Cain in April 2014.
|Born||Dean George Tanaka
July 31, 1966
Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, producer, writer, director, presenter|
Dean George Cain (né Tanaka; July 31, 1966) is an American actor, voice actor, producer, writer, director, and presenter. He is best known for his role as Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Cain was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the son of Roger Tanaka and actress Sharon Thomas. He is of French Canadian, Irish, Japanese, and Welsh descent. 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. 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 athletic scholarships to 17 universities, but decided to attend Princeton University. There, he was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity and the Cap & Gown eating club. He also dated actress Brooke Shields while at Princeton. 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".
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. 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 seventh season episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox, a character based upon the DC Comics villain Vandal Savage. 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. He also stars in Hit The Floor.
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.
In 1997, Cain became engaged to singer Mindy McCready. The couple broke up the following year. He has a son named Christopher Dean Cain (born June 11, 2000) with ex-girlfriend and Playboy Playmate Samantha Torres. 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.
Cain supported Republican candidate Rick Perry for President in the 2012 election, 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. During this appearance he said that, early in his career, he appeared in subpar films to avoid unemployment.
|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|
|1998||Dogboys||Julian Taylor||Television film|
|2000||The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy||Cole|
|2000||No Alibi||Bob Valenz|
|2000||Flight of Fancy||Clay Bennett|
|2000||For the Cause||Gen. Murran|
|2001||Phase IV||Simon Tate|
|2001||Rat Race||Shawn Kent|
|2001||A Christmas Adventure From a Book Called Wisely's Tales||Donner||Voice|
|2002||New Alcatraz||Dr. Robert Trenton|
|2002||Gentle Ben||Jack Wedloe||Television film|
|2002||Dark Descent||Will Murdack|
|2002||Christmas Rush||Lt. Cornelius Morgan||Television film|
|2003||Dragon Fighter||Capt. David Carver||Producer|
|2003||Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain||Jack Wedloe||Television film|
|2003||Out of Time||Chris Harrison|
|2003||Grandpa's Place||Special Appearance||Short film|
|2004||Post Impact||Tom Parker|
|2004||I Do (But I Don't)||Nick Corina||Television film|
|2004||The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story||Scott Peterson||Television film|
|2005||Mayday||Cmdr. James Slan||Television film|
|2005||Bailey's Billion$||Theodore Maxwell|
|2006||Dead and Deader||Lt. Bobby Quinn||Television film|
|2006||Max Havoc: Ring of Fire||Roger Tarso|
|2006||September Dawn||Joseph Smith|
|2006||A Christmas Wedding||Tucker||Television film|
|2007||Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness||Bruce Murakami||Television film|
|2007||Final Approach||Jack Bender||Television film|
|2008||Ace of Hearts||Daniel Harding|
|2008||Five Dollars a Day||Rick Carlson|
|2009||The Three Gifts||Jack Green||Television film|
|2009||Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure||Michael Brooks|
|2009||The Dog Who Saved Christmas||Ted Stein||Television film|
|2009||The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger||Shea McCall||Television film|
|2010||Circle of Pain||Wyatt|
|2010||Arctic Predator||JC||Television film|
|2010||Hole in One||Repo Man|
|2010||Kill Katie Malone||Robert|
|2010||Pure Country 2: The Gift||Music Video Director||Writer
Gold Award Theatrical Feature Film
|2010||A Nanny for Christmas||Danny Donner|
|2010||The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation||Ted Stein||Television film|
|2010||Subject: I Love You||James Trapp|
|2010||Bed & Breakfast||Jake|
|2011||A Mile in His Shoes||Arthur "Murph" Murphy||Television film|
|2011||5 Days of War||Chris Bailot|
|2011||The Dog Who Saved Halloween||Ted Stein||Television film|
|2011||Home Run Showdown||Rico Deluca|
|2011||Dirty Little Trick||Michael|
|2011||The Case for Christmas||Michael Sherman||Television film|
|2011||The Sandy Creek Girls||Jared|
|2012||The Dog Who Saved the Holidays||Ted Stein||Television film|
|2012||Meant to Be||Mike|
|2012||Operation Cupcake||Griff Carson||Television film|
|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||Merry Ex-Mas||Jessie Rogers||Television film|
|2014||A Dog for Christmas||Earl|
|2015||The Dog Who Saved Summer||Ted Stein||Direct-to-video|
|2015||A Wish Come True||Himself||Television film|
|2015||Deadly Sanctuary||Roy Hollingsworth|
|1989||Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night|
|1992||A Different World||Eddie|
|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
|1996||Cutty Whitman||Clark Kent||Uncredited|
|1997||Rag and Bone||Tony Moran||Producer|
|1998||Futuresport||Tremaine "Tre" Ramzey|
|1999–2003||Ripley's Believe It or Not!||Himself||Host
|2000||The Runaway||Sheriff Frank Richards|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||Chris Williams|
|2002||The Glow||Matt Lawrence|
|2003–2004||The Division||Insp. Jack Ellis||8 episodes|
|2004–2005||Clubhouse||Conrad Dean||11 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Mike Jergens||1 episode|
|2005||Hope & Faith||Larry Walker||4 episodes|
|2005–2006||Las Vegas||Casey Manning||9 episodes|
|2007||Hidden Camera||Dan Kovacs|
|2007||Smallville||Dr. Curtis Knox|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Roger Partney|
|2008||Making Mr. Right||Eddie|
|2010||The Way Home||Randy Simpkins||Nominated – Movieguide Awards Most Inspiring Television Acting|
|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|
|2013–present||Hit the Floor||Pete Davenport|
|2013||Texas Takedown: The Real Men in Black||Narrator|
|2014||The Dog Who Saved Easter||Ted Stein|
|2015||The Dog Who Saved Summer||Ted Stein|
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- 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.
- "Christopher Cain Biography (1943-)". Filmreference.com. 1943-10-29. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- Michelle Tauber. Cain, Able People Magazine, 2003.
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- Al Septien & Turi Meyer (writers); Rick Rosenthal (director) (2007-10-18). "Cure". Smallville. Season 7. Episode 4. The CW.
- "Smallville: 'Cure' Review". IGN.com. October 19, 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
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- "40 Celebrities Who Are Republicans". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
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