Christian Kane

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Christian Kane
Christian Kane Vegas 2006 1.jpg
Kane in Las Vegas, April 27, 2006
Born(1974-06-27) June 27, 1974 (age 40)
Dallas, Texas
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter
Years active1997–present
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Christian Kane
Christian Kane Vegas 2006 1.jpg
Kane in Las Vegas, April 27, 2006
Born(1974-06-27) June 27, 1974 (age 40)
Dallas, Texas
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter
Years active1997–present

Christian Kane (born June 27, 1974) is an American actor and singer-songwriter. He is known for his roles in the television shows Angel, Leverage and Into the West, and the movies Just Married and Secondhand Lions.

He is the lead singer of the country-southern rock band Kane. On December 7, 2010, they released The House Rules, their third album and their debut for record label Bigger Picture Group. The album reached No. 25 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The first single from the album, also titled "The House Rules", debuted at No. 54 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. The second single, “Let Me Go”, was released on July 11, 2011.

Early life[edit]

Christian Kane was born in Dallas, Texas. He is of Native American descent.[1] His parents participated in, and met at, the rodeo. The family moved around the South and the Midwest because his father was in the oil business, and they finally settled in Norman, Oklahoma, when Kane was in 8th grade. While growing up in Texas and Oklahoma, Kane was a collegiate-style wrestler and played American Football (as a strong safety).[2] He studied Art History at the University of Oklahoma but decided he wanted to be an actor and headed to Los Angeles before finishing the degree.[3] In Los Angeles, he worked at a talent management company where he delivered scripts in exchange for getting acting jobs.[4]



Kane with Amy Acker at a signing in Santa Barbara.

Kane landed his first acting role in 1997 as one of the leads in MGM's television series Fame L.A.; in the series he played a country singer who moved to Los Angeles from Kansas. His television roles have included a recurring role in Joss Whedon’s Angel as the lawyer Lindsey MacDonald, the Jerry Bruckheimer produced series Close to Home on CBS, the TNT television film Crossfire Trail in which he appeared alongside Tom Selleck, and he played the role of Abe Wheeler in the Steven Spielberg produced 2005 miniseries Into the West. Kane starred with singer Monica, as Billy Ryan in MTV movie Love Song in 2000.

Kane’s appearances on the big screen include the 20th Century Fox film Just Married and New Line Cinema's Secondhand Lions (as the younger version of Robert Duvall's Hub McCann, he has a scar on his upper lip from an injury he received while filming the movie). He also appeared in Taxi, Life or Something Like It, the Peter Berg-directed Friday Night Lights, and the Warner Bros. baseball film Summer Catch.

In 2007, Kane was featured in the Carrie Underwood music video "So Small", playing the role of one of the three converging stories.

In 2009, he appeared in the psychological thriller, Hide, in which he played the lead role of Billy, and The Donner Party which is based on the true story of the Donner Party.

In 2010, he starred in the romantic drama, Not Since You.

From 2008 to 2012, Kane appeared on the TNT television series Leverage. Kane did his own stunts and fights as Eliot Spencer, a retrieval specialist and black ops soldier who teams up with four other specialists to undo the injustices perpetrated upon the helpless.

In 2013, Kane appeared as JT Maxwell, brother to Rebecca Romijn's female lead Michelle Maxwell on TNT's King & Maxwell. Kane appeared again with Romijn in the 2014 TNT television series The Librarians, the series based on the The Librarian film series.


