Dean Cain
Birth Date:
July 31, 1966
Birth Place:
Mt. Clemens, Michigan, USA
Actor, Producer, Writer, Director
Santa Monica High School (graduated in 1984)
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“Hollywood's a very weird place. I think there's less of everything except for attitude.” Dean Cain

American actor and producer Dean Cain, stepson of film director Christopher Cain, is best recalled for playing Clark Kent/Superman on the well known television series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (ABC, 1993-1997). He played recurring roles on hit series like “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Division” and “Las Vegas.” Cain has also starred in numerous made for television films and theatrical movies, including “The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy” (2000), “Rat Race” (2001), “Out of Time” (2003), “The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story” (USA Network) and “September Dawn” (2007). In 2011, he jointly picked up the Gold Award for Theatrical Feature Film at the WorldFest Houston for the drama/musical “Pure Country 2: The Gift” (2010), which he co-wrote with his stepfather. Cain was the host and producer of the TBS television series “Ripley's Believe It or Not!” (2000-2003).

Cain is of Welsh, Japanese, French-Canadian and Irish descent. He has supported Rick Perry for President in the 2012 election. As for his romantic life, Cain dated Brooke Shields for two years while both were attending Princeton University. In 1997, he was engaged to Mindy McCready, but they separated later in 1998. In June 2000, he and then girlfriend Playboy Playmate Samantha Torres welcomed a son, Christopher Dean Cain. The couple were no longer together. Cain also once dated Gabrielle Reece.      

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Childhood and Family:

Dean Cain was born Dean George Tanaka on July 31, 1966, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, to  actress Sharon Thomas and U.S. Army serviceman Roger Tanaka, who divorced his mom before he  was born. Dean and his older brother Roger Cain were adopted by film director Christopher Cain after he married their mother in 1969. The Cain family moved to Malibu, California and later welcomed a new addition of the family with the birth of his younger half sister, Krisinda Cain. In California, young Dean assumed acting and had bit parts in his step dad's movies “Elmer” (1976) and “Charlie & The Talking Buzzard” (1979) before getting his first speaking role in “The Stone Boy” (1984) when he was in high school. Dean was also a star athlete at Santa Monica High School, and upon his graduation in 1984, he was offered athletic scholarships to a number of  universities and eventually chose to attend Princeton University, where he played  football as a free safety and defensive back, as well as became captain of the volleyball team. He graduated from Princeton in 1988 with a BA degree in History and then signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills. However, he was forced to leave football after suffering a knee injury during training for the Bills and decided to return to acting full time.  

On June 11, 2000, Dean became a father when his then girlfriend Samantha Torres gave birth to a son, Christopher Dean Cain (named after his stepfather). Dean and Samantha share joint custody of their child.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! 


Dean Cain, who had appeared in a few films when he was younger, switched gears to acting after a knee injury sidelined his football career. He did several commercials and appeared in television shows such as “Christine Cromwell” (1990), “Life Goes On” (1990), “A Different World” (1992), and “Grapevine” (1992). His first break on television arrived when he landed a recurring role in the Fox hit sitcom “Beverly Hills, 90210” (4 episodes, 1992), playing Rick, the gallant love interest of Brenda (played by Shannon Doherty). He also landed small parts in the films “Going Under” (1990), “Write to Kill” (1991) and “Miracle Beach” (1992).   

Cain's career rocketed after he won the role of Clark Kent/Superman, opposite Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, on the live action television series based on the “Superman” comic books, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Premiered on ABC on September 12, 1993, the series was a big success and brought in an average of at least 15 million viewers per episode at the peak of its popularity. It ended on June 14, 1997 after a four season run. Meanwhile, in 1996, Cain briefly appeared as Clark Kent in a failed television series pilot, “Cutty Whitman,” starring James Remar. His voice could be heard as Kuhio in an episode of “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” (1997)..    

After the cancellation of his series, Cain resumed his film career by taking on the leading role of Sgt. Buzz Thomas in the Tamra Davis directed action/comedy “Best Men” (1997), opposite Sean Patrick Flanery, Luke Wilson, Andy Dick, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Ward and Drew Barrymore. He followed it up with starring roles on the made for television movies “Dogboys” (Showtime ,1998), opposite Bryan Brown and Tia Carrere,  and “Futuresport” (ABC, 1998), with Vanessa Williams and Wesley Snipes.     

