Cain at the Brussels Comic Con in 2018
Dean George Tanaka
July 31, 1966
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||Princeton University, B.A. 1988|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, television host|
Dean George Cain (né Tanaka; born July 31, 1966) is an American actor, producer, television presenter, and former football player. He is best known for playing the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Cain was the host of Ripley's Believe It or Not! and appeared in the sports drama series Hit the Floor.
Dean George Tanaka was born on July 31, 1966 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the biological son of Roger Tanaka, a U.S. serviceman, and actress Sharon Thomas. He is of three-eighths Japanese descent, along with French Canadian, Irish, and Welsh. Cain never met his biological father. "He's not the kind of man I want to be," Dean Cain has said of his biological father. "He was an unfaithful husband and not much of a father." Soon after Dean's birth, Sharon moved him and older brother Roger to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In 1969, Cain's mother married film director Christopher Cain, who adopted Dean and his brother, musician Roger Cain; the family moved to Malibu, California. They later had a daughter, actress Krisinda Cain.
Cain attended Santa Monica High School, where he excelled in sports. Among his schoolmates were Charlie Sheen, who played on the same baseball team as Cain when they were children, as well as Rob Lowe and his brother, Chad. Cain graduated from high school in 1984 and attended Princeton University, where he starred as a free safety on the football team: he set a Princeton season record with 12 interceptions (in just 10 games) during the 1987 season, and finished his collegiate career with 22 interceptions in 30 games. He dated actress Brooke Shields while at the university. Cain 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 NFL's Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury during training camp ended his football career prematurely. With little hope of returning to sports, Cain turned to screenwriting and then acting, shooting dozens of commercials including a volleyball-themed spot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes 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 the program 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 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; and again in a recurring role on Supergirl, as the title character's foster father, Jeremiah Danvers. He is also the star of the VH1 hit series Hit the Floor as Pete Davenport, who is the new head coach of a fictional NBA team and has an illegitimate daughter who is a cheerleader for his NBA team. He was ranked No. 33 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s.
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 he came in third in the finals. In 2012, he participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.
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. Cain appeared in the film God's Not Dead, in which he plays an arrogant businessman. In 2016, Cain played a guest role on the Netflix original series Lady Dynamite as Graham the ex-fiancé of Maria Bamford.
As of June 2018, Cain is hosting a television infomercial for The National Real Estate Network, an entity which seeks to persuade individuals to attend meetings where they can learn about flipping real estate. In October 2018, it was learned that Ronnie Mund (Ronnie the Limo Driver), the personal driver and bodyguard of radio DJ Howard Stern, had been using a photoshopped picture of Cain as a publicity photo. Specifically, Mund's head had been transposed onto the body of Cain. Mund initially denied the photo was altered but eventually acknowledged he had been using the fraudulent photo for over 5 years. Mund claimed he was unaware the photo was not genuine. Cain successfully sued Mund for $662,000 for unauthorized usage of his image for financial gain. Cain co-starred in the 2018 film Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer about the investigation and trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
While the two were both attending Princeton University, Cain dated actress Brooke Shields for two years. 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 adoptive father, film director Christopher Cain.
Cain supported Republican candidate Rick Perry for President in the 2012 election. In 2016, he endorsed Donald Trump. He clarified his views in a 2018 interview; "I am fully pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-full equality. But there should be equality of opportunity, not of outcome. I'm not a Republican. I am an independent. I vote for the candidate I like best."
