The actor considered a number of moustached icons before settling on the whiskers made famous in the 1980s TV smash.
Lee explains, "We tried the Fu Manchu, but I looked a little shady, so we shaved the Fu and just left the Tom Selleck.
"I took a lot of inspiration from Magnum PI."
Lee can't wait till the show wraps later this month (FEB06), so he can be clean shaven again.
He adds, "We're all looking forward to it being gone. I'm locked into it through to the end of February (06). I'll shave when we wrap."