Dean Cain

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Dean Cain
Dean Cain 2014.jpg
Cain at the Chiller Theatre Expo, April, 2014
BornDean George Tanaka
(1966-07-31) July 31, 1966 (age 48)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, presenter, producer, writer, voice actor, director
Years active1976–present
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Dean Cain
Dean Cain 2014.jpg
Cain at the Chiller Theatre Expo, April, 2014
BornDean George Tanaka
(1966-07-31) July 31, 1966 (age 48)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor, presenter, producer, writer, voice actor, director
Years active1976–present
Cain and Teri Hatcher at the 1993 Emmy Awards.
Cain rehearsing with his Lois & Clark co-star Teri Hatcher at the 45th Emmy Awards, September 19, 1993

Dean George Cain (born Dean George Tanaka; July 31, 1966) is an American actor. He is most widely known for his role as Superman in the popular American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Early life[edit]

Cain was born on July 31, 1966 as Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the son of Sharon Thomas, an actress, and Roger Tanaka.[1] He is of French Canadian, Irish, Welsh, and Japanese (from his paternal grandfather) descent.[2] In 1969, Cain's mother married film director Christopher Cain, who adopted Dean and his brother (musician Roger Cain); they became his sons and the family moved to Malibu, California.[3][4] The couple later had a daughter, Dean's sister, actress Krisinda Cain. Both attended Santa Monica High School, where he excelled in sports.

He played baseball as a child with Chad and Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen – who played on the same team – were among his schoolmates. Cain graduated from high school in 1984 and was offered athletic scholarships to 17 universities, but decided to attend Princeton University.[citation needed] At Princeton[5] he was also a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity and the Cap & Gown eating club.[citation needed] He dated actress Brooke Shields while at Princeton.[4] Cain graduated from Princeton in 1988 with a BA degree in History; his senior thesis was titled "The History and Development of the Functions of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."


Immediately after graduating, Cain signed on as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury during training camp ended his football career before it began.[6] With little hope of returning to sports, he turned to screenwriting and then acting, shooting dozens of commercials including a volleyball-themed spot for Kellogg's Frosties and appearing on popular television shows like Grapevine, A Different World and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1993, Cain took on his biggest role to date as Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. At the height of its popularity, it would bring in an average of at least 15 million viewers per episode. The series ran for four seasons, ending in 1997.

In 1998, Cain started the Angry Dragon Entertainment production company, which produced the TBS Superstation television series Ripley's Believe It or Not!. He has also starred in several films, including The Broken Hearts Club (2000), Out of Time (2003) and Bailey's Billion$ (2004) (co-starred Laurie Holden, Jennifer Tilly, and Tim Curry). In 2004, he portrayed Scott Peterson in the fact-based made for television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story. He appeared in a recurring role as Casey Manning in the television series Las Vegas. Cain made a return to the Superman franchise, with a special guest role in a seventh season episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox, a character based upon the DC Comics villain Vandal Savage.[7][8] He's #33 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s. Cain has also made an appearance in Internet Explorer 8 commercials.

Cain was also a contestant in an NBC celebrity reality competition series called Stars Earn Stripes. He won 4 out of 6 missions on the show, though came only 3rd in the final. In 2012, he participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.[9] He also stars in Hit The Floor.

In 2013 Cain agreed to host a reality show about Bigfoot called "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" where he offers contestants $10,000,000.00 to prove the existence of Bigfoot.

Cain appeared in the mid season premier of Comic Book Men, appearing at Kevin Smith's Secret Stash where the crew was celebrating 75 years of Superman, citing that Dean Cain helped people care about Superman again.

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Cain became engaged to singer Mindy McCready.[10] The couple broke up the following year.[11] Cain has a son named Christopher Dean Cain (born June 11, 2000) with former girlfriend and Playboy Playmate Samantha Torres.[4] His son is named after his father, film director Christopher Cain. While promoting the television show, Ripley's Believe It or Not, on the Howard Stern Show on January 10, 2001, Cain said that his biological father lied to the National Enquirer when he stated that Cain's mother left him while he was serving in the Vietnam War. Cain stated his father never served in the war but instead cheated on his mother, which was the real reason they divorced.[12] Dean Cain supported Republican candidate Rick Perry for President in the 2012 election,[13] and has appeared on the Fox News Channel to discuss limiting unemployment benefits, saying that he appeared in subpar films to avoid unemployment.


