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Dean Cain Biography

Birth Name:
Dean George Tanaka
Birth Place:
Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States
Actor, screenwriter, producer, TV host

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