Jacqueline Ray Biography
Sun Sign: Cancer
Also Known As: Jacqueline Mary Ray
Born Country: United States
Born in: Burbank, California, United States
Famous as: Actress
Spouse/Ex-: Tom Selleck (m. 1971–1982)
children: Kevin Selleck
U.S. State: California
Jacqueline Mary Ray is an American actress and model. Her biggest claim to fame was her decade-long marriage to actor Tom Selleck. A native Californian, Ray began her career in the world of glamour as a model and was featured on the cover of several magazines. She made her acting debut in 1967 in the action-comedy ‘In Like Flint’. Since then, she has also portrayed various roles in films like ‘Beyond the Universe’ and ‘Frasier the Sensuous Lion’. She also guest-starred in two episodes of Selleck’s mystery drama series ‘Magnum, P.I.’ Her last acting job was in a 2007 episode of the family-drama series ‘Unfabulous’. Her marriage with Selleck ended in 1982, and she vanished into obscurity afterwards. There are some online sources that claim that she murdered her son-in-law in 2012 for abusing her daughter and was subsequently sentenced to 18 years in jail, but that is a different woman named “Jacqueline Rea.”
- Jacqueline Ray was born on July 17, 1952, in Burbank, California, USA. Little else is known about her family and her upbringing.
- Jacqueline Ray became active as a model when she was still a teenager and found modest fame by appearing on the covers of various magazines. She was in her mid-teens when she debuted as an actress in ‘In Like Flint’, an action comedy directed by Gordon Douglas. Released on March 15, 1967, the film revolves around a superspy named Derek Flint (James Coburn), who must defeat a group of women bent on ruling the world. Ray portrayed a character named Denise and was credited as Jacki Ray.
- In the 1967 family adventure ‘The Gnome-Mobile’, Ray was cast in the uncredited role of a gnome maiden. She then was cast in Pat Shields’ 1973 comedy film ‘Frasier, the Sensuous Lion’. Also starring Michael Callan, Katherine Justice, and Marc Lawrence, the film tells the story of the zoologist Marvin Feldman (Callan), who comes to California Lion Country Safari to observe Frasier, the lion, known for procreating a record number of cubs. That year, she also appeared in an episode of ABC’s ‘Marcus Welby, M.D.’, portraying a model.
- She did not land her next acting gig until 1980 when she was cast in the science fiction thriller ‘The Killings at Outpost Zeta’. This is the first film in which she portrayed the female lead. In 1981, she shared the screen space with David Ladd and Christopher Cary in the science fiction film ‘Beyond the Universe’. Directed by Robert Emenegger, who also co-wrote the script with Allan Sandler, Steven Posner, and Seth Marshall III, the movie chronicles the story of a scientist who attempts to save the world after two atomic wars have nearly destroyed it.
- Ray made a guest appearance in a season-one episode of ‘Magnum, P.I.’ in 1981, portraying a character named Lisa. She returned to the show for an episode in its third season, playing a completely different character named Ms Roebuck. In the ensuing years, she also guest-starred in shows like CBS’ soap opera ‘Dallas’ (1983), ABC’s drama series ‘Matt Houston’ (1983), and CBS’ mystery drama show ‘The New Mike Hammer’ (1984). In 2007, she played a dancer in a third-season episode of Nickelodeon’s teen sitcom ‘Unfabulous’.
- Ray has been married to three different men in her life. Not much is known about her first husband besides the fact that his surname is Shepard. They had a son, Kevin S. Shepard. The couple eventually parted ways, and Kevin was predominantly raised by his mother until her relationship with Tom Selleck began. Since then, the ‘Blue Bloods’ actor has served as the paternal figure in Kevin’s life. He even adopted him, allowing him to use his surname. Kevin is a musician and actor. He appeared in an episode of ‘Magnum, P.I’ in 1987 and used to be the drummer of the American rock group Tonic. He is married to designer Annabelle Selleck.
- After her divorce from Selleck, she tied the knot with a man named Clarence Barry Witmer on March 21, 1992. It is not known if they are still married.
- Ray reportedly began dating Selleck in 1970. On May 15, 1971, the couple exchanged wedding vows. She was Selleck’s first wife and supported him through his initial years as a professional actor. He had his screen debut in a season one episode of CBS’ western series ‘Lancer’ in 1969. His big-screen debut came about in 1970 in the comedy film ‘Myra Breckinridge’. In the ensuing years, he played various roles in TV shows like ‘Bracken’s World’ (1969-70) and ‘Marcus Welby, M.D.’ (1974-75) and films like ‘Daughters of Satan’ (1972) and ‘Coma’ (1978).
- In 1980, he began portraying the titular character on ‘Magnum, P.I.’, which turned out to be the most successful venture of his acting career. He has appeared in several other popular projects, including ‘3 Men and a Baby’ (1987), ‘Friends’ (1996-2000), and ‘Blue Bloods’ (2010-present).
- As he rose to prominence, his relationship with Ray suffered, especially because of his closeness to several of his female fans. The couple ultimately divorced on August 10, 1982. Despite this, Selleck sought to maintain his involvement in the life of his adopted son.
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