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Also Known As: Thomas John Patrick Welling Died:
Born: April 26, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Putnam Valley, New York, USA Profession: actor, model, construction worker

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As a former model-turned-actor, Tom Welling rose to fame in the early 21st century as a teenaged Clark Kent, poised on the brink of discovering the powers that would one day make him Superman on "Smallville" (The WB/The CW, 2001-2011). Welling initially resisted taking the role upon the advice of his agent, who feared typecasting. But Welling was convinced by producers to play the young Clark, whose blend of physicality and earnestness won over both Superman fans and television viewers alike. During his reign on "Smallville," Welling began branching out into features and made his debut as the eldest son in the comedy remake of "Cheaper by the Dozen" (2003), a role he reprised in the 2005 sequel. In between, he starred in the John Carpenter-produced horror remake of his 1980 film, "The Fog" (2005). But his bread and butter remained "Smallville," where he spent a decade ably playing the budding Superman, even stepping behind the camera to direct several episodes. He went on to executive produce the short-lived "Hellcats" (The CW, 2010-11), which pointed to other areas of his talent that had yet to be fully explored or realized by his substantial "Smallville" fanbase.

As a former model-turned-actor, Tom Welling rose to fame in the early 21st century as a teenaged Clark Kent, poised on the brink of discovering the powers that would one day make him Superman on "Smallville" (The WB/The CW, 2001-2011). Welling initially resisted taking the role upon the advice of his agent, who feared typecasting. But Welling was convinced by producers to play the young Clark, whose blend of physicality and earnestness won over both Superman fans and television viewers alike. During his reign on "Smallville," Welling began branching out into features and made his debut as the eldest son in the comedy remake of "Cheaper by the Dozen" (2003), a role he reprised in the 2005 sequel. In between, he starred in the John Carpenter-produced horror remake of his 1980 film, "The Fog" (2005). But his bread and butter remained "Smallville," where he spent a decade ably playing the budding Superman, even stepping behind the camera to direct several episodes. He went on to executive produce the short-lived "Hellcats" (The CW, 2010-11), which pointed to other areas of his talent that had yet to be fully explored or realized by his substantial "Smallville" fanbase.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Draft Day (2014)
2.
 Parkland (2013)
4.
 Fog, The (2005) Cast
5.
 Cheaper By the Dozen (2003) Charlie Baker
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1998:
Discovered by a by a scout for Bruce Weber at a party in Nantucket
2000:
Relocated to Los Angeles where he modeled for Tommy Hilfiger, Abercrombie and Fitch and Calvin Klein
2001:
Had a recurring role on the CBS drama "Judging Amy" as a karate instructor and a young love interest for the title character
2001:
Appeared in the debut episode of the FOX sitcom "Undeclared"
2001:
Played a young Clark Kent/Superman in "Smallville" (WB, 2001-2006; CW, 2006-present); also directed several episodes
2003:
Made film debut in the remake of "Cheaper by the Dozen" starring Steve Martin
2005:
Co-starred with Maggie Grace in a remake of the classic horror film "The Fog"
2005:
Reprised his role as one of twelve children in "Cheaper by the Dozen 2"
2006:
Made directorial debut with the season five episode of "Smallville" (WB), titled "Fragile"
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Education

Okemos High School: Okemos , Michigan - 1995

Notes

"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 Welling to Rolling Stone, March 28, 2002.

Co-star Kristin Kreuk to Rolling Stone (March 28, 2002): "Tom and I get along very well, but he is very closed off with people."

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wife:
Jamie White. Married July 5, 2002 .

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