Unrecognizable Tom Selleck ditches trademark mustache for scruffier look

Veteran actor Tom Selleck’s rare outing stirred a conversation among online users about his appearance and health. While some fans could not recognize him, others expressed concern about his weight gain.

Selleck, who became a household name after he landed his breakout role in the ’80s hit crime drama series, “Magnum P.I.” made a rare public appearance.

Tom Selleck as Orrin Sackett in the TV movie "The Sacketts," 1979 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Selleck as Orrin Sackett in the TV movie “The Sacketts,” 1979 | Source: Getty Images

The television star stepped out to buy at McDonald’s in September 2023 in Los Angeles. He was photographed without his trademark look, his handlebar mustache, which he ditched for a scruffy, full-grown gray beard.

Selleck wore a black T-shirt with shorts for the outing, amid a prolonged break from filming the hit police drama series, “Blue Bloods,” due to a writers’ strike.

Tom Selleck is growing out his beard for the fall.

The “Blue Bloods” actor, 78, looked nearly unrecognizable as he was spotted on a rare outing in the San Fernando Valley in California on Sept. 25.

The “Magnum, P.I.” star kept his trademark mustache somewhat intact, but added on a full beard for a scruffier look. He styled his gray hair in a comb-over and wore a dark blue T-shirt as he drove his silver pickup truck to run errands solo.

Selleck has been sporting his famous ‘stache for years, from his early projects in the 1960s to “Three Men and a Little Lady,” “The Closer,” “Las Vegas,” his stint on “Friends” as Dr. Richard Burke and his latest years-long work on “Blue Bloods.”

Selleck has been starring as Frank Reagan on the CBS drama since 2010, and has more than 250 episodes under his belt.

Last year, he opened up about his future on the show during an interview with TV Insider.

“Bridget [Moynahan] says making it to 15 seasons would be lovely. You in?” the outlet asked him at the time.

He quipped in response: “I’ve got a mortgage. I’m game!”

“Blue Bloods,” which also stars Donnie Wahlberg and Will Estes, was officially renewed for Season 14 in March. However, no official announcement has been made on when production will get picked back up as the writers’ strike and actors’ strike in Hollywood began shortly after the news.

Earlier this week, the Writers Guild of America officially reached a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, but the SAG-AFTRA strike negotiations are still ongoing.

Thomas William Selleck (/ˈsɛlɪk/; born January 29, 1945)[1] is an American actor. His breakout role was playing private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988), for which he received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, winning in 1985. Since 2010, Selleck has co-starred as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in the series Blue Bloods. Beginning in 2005, he has portrayed troubled small-town police chief Jesse Stone in nine television films based on the Robert B. Parker novels.

In films, Selleck has played bachelor architect Peter Mitchell in Three Men and a Baby (1987) and its sequel Three Men and a Little Lady (1990). He has also appeared in more than 50 other film and television roles since Magnum, P.I., including the films Quigley Down Under, Mr. Baseball, and Lassiter. He appeared in recurring television roles as Monica Geller’s love interest Dr. Richard Burke in Friends, as Lance White, the likeable and naive partner on The Rockford Files, and as casino owner A.J. Cooper on Las Vegas. He also had a lead role in the television western film The Sacketts, based on two of Louis L’Amour’s books.

Selleck is a California Army National Guard veteran, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), an endorser in advertisements for National Review magazine, and co-founder of the Character Counts! organization.