In 1997, Christian Kane met Steve Carlson, who had taken over his old job. They started writing songs together, and in 1998, they formed the Southern rock band Kane. They have toured the U.S. as well as England and Germany. The band has self-released two albums, their self-titled debut, Kane, in 2000 and a recording of a live acoustic set, Acoustic Live In London! in 2004.[5]

The band consists of Christian Kane (lead vocals, guitar), Steve Carlson (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Jason Southard (lead guitar), Will Amend (bass guitar), and Ryan Baker (drums) and is signed to independent record label Bigger Picture Group (Zac Brown Band, Big Kenny, The Harters). Their label debut, The House Rules, was released December 7, 2010. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers album chart and No. 25 on the Country Albums chart.[6] The album was produced by Bob Ezrin and Jimmie Lee Sloas.[7]

The first single from the album, also titled "The House Rules" debuted at No. 54 on the Billboard Country Songs chart[8] and was the 7th most added song on Mediabase Country stations on its official impact date.[7] The video for the single was directed by Timothy Hutton and premiered on CMT's Big New Music Weekend October 1, 2010.[9] The second single, Let Me Go, was released on July 11, 2011. The video for the single was directed by Roman White, it premiered on CMT August 8, 2011 and reached No. 1 on their Today's Top Videos chart .[10]

Christian Kane is also signed to a songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing and writes much of his own material. Trace Adkins released a song written by Kane called "Happy Man" on his 2010 album, Cowboy's Back in Town.[11]

Kane's co-writing efforts include songs written with Blair Daly, Brett James, David Lee Murphy, Casey Beathard, and Jerrod Niemann.[12] "Thinking of You", a song he co-wrote with Blair Daly, featured in episode 3X06, "The Studio Job", of Leverage.[3][13]



1997–1998Fame L.A.Ryan "Flyboy" LeggetRecurring role (21 episodes)
1999Rescue 77Wick LoboRecurring role (8 episodes)
1999–2004AngelLindsey McDonaldRecurring role (21 episodes)
2001Dawson's CreekNick TaylorGuest star (Episode: "The Tao of Dawson")
2004Las VegasBobGuest star (Episode: "The Strange Life of Bob")
2005Into the WestAbe Wheeler/High WolfTV miniseries
2005–2006Close to HomeJack ChaseMain cast
2008–2012LeverageEliot SpencerMain cast
2013King & MaxwellJT MaxwellGuest star (Episode: "Family Business")
2014The LibrariansJake StoneMain cast


2000The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic ComedyIdaho guy
2000Love SongBilly Ryan Gallo
2001Crossfire TrailJohn Thomas "J.T." Langston
2001Summer CatchDale Robin
2002Life or Something Like ItCal Cooper
2003The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About EnronBrian CruverTelevision film
2003Just MarriedPeter Prentiss
2003Secondhand LionsYoung Hub
2004The Plight of ClownanaChristianShort film
2004TaxiAgent Mullins
2004Friday Night LightsBrian
2005Her Minor ThingPaul
2005Keep Your DistanceSean Voight
2006Four Sheets to the WindDavid
2009Not Since YouRyan Roberts
2011Good Day for ItDale Acton
2011Universal SquadronsPeacemaker
201450 to 1Mark Allen
2014All StarsJim Hall
2015Heaven SentBilly Taylorpost-production

Video game[edit]

200624: The GamePeter Madsen



TitleSong(s) featured
Angel (2001)"L.A. Song"
Life or Something Like It (2002)"Sweet Carolina Rain" (as KANE)
The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron TV (2003)"More Than I Deserve" (as KANE)
Just Married (2003)"The Chase" (as KANE)
Leverage — "The Two Horse Job" (2008)"More Than I Deserve" (as KANE)
NASCAR 09 (2009)"The House Rules" (as Christian Kane)
Keep Your Distance (2005)"Right In Front Of You" (as Sean Voight/KANE)
Leverage — "The Studio Job" (2010)"Thinking of You"

Studio albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US Country

The House Rules251781
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US Country

Christian Kane
  • Release date: March 9, 2010
  • Label: Bigger Picture Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download

Live albums[edit]

TitleAlbum details
Acoustic Live In London!
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD


YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Country
2010"The House Rules"49The House Rules
2011"Let Me Go"58

Music videos[edit]

2010"The House Rules"Timothy Hutton
2011"Let Me Go"Roman White


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