June 12-15, 2014
The Superman Celebration is pleased to announce the Celebrity Guests for the 36th annual festival to be held June 12-15 in Metropolis, IL.
Special Guest, Dean 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. Cain graduated high school in 1984 and was offered athletic scholarships to 17 universities, but chose Princeton University. At Princeton, he was captain of the volleyball team and played free safety (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 Buffalo Bills, an NFL football team, 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 it would bring in an average of at least 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 guest-starred in a seventh season episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox.
Superman will be sharing the stage with an actor from the 1989 movie Batman. With the 75th anniversary of the character Batman first appearing in Detective Comics #27 and 25th anniversary of the Feature Film Batman directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Special guest, Billy Dee Williams, who played DA Harvey Dent in Batman (1989), will be joining Dean Cain on Saturday to meet the fans. Billy Dee has quite an impressive list of film and television appearances over the past 50+ years. He is best known to international film audiences as the roguish Lando Calrissian 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 can also be seen on screen in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Nighthawks (1981),Moving Target (1996) and Undercover Brother (2002). Besides his television & film roles, Billy Dee has voiced Lando Calrissian in the The Lego Movie(2014) , TV series Star Wars Rebels(2014) and voiced Lindo Calrissian in the TV movie: Lego Starwars: The Yoda Chronicles- The Phantom Clone (2013).
Making her second trip to Metropolis will be Valerie Perrine (left). Valerie 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).
Also appearing this year is Aaron Smolinski (right) will who 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).
Perrine and Smolinski will be available to meet the fans on Friday and Saturday.
The Superman Celebration is a four day festival which welcomes as many as 40,000 people into Metropolis. Visitors will enjoy Musical Entertainment, Contests, Kids Activities, Vendors, Carnival and Artists and Writers from the Comic world.
More information can be found on supermancelebration.net, metropolischamber.com & metropolistourism.com or contact Metropolis Chamber of Commerce 618-524-2714. The Superman Celebration is hosted by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by The City of Metropolis and The Metropolis Area Tourism Commission.
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