Tom Seleck’s first wife Jacqueline Ray is in Jail. Her wiki/bio & facts.

When Jacqueline Ray first broke into the acting scene, she made quite a name for herself. One of the most beautiful models of her time, Ray was not only blessed with good looks but also acting abilities. Over the years, Ray worked on several movies while also taking on a few modeling gigs. But for all her work in the entertainment industry, Ray is best known for her marriage to Tom Selleck. An instantly recognized face in the entertainment industry, Selleck is best known for his appearances in the hit sitcom, Friends. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Selleck’s first wife, Jacqueline Ray.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameJacqueline Mary Ray
Date of birthJanuary 26, 1945
Place of birthBurbank, California, USA
Zodiac signAquarius
Height5 feet 7 inches (170 cm)
Weight60 kg (132 lbs)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue
OccupationActress, model
Years active1967-2007
First movie roleDenise in In Like Flint (1967) 
Last movie roleDancer in Unfabulous: The Best Trip Ever (2007) 
Other notable movie rolesLinda in The Killings at Outpost Zeta (1980) , Beyond the Universe (1981) 
Television rolesLisa J. “Digger” Doyle in Magnum, P.I. (1981) , Marie Walker in Dallas (1983) , Dr. Marcia Forrest in Mike Hammer (1984)
Number of marriagesThree
First husbandTom Shepard (1964-1968) 
Second husbandTom Selleck (1971-1982)
Third husbandClarence Barry Witmer (1992-present)
ChildrenOne son, Kevin Selleck, born during her first marriage and adopted by Tom Selleck
Legal issuesSentenced to 18 years in prison in 2014 for hiring a hitman to kill her son-in-law, Leon Bauchum 
American model, actress Jacqueline Ray.
American model, actress Jacqueline Ray.

Early Life

Jacqueline Mary Ray was born on the 17th of July 1952 in Burbank, California, USA. Born and raised in California, Ray has never revealed details of her early life to the media. It is believed that Ray was interested in acting from a very young age. Ray graduated from her local high school but never went to college. Instead, Ray opted to pursue her career as a working actor.

Professional Career

Ray’s first noticeable role came in the 1967 movie, In Like Flint. While Ray enjoyed a short role in the movie, it opened new doors for Ray. In the same year, Ray played the role of Gnome Maiden in the movie, The Gnome-Mobile. Things slowed down for Ray since Gnome-Mobile and her next appearance came in the 1973 movie, Fraiser, the Sensuous Lion. In the same year, Ray was cast as a model in the TV series, Marcus Welby M.D. After a hiatus of 7 years, Ray appeared on the big screen with a role in the movie, The Killings at Outpost Zeta. In 1981, Ray was featured in the movie Beyond the Universe.

Her most renowned appearance came in the TV series, Magnum, PI. She stayed on the series for two years from 1981-1983. Around the same time, she met her future husband, Tom Selleck. In 1983, Ray signed up for two other TV series, Dallas and Matt Houston. After a year, Ray worked in the TV series The New Mike Hammer. Roles died for Ray who was last seen on-screen in 2007. She was invited to make an appearance in the 2007 TV series, Unfabulous.

Personal Life-Three Marriage & Two Divorces

Jacqueline Ray’s marriage and relationship over the years were marked by love, passion, betrayal, and tragedy. She married three times, but none of her marriages lasted.

First Marriage: Tom Shepard

Ray’s first marriage was to a man named Tom Shepard, whom she wed in 1964. Little is known about their relationship, except that they had a son named Kevin Shepard, who was born in 1966. However, their marriage did not last long, and they divorced in 1968. Ray raised Kevin as a single mother until she met her second husband.

Second Marriage: Tom Selleck

Ray’s second marriage was to Tom Selleck, a rising star in Hollywood who would later become famous for his role as Magnum in Magnum, P.I. They tied the knot on May 15, 1971. Selleck adopted Kevin and gave him his surname. 

Ray and Selleck were considered one of the power couples of Hollywood in the 1970s. They supported each other’s careers and appeared together in Magnum, P.I.. However, their marriage also faced challenges due to the pressures of fame and work. They also had different views on having more children. After 11 years of marriage, Ray filed for divorce in August 1982.

Third Marriage: Clarence Barry Witmer

Ray’s third marriage was to Clarence Barry Witmer, whom she married in 1992. Not much is known about Witmer or their relationship, except that he was a businessman. Ray kept a low profile after her divorce from Selleck and focused on her family. She became a grandmother to Kevin’s children.

However, Ray’s life took a dark turn in 2014, when she was arrested for hiring a hitman to kill Witmer’s son-in-law, Leon Bauchum. Bauchum was married to Witmer’s daughter Umeko, who was also Ray’s stepdaughter. Ray claimed that Bauchum was abusive to Umeko and their children, and that she wanted to protect them from him. However, the hitman turned out to be an undercover police officer, who recorded Ray’s conversations and evidence of her paying him $12,000 for the murder.

Ray pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. She is expected to be released in 2033 at the age of 88.


Was Jacqueline Ray born in Burbank, California?Yes
Is Jacqueline Ray still married to Tom Selleck?No
Did Jacqueline Ray hire a hitman to kill her son-in-law?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray star in the movie In Like Flint?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray have a son with Tom Selleck?No
Did Jacqueline Ray appear in the TV show Unfabulous?Yes
Is Jacqueline Ray still acting?No
Did Jacqueline Ray play a gnome maiden in The Gnome-Mobile?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray divorce Tom Selleck because he moved to Hawaii?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray adopt Kevin Selleck, her son from her first marriage?No
Did Jacqueline Ray star in the movie Beyond the Universe?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray have a role in the TV show Dallas?Yes
Is Jacqueline Ray 78 years old as of 2023?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray marry Clarence Barry Witmer in 1992?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray star in the movie The Killings at Outpost Zeta?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray have a role in the TV show Magnum, P.I.?Yes
Is Jacqueline Ray related to Lisa J. “Digger” Doyle, a character from Magnum, P.I.?No
Did Jacqueline Ray appear in the TV show Frasier, the Sensuous Lion?Yes
Did Jacqueline Ray have a role in the TV show Marcus Welby, M.D.?Yes
Is Jacqueline Ray’s real name Jacquelyn Selleck?No

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