“Superman” Star Dean Cain Sacrificed His Career To Raise His Son Alone

Dean Cain is an American actor, producer, TV presenter, and former footballer. After suffering a knee injury that ended his sporting career, he turned to the acting career, landing his breakthrough role as Superman/Clark Kent in the 1993 "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." He went on to appear in numerous other films, including "The Broken Hearts Club," "Rat Race," "Out of Time," and "Bailey's Billion$," among many others. However, despite having a successful acting career, he put everything on hold to become a single father.

Cain had an unhappy childhood

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Few people know that Dean Cain had a difficult childhood. The actor, Dean George Tanaka, was born on July 31, 1966, in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Born on July 31, 1966, in Mount Clemens, Michigan, the actor is the son of actress Sharon Tanaka and Roger Tanaka. Unfortunately, his father abandoned the family. However, his mother married Christopher Cain when he was 4 years old.
Cain never met his real father and later, he adopted his adoptive father's surname. He shared: "My biological father is Japanese. I never knew him, never met him."
Cain swore to be a better father to his children once he had children because of the trauma of being abandoned by his biological dad. Therefore, when he became a father, he was willing to give up his movie career to raise his children.

Left everything behind to become a single father

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Like many performers, Cain engaged in a number of brief relationships, mostly with actresses and models. With his ex-girlfriend, Spanish model Samantha Torres, he had his first child in June 2000. Cain named his son after his adoptive father, Christopher. While he was overjoyed to become a father, his relationship with Torres suffered, which led to a contentious custody dispute. The "Hit The Floor" star fought for his kid, and he got sole custody in 2011.

"Being a father first, and an actor second"

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Despite being a more present dad than many actors, Cain did not have an easy time of it. He admitted that he had trouble with balancing his job and PTA meetings to bring Christopher a happy childhood.
He shared, “I cook every meal for my child. If I don’t cook, he doesn’t eat. I cook a very mean steak. I’m also very good at taking the 9 leftovers I have and turning them into something.” He continued “The last 18 years of my career have been predicated upon being a father first, and an actor second." In fact, he had accompanied Christopher to all his Jujitsu events and Cain was even his football, basketball, and baseball coach.

Do all the best for his son

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For the first 18 years of his son's life, he declined many leading roles; he only started acting again once Christopher graduated from high school. Most of his fans did not get how he could sacrifice his job for his son. But he said that he preferred acting assignments that would conclude quickly and enable him to go home and spend time with his son.
Cain said, “I’m there. I’m a very present father, and I would never do it otherwise.” Even though he is raising his son alone, he doesn’t regret it. “People are, like, ‘Haven’t you been aspiring for anything?’ Yeah, I’ve aspired for a life!”

An unbreakable father-son bond

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Cain and Christopher have had a tight relationship since the now-young man was born, and it continues to grow by the day. The countless Instagram images on Cain's account show how close they are. He stated, “I think he’s pretty proud of Dad, but to be honest, I’m pretty proud of him. I think he’s my favorite human being on the planet.” Cain also said that his days are made worthwhile by spending time with his son. "My best day would be just to wake up, and me and my son have a great day at home." He adds.

He continues to work on his career as well

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While caring for his kid, Cain continued his writing career, contributing to programs including "Ripley’s Believe It or Not" and "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman". He then went on to make appearances in films like "The Broken Hearts Club" and "Out of Time". Now he also appears in TV shows like "The Platform" and "Supergirl".
Cain's sacrifice on behalf of his son is a wonderful demonstration of the love parents have for their children. Despite receiving an iconic role and having a great career, the actor prioritized his son over anything else. Cain made himself Superman in real life by making sure his kids would never have a difficult childhood like his.
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