Dean Cain

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Dean Cain
Dean Cain 2014.jpg
Cain in April 2014
Born Dean George Tanaka
(1966-07-31) July 31, 1966 (age 49)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, writer, director, TV host
Years active 1976–present
Children 1

Dean George Cain ( Tanaka; July 31, 1966) is an American actor, producer, writer, director, and television show host. He is known for his role as Superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Early life[edit]

Cain was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the son of Roger Tanaka and actress Sharon Thomas.[1] He is of French Canadian, Irish, Japanese, and Welsh 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, actress Krisinda Cain.

Cain attended Santa Monica High School, where he excelled in sports. Among his schoolmates were Chad and Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen, the latter playing on the same baseball team as Cain when they were children. He graduated from high school in 1984 and was offered an athletic scholarship to Princeton University. He dated actress Brooke Shields while at the university.[4] He graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in history; his senior thesis was titled "The History and Development of the Functions of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences".[5]


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

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). 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 season seven episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox, a character based upon the DC Comics villain Vandal Savage;[7][8] and again in a recurring role of Supergirl, as the titular character's foster father, Jeremiah Danvers. He was ranked No. 33 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s.[citation needed]

Cain was also a contestant in an NBC celebrity reality competition series called Stars Earn Stripes. He won four out of six missions on the show, though came in third in the finals. In 2012, he participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.[9]

In 2013, Cain hosted a reality show about Bigfoot called 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, where he offered contestants $10 Million to prove the existence of Bigfoot.

Cain appeared in the mid-season premiere 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

While the two were both attending Princeton University, Cain dated actress Brooke Shields for two years.[4] In 1997, Cain became engaged to singer Mindy McCready.[10] The couple broke up the following year.[11] He has a son named Christopher Dean Cain (born June 11, 2000) with ex-girlfriend and Playboy Playmate Samantha Torres.[4] Cain named his son after his stepfather, film director Christopher Cain.

While promoting Ripley's Believe It or Not on the Howard Stern Show in January 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, and that the real reason for the divorce was that his father had cheated on his mother.[12]

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 or with debilitating illnesses.



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 Short film
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 Gen. Murran
2001 Phase IV Simon Tate
2001 Firetrap Jack/Max Hooper Also producer
2001 Rat Race Shawn Kent
2001 A Christmas Adventure From a Book Called Wisely's Tales Donner Voice role
2002 New Alcatraz Dr. Robert Trenton
2002 Dark Descent Will Murdack
2003 Dragon Fighter Capt. David Carver Also producer
2003 Breakaway Morgan
2003 Out of Time Chris Harrison
2003 Grandpa's Place Special Appearance Short film
2004 Post Impact 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
2007 Final Approach Jack Bender
2008 Ace of Hearts Daniel Harding
2008 Five Dollars a Day Rick Carlson
2009 Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure Michael Brooks
2009 Maneater Harry
2010 Circle of Pain Wyatt
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 co-writer with his father
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 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
2014 Mind's Eye Mark Willis
2014 A Horse for Summer Kent Walsh
2014 A Dog for Christmas Earl
2014 Horse Camp Luke
2015 Vendetta Mason
2015 The Dog Who Saved Summer Ted Stein Direct-to-video
2015 Deadly Sanctuary Roy Hollingsworth


Year Title Role Notes
1989–1990 Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night 2 episodes
1992 A Different World Eddie Episode: "The Cat's in the Cradle"
1992 Grapevine Brian Episode: "The Janice and Brian Story"
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Rick 4 episodes
1993 Touchdown: Football Goes to the Movies Himself/Host Documentary
1993–1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Clark Kent/Superman 87 episodes; writer on 2 episodes
1995 Off Camera with Dean Cain Himself/Host Also director, producer
1996 Cutty Whitman Clark Kent Uncredited[citation needed]
1997 Rag and Bone Tony Moran Also producer
1998 Futuresport Tremaine "Tre" Ramzey Movie
1999–2003 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Himself/Host Also producer
1998 Dogboys Julian Taylor Movie
2000 The Runaway Sheriff Frank Richards Movie
2001 Just Shoot Me! Chris Williams Episode: "Maya Stops Thinking"
2002 Gentle Ben Jack Wedloe Movie
2002 The Glow Matt Lawrence Movie
2002 Frasier Rick Episode: "We Two Kings"
2002 Christmas Rush Lt. Cornelius Morgan Movie
2003 Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain Jack Wedloe Movie
2003–2004 The Division Insp. Jack Ellis 8 episodes
2004 I Do (But I Don't) Nick Corina Movie
2004 The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story Scott Peterson Movie
2004–2005 Clubhouse Conrad Dean 11 episodes
2005 Mayday Cmdr. James Slan Movie
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Mike Jergens Episode: "Starved"
2005 Hope & Faith Larry Walker 4 episodes
2005–2006 Las Vegas Casey Manning 9 episodes
2006 Dead and Deader Lt. Bobby Quinn Movie
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Brad Miniseries
2006 A Christmas Wedding Tucker Movie
2007 Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness Bruce Murakami Movie
2007 Final Approach Jack Bender Movie
2007 Hidden Camera Dan Kovacs Movie
2007 Smallville Dr. Curtis Knox Episode: "Cure"
2007 CSI: Miami Roger Partney Episode: "Permanent Vacation"
2008 Making Mr. Right Eddie Movie
2009 The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger Shea McCall Movie
2009 The Three Gifts Jack Green Movie
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Ted Stein Movie
2010 Frost Giant JC Movie
2010 The Way Home Randy Simpkins Nominated – Movieguide Awards Most Inspiring Television Acting
2010 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Ted Stein Movie
2011 A Mile in His Shoes Arthur "Murph" Murphy Movie
2011 Burn Notice Ryan Pewterbaugh Episode: "Fail Safe"
2011 The Dog Who Saved Halloween Ted Stein Movie
2011 The Case for Christmas Michael Sherman Movie
2012 Operation Cupcake Griff Carson Movie
2012 Criminal Minds Curtis Banks Episode: "Snake Eyes"
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Himself 3 episodes
2012 Stars Earn Stripes Himself 5 episodes
2012 The Choice Himself/Contestant
2012 Bloopers Himself/Host 40 episodes
2012 The Dog Who Saved the Holidays Ted Stein Movie
2013–2014 Hit the Floor Pete Davenport 23 episodes
2013 Texas Takedown: The Real Men in Black Narrator
2014 Merry Ex-Mas Jessie Rogers Movie
2014 Mulaney Himself Pilot episode
2014 The Dog Who Saved Easter Ted Stein Movie
2015 A Wish Come True Himself Movie
2015 The Dog Who Saved Summer Ted Stein Movie
2015 Supergirl Jeremiah Danvers Episodes: "Pilot", "Livewire"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Grandia Xtreme Evann


  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 d Tauber, Michelle (October 13, 2003). "Cain, Able". People Magazine. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  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)