Tom Welling

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Tom Welling

Born

4/26/1977, Putnam Valley, West Point, New York, USA

Birth Name

Thomas John Patrick Welling

Gender

Male
  • Tom Welling stars as Clark Kent in Small...
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Thomas John Patrick Welling was born in upstate New York on April 26, 1977. Tom started out as a construction worker and a Calvin Klein model before becoming an actor. He is best known for his role as Clark Kent on Smallville. Most recently, he starred in the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Tom hates interviews.

    • Although doing it for years, Tom said he never liked modeling. He said it was not a very expressive job.

    • Tom is the second cousin to Swedish snowboarder, Reed Nilssen, who received a bronze metal in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

    • Tom loves wearing clothes by Ralph Lauren, The Gap, Gucci, YSL,Hermés, Club Monaco, and Helmet Lang.

    • Tom's favorite band is Radiohead.

    • Tom says he uses the phrase, "There you go!" too much.

    • Tom says he prefers relish and mustard on his hot dogs.

    • Tom loves blackberries.

    • Tom owns a pug named Cook.

    • In his spare time, Tom runs, skis, plays basketball, and visits with family and friends.

    • At his wedding, Tom wore a custom-made Yves Saint-Laurent tuxedo.

    • Tom requested that co-star Michael Rosenbaum sing "Brown-Eyed Girl" at his wedding.

    • Tom had stopped at a gas station to call his agent, who told him he landed the role as Clark Kent on Smallville. Tom says after he received the news, he was overjoyed and stood on the side of the road screaming.

    • Tom's first works in the acting business were commercials he did for 7-Up, TJ Maxx, and Verizon Wireless.

    • Tom first met his wife, Jamie White, while the two were both modeling in Miami, Florida.

    • After college when he was discovered by an Abercrombie & Fitch shoot scout, Tom moved out of his parents' house and to Manhattan, New York.

    • Tom was considered a jock in high school in Michigan. He participated in soccer, baseball, and his personal favorite: basketball.

    • Tom participated in several plays and pageants during elementary school while living in Delaware.

    • Tom spent his first years in Wisconsin while he moved to Delaware in third grade, and finally Okemos, Michigan after his freshman year in high school.

    • Tom graduated from Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan.

    • Tom was on Stephenie Meyer's wish list to play Emmett Cullen before casting even began for the movie Twilight.

    • Tom is good friends with Jensen and Jared of the show Supernatural. One of his visits to their set ended up in an unofficial appearance of his on their show.

    • Tom's favorite television show is Seinfeld. His favorite movie is Mutiny on the Bounty. His favorite band is Radiohead.

    • Tom was in the music video Picture Perfect by Angela Via. He and Angela shared a kiss at the end of the music video.

    • Tom can do a voice of Gollum (Lord of the Rings), and a pretty accurate Keanu Reeves impression.

    • Tom's favorite celebrities include Bob Saget, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, Steve Martin, and Jerry Seinfeld.

    • Tom modelled alongside Ashton Kutcher. The two are good friends.

    • Tom played the role of Joseph/Josephine in Some Like It Hot in high school.

    • Tom's father is a retired executive for General Motors, and his mother is a "home engineer."

    • Tom once got so into character as Clark Kent one time that when he saw a woman being mugged, he ran over and fought off her attackers. The woman looked at him and said "Wow, you really are Superman" and he just laughed.

    • Tom graduated in 1995 from Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan, where he received "fair" grades and opted not to go to college. Instead, he chose to become a construction worker while continuing to live with his parents, until he was discovered at the age of 21 by a catalogue shoot scout who suggested he try modelling.

    • Tom was not a Superman fan prior to being cast as Clark Kent.

    • Tom is 6'3" tall. His shoe size is 14.

    • Tom played in the Museum of Television and Radio Celebrity Golf Tournament. The tournament was held on Monday, April 10th, 2006 at the Riviera Country Club in California.

    • Tom, along with the rest of the Smallville cast, doesn't particularly like shooting at the "Kent Farm" because it's such a far drive from home after a long day.

    • Tom has played the role of Clark Kent for the longest amount of time on television.

    • To get ready for the Smallville episode "Transference," Tom met with John Glover. Glover stayed on the set when Tom was shooting to offer guidance and ran lines with Tom. This was his highlight of series four due to his admiration of John.

    • When filming The Fog, Tom was still wrapping up the season for Smallville. He had to shoot all night on a Sunday night for The Fog, go home and shower at 7am the next morning, and head to the Smallville set for that day's shooting with no sleep.

