Dean Cain biography
Date of Birth: July 31, 1966
A mixture of Welsh, French and Japanese, Dean Cain was born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Cain's
parents divorced before he was born and while still a baby, his mother moved with him and his
older brother to California and re-married. He grew up playing on the beautiful Malibu
beaches and later excelled at sports like football, basketball, volleyball and wrestling.
While it seemed there was no athletic activity he couldn't conquer, it was on the football
field that Cain had hoped to make a name for himself. After graduating from Santa Monica High
School in 1984, he was offered 17 athletic scholarships, all of which he turned down in
favor of Princeton University.
At the ivy league school, he majored in history, captained the volleyball team, and of
course, excelled as a free safety on the football team. After graduating in 1988, Cain
joined the NFL's Buffalo Bills as a free agent. Unfortunately, a severe knee-injury in
training camp forced the end of his pro career literally before it began.
With hopes of a career in the NFL dashed, Cain returned home to California and began
work on another passion: writing. Ironically, Cain only turned to acting as a means
to supplement his income while riding out a less than lucrative period in his young
screenwriting career. But by 1992, the 35 commercials he had done led to guest
appearances on shows like Grapevine, A Different World, and most notably, Beverly
Hills 90210. The following year would bring an even bigger break when Cain was cast
as Clark Kent/Superman in a pilot for a show called Lois & Clark: The New Adventures
of Superman (1993-1997).
The show, a '90s update to the classic comic book story, also gave Cain a chance to
showcase his writing talents with two episodes, "Seasons Greedings" and "Virtually
As if acting and writing weren't enough, Cain has even taken a page from his
stepfather's book by going behind the camera. Cain directed three well
received country music videos, "Papa Bear" by Keith Harling, "You'll Never Know"
and "The Other Side Of This Kiss" by Mindy McCready to whom he was once engaged.
Cain has a development deal with Columbia TriStar TV and formed his own production
company, Angry Dragon Entertainment, with partner Mike Carr. The company's first
series, a revamped version of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, which Cain also hosts,
premiered on the TBS Superstation in 1999 to record-breaking ratings.
Since then he has appeared in a slew of TV movies, including playing Scott Peterson in The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story (2004). In September 2004 his new series, the Mel Gibson-produced CBS TV series Clubhouse (2004), debuted, but it didn't last the season. Most recently, he played a role in the independent hit film God's Not Dead (2014).
Dean Cain Filmography