When Dean Cain agreed to join the team of celebrities on NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes, he thought “I’m in good shape. I’ve played sports. I can do this for a good cause.” But as the action packed summer show played out, and Cain struggled to complete gruling military exercises, he admits he was thinking, “I could get killed doing this stuff.”
“I was wishing I had real Superman powers,” says the actor who burst onto the scene as the Man of Steel in the series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. But even without super strength he gave his all on the reality competition so he could help the Wounded Warrior Project.
Cain has a special place in his heart for the military men and women, and says he’s glad his celebrity status allows him to meet “real supermen when I visit the troops. I was in Iraq visiting the hospitals and I’ve gone to military bases.”
He has only had a tiny taste of what the real soldiers go through on Stars Earn Stripes, but says the experience gave him the gift of the camaraderie he shared with the other celebrities on the show. “That’s what happens when you get into situations like the ones we were in. You really forge that bond through the fire.”
The other celebrity competitors were Laila Ali, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin, Dolvett Quince, Eve Torres, and Picabo Street, and Cain says, “They are all my brothers and sisters now.”
Currently Cain is hosting on the syndicated series Bloopers. And upcoming is a new series called Bounced for VH1, to debut early in 2013. It’s set in the world of pro basketball, and the very athletic Cain will play an NBA coach.