    • Tom has said he'd like to play a scruffy, ugly guy, something different than he has thusfar in his career.

    • Tom and his wife Jamie White were married on July 5, 2002. They now live in Los Angeles. During the taping of Smallville, Tom stays in a hotel.

    • Tom is contractually forbidden to get a sun tan, because the producers of Smallville weren't sure if Kryptonians could tan.

    • Tom has two sisters and a brother (Mark).

    • Tom auditioned for the role of Tag in Friends, but eventually lost out to Eddie Cahill.

    • In his time off, Tom enjoys reading, running, playing basketball, and spending time with his dogs.

    • Tom is part Native American.

    • Tom turned down two auditions for the role of Clark Kent on Smallville. Once he finally auditioned, they offered the part to him, and he immediately accepted.

    • Tom Welling's Awards & Nominations:

      - Space View: "Best Actor" (Nomination)

      - Space View: "Sexiest Man" (Nomination)

      - Saturn Award (2006): "Best Actor" (Nomination) - Saturn Award (2005): "Best Actor" (Nomination) - Saturn Award (2004): "Best Actor" (Nomination) - Saturn Award (2003): "Best Actor" (Nomination) - Saturn Award (2002): "Best Actor" (Nomination) - Teen Choice Award (2006): "TV - Choice Actor, Drama/Action Adventure" (Nomination)
      - Teen Choice Award (2006): "TV - Choice Chemistry" (Nomination)
      - Teen Choice Award (2005): "TV - Choice Actor, Drama" (Nomination)
      - Teen Choice Award (2004): "TV - Choice Actor, Drama/Action Adventure" (Nomination)
      - Teen Choice Award (2004): "Choice Breakout Movie Star - Male" (Nomination)
      - Teen Choice Award (2003): "TV - Choice Actor, Drama/Action Adventure" (Nomination)
      - Teen Choice Award (2002): "TV - Choice Actor, Drama" (Nomination) - Teen Choice Award (2002): "TV - Choice Breakout Star, Male" (Won)

    • TV & Magazine "Lists"

      Celebopedia: "Most Beautiful Male Celebrities, October '06" (#4)

      BuddyTV.com: "Top Ten Most Valuable TV Characters" (#5)

      YM: "The Hottest Guys on TV, March '03" (Listed)

      TV Guide: "Hottest Hotties, Fall '06" (Listed)

      People Magazine: "Breakthrough Stars of 2001" (Listed)

      Tiger Beat: "Who's Your Dream Co-Star, May '06" (Listed)

      TV Guide Channel: "TV Hunks & Babes" (#8)

      TVGuide.com: "Who Do You Think Would Be The Best Kisser?, February '06" (Listed)

      Access Hollywood: "Hottest Hunks" (Listed)

      Cosmopolitan Magazine: "Fun Fearless Males Of The Year, February '06" (Listed)

      J-14 Magazine: "TV Hottie Hall of Fame, '06" (Listed)

      Teen People: "Watch Out For These Guys in '06" (Listed)

      Starburst Magazine: "Who Has The Best Chance Of Carrying An Episode On Their Looks Alone" (#3)

      People Magazine: "Breakthrough Stars '01" (Listed)

  • Quotes

    • Tom Welling: (on Smallville) I went from not knowing anything to acting, producing and directing on the show.

    • Tom Welling: (on growing up) I'd say most of my childhood was spent in Hockessin. I loved it. I love the East Coast and I think a lot of my sensibilities were formed there.

    • Tom Welling: (after meeting Kevin Costner) He was aware that I had just shot Parkland and we started talking about JFK. I felt like such a Kevin Costner fan showing up on the set but he put me at ease right away. It was really cool to just hang out with him.

    • Tom Welling: Acting is a gypsy lifestyle. You don't know what the next movie is going to be, or if there is going to be another one. I enjoy it because it's exciting. But it's a hard thing to explain to your parents.

    • TV Guide: Are you looking for pilots right now?
      Tom Welling: No. I don't think I'm looking for pilots, but at the same time, I'm an actor first and whatever the story is, whatever the project is that I found most appealing and that will have me, that's what I'll follow. It could be series, it could be films, it could be directing, producing, developing.

