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Before Hawking Reverse Mortgages, Tom Selleck Sold Everything Under The Sun

If you have a penchant for cable reruns geared at a somewhat older audience, you're very familiar with Tom Selleck's skills as a pitchman for reverse mortgages. As it turns out, the "Blue Bloods" actor has never been shy about lending his talents to pitching various products, many of them from early in his career that would eventually make him a massive film and television star.

Selleck was a prolific actor in commercials before his 1980s "Magnum P.I." breakthrough, and small parts in TV spots make up the earliest part of his screen acting career. Fortunately for the particularly voracious Selleck fans out there, most of these commercials are now available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. In them, you see a young actor who hadn't yet grown his trademark mustache but who still shows clear signs of the mega-star he would eventually become.

Even after becoming a household name, Selleck continued to appear in occasional advertisements, and he's had multiple gigs of that sort in the latter part of his career as well.

Everything from Pepsi to the National Guard has benefited from Selleck's salesmanship

If you're interested in the full breadth of Tom Selleck's body of work as an actor, there's no better place to start than his earliest television work in commercials. This includes this early Pepsi spot from sometime in the 1960s (via YouTube).

Selleck seemed to hit a kind of sex symbol status right out of the gate, appearing in a shower scene in a Safeguard deodorant commercial along with fellow future stars Patti Deutsch, Teri Garr, and Penny Marshall. It's somewhat surreal to watch an old deodorant ad that features not just one or two but four performers who would go on to notable screen careers. He pulled a similar trick with Farrah Fawcett in 1972, appearing in a romantic Dubonnet spot just a few years before her own meteoric rise to superstardom.

After Selleck became a star, the commercial gigs quieted down some. But he still took the time to appear in a commercial for the National Guard in connection with his own time in the service, and in the early '90s, he was the voice behind the fondly remembered AT&T commercials that eerily predicted the future.

Now, as an elder statesman of the screen, Selleck has used his familiar and comforting voice to sell various products, and now he can be seen selling reverse mortgages even as he stars in "Blue Bloods" on CBS. He probably won't be remembered as a TV commercial fixture, but they have been a part of his career at pretty much every step of the road.