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Dean Cain

Cain in Iraq, May 13, 2005
Born Dean George Tanaka
July 31, 1966 (1966-07-31) (age 43)
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, presenter, producer, writer, voice actor, director
Years active 1976–present

Dean Cain (born July 31, 1966) is an American actor, known for his role as Clark Kent/Superman in the American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.



Early life

Cain was born Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the son of actress Sharon Thomas and U.S. Army serviceman Roger Tanaka, who divorced before he was born. Cain is of Japanese (from his paternal grandfather), French Canadian, Irish and Welsh descent.[1] His last name, Tanaka, is a Japanese family name. In 1969,[2] Cain's mother married film director Christopher Cain, who adopted Dean and his brother (musician Roger Cain), and the family moved to Malibu, California. The couple later had a daughter, Dean's half-sister, actress Krisinda Cain who also attended Santa Monica High.

At Santa Monica High School, Cain excelled in sports. He played on the baseball team, and Chad and Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen—who played on the baseball team—were among his classmates. Cain graduated high school in 1984 and was offered athletic scholarships to 17 universities, but decided to attend Princeton University.[citation needed] At Princeton, he was captain of the volleyball team and played free safety (Defensive Back) on the football team, where he had 12 interceptions in a single season.[citation needed] He was also a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity and the Cap & Gown eating club.[citation needed] While at Princeton, he dated actress Brooke Shields, who was one year ahead of him at the university. Cain graduated from Princeton in 1988 with a BA 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, an NFL football team, 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 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, which ran until 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 Billions (2004). In 2004, he portrayed Scott Peterson in the fact-based made for television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story. He has also appeared in a recurring role as Casey Manning in the television series Las Vegas. Recently, Cain guest-starred in a seventh season episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox. He's #33 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the '90s. Cain has also made an appearance in the new comical Internet Explorer 8 commercials.

Personal life

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 Cain, 1993

Dean has a son named Christopher Dean Cain (b. June 11, 2000) with former girlfriend and Playboy model Samantha Torres. His son is named after his stepfather, film director Christopher Cain. He was previously engaged to country singer Mindy McCready in the late 1990s.

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 by saying that Dean's mother left him while he was serving in the Vietnam War. Dean stated that the truth is his father never served in the war but instead cheated on his mother, with this being the real reason why they divorced.


Year Film Role Notes
1976 Elmer Dean Russell
1979 Charlie and the Talking Buzzard Joe
1984 The Stone Boy Eugene Hillerman
1989 Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night TV
1990 Write to Kill Parking Valet
Going Under Guy in Bar
1992 Grapevine Brian TV
Miracle Beach Volleyball Player #1
Beverly Hills, 90210 Rick TV
1993 The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Himself - Presenter TV
Touchdown: Football Goes to the Movies Himself - Host
1993 - 1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Clark Kent/Superman TV Series
1995 Off Camera with Dean Cain Himself - Host TV Series / Host / Also Produced and Directed
1996 Cutty Whitman Clark Kent TV / Uncredited
1997 Rag and Bone Tony Moran TV / Also produced
Eating Las Vegas Frank
Best Men Sergeant Buzz Thomas
1998 Dogboys Julian Taylor TV
Futuresport Tremaine 'Tre' Ramzey TV
1999 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Himself - Host TV Series / Host / Also produced
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Cole
No Alibi Bob Valenz
Flight of Fancy Clay Bennett
Militia Ethan Carter
For the Cause (a.k.a. Final Encounter) Gen. Murran
The Runaway Sheriff Frank Richards TV
2001 Just Shoot Me! Chris Williams TV
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 Grandia Xtreme Evann Video game; Voice
Gentle Ben Ben TV
New Alcatraz (a.k.a. Boa) Dr. Robert Trenton
Dark Descent Will Murdack
The Glow Matt Lawrence TV
Christmas Rush Lt. Cornelius Morgan TV
Frasier Rick TV
2003 Dragon Fighter Capt. David Carver Also produced
Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain Jack Wedloe TV
Out of Time Chris Harrison
2003 - 2004 The Division Insp. Jack Ellis TV series
2004 Grandpa's Place Special Appearance Short
Post Impact Sargent/Captain Tom Parker
I Do (But I Don't) Nick Corina TV
Clubhouse Conrad Dean TV Series
Lost Jeremy Stanton
The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story Scott Peterson TV
2005 Truth Peter
Bailey's Billion$ Theodore Maxwell
Mayday Cmdr. James Slan TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Mike Jergens TV
Las Vegas Casey Manning TV
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Brad TV
Max Havoc: Ring of Fire Roger Tarso
Dead & Deader Lt. Bobby Quinn TV
September Dawn Joseph Smith
A Christmas Wedding Tucker TV
2007 Urban Decay Stan
Hidden Camera Dan Kovacs TV
Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness Bruce Murakami TV
Final Approach Jack Bender TV
Smallville Dr. Curtis Knox TV
CSI: Miami Roger Partney TV
2008 Making Mr. Right Eddie TV
Ace of Hearts Daniel Harding
Five Dollars a Day Rick Carlson
2009 The Way Home Randy Simpkins
Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure Michael Brooks
The Gambler, the Girl, & the Gunslinger Shea McCall TV
Entourage Himself TV
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Ted Stein TV
Subject: I Love You James Trapp
ParFection: The Golf Movie Repo Man
Maneater Harry
The Three Gifts Jack Green TV (Hallmark)
2010 Frost Giant JC TV
Abandoned Kevin
Firedog Tom Voice
Georgia Chris Bailot
Kill Katie Malone Robert


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