Dean Cain Celebrity Watchlist

Fast Facts

  • Turned down 17 full athletic scholarships to attend Princeton University, where he set an NCAA record for the most interceptions in a single football season.
  • Dated Brooke Shields for two years while they were both attending Princeton.
  • Aspired to play pro football and signed with the Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury ended his sports career.
  • Made his big-screen debut in the 1984 drama The Stone Boy, opposite Glenn Close and Robert Duvall.
  • Wrote two episodes of the ABC Superman series Lois & Clark.
  • In the late '90s, formed Angry Dragon Entertainment, which produced the incarnation of Ripley's Believe It or Not! that he hosted from 2000 to '03.
  • Played convicted killer Scott Peterson in the 2004 made-for-TV movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story.
  • Starred in the 2007 period drama September Dawn, directed by his stepfather, Christopher Cain.
  • Collaborated with Christopher Cain again on his first feature screenplay, for the 2010 sequel Pure Country 2: The Gift.


  • Christopher Dean Cain — Son
  • Krisinda Cain — Half Sister
  • Christopher Cain — Stepfather
  • George Thomas — Uncle
  • Mindy McCready — Ex-fiancée
  • Brooke Shields — Ex-significant Other
  • Gabrielle Reece — Ex-significant Other
  • Roger Cain — Brother
  • Samantha Torres — Ex-significant Other
  • Sharon Thomas — Mother


  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (BA in History, 1988)


  • Birth Name: Dean George Tanaka
  • Birth Place: Mount Clemens, MI
  • Birthday: July 31, 1966, Leo
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, TV host