How Old Was Tom Selleck When He First Appeared on ‘Friends’?

The Friends reunion is quickly approaching, and many fans are eager to see the show’s stars and a few notable guest stars reunite on-screen. Tom Selleck, whose character on the hit NBC sitcom The Office made quite an impression, is one of the actors who will appear in the special.

On the show, Selleck played a doctor who was 20 years older than his love interest, Monica Geller (played by Courteney Cox). Selleck and Cox actually have a similar age difference in real life. So, when he first appeared on Friends, how old was Selleck?

On ‘Friends,’ Tom Selleck portrayed Dr. Richard Burke.

During Season 2, Selleck made his first appearance on Friends in the episode “The One Where Ross and Rachel… You Know.” He portrayed Dr. Richard Burke, an ophthalmologist who falls in love with Monica Geller after she caters a party for him.

Eventually, the two start dating and get serious enough to talk about having children together. Unfortunately, Richard and Monica’s romance does not last because of their 20-year age difference and disagreement over having children.

Despite Richard’s numerous attempts to reconcile with Monica, she ultimately rejects him and continues to be in a relationship with Chandler (Matthew Perry).

Selleck appeared in ten of the show’s 236 episodes as Dr. Richard Burke. His first appearance on the show was in 1996. He was 51 years old at the time.

Selleck, like his character, was a few years older than his on-screen love interest Cox, who was only 32 years old at the time.

Tom Selleck is referred to as the “seventh friend” by Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and Courteney Cox.

Despite the fact that he was only on the show for a short time, Selleck quickly became a fan favorite. While the actor was adored by the live studio audience and fans at home, the cast was also a big fan of the Blue Bloods star.

During an interview with Access to promote their upcoming HBO Max reunion, Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa Kudrow were asked to name some of their favorite guest stars from their hit sitcom series over the years.

Of course, Selleck was one of the many guest stars mentioned by the women, who regard him as their “seventh friend.”

“It’s Tom Selleck. Cox described her as “so incredibly…the sweetest.”

Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover chimed in, “I think he counts as the seventh friend.”

Aniston added, “He and Paul Rudd.” “I’d say we’re on the verge of becoming the seventh friend.”

Tom Selleck will appear in the ‘Friends’ reunion.

HBO Max announced on May 13 that the long-awaited Friends reunion will be released on May 27. The original cast will be joined by a slew of high-profile guest stars, including Selleck.

Selleck told People in April 2020 that he hadn’t been asked to participate in the reunion, but that he would gladly reunite with his former co-stars if the opportunity arose.

Now that it’s been confirmed that Selleck will appear in the Friends reunion special, he can relive the camaraderie and fun he had on the original Friends set, which he describes as “a great place to work.”

In Real Life, Tom Selleck Refers to This ‘Blue Bloods’ Actor as ‘Son’

For many years, Tom Selleck has played Frank Reagan on Blue Bloods. Frank has two sons, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jamie (Will Estes). In real life, the actor joked about calling one of the other actors “son.”

In real life, Tom Selleck refers to this ‘Blue Bloods’ actor as his’son.’


It’s not surprising that the Blue Bloods cast is like a family after working together for over ten years. The actors do not always get to appear in scenes together, but the Reagans film the dinner scenes together for each episode. In a new interview, Selleck discussed Wahlberg.

“I refer to him as my son,” Selleck told Entertainment Tonight. “‘Hello, son,’ I say every time I see him.” ‘Hello, dad,’ he says.

Blue Bloods has lasted longer than Magnum P.I., which helped Selleck become famous. The cop show will have 12 seasons, while the private investigator show will have 8 seasons. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else for as long as I did Magnum,” Selleck said.

Donnie Wahlberg once described directing Tom Selleck as “intimidating.”


Wahlberg is mostly known for his acting, but he did direct one episode of Blue Bloods. This is the season 4 episode “Manhattan Queens,” in which Danny and Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) investigate the murd3r of a popular drag queen. The most difficult aspect of the job, according to the actor, was directing Selleck.

“I think I’m wise enough to realize you don’t really direct Tom,” he told PopCulutre.com. So, what did he end up doing instead?

“I just approached it from an actor’s perspective, giving Tom the comfort and space to do what he felt comfortable doing and then just sort of adding some little finishing touches from there,” he explained. “Tom is such a control freak.”

Wahlberg explained that he didn’t come with the intention of telling Selleck how to approach his scenes. “He comes up with 500 ideas a week before you even sit down with him,” he said. “That demonstrates how dedicated he is to his work.”

Both Selleck and Wahlerg are enthusiastic about reprising their ‘Blue Bloods’ roles.

Some actors would be willing to leave a show after 11 seasons. However, Selleck and Wahlberg have discussed doing another season.

“I just know we’re having more fun on the show than we’ve ever had,” Wahlberg told PopCulture.com. “It’s still the number one show on Friday nights after ten years, and it’s been a fantastic run, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.”

Selleck made an audacious claim about Blue Bloods lasting even longer. “I don’t believe there is an end point,” he said to People. “I believe there is a lot of life in the show as long as you allow your characters to grow and mature.”

They both got what they wanted, and Blue Bloods will return for a 12th season. Hopefully, Danny and Frank will have a touching episode so that fans can see the actors’ close relationship.

Tom Selleck, 76, stands tall while filming Blue Bloods in New York City, flaunting his iconic mustache

In the 1980s, he was a regular on television.

And Tom Selleck sported an unmistakable mustache while filming season twelve of his hit cr1me procedural Blue Bloods in New York City on Wednesday.

The 76-year-old Magnum, P.I. star appeared solemn while dressed as Commissioner Frank Reagan, his arms folded as he stood in the street presiding over an arrest on camera.

Selleck, who stood 6 feet 4 inches tall and wore a blue bomber police jacket over a white dress shirt and striped tie, exuded confidence and intimidation.

He was dressed in dark blue pants and black shoes.

Selleck was wearing a dark blue baseball cap with a golden insignia that matched the insignia on his jacket.

Watching it all come crashing down: The Magnum, P.I. star, 76, was dressed as Frank Reagan and stood in the street, arms folded, presiding over an arrest on camera.

He was also wearing amber-colored aviator sunglasses.

At one point, Tom turned to the side and smiled, presumably after a take.

The veteran actor was also seen without his jacket, wearing a dark vest that added a distinguished edge to him.

Selleck has been a regular on the CBS drama Blue Bloods since 2010, alongside Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan.

Other notable TV appearances include guest appearances on Boston Legal, a recurring role as Monica’s love interest Dr. Richard Burke on Friends in the late 1990s, and his long-running role as Magnum in the 1980s.

Three Men and a Baby, released in 1987, and the Kevin Kline-starring comedy In & Out, released ten years later, were among his most successful film credits.