Cain at the Chiller Theatre Expo, April, 2014
|Born||Dean George Tanaka
July 31, 1966
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, presenter, producer, writer, voice actor, director|
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.
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. He is of French Canadian, Irish, Welsh, and Japanese (from his paternal grandfather) 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, Dean's sister, actress Krisinda Cain. Both attended Santa Monica High School, where he excelled in sports.
He played baseball as a child, and 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. At Princeton he was also a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity and the Cap & Gown eating club. He dated actress Brooke Shields while at Princeton. 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. 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. 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 The 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. Cain has a son named Christopher Dean Cain (born June 11, 2000) with former girlfriend and Playboy Playmate Samantha Torres. 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. Dean 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, saying that he appeared in subpar films to avoid unemployment. This was later mocked by The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, saying "actor Dean Cain is right. I don't care if the auto parts plant shut down after 40 years. Get your ass off your couch, stop eating those bon-bons, and star in The Dog Who Saved Christmas!"
|1979||Charlie and the Talking Buzzard||Joe|
|1984||The Stone Boy||Eugene Hillerman|
|1990||Write to Kill||Parking Valet|
|Going Under||Guy in Bar|
|1992||Miracle Beach||Volleyball Player #1|
|1997||Eating Las Vegas||Frank|
|Best Men||Sergeant Buzz Thomas|
|2000||The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy||Cole|
|No Alibi||Bob Valenz|
|Flight of Fancy||Clay Bennett|
|For the Cause (a.k.a. Final Encounter)||Gen. Murran|
|2001||Phase IV||Simon Tate|
|Firetrap||Jack/Max Hooper||Also produced|
|Rat Race||Shawn Kent|
|A Christmas Adventure From a Book Called Wisely's Tales||Donner||Voice|
|2002||New Alcatraz (Boa)||Dr. Robert Trenton|
|Dark Descent||Will Murdack|
|2003||Dragon Fighter||Capt. David Carver||Also produced|
|Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain||Jack Wedloe|
|Breakaway||Morgan||Co-stars with Erika Eleniak and Eric Roberts|
|Out of Time||Chris Harrison|
|Grandpa's Place||Special Appearance||Short|
|2004||Post Impact||Sergeant/Captain Tom Parker|
|Bailey's Billion$||Theodore Maxwell|
|2006||Max Havoc: Ring of Fire||Roger Tarso|
|September Dawn||Joseph Smith|
|2008||Ace of Hearts||Daniel Harding|
|$5 a Day||Rick Carlson|
|2009||Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure||Michael Brooks|
|2010||Circle of Pain||Wyatt|
|Hole in One||Repo Man|
|Kill Katie Malone||Robert|
|Pure Country 2: The Gift||Music Video Director||Also Writer;
Gold Award Theatrical Feature Film (Shared w/ producers)
|A Nanny for Christmas||Danny Donner|
|Subject: I Love You||James Trapp|
|Bed & Breakfast||Jake|
|2011||5 Days of War||Chris Bailot|
|A Mile in His Shoes||Arthur 'Murph' Murphy|
|At the Top of the Pyramid||Jefferson Parker|
|Home Run Showdown||Rico Deluca|
|Dirty Little Trick||Michael|
|The Case for Christmas||Michael Sherman|
|The Sandy Creek Girls||Jared|
|2012||Meant to Be||Mike|
|Defending Santa||Sheriff Scott Hanson|
|2014||At the Top of the Pyramid||Jefferson Parker|
|The Dog Who Saved Easter||Ted Stein|
|God's Not Dead||Mark|
|The Appearing||Dr. Shaw|
|Airplane vs Volcano||Rick Pierce|
|Holiday Miracle||Sheriff Rick Langston||Completed|
|Mind's Eye||Mark Willis||Completed|
|A Horse for Summer||Kent Walsh||Completed|
|A Dog for Christmas||Earl||Post-production|
|2015||Deadly Sanctuary||Roy Hollingsworth||Pre-production|
|1989||Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night|
|1992||A Different World||Eddie|
|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|
|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|
|The Glow||Matt Lawrence|
|Christmas Rush||Lt. Cornelius Morgan|
|2003||Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain||Jack Wedloe|
|2003–2004||The Division||Insp. Jack Ellis||8 episodes|
|2004||I Do (But I Don't)||Nick Corina|
|The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story||Scott Peterson|
|2004-2005||Clubhouse||Conrad Dean||11 episodes|
|2005||Mayday||Cmdr. James Slan|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Mike Jergens|
|Hope & Faith||Larry Walker||4 episodes|
|2005-2006||Las Vegas||Casey Manning||9 episodes|
|Dead and Deader||Lt. Bobby Quinn|
|A Christmas Wedding||Tucker|
|2007||Hidden Camera||Dan Kovacs|
|Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness||Bruce Murakami|
|Final Approach||Jack Bender|
|Smallville||Dr. Curtis Knox|
|CSI: Miami||Roger Partney|
|2008||Making Mr. Right||Eddie|
|2009||The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger||Shea McCall|
|The Dog Who Saved Christmas||Ted Stein|
|The Three Gifts||Jack Green|
|The Way Home||Randy Simpkins||Nominated – Movieguide Awards Most Inspiring Television Acting|
|The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation||Ted Stein|
|2011||The Dog Who Saved Halloween||Ted Stein|
|Burn Notice||Ryan Pewterbaugh|
|2012||Criminal Minds||Curtis Banks|
|Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Himself|
|Stars Earn Stripes||Himself||5 episodes|
|The Dog Who Saved the Holidays||Ted Stein||TV Movie|
|2013-present||Hit the Floor||Pete Davenport||Main Cast|
|2013||Texas Takedown: The Real Men in Black||Narrator|
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- Michelle Tauber. Cain, Able People Magazine, 2003.
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- 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.
- 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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- Karger, Dave (1997-09-19). "Monitor: Pop Culture News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-06-27.
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- "40 Celebrities Who Are Republicans". Buzzfeed.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
- "Superman Dean Cain endorses Rick Perry"
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|Actor to portray Clark Kent/Superman
Tom Welling (2001-2011)