Dean Cain

Dean Cain

Cain in 2011, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Dean George Tanaka

Place of Birth: Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 31, 1966

Ethnicity: Japanese (37.5%), with English, French-Canadian, Irish, Welsh

Dean Cain is an American actor, producer, writer, director, and television show host. He starred as Superman on the T.V series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Dean is the son of Roger Hugh Tanaka and actress Sharon Thomas. He was adopted by his stepfather, director Christopher Cain (born Bruce C. Doggett).

He has said: “I’m mostly Welsh, and then one-quarter Japanese, Irish and French Canadian.” However, Dean’s father was of three quarters Japanese descent, making Dean of three eighths Japanese descent. He also has English ancestry.

Dean has a son with his former partner, Spanish-born model Samantha Torres.

Dean’s paternal grandfather was John Megumi Tanaka (the son of Echiro/Eiichiro Tanaka and Tsuki Baba). John was born in Washington, to Japanese parents.

Dean’s paternal grandmother was Grace E. Miyoko Sugiura (the daughter of Joseph Tadashi Sugiura and Eva/Evangeline May Frost). Grace was born in Washington. Joseph was born in Hamada, Shimane, Japan. Eva, who had English, Irish, and French-Canadian ancestry, was born in either Wisconsin or North Dakota, and was the daughter of Frank Leslie Frost and Ida Mae Forsythe, whose father was born in Cloughmills, Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Sources: Dean’s paternal grandfather, John Megumi Tanaka, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Dean’s paternal grandmother, Grace E. Miyoko Sugiura, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Dean’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Tadashi Sugiura and Eva/Evangeline May Frost, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Dean’s paternal great-grandmother, Eva/Evangeline May Frost (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Dean’s paternal great-grandmother, Eva/Evangeline May Frost, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Eva/Evangeline May Frost on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. Capricious says:

    Asiatic eyes are so unattractive on men. They’re too feminine.

    Maybe Mike Shinoda is an exception.

    But seriously…YUCK!

  2. xoxo says:

    He looks like a lot of Mestizo Mexicans and other Latin Americans. I knew he was something else other than white,

  3. cwm85 says:

    Even as a young child watching him in Lois and Clark, I knew he was different then. Always figured he had some type of mixture in him besides Caucasian. It’s interesting to see him play so many roles of Caucasian men when he’s more than a 3rd Japanese. I always wish I had Asian ancestry lol. Big fan of Japanese culture. But I’m African, English, Scottish, Navajo and i’ll take that. :-D

  4. Erna says:

    no. he is half japanese.

  5. FLARE says:

    he is half chinese

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