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
Occupation Actor, singer/songwriter
Years active 1997–present

Christian Kane (born June 27, 1974) is an American actor and singer and 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 Midwest because his father was in the oil business and 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 LA, 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.


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]



Title Role
Fame L.A. (1997) TV series Ryan "Flyboy" Legget
Rescue 77 (1999) TV series Wick Lobo
EDtv (1999) P.A.
Angel (1999–2001, 2003–2004) TV series Lindsey McDonald
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000) Idaho Guy
Love Song (2000) Billy Ryan Gallo
Dawson's Creek (2001) TV series Nick Taylor
Crossfire Trail (2001) John Thomas "J.T." Langston
Summer Catch (2001) Dale Robin
Life or Something Like It (2002) Cal Cooper
The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (2003) Brian Cruver
Just Married (2003) Peter Prentiss
Secondhand Lions (2003) Young Hub
The Plight of Clownana (2004) Christian
Las Vegas (2004) TV series Bob
Taxi (2004) Agent Mullins
Friday Night Lights (2004) Brian
Into the West (2005) TV mini-series Abe Wheeler
Her Minor Thing (2005) Paul
Keep Your Distance (2005) Sean Voight
24: The Game (2006) Video Game Peter Madsen
Close to Home (2005–2006) TV series Jack Chase
Four Sheets to the Wind (2006) David
Hide (2008) Billy
Leverage (2008–2012) TV Series Eliot Spencer
Not Since You (2008) Ryan
Good Day For It (2010) Dale Acton
Minuteman (2010) Peacemaker
King & Maxwell (2013) JT Maxwell

"50 to 1 " (2014) Mark Allen (movie)


Title Song(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]

1. The House Rules2. Something's Gotta Give3. Thinking of You4. Whisky in Mind5. Let's Take A Drive6. Callin' All Country Women7. American Made8. Let Me Go9. Seven Days10. Making Circles11. Fast Car

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country

The House Rules 25 178 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country

Christian Kane
  • Release date: March 9, 2010
  • Label: Bigger Picture Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
28 159 5

Live albums[edit]

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


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2010 "The House Rules" 49 The House Rules
2011 "Let Me Go" 58

Music videos[edit]

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


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