The Stone Boy
Making his directorial debut in the heartfelt Elmer (1976, also as a writer), American director/screenwriter/producer/actor Christopher Cain, known for his visual style and his fanatical interpretations of human interaction, garnered a wealth of critical appreciation for his work in the drama film The Stone Boy (1984), starring Glenn Close and Robert Duvall, and the adventure film Where the River Runs Black (1986), which told about the attempts of a priest to educate an Amazon jungle boy. He cemented his status as an accomplished filmmaker with the box-office hit Young Guns (1988), where he picked up a Deauville Film Festival nomination. In addition to directing other big screen films, a member of the Board of Directors of Manex Entertainment, Cain also has worked infrequently on TV.
63 year-old Cain will make his return to cinematic industry after a four-year absence with drama/romance September Dawn (2006), taking triple job as director, writer and producer. The film will star Huntley Ritter.
Outside the spotlight, the CEO of Moon Crescent Studios, Cain, is the second husband of actress Sharon Thomas, whom he married in 1969, three years after her marriage to Roger Tanaka ended in divorce. He is the biological father of actress Krisinda Cain and the adoptive father of actor Dean Cain and producer Roger Cain.
Childhood and Family:
Christopher Cain was born Bruce Doggett on October 29, 1943 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He holds a B.A. degree in Music from Wesleyan College in Middletown, Connecticut. Four year after graduating from college, in 1969, he married the widow of Roger Tanaka, actress Sharon Thomas (born in 1946), and adopted her sons, Dean Cain (aka. Dean Tanaka; born 1966; actor) and Roger Cain (born 1964; producer). Christopher and his wife have one child together, daughter Krisinda Cain (born on June 21, 1973), who is an actress.
Armed with a degree in music, Christopher Cain relocated to Hollywood to try his luck in music industry, but instead found himself singing back-up on television commercials. Discouraged by his career’s progress, Cain decided to turn to acting. He originated the role of Matt in the Los Angeles production of “The Fantasticks” and guest starred in such series as “Room 222” (1971) and “Emergency!” (1973). It was not until the mid-1970s that Cain’s career entered a new phase as he began serving as a producer/director/writer on various projects.
Cain’s first project, Elmer (1976), a low-budget film about a blind boy and an old dog, in which he took double jobs as writer and director, won him attention that paved the way for more excellent opportunities. Later that same year, he stepped to the mainstream feature movie with Grand Jury, a drama about a family caught between the throng and the justice system which starred Leslie Nielsen and Bruce Davison. There, Cain serves as a writer, director and producer. He again directed Nielsen in the psychological drama Sixth and Main (1977), also serving as producer and writer, and in 1979, he helmed the fantasy film Charlie and the Talking Buzzard, featuring his adoptive son, Dean.
The director’s first breakthrough arrived in 1984 when Cain helmed The Stone Boy, a drama of a farm family’s calamity through the young son of the family. Starring Glenn Close and Robert Duvall, the film became a favorite among critics and won him critical praise. With the success, Cain’s career took flight. His rising status was confirmed in 1986 with the Charles Durning starring vehicle Where the River Runs Black, about a pastor’s efforts to civilize an Amazon jungle boy. Though it was not a blockbuster hit, Where the River Runs Black won Cain positive reviews for his fine directorial efforts. The producer/director further earned good reputation with the highly successful Young Guns (1988), starring such talented actors as Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and Dermot Mulroney. The film brought Cain a Deauville Film Festival nomination.
A fruitful filmmaker, Cain made his TV movie directorial debut in 1990 with USA Network’s Wheels of Terror, and later in 1992, he had his sophomore effort with Lakota Moon, a Western illustrates the life of a small Indian tribe, in a time shortly before the white men became a menace. He did not direct another television film until 1997’s Rose Hill. In between, he helmed such silver screen movies as Pure Country (1992), The Next Karate Kid (1994), The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995) and Gone Fishin’ (1997). He followed it up with the Western television series “The Magnificent Seven,” in which he directed the episode of “Wagon Train Pt. 1” (1998-1999).
After A Father’s Choice (2000, TV) and PC and the Web (2001), Cain took several years break from filmmaking. He maintained his presence in showbiz by lending his voice for Frankie Rat, a character in the animated movie Firedog (2005). The producer/director/writer will make his return in 2006 with the drama/romance September Dawn a love story set during a tense meet between a wagon train of settlers faces off against a renegade Mormon group.