I'm proud of my work, I still love what I do, and I have my family," said Selleck. "I've been enormously fortunate." For him, family comes before everything else, and he says, "I'm a fairly private person. And I've always treasured the balance between work and time with my family. It's always about them."

Tom Selleck, Jacqueline Ray (1978), (Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images)

Selleck has been married to his wife, Jillie Mack, for over three decades now. The pair met decades ago in London when Selleck was filming his movie Lassiter and attended the West End show Cats repeatedly.

"He kept telling me how great Cats was," his movie co-star at the time, Jane Seymour, said to People. "I thought it was good, but I couldn't see going back a dozen times." 

It turns out that Selleck had an ulterior motive: He wanted to meet the then-25-year-old Jillie Joan Mack, who was in the company. According to People, her London agent confirmed that the two went out for dinner and things transpired from there.

Tom Selleck, Jillie Mack (2010), (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

People article from 1987 details how Selleck and Mack were married in a secret ceremony by a priest who didn't even know he was marrying someone until moments before the event. The wedding's location took place at the Dream Maker in Lake Tahoe, an open-all-hours wedding chapel. The ceremony was planned by Selleck's brother Bob using pseudonyms for the couple to avoid alerting the press and was attended by Selleck's parents and brothers. 

Some news of the ceremony eventually leaked in the People article, revealing that they chose to have Polaroid pictures taken of their special day in an effort to ensure privacy by avoiding shots from film negatives from leaking to the public. Reverend Immel from the chapel told the magazine:

"They were both nervous, like any other couple about to get married. He was very concerned that the service be heartfelt, very concerned for her that the service be meaningful. He is a very warm, caring man."

The low-key wedding sounds like the perfect antithesis to a very public Hollywood acting career and was the beginning of their quiet marital life together.

Hannah Selleck (2015), (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

The couple's daughter, Hannah, currently runs her own horse farm. Her parents' decision to live on a ranch and bring her up there played a pivotal role in her current career choice. In an interview with Palm Beach Illustrated in 2019, Hannah shares that she had a significant defining moment at the tender age of four-years-old: She rode her first horse. An old family photo posted to Instagram shows her hugging Taffy Apple, one of the first horses she ever owned.

As she grew up, her involvement with horses changed from a hobby to a passion. "I started at four, and my parents just encouraged me to try all different things — dance, ice skating, soccer, lots of things that kids do," Hannah told The Hollywood Reporter in October 2015. Around the time I was 12, I was getting more serious." 

By the time she was 14 years old, she wholeheartedly pursued a career in horseback riding. "Then around the age of 14, I was very good at ballet and riding. At that point I had to choose if I wanted to excel at either one. My love was with the horses. That's when I became very serious about it," she added.

Hannah Selleck (2017), (David Livingston/Getty Images)

Hannah's horseback riding career took off when she graduated college at Loyola Marymount, where she obtained a degree in communications. The equestrian continued training, entered horseback riding competitions, and founded a horse farm. She still owns and operates this business dedicated to her favorite animals. According to PEOPLE magazine, Selleck and Mack say that living in the countryside influenced their daughters' maturity.

It seems like Tom Selleck's decision to live on a ranch has been beneficial to everyone in his family. For many of us, quiet country life is the best way of living since it comes with innumerable advantages. Indeed, Tom Selleck and his family have spent a long time cherishing their ranch and have built a strong family unit. 

Tom Selleck Ranch (1996), (James Aylott/Getty Images)

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