On June 19, 2018, Cain was sworn in as a reserve police officer for the St. Anthony Police Department in St. Anthony, Idaho.
|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||For the Cause||Gen. Murran||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Phase IV||Simon Tate||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Fire Trap||Jack/Max Hooper||Also producer|
|2001||Rat Race||Shawn Kent|
|2001||A Christmas Adventure ...From a Book Called Wisely's Tales||Donner (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2002||New Alcatraz||Dr. Robert Trenton||Direct-to-video|
|2002||Dark Descent||Will Murdack|
|2003||Out of Time||Chris Harrison|
|2003||Grandpa's Place||Special Appearance||Short film|
|2004||Post Impact||Tom Parker|
|2005||Bailey's Billion$||Theodore Maxwell|
|2006||Max Havoc: Ring of Fire||Roger Tarso|
|2006||September Dawn||Joseph Smith|
|2008||Ace of Hearts||Daniel Harding|
|2008||Five Dollars a Day||Rick Carlson|
|2009||Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure||Michael Brooks|
|2010||Circle of Pain||Wyatt|
|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||The Way Home||Randy Simpkins|
|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 Sandy Creek Girls||Jared|
|2012||Meant to Be||Mike|
|2012||I Am... Gabriel||Sheriff Brody|
|2013||Defending Santa||Sheriff Scott Hanson|
|2014||At the Top of the Pyramid||Jefferson Parker|
|2014||God's Not Dead||Marc Shelley|
|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 (aka The Black Hole)||Mark Willis|
|2014||A Horse for Summer||Kent Walsh|
|2014||A Dog for Christmas||Earl|
|2015||The Dog Who Saved Summer||Ted Stein||Direct-to-video|
|2015||Deadly Sanctuary||Roy Hollingsworth|
|2016||DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year||Jonathan Kent|
|2016||The Black Hole||Mark Willis|
|2018||The Incantation||Abel Baddon|
|2018||Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer||Detective James "Woody" Wood|
|2018||Megan's Christmas Miracle||John|
|2018||Andy the Talking Hedgehog||Bob (Dad)|
|2018||Prolonged Exposure||Det. Jaime Montenegro|
|2019||The Challenger Disaster||Larry Arnold (Lawyer)|
|2019||Ria||Vice President Flemming|
|2019||90 Feet from Home||Raymond Fuller|
|2019||The Seven||High Priest Asael|
|2019||A Promise To Astrid||Pastor Scott Seabury|
|TBA||Madness in the Method||Dean||Post-production|
|TBA||Faith Under Fire||Pastor Dan Underwood||Post-production|
|TBA||Baby Bulldog||Judge Kelly||Post-production|
|TBA||A Parent's Worst Nightmare||John Belton||Post-production|
|1989||Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night||Movie|
|1990||Christine Cromwell: In Vino Veritas||Movie|
|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|
|1993–97||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|
|1995||Living Single||Himself||Episode 11: "Mommy Not Dearest"|
|1996||Cutty Whitman||Clark Kent||Movie; uncredited|
|1997||Rag and Bone||Tony Moran||Movie; also producer|
|1998||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||King Charlemagne (voice)||Episode: "Integrity"|
|1998||Futuresport||Tremaine "Tre" Ramzey||Movie|
|1999–2003||Ripley's Believe It or Not!||Himself / Host||Also producer|
|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||Dragon Fighter||Capt. David Carver||Movie; also producer|
|2003–04||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|
|2004–05||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|
|2005–06||Las Vegas||Casey Manning||9 episodes|
|2006||Dead and Deader||Lt. Bobby Quinn||Movie|
|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|
|2009||Entourage||Dean Cain||Episode: "Scared Straight"|
|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||Timothy Bond||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|
|Hit the Floor||Pete Davenport||33 episodes|
|2013||Texas Takedown: The Real Men in Black||Narrator|
|2014||Merry Ex-Mas||Jessie Rogers||Movie|
|2014||The Dog Who Saved Easter||Ted Stein||Movie|
|2014–present||Masters of Illusion||Himself / Host|
|2015||A Wish Come True||Himself||Movie|
|2015||The Dog Who Saved Summer||Ted Stein||Movie|
|2015||Beverly Hills Christmas||Archangel Gabriel||Movie|
|2015–17||Supergirl||Jeremiah Danvers||7 episodes|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Graham||6 episodes|
|2016||Broadcasting Christmas||Charlie Fisher||Movie|
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