THE CAST

DEAN CAIN as CLARK KENT

Dean Cain brought a certain humanity to the Man of Steel. No longer was Clark Kent simply a mild-mannered disguise for Superman, he was a real person who wanted nothing more than to fit in among mere mortals. New to the big city, Clark finds that he must try just as hard to make it as a journalist at the Daily Planet as a superhero saving the world on a daily basis. Prior to acting, Dean Cain was a free safety with the Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury ended his career prematurely. Before being cast as Clark Kent, he had a recurring role on "Beverly Hills 90210." His ties to the Superman mythos have continued in recent years, as he guest starred on the series "Smallville" in its seventh season.

TERI HATCHER as LOIS LANE

The only thing besides kryptonite that can make Superman weak in the knees is an intrepid reporter with the initials "L.L." Teri Hatcher brought attitude and sex appeal to the role of Lois, redefining the character for the 1990s. A popular photo of her in Superman's cape (and nothing else) led to Teri becoming the most downloaded woman on the internet. Since "L&C," Teri has played a Bond girl in "Tomorrow Never Dies," and, even more recently, she has found renewed fame on the hit series "Desperate Housewives."

LANE SMITH as PERRY WHITE

Always on hand at the Daily Planet was Perry White, there to keep Lois and Clark on task, enforce the deadlines, and give some sound advice, usually centering around a tale of Elvis Presley. Perry was played by Lane Smith, well known for his portrayal of Richard Nixon in the TV mini-series "The Final Days." He also appeared in "My Cousin Vinny," "The Distinguished Gentleman," and "The Mighty Ducks." Sadly, Lane Smith passed away in 2005, after suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 69 years old.

MICHAEL LANES as JIMMY OLSEN
(SEASON ONE)

Cub reporter and photographer James Olsen was a friend to Lois and Clark, looking to them and Perry as mentors of sorts. He coined the nickname "C.K." for Clark, and considered Superman to be "smooth." There are several stories circulating as to why Landes was not asked to reprise the role after the first season, ranging from the producers wanting more of a "teen heart-throb" to compete with Jonathan Brandis on "SeaQuest," to Landes and Dean Cain supposedly looking too much alike. Whatever the reason, Landes played Jimmy in season one only.

JUSTIN WHALIN as JIMMY OLSEN
(SEASONS TWO - FOUR)

Beginning with season two, there was a new Jimmy around the office... Justin Whalin stepped into the role beginning with the second season premiere. His Jimmy was a little more "hip," wearing cowboy boots and even riding a motorcycle in one episode. If the episode called for it, he could also be quite computer savvy, even helping Superman navigate through a virtual world in the third season episode "Virtually Destroyed."

EDDIE JONES & K CALLAN as JONATHAN & MARTHA KENT

One major difference between "Lois & Clark" and the previous adaptations of the Superman legend was that his adoptive parents, the Kents, were still alive and well in Clark's adult years (this reflected a change to the comic book continuity made by writer John Byrne in the 1980s). Now, whenever Clark needed a mended cape, some homemade apple pie, or just some friendly advice, he could fly back to Smallville Kansas and drop in on Ma and Pa. Jonathan and Martha were played by Eddie Jones and K Callan throughout all four seasons of the show.

JOHN SHEA as LEX LUTHOR

Matching Superman's brawn with his own diabolical brians, Lex Luthor was the mastermind behind the Man of Steel's woes throughout the first season. Not only did his criminal enterprises provide Supes with a challenge on a weekly basis, but he was also competition for Superman's gal pal, Lois Lane, who didn't know the billionaire was really a baddie. Though Shea did not return as a series regular after the first season, he did come back for occasional guest appearances to torment Superman again (Lex was killed off in the season one finale, but subsequently resurrected in season two).

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Russ Dimino 2008