Question: Who will be appearing at the 2014 Superman Celebration?
Dean Cain, Billy Dee Williams, Valerie Perrine and Aaron Smolinski are among the celebrities slated to take part in 36th annual event, June 12-15.
Cain, best known for his breakthrough role as Superman/Clark Kent in the 1993 television hit series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman will be appearing on Saturday, June 14.
Dean attended Santa Monica High School where he excelled in sports. He graduated in 1984 and was offered athletic scholarships to 17 universities, choosing Princeton University, where he was captain of the volleyball team and played defensive back on the football team, where he had record-setting 12 interceptions in a single season. Immediately after graduating, Cain signed on as a free agent with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury during training camp ended his football career before it began.
With little hope of returning to sports, he turned to screenwriting and then acting, shooting dozens of commercials and appearing on popular television shows like Grapevine, A Different World and Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1993, Cain took on his biggest role to date as Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. At the height of its popularity, Lois & Clark brought in an average of 15 million viewers per episode. The series ran for four seasons, ending in 1997.
In 1998, Cain started the Angry Dragon Entertainment production company, which produced the TBS Superstation television series Ripley’s Believe It or Not! He has also starred in several films, including The Broken Hearts Club (2000), Out of Time (2003) and Bailey’s Billions (2004). In 2004, he portrayed Scott Peterson in the fact-based, made-for-television movie The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story. He has also appeared in a recurring role as Casey Manning in the television series Las Vegas. Cain is one of seven actors to appear in both Lois & Clark and Smallville — he guest-starred as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox in a seventh season episode of Smallville.
Joining Cain at Saturday’s Celebrity Q&A and autograph sesssions will be Williams.
While best known to international film audiences as the roguish Lando Calrissian, the baron administrator of Cloud City, in the last two episodes of the original Star Wars-trilogy — Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983) — Williams played district attorney Harvey Dent in the 1989 movie Batman.
Williams will be assisting the celbration in marking two big anniversaries for the black-caped crusader. It was May 1939 when Bruce Wayne first graced the pages of Detective Comics. In issue number 27, the world got its first glimpse of Batman. Fifty years later, actor Michael Keaton donned the cape for the first of his two movie portrayals of the hero in black when Batman was released 25 years ago.
While “Superman is still our number 1 favorite,” said Karla Ogle, Celebration chairperson, with production of the next Man of Steel movie and 2014 marking two big Batman anniversaries, Celebration committee members wanted to acknowledge the Justice League member whom many attendees dress up as.
Harvey Dent made his first Detective Comics appearance in issue number 66 in August 1942.
Williams’ 50-plus year showbiz career also includes Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Nighthawks (1981), Moving Target (1996) and Undercover Brother (2002). He voiced Lando Calrissian in the The Lego Movie (2014) , the TV series Star Wars Rebels (2014) and the TV movie Lego Starwars: The Yoda Chronicles — The Phantom Clone (2013).
Perrine and Smolinski will be available Friday and Saturday to meet fans.
This will be Perrine’s second trip to Metropolis.
She is best known as her role of Lex Luthor’s girlfriend, Miss Teschmacher in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). She has also appeared in numerous TV series and feature films including What Women Want (2000) and Lenny (1974).
Smolinski began his career with the role of baby Clark Kent in Superman (1978). He is also known for MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000), Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001) and appeared in Man of Steel (2013).
The Superman Celebration is hosted by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by The City of Metropolis and The Metropolis Area Tourism Commission.