Today is the 50th birthday for the man many of us grew up knowing as ‘Superman‘ on the TV series, ‘Lois and Clark‘, Dean Cain. What many of you may not know is that he is currently a part of the cast of the CW’s ‘Supergirl‘ series, playing the Earth father of Kara Danvers. Check out more details on Dean Cain below, and sound off with your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
Born in Michigan, the actor was born to parents Roger Tanaka and Sharon Thomas until they split. Then was then adopted by Christopher Cain, his mother’s second husband. The family moved to Malibu where the actor was raised, and Cain found himself growing increasingly attracted to sports as he grew up. Graduating from Princeton University, Cain went on to sign on as a free agent for the Buffalo Bills before a knee injury sidelined him. However, the tragic injury led Cain to actively pursue a career in acting.
Booking dozens of commercials, Cain received his big break when he was cast as Superman in the show Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Rather than focusing on Superman’s action-driven story lines, the show centered around Clark Kent’s relationship with Lois Lane. Terri Hatcher was cast as Lois, and the show aired on ABC from 1993-1997. The show was very successful, and at the height of its popularity, the series pulled in about 15 million viewers.