1976ElmerDean Russell
1979Charlie and the Talking BuzzardJoe
1984The Stone BoyEugene Hillerman
1990Write to KillParking Valet
1990Going UnderGuy in Bar
1992Miracle BeachVolleyball Player #1
1997Eating Las VegasFrank
1997Best MenSergeant Buzz Thomas
2000The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic ComedyCole
2000No AlibiBob Valenz
2000Flight of FancyClay Bennett
2000MilitiaEthan Carter
2000For the Cause (a.k.a. Final Encounter)Gen. Murran
2001Phase IVSimon Tate
2001FiretrapJack/Max HooperAlso produced
2001Rat RaceShawn Kent
2001A Christmas Adventure From a Book Called Wisely's TalesDonnerVoice
2002New Alcatraz (Boa)Dr. Robert Trenton
2002Dark DescentWill Murdack
2003Dragon FighterCapt. David CarverAlso produced
2003Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the MountainJack Wedloe
2003BreakawayMorganCo-stars with Erika Eleniak and Eric Roberts
2003Out of TimeChris Harrison
2003Grandpa's PlaceSpecial AppearanceShort
2004Post ImpactSergeant/Captain Tom Parker
2004LostJeremy Stanton
2005Bailey's Billion$Theodore Maxwell
2006Max Havoc: Ring of FireRoger Tarso
2006September DawnJoseph Smith
2007Urban DecayStan
2008Ace of HeartsDaniel Harding
2008$5 a DayRick Carlson
2009Aussie and Ted's Great AdventureMichael Brooks
2010Circle of PainWyatt
2010Arctic Predator (Frost Giant)JCMovie
2010AbandonedKevin Peterson
2010Hole in OneRepo Man
2010Kill Katie MaloneRobert
2010Pure Country 2: The GiftMusic Video DirectorAlso Writer;
Gold Award Theatrical Feature Film (Shared w/ producers)
2010A Nanny for ChristmasDanny Donner
2010Subject: I Love YouJames Trapp
2010Bed & BreakfastJake
20115 Days of WarChris Bailot
2011A Mile in His ShoesArthur 'Murph' Murphy
2011At the Top of the PyramidJefferson Parker
2011Home Run ShowdownRico Deluca
2011Dirty Little TrickMichael
2011The Case for ChristmasMichael Sherman
2011The FallenCole
2011Latin QuarterAppolinaire
2011The Sandy Creek GirlsJared
2012Meant to BeMike
2012Operation CupcakeGriff Carson
2013Heaven's DoorLeo
2013Man CampLuke
2013Defending SantaSheriff Scott Hanson
2014At the Top of the PyramidJefferson Parker
2014The Dog Who Saved EasterTed Stein
2014God's Not DeadMark
2014The AppearingDr. Shaw
2014Airplane vs. VolcanoRick Pierce
2014A Belle For ChristmasGlenn Barrows
2014Small Town SantaSheriff Rick LangstonOriginal title "Holiday Miracle"
2014Mind's EyeMark WillisCompleted
2014A Horse for SummerKent WalshCompleted
2014A Dog for ChristmasEarlCompleted
2014Horse CampLukePost-production
2015Deadly SanctuaryRoy HollingsworthPre-production
1989Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night
1992A Different WorldEddie
1992Beverly Hills, 90210Rick4 episodes
1993Touchdown: Football Goes to the MoviesHimself — Host
1993–1997Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanClark Kent/Superman87 episodes
Writer - 2 episodes
1995Off Camera with Dean CainHimself — HostTV Series / Host / Also Produced and Directed
1996Cutty WhitmanClark KentUncredited
1997Rag and BoneTony MoranAlso produced
1998DogboysJulian Taylor
1998FuturesportTremaine 'Tre' Ramzey
1999–2003Ripley's Believe It or Not!Himself — HostTV Series/Host/Also produced
2000The RunawaySheriff Frank Richards
2001Just Shoot Me!Chris Williams
2002Gentle BenJack Wedloe
2002The GlowMatt Lawrence
2002Christmas RushLt. Cornelius Morgan
2003Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the MountainJack Wedloe
2003–2004The DivisionInsp. Jack Ellis8 episodes
2004I Do (But I Don't)Nick Corina
2004The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson StoryScott Peterson
2004-2005ClubhouseConrad Dean11 episodes
2005MaydayCmdr. James Slan
2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Mike Jergens
2005Hope & FaithLarry Walker4 episodes
2005-2006Las VegasCasey Manning9 episodes
200610.5: ApocalypseBrad
2006Dead and DeaderLt. Bobby Quinn
2006A Christmas WeddingTucker
2007Hidden CameraDan Kovacs
2007Crossroads: A Story of ForgivenessBruce Murakami
2007Final ApproachJack Bender
2007SmallvilleDr. Curtis Knox
2007CSI: MiamiRoger Partney
2008Making Mr. RightEddie
2009The Gambler, the Girl and the GunslingerShea McCall
2009The Dog Who Saved ChristmasTed Stein
2009The Three GiftsJack Green
2010Frost GiantJC
2010The Way HomeRandy SimpkinsNominated – Movieguide Awards Most Inspiring Television Acting
2010The Dog Who Saved Christmas VacationTed Stein
2011The Dog Who Saved HalloweenTed Stein
2011Burn NoticeRyan Pewterbaugh
2012Criminal MindsCurtis Banks
2012Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23Himself
2012Stars Earn StripesHimself5 episodes
2012The Dog Who Saved the HolidaysTed SteinTV Movie
2012The ChoiceHimself
2013-presentHit the FloorPete DavenportMain Cast
2013Texas Takedown: The Real Men in BlackNarrator
Video Games
2002Grandia XtremeEvannVoice


  1. ^ "Dean Cain Biography (1966-)". Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  2. ^ Shales, Tom (Sep 23, 1993). "It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Hunk!; `Lois & Clark's' Dean Cain, Flying the Friendly Skies". Washington Post. 
  3. ^ "Christopher Cain Biography (1943-)". 1943-10-29. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  4. ^ a b c Michelle Tauber. Cain, Able People Magazine, 2003.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ O'Connor, John J. (April 9, 1995). "TELEVISION VIEW; That Man In a Cape Is Still Flying". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  7. ^ Al Septien & Turi Meyer (writers); Rick Rosenthal (director) (2007-10-18). "Cure". Smallville. Season 7. Episode 4. The CW.
  8. ^ "Smallville: 'Cure' Review". October 19, 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  9. ^ Hibberd, James (May 8, 2012). "Fox's 'The Choice' cast revealed! Joe Jonas, Dean Cain, The Situation, many more -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Karger, Dave (1997-09-19). "Monitor: Pop Culture News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  11. ^ Finan, Eileen (2008-04-29). "Mindy McCready Admits to Relationship with Roger Clemens". People. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  12. ^ "40 Celebrities Who Are Republicans". Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Superman Dean Cain endorses Rick Perry"

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Preceded by
Christopher Reeve
Actor to portray Clark Kent/Superman
Succeeded by
Tom Welling (2001-2011)