Born April 26th, 1977, actor Tom Welling is a former construction worker and soccer player who admits his indifference to comic books. After a few modeling jobs, he guest starred opposite Amy Brenneman on a few episodes of the CBS drama Judging Amy. In 2001 he was cast as the teenaged Clark Kent on the WB series Smallville. As the awkward young superhero with many opportunities to bear his chiseled chest, Welling won a Teen Choice award and was consequently branded a breakthrough star. He made his film debut in the 2003 remake Cheaper by the Dozen, along with fellow teen star Hilary Duff. He would also appear in the film's sequel in 2005, as well as a remake of John Carpenter's The Fog that same year, but mostly kept busy with his trademark role on Smallville, until the series ended its decade run in 2011. Welling took some time off once the show ended, but soon returned in the 2013 film Parkland (playing a secret service agent) and 2014's Draft Day (playing a professional quarterback).
Biography by Andrea LeVasseur
- Was a construction worker and Abercrombie & Fitch model.
- Was friends with Ashton Kutcher during their modeling days.
- Turned down two auditions for the role of Clark Kent before finally accepting it.
- Directed several episodes of Smallville.
- Is part Native American.