Dean Cain is an American actor most well-known for playing Superman in the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Dean George Tanaka (Cain) was born July 31, 1966 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan to actress Sharon Thomas and US Army serviceman Roger Tanaka . His parents divorced before he was born, but his mother later married film director Chris Cain and moved to Malibu, California.
At Santa Monica High School, it became clear that Cain excelled in sports. When he graduated in 1984, he turned down 17 athletic scholarships to attend Princeton University, where he went on to captain the volleyball team and play free safety on the football team (setting the NCAA record for the most interceptions in a single season). He was also rumored to have dated actress Brooke Shields who was one year ahead of him at the university.
Cain graduated from Princeton in 1988 (A.B. History) and immediately signed on as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills, an NFL football team. Unfortunately, a knee injury during training ended his football career before it began. With little hope of returning to sports, he turned to screenwriting and then acting, shooting dozens of commercials and appearing on popular television shows like Grapevine, A Different World and Beverly Hills 90210. In 1993, Cain took on the role of Superman in the new television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which ran until 1997.
In 1998, Cain started the Angry Dragon Entertainment production company, which produces the new 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 Billions (2004).