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Dean Cain Sacrificed Career to Raise His Son Alone — The Actor’s Biological Dad Abandoned Him as a Kid

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Dean Cain with his son, Christopher Dean Cain | Source: Getty images | Instagram/Dean Cain
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Dean Cain’s father left the family shortly after his birth, so the actor resolved to raise his children properly. He gave up his job after becoming a father to raise his son, and they now have an admirable bond.

Although Dean Cain would go on to become a well-known movie actor, he did not always have a passion for acting. He preferred playing professional football to being on the big screen.

He entered acting when a knee injury ended his sporting career, and in the 1993 film Superman as Clark Kent, he received his breakout performance. “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”


Christopher Cain and Dean Cain during "September Dawn" Los Angeles Screening - Arrivals at Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images

Christopher Cain and Dean Cain during “September Dawn” Los Angeles Screening – Arrivals at Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images

He would eventually be cast in some films, including “The Broken Hearts Club,” “Rat Race,” “Out of Time,” and “Bailey’s Billion$.”

Many people are unaware that the guy who raised him was not his biological father, even though he recalls playing sports with many famous people his age.


Cain’s father left them alone.

The actor is the son of Sharon Tanaka, an actress, and Roger Tanaka. Dean George Tanaka was born on July 31, 1966, in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

Unfortunately, his father abandoned the family; he had only been married to Sharon for two years, from 1964 to 1966. When Cain was three years old, his mother married Christopher Cain, a director, who later adopted Cain and his brother Roger.

Actor Dean Cain attends the 2022 Fandemic Tour at Georgia World Congress Center on March 19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia | Source: Getty Images

Actor Dean Cain attends the 2022 Fandemic Tour at Georgia World Congress Center on March 19, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia | Source: Getty Images

Cain never met his biological father, even though his name appeared on his birth certificate. Later, he adopted his adoptive father’s surname. He revealed:

“My biological father is Japanese. “I never knew him, never met him.”

Dean’s biological father moved on after his mother, and he ended their relationship in 1982, marrying Grace Southhard and beginning a family. But he was never in touch with his sons.


Cain promised to be a better parent to his children after being abandoned by his biological father because of his experience.

Dean Cain and son Christopher at the 2004 Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation | Source: Getty Images

Dean Cain and son Christopher at the 2004 Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation | Source: Getty Images

Cain becomes a father.

Like many actors, Cain engaged in brief relationships, mostly with actresses and models. With his ex-girlfriend, Playboy Playmate, and Spanish model Samantha Torres, he had his first child in June 2000.

Cain gave his son the name Christopher in honor of his adoptive father. While he was delighted to become a father, his relationship with Torres suffered, which led to a contentious custody battle.

The “Hit The Floor” star fought valiantly for his son, acquiring sole custody in 2011, determined to be the parent he had always promised he would be.


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He adopted a hands-on parenting style, telling ABC News that he had always prepared his son’s meals since Christopher would only eat that way. Actor’s statement:

“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 nine leftovers I have and turning them into something.”

Despite being a more involved parent than many actors, Cain did not have a simple time of it. Although the stability was excellent for Christopher, he admitted that he had trouble between work and PTA meetings. He finally made the greatest decision for Christopher.

Christopher Dean Cain and Dean Cain attend the premiere of Open Road Films' 'The Promise' on April 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Christopher Dean Cain and Dean Cain attend the Open Road Films’ ‘The Promise’ premiere on April 12, 2017, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

There has never been an easy way to raise a child alone, and Cain was no exception. He struggled to balance his jobs and cook for his son at home, but he handled it all easily.

He was handling multiple professions, which made his situation more challenging. With his roles as a writer, producer, director, talk show host, and political analyst, he already had a full plate.


He would, however, admit that his son took priority over him when it came to writing for programs like “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” or episodes of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”

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He declined main jobs for the first 18 years of his son’s life; he only started acting again once Christopher graduated from high school. He based his parenting style on the idea that a father comes first and an actor comes second.

The mass of his supporters did not get how he could sacrifice his job for his son. But he admitted that he preferred acting assignments that would conclude quickly and let him go home and spend time with his son.

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He wanted to be at Christopher’s jujitsu matches and coach him in baseball, basketball, and football. He revealed to Closer Weekly:

“I’m there. I’m a very present father and would never do it otherwise. “I’m blessed to be able to have the ability to do so many different things and yet still be a father first.”


An interesting father-son bond

Since the young man, now, was born, Cain and Christopher have had a tight relationship that has been stronger over time. According to the countless Instagram photographs Cain has posted on his account, the two are admirably close.

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They often go out to lunch together, and Cain refers to his son as his favorite person. Christopher and Dean went to Dean’s alma mater, Princeton, to spend more time together and learn more about Dean’s past.

Cain’s photographs at several airport terminals also demonstrate how much the two enjoy traveling together and attending sporting events like NASCAR. The two are close friends and are constantly by each other’s sides.

Even so, Cain left his kid at High Point University in North Carolina, where he is currently enrolled in college after finishing high school. In addition, the “Meant To Be” star expressed his pride in his kid for obtaining his driver’s license at 16.


Christopher loves spending time with his half-siblings, the Torres twins Elijah and Isabelle, who frequently visit the residence in addition to his father. Cain claims

“I’d do anything for those two.” “It can be defined as a broken home, but if you hang out at our house, that’s the last thing you’ll think.”

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Cain hopes Christopher will be proud of him since he believes he did the best he could for his son. He admitted that spending time with his son makes him happy. “My best day would be just to wake up and have me and my son have a great day at home.” He adds.

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