With all due respect to both Magnum P.I. and the current series Blue Bloods, in my mind Tom Selleck's greatest role was as Lance White on The Rockford Files.
"Maybe I peaked early," Selleck says with a laugh.
Lance appeared in only a couple of episodes, but he was a sunny and optimistic private investigator for whom things always came up smelling like roses. Lance's disposition was in hilarious contrast to pessimistic and put-upon private investigator Jim Rockford, played by James Garner.
Not long after Lance, Selleck landed the lead role in Magnum P.I., which aired from 1980 to 1988. And Selleck has been working consistently in TV and film ever since, including his present role as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on Blue Bloods, which airs Fridays on CBS and CTV.
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