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Also Known As: Dean George Tanaka Died:
Born: July 31, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, director, football player

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After establishing himself as a talent to watch in episodes of "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-1993) and "Beverly Hills 90210" (Fox, 1990-200), actor Dean Cain made his name by donning the red cape for "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC, 1993-97). For several years, opposite co-star Teri Hatcher, Cain made the widely-played role his own. By opting to portray both Superman and Clark Kent as hunky heartthrobs in a contemporary romance, Cain helped pave the way for the mainstream acceptance of comic book superheroes. It did not hurt that he was a good-looking former athlete whose freak knee injury was all that stood in the way of a pro football career. After "Lois & Clark" left the airwaves, Cain receded from the headlines, though he continued to work, hosting a revamped "Ripley's Believe It or Not" (TBS, 1999-2004), exploring his villainous side in the thriller "Out of Time" (2003), and playing the murderous, deceitful Scott Peterson in "The Perfect Husband" (USA, 2004).

After establishing himself as a talent to watch in episodes of "Life Goes On" (ABC, 1989-1993) and "Beverly Hills 90210" (Fox, 1990-200), actor Dean Cain made his name by donning the red cape for "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC, 1993-97). For several years, opposite co-star Teri Hatcher, Cain made the widely-played role his own. By opting to portray both Superman and Clark Kent as hunky heartthrobs in a contemporary romance, Cain helped pave the way for the mainstream acceptance of comic book superheroes. It did not hurt that he was a good-looking former athlete whose freak knee injury was all that stood in the way of a pro football career. After "Lois & Clark" left the airwaves, Cain receded from the headlines, though he continued to work, hosting a revamped "Ripley's Believe It or Not" (TBS, 1999-2004), exploring his villainous side in the thriller "Out of Time" (2003), and playing the murderous, deceitful Scott Peterson in "The Perfect Husband" (USA, 2004).

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Vendetta (2015)
2.
 Appearing, The (2014)
4.
 God's Not Dead (2014)
5.
 Defending Santa (2013)
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7.
 Mind's Eye (2012)
9.
 Young Picasso (2012)
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1983:
Feature acting debut, "The Stone Boy", directed by his father Christopher Cain
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Made All-American while playing football for Princeton
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Signed to the Bufflao Bills after graduation
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Injured knee during training for the Bills
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Switched to acting after injury sidelined football career
1990:
TV acting debut, "In Vino Veritas", part of the "Christine Cromwell" series in "The ABC Saturday Mystery"
1992:
Had a recurring role as Rick, a love interest for Shannen Doherty's Brenda, on "Beverly Hills, 90210"
1993:
TV series debut as a lead, "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"
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Formed Angry Dragon Entertainment
1997:
Returned to features in "Best Men"; released direct-to-video in 1999
1998:
Had featured role in the movie "Dogboys" (aired on The Movie Channel)
1999:
Signed deal with Columbia TriStar TV to write, direct, produce and/or star in made-for-television movies; initial project reportedly "The Burning Man", in which he would play a lawyer
2000:
Co-starred as a gay actor in "The Broken Hearts Club - A Romantic Comedy"; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
2000:
Served as host of "Ripley's Believe It or Not" (TBS)
2003:
Co-starred in the thriller "Out of Time"
2003:
Had a recurring role as Detective Jack Ellis on the Lifetime's series "The Division"
2004:
Starred as murder defendant Scott Peterson in the USA movie "The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story"
2004:
Cast as third baseman Conrad Dean in the drama "Clubhouse" (CBS)
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Will star opposite Denise Richards in Lifetime's original movie "I Do (But I Don't)" (lensed 2004)
2005:
Had a recurring role as Kelly Ripa's love interest on ABC's "Hope & Faith"
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Education

Princeton University: Princeton , New Jersey - 1988

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companion:
Brooke Shields. Actor. Dated for two years while attending Princeton together.
companion:
Gabrielle Reece. Professional volleyball player; model. No longer together.
companion:
Mindy McCready. Singer. Born c. 1976; met c. 1997; announced engagement in 1997; separated in 1998.
companion:
Samantha Torres. Model. Separated in 1999; mother of Cain's son.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Roger Tanaka. Half Japanese; divorced Sharon Thomas before Cain was born.
mother:
Sharon Thomas. Actor. Married Christopher Cain c. 1969.
father:
Christopher Cain. Director. Directed his son in the feature, "The Stone Boy" (1983); adoptive father.
brother:
Roger Cain. Older; father Roger Tanaka; adopted by Christopher Cain.
half-sister:
Krisinda Cain. Younger.
son:
Christopher Dean Cain. Born on June 11, 2000; mother, Samantha Torres; Cain shares joint custody with Torres.
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