    • TV Guide: What's next for you?
      Tom Welling: Stay tuned. I have been a part of Hellcats and they're just wrapping up their first season and we hope that they come back next year. They've got a really solid all-star group over there as well. So I'd like to continue on that path, as well as get into feature films.
      TV Guide: Any chance you might guest star on Hellcats if it gets a second season?
      Tom Welling: Well, you know, being unemployed, that might sound like a good offer. [laughs]

    • TV Guide: Michael Rosenbaum finally agreed to return one last time as Lex Luthor. What was it like working with him again?
      Tom Welling: It was fun. [laughs] It was a lot of fun. It was like he'd never left, but it was also like he'd been gone forever. But he stepped right back into it. Michael is extremely hilarious, he has this really unique ability to entertain and to be a completely opposite version of Lex until they roll the camera and then he goes right into it. I don't think he lost a beat, and it was one of the highlights of the season to spend the day with him.
      TV Guide: How involved were you in the negotiations to get him to come back?
      Tom Welling: Oh, are you kidding me? I did everything I could. I texted him, I called him, we went to dinner. I'm just really happy that they were able to find a way for him to come back. I think it's so great for the show and the fans.

    • TV Guide: With 22 episodes a year over 10 seasons has it been a challenge to stick to the "no flights, no tights" rule?
      Tom Welling: I don't know if this is going to come across the wrong way, but, no. Early on, with the concept of the show, it was never an option. There's been times when people wanted us to do it, but it's never been what the show is going to be. Some will say that after Season 7 we've actually become Superman, or some people refer to it as Metropolis. Sure, you can call it whatever you want. But to me, it just wasn't what this show was about. It's oddly that simple for me.

    • TV Guide: As characters have left the show, Lois Lane's role in Clark's life increased. It's worked well because you and Erica Durance have great chemistry. What has it been like working with her?
      Tom Welling: It's great. She's a fantastic partner. We have a lot of fun when we work — I think that's what comes through. We've sort of developed this really crazy idea that our characters would actually enjoy each other. The fact that he's an idiot, that's what she embraces about him. I've been amazed at how long the writers have been able to keep that relationship going without it actually coming together.

    • TV Guide: The show has undergone many cast changes over the years, and maintained a loyal fanbase. What's been the key to Smallville's ongoing success?
      Tom Welling: One perspective that I subscribe to is the idea that the evolution of this show has matched the journey of Clark Kent. Each time that a character is taken away from our story, that was another step that Clark had to make to grow up. At the beginning [series creators] Al [Gough] and Miles [Millar] did a really good job of figuring out where to start with this character. There have been a lot of other shows to come out where the characters are almost too evolved that they don't really have anywhere to go. Clark had a lot to learn and it's taken him 10 years to learn it. Losing his parents, Lex, Lana — these are all big moments that have thrust him further down the road to becoming who we all think he's going to be.

    • TV Guide: When you signed on to this show, how long did you think it would last?
      Tom Welling: I had no way of even conceptualizing or guessing. As successful as we were, every year there's been that wait, wait, wait to see if we were going to get picked up. You're really going scene by scene, episode by episode, year by year, trying to stay in the moment and do the best job you can and hope that people respond to it.

    • TV Guide: The show has so many fans, with so many expectations for how it should end. What kind of pressure have you guys been feeling to satisfy them?
      Tom Welling: What's a unit of measurement that goes beyond tons? I don't know what it would be, but it's been huge. You talk about an elephant on your chest, this is more like a 747! You feel obligated, you feel inspired, you feel scared, you feel a range of emotions. We got into planning the finale almost a year ahead of time and everything still went right up to the last second. We were still tweaking things on set, trying to make it better. It's tremendous the amount of weight that goes into what we're feeling.

    • TV Guide: What were you thinking as you filmed the very last scene?
      Tom Welling: I wasn't thinking that it was the last scene, because as much as it's the end of Smallville, it's the birth of this next phase in this character's life, which is pretty exciting. I've said this like a broken record, this show, to me, has always been about Clark Kent — it hasn't been about Superman. And it was very important at the end that we make sure that we wrap up the Clark Kent story. I hope that people have enjoyed the story that we've told.

    • TV Guide: You've already filmed the series finale and you have just a couple more weeks left. What's going through your mind so close to the end?
      Tom Welling: I find myself pretty excited to, in a sense, graduate. Every summer for the last 10 years, just after July 4th, I've come back here. And this year, I won't. I am anticipating that around that time is when I'm probably going to start more reflection. Because we are so busy now there isn't much time to think about that. So I'm looking forward to a reflective July.

    • Tom: Well, I can't have my fingernails clipped or filed, I just don't like it. So when they get long, I'll bite them and spit them out.

    • Tom: When I have children someday, I'm going to be able to show them I was part of this great icon. It's a great feeling.

