Tom Selleck: This is how he gave gifts to employees on the “Magnum” set

Tom Selleck, 79, paid every "Magnum" employee a $1,000 bonus after the studio reportedly refused to cover it during the show's final season.

Tom Selleck: This is how he gave gifts to employees on the “Magnum” set

Tom Selleck, 79, paid every "Magnum" employee a $1,000 bonus after the studio reportedly refused to cover it during the show's final season. According to "The Hollywood Reporter", the actor reveals this in his recently published autobiography "You Never Know".

The series, which ran from 1980 to 1988, had reduced its budget surplus every year during that time. The actor explained that he had asked for a bonus if the crew managed to make savings. According to Selleck, the studio did not want to discuss bonuses for the crew under any circumstances so as not to set a “dangerous precedent.” This made him “angry”.

Selleck then used his influence as a star of the series to demand a bonus for himself. And those responsible agreed, as "The Hollywood Reporter" continues to report on the book. “That really made me angry,” Selleck said. He apparently didn't mention the amount, "but it was considerable," he wrote.

Tom Selleck didn't put the money in his own pocket afterwards: he had "thousand-dollar checks made out to every regular member" of the team in both Hawaii and Los Angeles. "When the checks came, I got a photo of our L.A. crew standing in a bleacher with big grins," he wrote. "The caption read: 'Thank you Tom, what a great gesture.' That made me happy."

Tom Selleck became known worldwide in 1980 as the Hawaiian private detective Thomas Magnum in the crime series "Magnum". He also appeared as Dr. for ten episodes from 1996. Richard Burke can be seen in the cult series “Friends” as the friend of Monica Geller (played by Courteney Cox, 59). He has been playing Frank Reagan in "Blue Bloods" since fall 2010, and the series' final season airs this year.

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