Tom Selleck's acting success was 'accidental'

Veteran actor Tom Selleck admits that a lot his success has been "accidental".



Tom Selleck feels he's been fortunate in his career
Tom Selleck feels he's been fortunate in his career

Tom Selleck had "no desire" to become an actor.

The 79-year-old star has enjoyed a hugely successful career, but Tom acknowledges that his fame has largely been "accidental".

The 'Magnum, P.I.' star told PEOPLE: "It is really the story of an accidental career. I’d never taken an acting class. I had no training, no desire.”

Tom feels that he's been "very fortunate" throughout his career.

He shared: "I don’t have the hooks that a lot of people do. I didn’t rehabilitate myself or have this tragic life. I had my own share of certainly ups and downs, but I’ve been very fortunate."

Tom also conceded that he's always approached acting as a job, and a way to earn money.

He reflected: "People would say, ‘Oh, he was bitten by the acting bug’ or, ‘He wanted to be a star'.

"I’ve never talked that way in my life. I just wanted to get a job and work."

Despite this, Tom still feels really appreciative of everything he's managed to achieve.

Asked how he enjoys himself in his quieter moments, Tom said: "A cigar and a glass of whisky is a nice way to end the day.

"I’ve had a very good life, a very lucky life. I don’t know if it’s what I figured I’d be doing, but it’s with a lot of gratitude."

Tom previously revealed that he quit 'Magnum, P.I.' because he craved a "three-dimensional life".

The veteran actor played a private investigator on the crime drama show in the 1980s - but Tom ultimately quit the role because he wanted more from his life.

He told PEOPLE: "I quit 'Magnum', not because I didn't like it or I was tired of it. I was tired from it. And I wanted a three-dimensional life because I didn't have one."

The hit TV show ran from 1980 until 1988, but Tom was never a fan of the Hollywood lifestyle.

He said: "I had a feeling of, 'I don't think I'm cut out for this.'"