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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Dean Cain

(Born July 31, 1966) -- How often do we get to have "Superman" in this column? This is such a day. And yes, he belongs here in a slightly silly way.

Cain grew up in California, and was a classmate of Charlie Sheen at Santa Monica High School. It was on to Princeton from there, where he played free safety on the football team. Cain even made 12 interceptions in one season for the Tigers. By the way, he also dated Brooke Shields while at the Ivy League school.

Cain really wasn’t an NFL prospect, but in 1988 the Bills needed an extra safety during training camp. Cain accepted the invitation to participate, so he was on a Buffalo sports roster for a while. He promptly injured his knee and his pro football hopes died relatively quickly.

Cain rebounded rather well. He first went into screenwriting and then into acting. In 1993, Cain landed the role of Superman in the television series, "Lois and Clark." The show ran for four seasons.

He’s still taking acting roles almost 20 years later, even if he isn’t faster than a speeding bullet any more.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.