Dean Cain

Dean George Cain ( 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.

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Cain in April 2014
Dean George Tanaka

July 31, 1966 (age 52)
Alma materPrinceton University, B.A. 1988
OccupationActor, producer, television host
Years active1976–present
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]

Early life

Dean George Tanaka was born on July 31, 1966 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the biological son of Roger Tanaka and actress Sharon Thomas.[2] He is of French Canadian, Irish, Japanese and Welsh descent.[3] 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.[4][5] 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.[5] 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".[6]


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Cain and Teri Hatcher at the 1993 Emmy Awards
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Cain rehearsing with his Lois & Clark co-star Teri Hatcher at the 45th Emmy Awards, September 19, 1993

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.[7] 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;[8][9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.

Cain is also known for appearing in sixteen Christmas films.[12][13]

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.[14]

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.

Personal life

While the two were both attending Princeton University, Cain dated actress Brooke Shields for two years.[5] In 1997, Cain became engaged to singer Mindy McCready.[15] The couple broke up the following year.[16] He has a son named Christopher Dean Cain (born June 11, 2000) with ex-girlfriend and Playboy Playmate Samantha Torres.[5] Cain named his son after his adoptive father, film director Christopher Cain.

Cain supported Republican candidate Rick Perry for President in the 2012 election.[17] In 2016, he endorsed Donald Trump.[18] 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.”[19] 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."[20]

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Elmer Dean Russell
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
1998 Futuresport Tremaine Ramzey
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Cole
2000 No Alibi Bob Valenz
2000 Flight of Fancy Clay Bennett
2000 Militia Ethan Carter
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 Breakaway Morgan
2003 Out of Time Chris Harrison
2003 Grandpa's Place Special Appearance Short film
2004 Post Impact Tom Parker
2004 Lost Jeremy Stanton
2005 Truth Peter
2005 Bailey's Billion$ Theodore Maxwell
2005 Wrinkles
2005 Mayday Commander James Slan
2006 Max Havoc: Ring of Fire Roger Tarso
2006 September Dawn Joseph Smith
2007 Urban Decay Stan
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
2009 Maneater Harry
2010 Circle of Pain Wyatt
2010 Abandoned Kevin Peterson
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 Fallen Cole
2011 Latin Quarter Appolinaire
2011 Vacation Bryce
2011 The Sandy Creek Girls Jared
2012 Meant to Be Mike
2012 I Am... Gabriel Sheriff Brody
2013 Heaven's Door Leo
2013 Man Camp Luke
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
2014 Horse Camp Luke
2015 Vendetta Mason Danvers
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


Year Title Role Notes
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
1998 Dogboys Julian Taylor Movie
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 10.5: Apocalypse Brad Miniseries
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 Frost Giant JC Movie
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 Choice Himself/Contestant
2012 Bloopers Himself/Host 40 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 Mulaney Himself Pilot episode
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 The Jump Himself
2016 Lady Dynamite Graham 6 episodes
2016 Broadcasting Christmas Charlie Fisher Hallmark Channel movie
2018 Winter's Dream Ty Hallmark Channel movie

Video games

Year Title Role
2002 Grandia Xtreme Evann


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External links

10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

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 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.

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