Cain formed the production company Angry Dragon Entertainment in 1998, and later developed, produced and hosted the Superstation television series “Ripley's Believe It or Not!,” which ran on TBS for four seasons (2000-2003) before it was canceled. Cain continued to appear in many films, such as “The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy” (2000), “No Alibi” (2000), “Flight of Fancy” (2000), “Militia” (2000), “For the Cause” (2000), “The Runaway” (2000, TV), “Firetrap” (2001, also co-produced), Jerry Zucker's “Rat Race” (2001), “New Alcatraz” (2001), “Phase IV” (2002), “Gentle Ben” (2002, TV), “Rag and Bone” (2002, TV; also produced), “Descent Into Darkness” (2002), “The Glow” (2002, TV), “Christmas Rush” (2002, TV), “Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain” (2003, TV) and the Denzel Washington starring vehicle “Out of Time” (2003), as well as in episodes of the NBC series “Just Shoot Me!” (2001, as Chris Williams) and “Frasier” (2002, as Rick).  From 2003 to 2004, he played the recurring role of Insp. Jack Ellisin the Lifetime crime/drama series “The Division.”  

2004 saw Cain portray  murder defendant Scott Peterson in the based on fact television movie “The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story” (USA Network), directed by Roger Young and written by Dave Erickson, the offbeat, hunk firefighter Nick Corina in the television movie adaptation of Cara Lockwood's romance novel, “I Do (But I Don't),” Capt. Tom Parker in the disaster film “Post Impact,” opposite Joanna Taylor, Nigel Bennett and Hanns Zischler, and Jeremy Stanton in the thriller film “Lost,” which was written and directed by first time filmmaker, Darren Lemke. The same year, the actor also made his return to series television as a regular in CBS' “Clubhouse,” where he played third baseman Conrad Dean.

In the following year, Cain had a four episode part as Larry Walker, the boyfriend of Faith on the ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith” and began a recurring role as Casey Manning in the NBC hit series “Las Vegas.” Additionally, he made a guest appearance in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (as Dr. Mike Jergens), worked with Kelly Hu and Aidan Quinn in the made for television film “Mayday” and starred as Theodore Maxwell in the comedy/family film “Bailey's Billion$.” 2006-2007 found the actor starring in such TV films as the disaster epic “10.5: Apocalypse” (NBC), the holiday romance “A Christmas Wedding” (Lifetime), “Final Approach” (Hallmark), the drama “Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness” (CBS), the thriller “Hidden Camera” (and “Protect and Serve” (CBS, with Eric Balfour and Jessica Paré). In addition to a guest appearance in “CSI: Miami” (2007), he made a return to Superman franchise, with a special guest role as in the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox, a character based upon the DC Comics villain Vandal Savage, on a seventh season episode of “Smallville” called “Cure” (2007). On the wide screen, Cain had a small but substantial role as Joseph Smith, founder of the controversial Mormon Church, on his stepfather's period drama, “September Dawn,” and starred as Stan in the horror “Urban Decay” (both 2007).  

The former college sweetheart of Brook Shields kept on busy throughout 2008-2011 with roles in such movies or TV movies as “Making Mr. Right,” “Ace of Hearts,” “$5 a Day,” “Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure,” “Stuck,” “The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger,” “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” “Maneater,” which he also executive produced, “The Three Gifts,” “The Way Home,” “Arctic Predator,” “Hole in One,” “Kill Katie Malone,” “Pure Country 2: The Gift” (also wrote), from  which he received  WorldFest Houston's Gold Award for Theatrical Feature Film, “A Nanny for Christmas,” “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation,” “Bed & Breakfast: Love is a Happy Accident,” “5 Days of War,” “At the Top of the Pyramid,” “Subject: I Love You,” “ A Mile in His Shoes,” “The Dog Who Saved Halloween,” “Dirty Little Trick” and “The Case for Christmas.” He appeared as Ryan Pewterbaugh in an episode of “Burn Notice” called “Fail Safe,” aired on  December 15, 2011.

Recently, in 2012, Cain directed, wrote and starred in the short film “The Red Phil,” and was cast alongside Holly Lynch and John Savage in the drama film “Sweetwater,” directed by Brian Skiba.  He also guest starred in “Criminal Minds” (as Curtis Banks) and “Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.” Cain will play Sheriff Brody in the Mike Norris helmed film “I Am Gabriel,” which is set to be released in the United States on August 28, 2012. He has completed filming the baseball movie “Home Run Showdown” (2012), opposite Matthew Lillard and Annabeth Gish, and is set to star in the upcoming movies “Mind's Eye” (2012, with Malcolm McDowell and Natalie Distler), “Meant to Be” (directed Bradley Dorsey), which is for a December 2012 release, “A Dog for Christmas” (2012, opposite Richard Karn and Dustin Diamond), “Doorway to Heaven” (2012, with Charisma Carpenter and Joanna Cassidy), “The Appearing” (2013, opposite Will Wallace and Don Swayze) and “The Whole Banana” (2013, with Matthew Perry, Sienna Guillory and Kristy Swanson). He also will appear in the TV films “ Bounce” (2012) and “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Eve” (2012).


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