Kevin Selleck is a popular American musician and actor, but probably known best for being the son of Jacqueline Ray and Thomas ‘Tom’ Selleck. He was adopted by Tom in 1987 when he was 21 years of age. Kevin has had a successful career both in music and acting.
Early Life and Adoption
Kevin was born in 1966 to a famous model and actress mother, Jacqueline Ray. The only information available about the father is the last name, Shepard – Kevin’s birth name was originally Kevin S. Shepard. When he was in his 20s, his mother Jacqueline started dating Thomas Selleck. They had a loving relationship that lasted about many. After their marriage, Thomas adopted Jacqueline’s biological son Kevin on 7 August 1987.
Happy anniversary, Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack. The couple, who have a daughter, married on this date in 1987. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Five years later, in 1992, the couple divorced, but this did not affect the relationship between Kevin and Thomas. The two remained close and kept in contact. Kevin’s father, Thomas, has helped him land his roles in the film industry. It is unclear whether Kevin knows his biological father’s identity.
After high school, Kevin became interested in music , so didn’t attend university. Although he grew up surrounded by actors and actresses, he always knew that he wanted to pursue music. So, following his matriculation, he launched his career as a drummer in 1993 by forming the Tonic rock band with four high school friends – Emerson Hart as lead vocalist, Jeff Ruso as lead guitarist, Dan Lavery and Dan Rothchild as bass guitarists.
The group worked very well together and produced a variety of music, mainly alternative rock and post-grunge. They released their first album, “Lemon Parade” in 1996, and it did very well on and off the charts. The debut album later achieved platinum status in the US, and two singles from the album appeared in the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts. Their music continues to be played and loved by people of all ages even today. Unfortunately, only a few months later in 1996, Kevin left the band due to issues between the members. He later tried to form a new band, but it didn’t work out.
This was when he quit music, and moved on to a new path, acting.
With such talented actor parents, it isn’t hard to understand why Kevin would also take an interest in the film industry. When Kevin turned to acting, he started off with a role in the TV show “Magnum, PI”; his father Tom was the main star of the show at the time. He also appeared in a minor role in the film “Scream 2” – Kevin partly returned to his drummer days by writing the amazing soundtrack of this horror movie.
Kevin had met his future wife, Annabel, in high school, where they dated on and off over the years. After being in a relationship for about ten years, they tied the knot on 7 August 1987 in a private but lovely wedding ceremony. The couple mainly keeps to themselves, and not much is known about their family life – they are rumored to have six children.
An issue in his personal life has been his persistent drug addiction. At the age of 22, he was admitted to the Betty Ford rehabilitation center by his father, Tom.
As of 2022, there has been no news about a relapse, so it seems that he has remained clean.
Physical Characteristics and Net Worth
Kevin has an attractive appearance with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs about 140lbs (63kgs).
He’s estimated to have a net worth of over $1 million.
Who Are Kevin’s Parents?
Jacqueline Ray, Kevin’s mother, is a well-known model and actress, who has had a career in the film and TV industry. Her first role was in the film “In Like Flint,” after which she portrayed minor characters in “The Killings at Outpost Zeta” and “Beyond The Universe.”
She also appeared in the show “Magnum PI”, where she met her first husband, Thomas Selleck, Kevin’s father. After their divorce, she went on to married two more times.
Thomas Selleck was born in the US in 1945 under the zodiac sign of Aquarius. Before becoming a popular actor, he served in the California Army National Guard’s 160th Infantry Regiment in 1967, and is therefore a veteran. His breakout role was the character Thomas Magnum in the TV series “Magnum, PI”, which aired for eight years from 1980 to 1988. In fact, the car his character drives in the show, a Ferrari 308 GTS, was so iconic that it got the nickname ‘Magnum’ Ferrari.
His first TV role was in “The Dating Game” series, before his enlistment in the infantry regiment. After his return, he portrayed characters in movies “Coma” and “The Seven Minutes,” which weren’t too successful in terms of getting his name out there. He started gaining some recognition after playing private investigator Lance White in “The Rockford Files” TV show. In 1972, he had a minor role in the movie “Daughters of Satan”, then a year later, landed his breakout role in “Magnum, PI”, finally gaining a reputation in the media industry, and started receiving offers for more roles.
One of these was to play the character Richard Burke in the famous TV series “Friends” in 1995, alongside stars such as Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer. His character was the long-term boyfriend of Monica Geller, portrayed by actress Courtney Cox.
Following the divorce from Jacqueline in 1982, Tom remarried five years later to Jillie Mack, and they have daughter Hannah, born on 16 December 1988, becoming Kevin’s stepsister. Tom, Jillie and Hannah are now living on a ranch in Thousand Oaks in Westlake Village. He maintains a loving relationship with his adoptive son Kevin, and speaks of him fondly.