Tom Selleck

Selleck in 2010, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Thomas William Selleck

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

Date of Birth: January 29, 1945

*father – English, Scottish, Irish, more distant German
*mother – English

Tom Selleck is an American actor and film producer.

Tom is the son of Martha Jean (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 son with his former wife, model Jacqueline Ray, and a daughter with Jillie.

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

Tom’s patrilineal line traces to Robert Selleck/Sellock, who was born, c. 1575, in England.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was George Samuel Selleck (the son of Samuel Horace Selleck and Mary Clementine Fricke). Tom’s grandfather George was born in Michigan. Tom’s great-grandfather Samuel was the son of Samuel Horace Selleck and Sarah Augusta Daily. Mary 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/Glenn). Nellie was born in Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada. William was born in Peterborough, Peterborough County, Ontario, and had roots in in Kincardine, Fife and High Comorie, Nielstoun, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He was the son of John William Fife and Elizabeth Pearl Learmonth. Sarah was born in Vernonville, Northumberland County, Ontario, to an Irish father, Joseph/John H. Glynn, and to a mother, Sarah Chambers, with English ancestry.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Fred/Fredrick Grant Jagger (the son of Thomas/E. Jagger and Eliza James). Fred 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 –

Marriage record of Tom’s paternal great-grandparents, William Learmonth Fife and Sarah Elizabeth/Eliza Glynn/Glenn –

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

Marriage record of Tom’s maternal grandparents, Fred/Fredrick Grant Jagger and Martha Birchall –

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

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


Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. Thodoris says:

    Selleck is actually stands for “Selić” and it’s a Serbian last name, originated from Montenegro (Rovac family branch), city of Nikšić.
    Family Selić are close related with Macura family; almost every member of the both families, uncharacteristically for the Serbian-Montenegrin population, has GREEN eyes – “matzura” means “green”, in some… Balkan Gaelic dialect…
    All of the other phenotype features (of Tom Selleck) are screaming “SLAVIC” to me – big, falling, empathic eyes; bushy, Dinaric eyebrows; small, narrow, Dalmatian skull; tall, slender built (Dinaric); very hairy body, judging by the look of his arms (“Her Alibi”)…
    I am a Serbian-Greek, born in Belgrade, Serbia… and a great fan of “Her Alibi”…

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