Actor Tom Selleck is known as being one of the most successful actors and handsome men in Hollywood history. However, there’s another side to Tom that he keeps somewhat private: his faith and his life of service.

After high school, Tom went on to play basketball for the University of Southern California, and after that, got into acting.

He even earned a contract with Twentieth Century Fox, but he had to put all of that on hold for a higher calling. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1967 and served until 1973.

“I am a veteran, I’m proud of it. I was a sergeant in the U.S. Army infantry, National Guard, Vietnam era. We’re all brothers and sisters in that sense.”

After he returned to Hollywood after serving his country, he was shocked to learn he had been fired.

“As good as this business has been to me, that’s not what life is about. Life is about more important things. You know, we’ve all struggled as we get successful in this business to balance that, I certainly have.”

But that didn’t hold him back. His career took off and the rest is history. But guess where he gives the credit to for his success in life? Jesus.

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”

From the NY Daily News:

“I try very hard to conduct myself in an ethical way, because that’s important to my stability now. We’re a culture that’s so centered on the individual. The culture says that basically nothing is more important than the way you feel.

We’re living in an age that celebrates unchecked impulses. I work with exceptional kids, gang kids, deprived kids, enriched kids and they all have an astounding sense of entitlement. They don’t celebrate earning the privilege of driving at 16. They expect a car. There’s a big difference.”

We need more celebrities like Tom Selleck. It’s disheartening to see so many divorces and scandal with high profile people, but his example stands out.