Full Name: Thomas J. Welling
Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Bithplace: New York, New York
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: 14
Marital Status: Married (Jamie White)
Tom Welling was born on was born on April 26, 1977 in New York, New York. His father, a retired executive for General Motors and his mother, a home engineer, named him Thomas John Patrick Welling when the world welcomed him. He has two older sisters and one younger brother. His brother, Mark Welling, is also working as an actor.
Tom graduated in 1995 from Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan. While in high school, he performed in a few theatrical productions, and he also played varsity soccer.
Following high school graduation, Tom worked in construction, until he became a model. In his model days, he befriended celebrity Ashton Kutcher who was also a model during this time. After he got an offer from an agency which includes acting roles, he said goodbye to modeling.
After attending at different castings, Tom got his first role in CBS’s series “Judging Amy”. His role was about a season two character named Rob Meltzer who was a karate instructor. His stay lasted six episodes. He attended in episode 2.09 ‘The Undertow’, 2.10 ‘Adoption Day’, 2.11 ‘The Claw Is Our Master’, 2.15 ‘The Treachery of Compromise’, 2.16 ‘Everybody Falls Down’ and 2.19 ‘Between the Wanting and the Getting’. Rob Meltzer interacted most with main leading role, Amy Gray, who was played by Amy Brenneman.
It follows cameo appearances in UPN’s “Special Unit 2” as male victim in episode 1.06 ‘The Depths’ and in FOX’s “Undeclared” where he played a character named Tom who appeared in series pilot 1.01 ‘Prototype’.
While being involved in these two projects, he also auditioned for, and won the role of, a young Clark Kent/Superman on a new TV show called “Smallville”. Originally, Tom actually turned down the role twice before accepting it. But fortunately he accepted the offer. When Smallville aired in September 2001, it became the most watched pilot on theWB with 8.4 millions live viewers. As the series progresses, Tom becomes more and more involved in the production process which leaded him to direct episodes. His directing debut was in April 2006 with episode 5.18 ‘Fragile’. Furthermore he got the chance to direct Smallville’s 175th episode, 7.18 ‘Apocalypse’, and Smallville’s second hour of its first movie like event 9.11/12 ‘Absolute Justice’. He also directed 6.10 ‘Hydro’, 8.21 ‘Injustice’, 10.09 ‘Patriot’ and 10.18 ‘Booster’. In summer 2009, it was announced he joined the staff of executive producers as co-executive producer. One year later, he became a full executive producer.
During his Smallville, Tom received various awards and nominations. He was named one of People Magazine’s “Breakthrough Stars of 2001“; he got five Saturn Awards nominations for “Best Actor in a Television” and seven nominations for Teen Choice Awards. He won his first Teen Choice Award in 2002 for “Choice TV Male Breakout Star”. It followed another win in 2009 as “TV Actor: Action Adventure“.
In season five, the cast celebrated the filming of the 100th episode of Smallville which was episode 5.12 ‘Reckoning’. The series hit the 200th episode mark with episode 10.04 “Homecoming” in season ten. Smallville is the longest-running sci-fi US television series. Tom helped to define Clark Kent for a new generation of Superman fans.
While being on Smallville, Tom also wanted to pursue his movie career. His movie debut was in the remake of “Cheaper By The Dozen” in December 2003 where he played son of Tom Baker, played by Steven Martin, and Kate Baker, played by Bonnie Hunt named Charlie Baker. Playing Charlie Baker, Tom got another Teen Choice Award nomination for “Breakout Movie Star – Male”. After this comedy movie was well received at the box office, a sequel was planned. The sequel named “Cheaper By The Dozen 2” came out in two year later in December.
In addition to the sequel of “Cheaper By The Dozen”, Tom starred in the remake of John Carpenter’s horror movie “The Fog” which was released in October of 2005. Tom played the male leading role named Nick Castle. His co-star was ABC’s “Lost” star, Maggie Grace, who played Elizabeth Williams in this movie.
In October 2009, it was announced Tom created his first own production company named “Tom Welling Productions”. The first project for his production company is a book adapted of “Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders” for theCW. The series got the name “Hellcats”. Kevin Murphy, who was executive producer of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and other TV Series, Ashey Tisdale and Aly Michalka were involved in the project. TheCW picked it up for one season with 22 episodes however it didn’t return for the next TV season.
Tom met his wife, Jamie White, at the beginning of his career. Both, Tom and Jamie were models during this time. Together, they moved to Los Angeles caused by Tom’s acting career. In July 2002, the marriage between Tom and Jamie followed.
as actor in movies
- Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) as Charlie Baker
- The Fog (2005) as Nick Castle
- Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) as Charlie Baker
as actor in televison
- Smallville as Clark Kent/Superman (218 episodes | 2001-2010)
- Undeclared as Tom (1 episode | 2001)
- Special Unit 2 as Male Victim (1 episode | 2001)
- Judging Amy as Rob Meltzer (6 episodes | 2001)
- Smallville (5 episodes | 2006-2010)
- Smallville (44 episodes | 2009-2011)
- Hellcats (22 episode | 2010)