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At 70, Tom Selleck still is a cover guy. You oldsters will find him gracing the cover of the October-November AARP Magazine, so check your mailbox if you’ve signed on to an AARP membership.

The former star of the island-filmed “Magnum, P.I.,” who commutes from Los Angeles to New York several times a month to film his CBS Friday night hit “Blue Bloods,” reveals how he did TV commercials and appeared on “The Dating Game” to help pay the monthly rent in the days when he was a struggling actor. Then along came “Magnum, P.I.,” his claim to fame as the aloha shirt-wearing Thomas Magnum driving around in his Ferrari during the show’s eight-season run.

Since “Blue Bloods” is Friday night’s most watched series, Selleck (as patriarch Frank Reagan) keeps the Eye Network happy.

In a related AARP video interview, the actor admits that living life away from the spotlight gives him staying power in show biz.

AROUND ’N’ ABOUT: Larry Manetti returns to Honolulu shortly to reprise his lounge character, Nicky “The Kid” DeMarco, on the CBS series “Hawaii Five-0.” Two episodes loom, one with a reunion with Carol Burnett as Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) Aunt Deb. Manetti, of course, played Rick Wright on “Magnum, P.I.”

Michael Maize (“National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” “Murder in the First”) has joined “Five-0” this season, as Aaron, a baddie with untold criminal ties.

Hoopster LeBron James winning performance playing himself in Amy Schumer’s film “Trainwreck” is enabling more jocks to score acting roles. Latest to play himself: NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who’ll be in the fourth episode of “Five-0.” The cameo involves Rice running into McG and his team while on a crime-fighting mission.

FINAL MOMENTS: Wendy Nagaishi, widow of restaurateur David Nagaishi, who died of a heart attack Sept. 19, shared details of his final moments. “He was proud and happy about his newest restaurant, Pounders (at the Hukilau Marketplace in Laie) and was so excited about trying new things, like a brunch on Saturdays,” she said.

Nagaishi suffered a heart attack in the center’s parking lot as he was about to drive home to Honolulu.

Bystanders saw him fall and summoned an ambulance, which took him to Kahuku Hospital. From there he was transferred to Castle Medical Center. Wendy was notified at work at the Royal Hawaiian, where she is a concierge, and she said the valiant efforts unfortunately couldn’t revive David. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Kalihi stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS.

ITEMIZATIONS: ManoaDNA member Alex Kawakami (known as Alx in L.A., where he’s mounting a solo career) will marry Sarah Noyle on Saturday at La Pietra, with a reception dinner to follow at the Waialae Country Club. The couple will live in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Hot CDs due Friday: “Jimmy Borges” (Mountain Apple Company, see review on F3), the first CD by the jazz crooner, who recounts his illustrious career tapping the great American songbook “Travels” (Hitchhike), Jake Shimabukuro’s latest, finds the ukulele sensation updating War’s “Low Rider” by singing! and “Kimie Miner” (Arium), a self-titled CD by an artist to watch, with bonds to the aina.

Congrats to Scott Kawasaki, new sales and marketing director at the Royal Hawaiian. He vacated his PR complex director post with Starwood to join GM Cheryl Williams team at the Pink Palace, which is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection brand.

And that’s “Show Biz.”

Wayne Harada is a veteran entertainment columnist; reach him at 266-0926 or; read his “Show and Tell Hawaii” blog at


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