Tom Selleck Was on 'The Dating Game,' 'The Young and the Restless' and Had ‘Endless Failures’ Before Magnum Fame at 35 (Exclusive)

The actor looks back on his career in his new memoir, ‘You Never Know,' out this spring

<p>CBS via Getty</p> Tom Selleck

CBS via Getty

Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck has a hefty resume that may include even more of your favorite shows.

The actor, 79, is reflecting on his decades-long career in this week’s cover story, as well as some of his earlier roles before his Emmy Award-winning tenure as private investigator Thomas Magnum on the CBS hit Magnum, P.I.

Prior to his time cracking cases in Oahu, Selleck, who had been a student at the University of Southern California, appeared on the soap opera The Young and the Restless from 1974 to 1975, playing Jed Andrews, the love interest of Jaime Lyn Bauer’s Lorie Brooks. Another one of his early roles was a brief stint on The Dating Game.

“I was Bachelor No. 2,” Selleck told PEOPLE of his time on the show in his 1982 cover story. “I didn’t get the girl.”

<p>AGIP/RDA/Everett</p> Jaime Lyn Bauer and Tom Selleck on 'The Young and the Restless'


Jaime Lyn Bauer and Tom Selleck on 'The Young and the Restless'

The actor, now known for his iconic roles across film and TV, including Friends, Three Men and a Baby and In & Out, delves into the ups and downs of his career in his new memoir, You Never Know, out May 7 from Dey Street Books. Selleck notes, however, that his foray into the craft was motivated by his work ethic, not starry-eyed dreams.

“People would say, ‘Oh, he was bitten by the acting bug’ or, ‘He wanted to be a star,’” he says. “I’ve never talked that way in my life. I just wanted to get a job and work.”

Related: Tom Selleck Reflects on His 'Lucky Life,' 'Accidental' Career and 4 Decades of Loving Wife Jillie (Exclusive)

Selleck also told PEOPLE that he took a break from acting when his daughter Hannah, who he shares with wife Jillie Mack, was hospitalized for viral pneumonia while he was on Magnum, P.I.

For more of Selleck's exclusive interview, pick up this week's issue on PEOPLE on newsstands Friday.

"I had agreed to do the picture because Marlon Brando was in it," Selleck says. "I missed all the rehearsal and everything. We got Hannah home, and then I went, but I didn't like that."

<p><a href="" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Jeff Lipsky</a></p> Tom Selleck on the cover of PEOPLE's April 29, 2024 issue

Jeff Lipsky

Tom Selleck on the cover of PEOPLE's April 29, 2024 issue

Selleck’s memoir took four years to finish, and isn’t all about the joys of fame. He says the book “is a lot about failing, endless failures,” which is to be expected within the business.

Related: Tom Selleck Recalls ‘Complicated’ Dilemma That Led to Passing on Indiana Jones Role (Exclusive)

“If you’re going to get in the acting business, you better get an appetite for it,” Selleck says. “And I tried to communicate that... Because it was kind of a long road.”

And while Selleck has learned his lessons about telling other people’s stories (“I learned a long time ago, every time you share a story about someone else, they didn't necessarily say that's okay”), he also knew he wanted to share his own, his way.

“That's just me,” Selleck says.

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

You Never Know
will be published on May 7 and is now available for preorder.

For more People news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on People.