Tom Selleck Has Revealed His True Feelings About Sam Elliott


Certain star pairings in Hollywood, such as Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller or Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, become inextricably linked. Among these classic duos is the ongoing relationship of Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott, best known for their roles in several Westerns.

Their initial encounter dates back to 1969 on the set of the Western TV series “Lancer,” where both actors, then relatively unknown, portrayed minor characters.

Despite a humble start, this marked the beginning of a professional relationship that would flourish into something unparalleled in the Western genre.

During this time, Selleck saw Elliott as a more experienced actor with a definite plan for his future. While Selleck was still learning the ropes, Elliott appeared headed for the Western road. Their initial collaboration, however uneventful, lay the groundwork for a long-term partnership.

Flash forward to Selleck’s audition for a minor role in “Lancer,” where honesty about his lack of horse-riding skills paid off. Despite being a novice, Selleck’s willingness to learn secured him the role and set the stage for his Western career.

Selleck’s journey from Detroit native to Hollywood A-lister included a stint in the military during the Vietnam War. He served in the California National Guard, rising to the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1973.

May West played a pivotal role in Selleck’s career, handpicking him for a major film role in “Myra Breckenridge.” Her endorsement helped propel Selleck into the spotlight, aligning him with Hollywood greatness.

Notably, Selleck nearly played the renowned role of Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but had to refuse owing to contractual obligations with “Magnum, P.I.” While the rumor is true, an other universe could have seen Selleck playing both roles.

Additionally, Selleck was offered the lead role on “Baywatch” after “Magnum, P.I.,” but the part ultimately went to David Hasselhoff. Selleck later returned to television with guest spots on “Friends” and in the long-running series “Blue Bloods.”

Sam Elliott’s career remains active, with prominent parts in films such as “We Were Soldiers,” “Hulk,” and “A Star Is Born.” In 2015, he starred in the Netflix series “The Ranch” and continues to contribute to other projects, demonstrating Selleck and Elliott’s long-term success in Hollywood’s ever-changing scene.

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