Dean Cain

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Dean Cain
Dean Cain 2014.jpg
Cain at the Chiller Theatre Expo, April, 2014
Born Dean George Tanaka
(1966-07-31) July 31, 1966 (age 48)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, presenter, producer, writer, voice actor, director
Years active 1976–present
Children Christopher
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 Phi Kappa Phi 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 ex-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 to those living below the poverty line and/or with debilitating illnesses by saying that he appeared in subpar films to avoid unemployment.


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Elmer Dean Russell
1979 Charlie and the Talking Buzzard Joe
1984 The Stone Boy Eugene Hillerman
1990 Write to Kill Parking Valet
1990 Going Under Guy in Bar
1992 Miracle Beach Volleyball Player #1
1997 Eating Las Vegas Frank
1997 Best Men Sergeant Buzz Thomas
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Cole
2000 No Alibi Bob Valenz
2000 Flight of Fancy Clay Bennett
2000 Militia Ethan Carter
2000 For the Cause (aka Final Encounter) Gen. Murran
2001 Phase IV Simon Tate
2001 Firetrap Jack/Max Hooper Also produced
2001 Rat Race Shawn Kent
2001 A Christmas Adventure From a Book Called Wisely's Tales Donner Voice
2002 New Alcatraz (aka Boa) Dr. Robert Trenton
2002 Dark Descent Will Murdack
2003 Dragon Fighter Capt. David Carver Also produced
2003 Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain Jack Wedloe
2003 Breakaway Morgan Co-stars with Erika Eleniak and Eric Roberts
2003 Out of Time Chris Harrison
2003 Grandpa's Place Special Appearance Short
2004 Post Impact Sergeant/Captain Tom Parker
2004 Lost Jeremy Stanton
2005 Truth Peter
2005 Bailey's Billion$ Theodore Maxwell
2005 Wrinkles
2006 Max Havoc: Ring of Fire Roger Tarso
2006 September Dawn Joseph Smith
2007 Urban Decay Stan
2008 Ace of Hearts Daniel Harding
2008 $5 a Day Rick Carlson
2009 Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure Michael Brooks
2009 Maneater Harry
2010 Circle of Pain Wyatt
2010 Arctic Predator (aka Frost Giant) JC Movie
2010 Abandoned Kevin Peterson
2010 Hole in One Repo Man
2010 Kill Katie Malone Robert
2010 Pure Country 2: The Gift Music Video Director Also Writer;
Gold Award Theatrical Feature Film (Shared w/ producers)
2010 A Nanny for Christmas Danny Donner
2010 Subject: I Love You James Trapp
2010 Bed & Breakfast Jake
2011 5 Days of War Chris Bailot
2011 Home Run Showdown Rico Deluca
2011 Dirty Little Trick Michael
2011 The Fallen Cole
2011 Latin Quarter Appolinaire
2011 Vacation Bryce
2011 The Sandy Creek Girls Jared
2012 Meant to Be Mike
2013 Heaven's Door Leo
2013 Man Camp Luke
2013 Defending Santa Sheriff Scott Hanson
2014 At the Top of the Pyramid Jefferson Parker
2014 The Dog Who Saved Easter Ted Stein
2014 God's Not Dead Mark
2014 The Appearing Dr. Shaw
2014 Airplane vs. Volcano Rick Pierce
2014 A Belle for Christmas Glenn Barrows
2014 Small Town Santa Sheriff Rick Langston Original title "Holiday Miracle"
2014 Mind's Eye Mark Willis Completed
2014 A Horse for Summer Kent Walsh
2014 A Dog for Christmas Earl
2014 Horse Camp Luke
2015 Deadly Sanctuary Roy Hollingsworth Pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night
1992 A Different World Eddie
1992 Grapevine Brian
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Rick 4 episodes
1993 Touchdown: Football Goes to the Movies Himself — Host
1993–1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Clark Kent/Superman 87 episodes
Writer - 2 episodes
1995 Off Camera with Dean Cain Himself — Host TV Series / Host / Also Produced and Directed
1996 Cutty Whitman Clark Kent Uncredited
1997 Rag and Bone Tony Moran Also produced
1998 Dogboys Julian Taylor TV Movie
1998 Futuresport Tremaine 'Tre' Ramzey
1999–2003 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Himself — Host TV Series/Host/Also produced
2000 The Runaway Sheriff Frank Richards
2001 Just Shoot Me! Chris Williams
2002 Gentle Ben Jack Wedloe
2002 The Glow Matt Lawrence
2002 Christmas Rush Lt. Cornelius Morgan TV Movie
2002 Frasier Rick
2003 Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain Jack Wedloe TV Movie
2003–2004 The Division Insp. Jack Ellis 8 episodes
2004 I Do (But I Don't) Nick Corina TV Movie
2004 The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story Scott Peterson TV Movie
2004-2005 Clubhouse Conrad Dean 11 episodes
2005 Mayday Cmdr. James Slan TV Movie
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Mike Jergens
2005 Hope & Faith Larry Walker 4 episodes
2005-2006 Las Vegas Casey Manning 9 episodes
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Brad TV Miniseries
2006 Dead and Deader Lt. Bobby Quinn TV Movie
2006 A Christmas Wedding Tucker TV Movie
2007 Hidden Camera Dan Kovacs
2007 Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness Bruce Murakami TV Movie
2007 Final Approach Jack Bender TV Movie
2007 Smallville Dr. Curtis Knox
2007 CSI: Miami Roger Partney
2008 Making Mr. Right Eddie
2009 The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger Shea McCall TV Movie
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Ted Stein TV Movie
2009 The Three Gifts Jack Green TV Movie
2010 Frost Giant JC
2010 The Way Home Randy Simpkins Nominated – Movieguide Awards Most Inspiring Television Acting
2010 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Ted Stein
2011 A Mile in His Shoes Arthur 'Murph' Murphy TV Movie
2011 The Dog Who Saved Halloween Ted Stein TV Movie
2011 The Case for Christmas Michael Sherman TV Movie
2011 Burn Notice Ryan Pewterbaugh
2012 Criminal Minds Curtis Banks
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Himself
2012 Stars Earn Stripes Himself 5 episodes
2012 Operation Cupcake Griff Carson TV Movie
2012 The Dog Who Saved the Holidays Ted Stein TV Movie
2012 The Choice Himself
2012 Bloopers Himself
2013-present Hit the Floor Pete Davenport Main Cast
2013 Texas Takedown: The Real Men in Black Narrator
2014 Mulaney Himself
2014 Merry Ex-Mas Jessie Rogers TV Movie
2015 A Wish Come True Himself TV Movie
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Grandia Xtreme Evann Voice


  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)