Dean Cain sacrificed his career to raise his son alone – promising to not be like his own dad who abandoned him

Dean Cain never knew his own father who abandoned the family when Dean was only two years old. So when he heard he was going to be a father himself, he made a decision unheard of for leading men in Hollywood.


Best known for his role of the superhero we all love dearly, Superman, actor, producer, and TV show host Dean Cain has had quite a career.

Once he made a name for himself in the film industry, roles came pouring in, and he cemented his place under the Hollywood sky.

However, there was a period in this actor’s life when he found himself at a crossroads when he felt like he needed to make a choice between his professional career or spending more time with his son Christopher, and he eventually chose the letter.


Dean, who was born on July 31, 1966, in Michigan, has never been in contact with his biological father, who was Japanese. Namely, Dean was just 2 years old when his dad, Roger Tanaka, left the family and never looked back.

A year later, Dean’s mom remarried, and her new husband, director Christopher Cain, legally adopted Dean and his brother. Dean then changed his surname and took that of his adoptive father.

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When Dean became a dad himself, when his then-girlfriend, Samantha Torres, a former model and Playboy mate, gave birth to their son, he swore he would never be the type of father his biological dad turned out to be. Instead, he promised himself that he would always be there for Christopher, whom he named after his adoptive father.

Unfortunately, Dean and Samantha split shortly after welcoming their boy and they fought over the custody. Eventually, Dean became a sole custodian.

Dean is a kind of dad who never misses any important events in their children’s life. He even cooks for Christopher. “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 it into something,” the actor revealed during an interview.

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No matter what comes along the way, whether that is a tempting role or another professional engagement, Dean always puts his son’s needs on the top of the list of priorities.

It wasn’t until Christopher turned 18 that Dean started working on and off the screen again. “I’m there, I’m a very present father, and I 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,” he said.

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The two are spending plenty of quality time together and are taking a bunch of trips. Christopher has two half-siblings from his mother, Elijah and Isabelle, who often stop by the Chain household.

“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,” Dean said of his ex’s children. “My best day would be just to wake up, and me and my son have a great day at home,” he added.

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Dean Chain truly is a parent every child would ask for.

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