On This Day … 29 January [2023]

People (Births)

  • 1945 – Tom Selleck, American actor and businessman.
  • 1985 – Isabel Lucas, Australian actress and model.

People (Deaths)

  • 1978 – Tim McCoy, American actor and military officer (b. 1891).
  • 2002 – Harold Russell, Canadian-American soldier and actor (b. 1914).
  • 2021 – Walker Boone, Canadian actor (b. 1944).

Tom Selleck

Thomas William Selleck (born 29 January 1945) is an American actor. His breakout role was playing private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988), for which he received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, winning in 1985. Since 2010, Selleck has co-starred as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in the series Blue Bloods. Beginning in 2005, he has portrayed troubled small-town police chief Jesse Stone in nine television films based on the Robert B. Parker novels.

In films, Selleck has played bachelor architect Peter Mitchell in Three Men and a Baby (1987) and its sequel Three Men and a Little Lady (1990). He has also appeared in more than 50 other film and television roles since Magnum, P.I., including the films Quigley Down Under, Mr. Baseball, and Lassiter. He appeared in recurring television roles as Monica Geller’s love interest Dr. Richard Burke on Friends, as Lance White, the likeable and naïve partner on The Rockford Files, and as casino owner A.J. Cooper on Las Vegas. He also had a lead role in the television western film The Sacketts, based on two of Louis L’Amour’s books.

Selleck is a California Army National Guard veteran, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association (NRA), an endorser in advertisements for National Review magazine, and co-founder of the Character Counts! organisation.

Upon receiving a draft notice during the Vietnam War, Selleck joined the California National Guard. He served in the 160th Infantry Regiment of the California Army National Guard from 1967 to 1973.

Isabel Lucas

Isabel Lucas (born 29 January 1985) is an Australian actress and model. She is mainly known for her roles in Home and Away (2003-2006), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Daybreakers (2009), The Waiting City (2009), The Pacific (2010), Immortals (2011), A Heartbeat Away (2011), Red Dawn (2012), The Loft (2014), The Water Diviner (2014), Knight of Cups (2015), and That’s Not Me (2017).

In 2015, she acted beside Nick Jonas in the thriller film Careful What You Wish For. In 2017, Lucas joined the American television series MacGyver. In 2018, she appeared in In Like Flynn which was a success in Australia, New Zealand, and Britain, and the same year played Brooke in Chasing Comets. Later in 2009, Lucas won Best Breakout Performance Female at SPIKE TV’s 2009 Scream Awards for her role in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In 2011 Lucas won a Young Hollywood Award for Female Star of Tomorrow. In 2012, Lucas starred in Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love” music video.

Tim McCoy

Timothy John Fitzgerald McCoy (10 April 1891 to 29 January 1978) was an American actor, military officer, and expert on American Indian life. McCoy is most noted for his roles in B-grade Western films. As a popular cowboy film star, he appeared on the front of a Wheaties cereal box.

McCoy enlisted as a soldier in the United States Army and served in the cavalry during World War I (although he did not serve in combat nor overseas). He served again in World War II in Europe, rising to the rank of colonel with the Army Air Corps and Army Air Forces. He also served as adjutant general of Wyoming between the wars with the brevet rank of brigadier general. At 28, he was one of the youngest brigadier generals in the history of the US Army.

Harold Russell

Harold John Avery Russell (14 January 1914 to 29 January 2002) was an American World War II veteran. After losing his hands during his military service, Russell was cast in the epic drama film The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), which earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and an honorary Oscar for being an inspiration to returning veterans, the first and only actor ever to win two Oscars for the same role, the first non-professional actor to win an Academy Award for acting, as well as the first Oscar recipient to sell their award.

Walker Boone

Theodore “Ted” Nicoloff, better known as Walker Boone (04 May 1944 to 29 January 2021), was a Canadian actor. He was best known as the voice of the Nintendo character Mario in the DIC-produced animated series The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World as well as his role as Commander Lynch in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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