Tom Selleck

Birth Name: Thomas William Selleck

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 29, 1945

*English, Scottish, Irish, more distant German (father)
*English (mother)

Tom Selleck is an American actor and film producer.

Tom is the son of Martha (Jagger) and Robert Dean Selleck, a real estate developer. His father was of English, one quarter Scottish, one eighth Irish, and more distant German, ancestry. His mother’s ancestry is English. Tom is married to Jillie Mack. He has a daughter with Jillie and a son with his former wife, model Jacqueline Ray.

There is an internet rumor that Tom’s father was of Slovak descent, possibly because of his perhaps unusual-sounding, English surname, Selleck. This is not accurate.

Tom’s patrilineal line traces back to Robert Sellock, who was born in the 1500s, in England.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was George Samuel Selleck (the son of Samuel Horace Selleck and Mary Clementine Fricke). Tom’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Samuel Horace Selleck and Sarah Augusta Daily. Mary Clementine was the daughter of John Francis Fricke and Phebe Shadbolt.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Nellie Louisa/Louise Fife (the daughter of William Learmonth Fife and Sarah Elizabeth/Eliza Glynn). Nellie was born in Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada. William was also born in Ontario, to Scottish parents, John William Fife and Elizabeth Pearl Learmonth. Sarah was born in Ontario, to an Irish father, Joseph/John H. Glynn, and a mother, Sarah Chambers, with English ancestry.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Fredrick Grant Jagger (the son of Thomas Jagger and Eliza James). Fredrick was born in Pennsylvania, to English parents. Thomas was born in West Riding, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Jagger and Elizabeth/Eliza Jackson.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Martha Birchall (the daughter of James Birchall and Mary Ann Brown). Martha was born in Pennsylvania, to English parents, from Lancashire. Mary Ann was the daughter of James Brown and Sarah Ann Partington.

Sources: Genealogies of Tom Selleck –

Genealogies of Tom Selleck (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Tom’s father –

Obituary of Tom’s father –

Tom’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal grandfather, Fredrick Grant Jagger, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Martha Birchall, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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