Dean George Cain (né Tanaka; born July 31, 1966) is an American actor, producer and television show host, best known for playing the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He was also host of Ripley's Believe It or Not! and appeared in the soap opera series Hit the Floor.
Cain in April 2014
Dean George Tanaka
July 31, 1966
Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||Princeton University, B.A. 1988|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, television host|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
Dean George Tanaka was born on July 31, 1966 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the biological son of Roger Tanaka and actress Sharon Thomas. He is of French Canadian, Irish, Japanese and Welsh descent. 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 national 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 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.
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 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.” Cain said he was horrified when he learned what takes place during a late-term abortion while filming Gosnell, and said Reproductive Health Act passed in January 2019 in New York would "make the crimes of Kermit Gosnell legal."
On June 19, 2018, Cain was sworn in as a Reserve Police Officer for the St. Anthony Police Department in St. Anthony, Idaho.
In 2018, Cain was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association.
|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|
|2001||Phase IV||Simon Tate|
|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 role|
|2002||New Alcatraz||Dr. Robert Trenton|
|2002||Dark Descent||Will Murdack|
|2003||Dragon Fighter||Capt. David Carver||Also producer|
|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|
|2005||Mayday||Commander James Slan|
|2006||Max Havoc: Ring of Fire||Roger Tarso|
|2006||September Dawn||Joseph Smith|
|2007||Final Approach||Jack Bender|
|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||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|
|2017||The Incantation||Abel Baddon|
|2018||Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer||Detective James “Woody” Wood|
|1989-1990||Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night||2 episodes|
|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|
|1993-1997||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||Season 3 Episode 11: "Mommy Not Dearest"|
|1996||Cutty Whitman||Clark Kent||Uncredited|
|1997||Rag and Bone||Tony Moran||Also producer|
|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|
|2003-2004||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|
|2004-2005||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|
|2005-2006||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||A Nanny for Christmas||Danny Donner||Movie|
|2010||The Way Home||Randy Simpkins||Movie|
|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 Dog Who Saved the Holidays||Ted Stein||Movie|
|2013-2018||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||Hallmark Movie|
|2015-present||Supergirl||Jeremiah Danvers||7 episodes|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Graham||6 episodes|
|2016||Broadcasting Christmas||Charlie Fisher||Hallmark Channel movie|
|2018||Winter's Dream||Ty||Hallmark Channel movie|
10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty is an American cryptozoology reality show that aired on Spike. The show premiered on January 10, 2014, and concluded its first season on February 21, 2014. The show is hosted by Dean Cain, Todd Disotell, and Natalia Reagan.A Nanny for Christmas
A Nanny for Christmas is a 2010 comedy film, directed by Michael Feifer with a screenplay by Michael Ciminera and Richard Gnolfo. Starring Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, Richard Ruccolo, Cynthia Gibb, and Sierra McCormick, the film was released November 23, 2010.Ally (Emmanuelle Vaugier) is a smart young career woman who find herself needing a new job. Samantha (Cynthia Gibb) is a busy Beverly Hills advertising executive/mom who's always too busy to take care of her kids. Danny Donner (Dean Cain) is the tough-guy owner of a chocolate company who wants a major hit ad for his company.Best Men
Best Men is a 1997 American film directed by Tamra Davis, and stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Luke Wilson, Andy Dick, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Ward, Drew Barrymore and Dean Cain.Christopher Cain
Christopher Cain (born Bruce Doggett; October 29, 1943) is an American screenwriter, actor, director, and singer. He married Sharon Thomas in 1969, and adopted her two sons Roger and Dean Cain. The couple's daughter Krisinda Cain Schafer was born in 1973.Clubhouse (TV series)
Clubhouse is an American drama television series starring Jeremy Sumpter, Dean Cain, Christopher Lloyd, Mare Winningham and Kirsten Storms and produced by Icon Productions in association with Spelling Television. The theme song is "Our Lives" by The Calling.
Clubhouse originally aired in the United States on CBS on September 26 to November 6, 2004, leaving 6 of the 11 episodes from the first season unaired. The remaining episodes later aired on HDNet from June 30 to August 4, 2005.Final Approach (2007 film)
Final Approach is an action/thriller TV movie that premiered on Hallmark Channel on May 24, 2008. The ensemble cast is led by Dean Cain as disgraced FBI hostage negotiator Jack Bender.Futuresport
Futuresport is a television film directed by Ernest Dickerson, starring Dean Cain, Vanessa Williams, and Wesley Snipes. It originally aired on ABC in October 1998, and released on VHS and DVD in March 1999.God's Not Dead (film)
God's Not Dead is a 2014 American Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk and starring Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A. R. White, and Dean Cain. The film was released theatrically on March 21, 2014 by Pure Flix Entertainment.Written by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, and based on Rice Broocks' book God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty, the film follows a Christian college student (Harper) whose faith is challenged by a philosophy professor (Sorbo) who declares God a pre-scientific fiction. It received mostly negative reviews, but grossed over $62 million on a $2 million budget.The film is followed by the 2016 film God's Not Dead 2 and the 2018 film God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.How High
How High is a 2001 stoner film starring Method Man and Redman, written by Dustin Lee Abraham, and director Jesse Dylan's debut feature film.Logie Awards of 1995
The 37th Annual TV Week Logie Awards was held on Friday 28 April 1995 at the Melbourne Concert Hall in Melbourne, and broadcast on the Seven Network. The ceremony was hosted by Andrew Daddo and Noni Hazelhurst. Guests included Dean Cain, Mark Curry, Holly Robinson and Big Bird.Maneater (2009 film)
Maneater is a 2009 direct-to-video natural horror film directed by Michael Emanuel and starring Dean Cain, Robert R. Shafer and Shea Curry.Militia (film)
Militia is a 2000 direct-to-video action film directed by Jim Wynorski. It stars Dean Cain, Jennifer Beals and Frederic Forrest. The film features scenes taken straight from Terminator 2: Judgment Day spliced into newly filmed scenes to make up its action sequences.New Alcatraz
New Alcatraz (named Boa on VHS and DVD), is a 2002 American direct-to-video science fiction action horror film. It was directed by Phillip Roth and starred Dean Cain.Post Impact
Post Impact is a 2004 disaster film, written and directed by Christoph Schrewe and stars Dean Cain, Bettina Zimmermann, Joanna Taylor, Nigel Bennett, and Hanns Zischler. The film centers on the story of Captain Tom Parker, who is forced to leave his family behind during a massive impact event.The Dog Who Saved Christmas
The Dog Who Saved Christmas is a TV movie starring Dean Cain, Gary Valentine and the voice of Mario López. It was written by childhood friends Michael Ciminera and Richard Gnolfo. It premiered on ABC Family on November 29, 2009 during their Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas programming block. It was ranked as the number one cable program during its timeslot, and the number one cable film of the 2009 winter season with 4.0 million viewers.The Stone Boy (film)
The Stone Boy is a 1984 drama film directed by Christopher Cain and starring Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Glenn Close, Wilford Brimley, Linda Hamilton, Dean Cain and Jason Presson. It is based on the 1957 short story "The Stone Boy" by American author Gina Berriault.Vendetta (2015 film)
Vendetta is a film directed by The Soska sisters starring Dean Cain, Big Show, and Michael Eklund. It is the first film in the Action Six-Pack series. The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on June 12, 2015.