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
Website
www.christiankane.com

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 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]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

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.

Music[edit]

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]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Fame L.A. Ryan "Flyboy" Legget Recurring role (21 episodes)
1999 Rescue 77 Wick Lobo Recurring role (8 episodes)
1999–2004 Angel Lindsey McDonald Recurring role (21 episodes)
2001 Dawson's Creek Nick Taylor Guest star (Episode: "The Tao of Dawson")
2004 Las Vegas Bob Guest star (Episode: "The Strange Life of Bob")
2005 Into the West Abe Wheeler/High Wolf TV miniseries
2005–2006 Close to Home Jack Chase Main cast
2008–2012 Leverage Eliot Spencer Main cast
2013 King & Maxwell JT Maxwell Guest star (Episode: "Family Business")
2014 The Librarians Jake Stone Main cast

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 EDtv P.A.
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Idaho guy
2000 Love Song Billy Ryan Gallo
2001 Crossfire Trail John Thomas "J.T." Langston
2001 Summer Catch Dale Robin
2002 Life or Something Like It Cal Cooper
2003 The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron Brian Cruver Television film
2003 Just Married Peter Prentiss
2003 Secondhand Lions Young Hub
2004 The Plight of Clownana Christian Short film
2004 Taxi Agent Mullins
2004 Friday Night Lights Brian
2005 Her Minor Thing Paul
2005 Keep Your Distance Sean Voight
2006 Four Sheets to the Wind David
2008 Hide Billy
2009 Not Since You Ryan Roberts
2011 Good Day for It Dale Acton
2011 Universal Squadrons Peacemaker
2014 50 to 1 Mark Allen
2014 All Stars Jim Hall
2015 Christmastime Billy Taylor Post-production

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 24: The Game Peter Madsen

Discography[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

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]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[14]
US
[15]
US
Heat

[16]
Kane
The House Rules 25 178 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[14]
US
[17]
US
Heat

[16]
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

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[18]
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

References[edit]

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