Tom Welling was one of the most well known actors for a decade when he landed the role of Clark Kent/Superman for the major hit series Smallville. Welling’s time in the role from 2001-2011 ended up defining the character and, since the show’s end, he as largely fallen off the radar, which is a considerable drop considering the level of fame he had reached. With a role in Nichols Sparks’ newest adaptation to the big screen, The Choice, we are only reminded how much we love Tom Welling and how much we miss seeing him on our screens on a regular basis. Welling has a talent for keeping out of the spotlight and his personal life extremely private, so here are 10 things not widely known about the charming actor.
Thomas John Patrick Welling was born in April, 1977 in New York to Bonnie and Thomas Welling. His dad is a retired executive for General Motors, and his mother stayed at home with Tom and his siblings. Tom grew up with two older sisters, Rebecca and Jamie, and a younger brother, Mark.Photo by: Desiree Navarro/Everett Collection