Hiram Kent
Family Jessica Kent (wife, deceased), Jonathan Kent (son, deceased), Martha Kent (daughter-in-law), Clark Kent (adopted grandson)
Played By Dean Wray
Status Deceased

Hiram Kent (January 24, 1924 - December 22, 1984) was the father of Jonathan Kent and Clark's adoptive paternal grandfather. He was a farmer, like all the Kent men. His wife was Jessica Kent.


Both Martha and Jonathan indicate that the latter's 'hardheadediness' is inherited directly and discernibly from his own father. Like Jonathan, however, he is also a highly compassionate man, with a willingness to stick his neck out for others, as he shows during Jor-El's troubles. He shows a respect for his wife and her judgment which suggests that theirs is a partnership of equals.

Early life

In 1945, Hiram was one of the jury members who put Harry Volk in jail for murder.

Season Three

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Hiram and Jessica help "Joe".

After Louise McCallum was killed, her accused murderer "Joe" came across Hiram and his wife Jessica at the Kent Farm. Hiram believed in Joe's innocence and helped him get to the Kawatche Caves. As the two departed ways, Hiram told Joe that if he ever needed anything, he knew where to find him.

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Hiram and Joe at the Kawatche Caves.

Later, his grandson Clark Kent started having flashes of Joe's presence in Smallville. When he touched Joe's jacket, he saw Hiram and Jessica help Joe get out of Smallville.


Hiram's actions left a lasting impression on Jor-El. This presumably is the reason Kal-El, also known as Clark Kent was sent to Smallville to protect him, a speculation also held by Clark. If so, Hiram's one episode appearance set up the plot for the series.



  • Clark told Jonathan what Hiram told "Joe" and suggested that Jonathan and Martha were chosen by Jor-El to raise him because of the love that he felt at the Kent Farm.
  • A cowboy and above all Gene Autry fan, he would have named his son after his hero if his wife hadn't managed to persuade him round to her way of thinking.
  • In the comics, Hiram appeared only in pre-Crisis titles and he hasn't been seen since then. His first appearance was in Superboy #77 (1959) and his second and last appearance was in Superboy #113 (1964). In the Modern Age, Jonathan's father was named Sam Kent, who had another son named Harry.
  • If the viewer looks closely, Hiram somewhat has a striking resemblance to his son, Jonathan.

See also

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