    • Tom: (about comparing himself to Clark Kent) We both have green eyes, we're both 6'3, we both have dark hair, but he has a few abilities that I don't have, though I do have a few of my own that he doesn't have. I think we're both relatively good natured people who like other people and want to see other people do well.

    • Tom: The idea of a perfect vacation is not working or not having to work and having no appointments.

    • Tom: You know one of the things about going from modeling to acting is it's so much more fulfilling. With modeling, you get your picture taken, which is great, good for you, you know? But in acting, you're able to reach in and show a little bit more of yourself.

    • Tom: We were being interviewed, and they were asking Christopher about Superman, and what he would do, and Christopher was saying, 'Shush; he's not supposed to hear this yet! He doesn't know who this Superman is. Don't tell him.'

    • Tom: What gives me the most satisfaction is watching the pilot, because we've come along so far--myself included. That always puts a smile on my face, because at the time I was really figuring it all out at once, but now we've all grown up a little bit: the production, myself, the scripts, the storylines. Everything! For me it's very entertaining to watch Clark.

    • Tom: The first few episodes of the series were taxing for cast and crew. The biggest challenge for me was rest. We were out of control as far as production goes, working sometimes 20 hour days, and working on three different episodes at one time. That's changed now: things are more predictable and easier. It's simpler to wrap your brain around what to expect when you go to work, and what you're working on. I had no idea what it was going to be like; I had nothing to compare it to.

    • Tom: It wasn't Lois & Clark. It wasn't Superman. It was about a high school kid. Going into that first audition, I didn't know how anyone could prepare to play this role, and as I was waiting in the room to go in to the audition, I realized that you have to take everything that makes this kid a super hero, and throw it out the window. I had to do it just like a normal kid. The special effects and everything else would help fill in the blanks--and that's how I've tried to attack this material, even now.

    • Tom: (on the character, Clark) One of his biggest dilemmas is that he can't openly be intimate with anyone except his parents, because it's too much of a risk to other people. So, it's the lonely walk of the hero.

    • Tom: Modelling, for me, was not fulfilling. I didn't see the point--although I was able to travel a great deal. I lived in Italy, Germany, and Spain, but I wasn't devoted to it.

    • Tom: On the (Smallville) season finale, a helicopter hovered five feet off the ground, and I jumped off it into the snow. Then I pulled my entire body back up into it while the blades were going. You don't get to do that stuff on a courtroom drama.

    • Tom: You know one of the things about going from modeling to acting is it's so much more fulfilling. With modeling, you get your picture taken, which is great, good for you, you know? But in acting, you're able to reach in and show a little bit more of yourself.

    • Tom: I have so much chaos in my life, it's become normal. You become used to it. You have to just relax, calm down, take a deep breath and try to see how you can make things work rather than complain about how they're wrong.

    • Tom:(When asked why the gorgeous Clark Kent doesn't stay with any female on the show for very long) With everything that Clark has--all these abilities, all these opportunities--it's all a secret, and it alienates him.

    • Tom: I technically haven't played Superman yet. Once you put on the Superman costume, it's such a strong, iconic image, people have trouble seeing you any other way.

    • Tom: When you ask a woman a question, you want to hear what she really thinks about something, not necessarily what she thinks you want to hear.

    • Tom: I once jumped off cliffs on the coast of Italy, 50 feet into the water. I'm adventurous, and I love pushing the limits and doing things like that.

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  • Kalel Kent

    10
    should we start?Oh Yeah Means is surprisingly weird how he got's the same name on ship landed when his planet blew real Clark is Tom Welling is the became the producer when he was at season swan is Christopher as the original Reeves got paralyzed by falling off a whole body was am a big is the best actor what about Lana Lang? Well,Clark and Lana could not be together because of affected there love because Lex was planting a bomb I believe on top of the Daily Lana put her hands on the bomb with krytponite in got infected with Chloe first time she went missing was with Davis was that said,"I can't turn into the monster with the next time I did not know because I did not watch the episode I skip'd it by the hotlines I can think of right you in the next storie!moreless
  • A phenomenal actor.

    9.5
    I looked at this guy's list of shows and movies he's appeared in and it's surprisingly small, because Tom Welling was stellar in his performance as Clark Kent/Superman in the ten-year series Smallville. That, and the two Cheaper by the Dozenmovies are the only things I've seen him in, unfortunately, though. But like I said, according to the small number of things I've seen him in, he's a fantastic actor and I look forward to seeing him in future roles.moreless
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