Thomas John Patrick Welling, better known as simply Tom Welling, is a renowned and beloved American actor. He is also a director, producer and former model, but he is definitely more famous for his acting career. We all know him from productions such as Smallville, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Fog, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Even though his career has always been on the spotlight, there are still many interesting facts that people do not know about this charming actor. Tom was born on April 26, 1977, in New York City, New York. His family moved around a lot, making stops in Delaware, Wisconsin and Michigan. He graduated from Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan, where he discovered his passion for acting after starring in numerous school plays.
He was also into sports, playing baseball, soccer and basketball. In 1998, Tom was discovered by a catalog camera scout while he was at a party in Nantucket. This is how he started modeling. In 2000, Tom moved to Los Angeles and has modeled there for famous brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. In the meanwhile, he was also pursuing his acting career. His big break came in 2001, when he made an appearance in the hit TV series Judging Amy. He then got a hit TV series of his own, being cast as the lead character in Smallville. He remained on the show ever since. However, few people know that he turned down the tole of the young Clark Kent twice before accepting it. Another thing that not many know about him is that prior to becoming a model and actor, he worked in construction.
Just like Christopher Reeve, Tom was not crazy about Superman prior to portraying Clark Kent in Smallville, nor does he read any of the Superman comics. People do regard him as Superman, though. After seeing a woman get mugged, Tom came to her rescue and fought off her attackers. The woman said to him: “Wow, you really are Superman”. It seems that Tom Welling does take his part seriously. Just like any other guy, Tom Welling has hobbies and interests. He loves watching Seinfeld, which is his favorite TV show. And his favorite movie is Mutiny on the Bounty. He admires celebrities Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Bob Saget, Marlon Brando, Steve Martin, Robert De Niro and, naturally, Jerry Seinfeld. He is also good friends with Ashton Kutcher, alongside who he modeled.