Dean Cain Net Worth and Salary: Dean Cain is an American actor who has a net worth of $8 million. Dean Cain is best known for portraying Clark Kent and his alter-ego Superman on the television series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Later, he hosted the series “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!,” “Bloopers,” and “Masters of Illusion,” and appeared on the sports drama series “Hit the Floor.” Dean has been in a number of other movies and television shows throughout his career, including “Rat Race,” “Out of Time,” and “Supergirl.”
Early Life and Career Beginnings: Dean Cain was born as Dean George Tanaka in 1966 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. His mother was actress Sharon Thomas, while his biological father, whom he never met, was US serviceman Roger. Cain is of Japanese, Welsh, Irish, and French-Canadian descent. Soon after his birth, he moved with his mother and older brother to Los Angeles. There, in 1969, his mother married filmmaker Christopher Cain, who adopted Dean and his brother. His parents then moved to Malibu, and had a daughter, Krisinda. As a teen, Cain went to Santa Monica High School, where he was a star athlete. After graduating, he enrolled at Princeton University; playing a free safety on the football team, he set a school record with 12 interceptions during the 1987 season. Cain graduated in 1988 with a BA in history.
Upon his graduation, Cain signed as a free agent with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. However, a knee injury ended his football career early. As a result, he turned to screenwriting, and then acting, shooting several commercials and appearing on such programs as “A Different World” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
Superman Success and Television Career: Cain had his breakthrough role in 1993, starring as Clark Kent and his alter-ego Superman on the ABC series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Costarring Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, the program aired for four seasons between 1993 and 1997, and during the peak of its popularity, brought in an average of 15 million viewers per episode. Following this success, Cain was in a number of television movies, including “Rag and Bone,” “Futuresport,” and “Dogboys.” In 1999, he began hosting “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!,” based on the famous newspaper feature. Many television films followed in the early 2000s, including “The Runaway,” “Gentle Ben,” “The Glow,” and “Dragon Fighter.” From 2003 to 2004, Cain appeared in eight episodes of the police procedural series “The Division.” A little later, he was in 11 episodes of the drama series “Clubhouse.” Among his other credits are “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “CSI: Miami,” “Smallville,” “Las Vegas,” and “Burn Notice.” In 2012, Cain began hosting the series “Bloopers,” and in 2013, started a main role on the VH1 sports drama “Hit the Floor,” originally called “Bounce.”
Cain has also been a contestant on some reality game shows, including “Stars Earn Stripes” and “The Choice.” Since 2014, he has served as the host of the magic show “Masters of Illusion.” From 2015 to 2017, he appeared as Jeremiah Danvers in seven episodes of the series “Supergirl,” and in 2016, was in six episodes of the Netflix series “Lady Dynamite.” Dean is also known for his many Christmas-themed television movies; among them are “A Christmas Wedding,” “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” “The Case for Christmas,” and “Good Morning Christmas.”
Film Career: Cain made his feature film debut in the 1976 film “Elmer.” Later, in 1984, he had a significant supporting role in his father’s film “The Stone Boy,” costarring Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, and Linda Hamilton. Cain’s next major role came over a decade later in 1997’s “Best Men,” a crime comedy with Luke Wilson, Andy Dick, and Drew Barrymore. This was followed by “The Broken Hearts Club,” in which Cain played a member of a group of gay friends in West Hollywood. Other notable credits in the 2000s include “Flight of Fancy”; the ensemble comedy “Rat Race”; “Dark Descent”; the Denzel Washington mystery thriller “Out of Time”; the disaster film “Post Impact”; “Lost”; the children’s film “Bailey’s Billion$”; the Western “September Dawn,” directed by Cain’s father; the horror film “Urban Decay”; the family drama “Ace of Hearts”; and the dramedy “Five Dollars a Day,” starring Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken, and Amanda Peet.
Cain had a huge year in 2010; he appeared in nine films, including “Abandoned,” “Hole in One,” “Kill Katie Malone,” “Subject: I Love You,” and “Bed & Breakfast.” He had many credits the next year as well, such as the family sports film “Home Run Showdown” and the action war film “5 Days of War.” Cain’s other movies have included “Heaven’s Door,” “Man Camp,” “At the Top of the Pyramid,” “The Appearing,” “Vendetta,” “The Incantation,” and “Madness in the Method,” among a plethora of others.
Personal Life and Politics: While attending Princeton in the 80s, Cain dated actress and fellow classmate Brooke Shields for two years. In the early 90s, he went out with volleyball player and model Gabrielle Reece. Later, Cain got engaged to singer Mindy McCready, before separating the next year. With another ex-girlfriend, Spanish model Samantha Torres, Cain has a son named Christopher.
A registered Republican, Dean supported John McCain in the 2008 election, Rick Perry in 2012, and Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020. Cain has drawn much negative attention for these endorsements, particularly the latter. He has appeared on numerous conservative outlets, including Fox News, and has made many inappropriate comments on Twitter, including one about physically assaulting a 17-year-old protester.
Real Estate: In 1997, at the peak of his fame, Dean paid $725,000 for a 35-acre property in a Colorado town called Basalt, located roughly 30 minutes from Aspen. He proceeded to construct a handful of structures on the land, including a 4,400 square-foot luxury cabin. Dean attempted to offload this home in 2011 for $9.5 million. He withdrew the listing then re-listed in 2015 for $5.5 million. He ultimately accepted $3.6 million in December 2015.
In 2004 Dean paid $2.6 million for a home on a bluff overlooking the ocean in Malibu. Today this home is worth an estimated $5-6 million.