Soon after, he appeared in commercials for products such as Pepsi-Cola.
Lance was very trusting and always lucky, much to the annoyance of Jim Rockford, the show's star private eye played by James Garner.
White would frequently say to Rockford, "Don't worry, Jim; clues will turn up," and then a clue would just turn up, much to Rockford's consternation, for whom obtaining clues required hard work and hard knocks.
Selleck's character was based on one played in Garner's earlier TV series Maverick (1957) by Wayde Preston in the episode "The Saga of Waco Williams".
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Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945) is an American actor and film producer. He also plays Police Chief Jesse Stone in a series of made-for-TV movies based on Robert B. Since 2010, he has also been a primary cast member as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan in the drama Blue Bloods on CBS. Through an entirely paternal line Selleck is a direct descendant of English colonist David Selleck who moved to Massachusetts from Somerset, England in 1633 and through this line, Tom Selleck is the 11th generation of his family born in North America.He is best known for his starring role as the Hawaii-based private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P. Selleck has appeared in more than 50 film and television roles since Magnum, P. Selleck's family moved to Sherman Oaks, California, during his childhood. While majoring in business administration, a drama coach suggested Selleck try acting.I., including Three Men and a Baby, Quigley Down Under, Mr. Tom's siblings include brother Robert (born 1944), sister Martha (born 1953) and brother Daniel (born 1955). He then studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, under Milton Katselas. Tom Selleck's father was of primarily English ancestry but also had distant German ancestry as well, while his mother was of English descent. Selleck is of mostly English ancestry, including through recent immigrant ancestors.Selleck served in the 160th Infantry Regiment of the California Army National Guard Selleck's first TV appearance was as a college senior on The Dating Game in 1965, and again in 1967.