You Never Know You Never Know

You Never Know

A Memoir

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Publisher Description


There are many miles from the business school and basketball court at the University of Southern California to 50 million viewers for the final episode of a TV show called Magnum P.I. Tom Selleck has lived every one of those miles in his own iconoclastic and joyful way.

Frank, funny and open-hearted, You Never Know is an intimate memoir from one of the most beloved actors of our time, the highly personal story of a remarkable life and thoroughly accidental career. In his own voice and uniquely unpretentious style, the famed actor brings readers on his uncharted but serendipitous journey to the top in Hollywood, his temptations and distractions, his misfires and mistakes and, over time, his well-earned success. Along the way, he clears up an armload of misconceptions and shares dozens of never-told stories from all corners of his personal and professional life. His rambunctious California childhood. His clueless arrival as a good-looking college jock in Hollywood (from the Dating Game to the Fox New Talent Program to co-starring with Mae West and escorting her to black-tie social functions). What it was like to emerge as a mega-star in his mid-thirties and remain so for decades to come, an actor whose authenticity and ease in front of the camera connected with audiences worldwide while embodying and also redefining the clichés of onscreen manhood.

In You Never Know, Selleck recounts his personal friendships with a vivid army of A-listers, everyone from Frank Sinatra to Carol Burnett to Sam Elliott, paying special tribute to his mentor James Garner of The Rockford Files, who believed, like Selleck, that TV protagonists are far more interesting when they have rough edges. He also more than tips his hat to the American western and the scruffy band of actors, directors and other ruffians who helped define that classic genre, where Selleck has repeatedly found a happy home. Magnum fans will be fascinated to learn how Selleck put his career on the line to make Thomas Magnum a more imperfect hero and explains why he walked away from a show that could easily have gone on for years longer.

Hollywood is never easy, even for stars who make it look that way. In You Never Know, Selleck explains how he’s struggled to balance his personal and professional lives, frequently adjusting his career to protect his family’s privacy and normalcy. His journey offers a truly fresh perspective on a changing industry and a changing world. Beneath all the charm and talent and self-deprecating humor, Selleck’s memoir reveals an American icon who has reached remarkable heights by always insisting on being himself.

Biographies & Memoirs
May 7
Dey Street Books

Customer Reviews

Buckshot's Mom ,

Must Read if you are Fan! Loved this book!

I normally do not like biographies but this one is special! You truly feel connected to him & his journey! As a fan I loved it! As a reader I couldn’t put it down! Well written, connecting to his points of view & what he went through in all of life experiences. I am an even bigger fan of his now!!!!! Well done sir!!! You deserve to be proud of this book & in true form to yourself & private life it was very well written & still personal but also just enough that as I reader & fan I felt honored to have the glimpses you shared! Thank you!!!!!!

Lamesa63 ,

Way to go!

Tom Selleck has remained true to himself as a person of integrity in spite of the industry he has worked in for so many years.
This book is a peek behind the curtain telling us stories of how that came about.
Thanks Tom!

G-Baby69420 ,

You Never Know

Long winded grind!!!! Nothing but details about making the shows

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