If “90% of life is showing up,” then Christian Kane is living right. The talented star has made the iconic Woody Allen quote his motto, and his successful multi-faceted career is proof positive that his commitment to creating his own path is the best way to land on top. Today, Kane is earning high praise and notable acclaim both on screens and on the music scene.
Christian Kane was born in Dallas, Texas. Christian and his family moved around a lot throughout the South before settling down in Norman, Oklahoma. Christian attended the University of Oklahoma where he had plans to major in Art History. However, Christian wanted to try out acting, so he took his truck and his life savings of a few hundred dollars and headed to Hollywood. Christian had many jobs, including mail-room clerk for a talent agency. His big break came when he played Ryan “Flyboy” Legget, the male lead, in a new show called Fame L.A. (1997) based on the hit movie and 80s TV show. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after 22 episodes. Christian’s next role was on Aaron Spelling’s Rescue 77 (1999), where he played Wick Lobo a.k.a. “Cowboy” because of his radical application of “gutter” medicine. Due to poor ratings, the show was canceled. Not to be defeated, Christian was soon cast as a production assistant in Edtv (1999) starring Woody Harrelson as well as a made-for-TV Western called Crossfire Trail (2001) with Tom Selleck.
On TNT’s hit series The Librarians, Kane plays Jake Stone, Oklahoma oil worker with a penchant for art history and an IQ that could give Scorpion’s Walter O’Brien a run for his money. Sadly it was recently canceled but The Librarians was the most-watched cable debut of 2014 and 2014’s cable’s No. 2 new series! His portrayal of Jake Stone earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor on Television with the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
Kane played Eliot Spencer, retrieval specialists/resident badass for five seasons on TNT’s TV series Leverage. Leverage won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Drama in 2013. This was the role, he says “I came to Hollywood to play.” “This is the role you dream about as a kid.” “When you are watching Harrison Ford (“Indiana Jones…”) and Kurt Russell (“Big Trouble in Little China”) and Jean Reno (“Leon: The Professional”) you want to be all those things, and I got to roll them into one!” The popular series, now airing in syndication worldwide, is enjoying much success and has created an undying legion of fans. As he embraces the dramatic side of the role and relishes the comedy, not often paired in television with such a beautiful blend as this show provides, Kane puts his old hat on as the Steve McQueen student of Life, DIY, and Pain. This time, not only doing his own fights (ala “Angel”) but choreographing them as well. After 13 yrs of doing his own stunts, the seasoned screen brawler gets to use his knowledge from the likes of Mike Massa, Kevin Jackson, Walter Scott, etc., to feed the bad guys a slice of “pain cake”, best served cold.
Well known for a the role of “Lindsey McDonald” in Joss Whedon’s “Angel,” which garnered him worldwide recognition, Kane’s TV resume includes a leading role in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, CBS televisions series “Close To Home” and playing “High Wolf” for Stephen Spielberg in the TNT miniseries “Into The West.” Kane has made his mark in big-screen films that include “Friday Night Lights”; “Just Married,” where he starred with Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy; “Life Or Something Like It”, where he played the fiancé of the beautiful Angelina Jolie; “Secondhand Lions,” in which he was honored to play a young Robert Duvall; “Summer Catch;” “Hide;” and “Taxi” to name a few.
With the launch of his debut album “The House Rules” and the title single under his belt, Kane’s music stock is also on the rise. While Kane has actively pursued his acting career at the same time, his efforts in the music world have caught fire. A second single “Let Me Go,” powered his Fall 2011 “Raising Kane” Tour that played to packed houses throughout the United States and finishes the year in the UK. He’s sold over 50,000 records to date. The loyal fans of the band and Christian Kane himself have titled themselves “The Kaniacs.” Kane reacts,”These are my people, these are my tribe.”
Kane starred in 50 to 1 (2014), along side Skeet Ulrich and William Devane. Christian collaborated with his friend Clayne Crawford on Tinker which won him Best Supporting Actor at the Sutter Creek Intl Film Festival. He’s also an avid supporter of the Clayne Crawford Foundation.
Continuing his collaboration with Dean Devlin, his next project called Almost Paradise is in the works for WGN America.
As Christian Kane continues to chart his own course in his multi-faceted, evolving career, it’s clear that he will stay true to his own version of success and always live by his own “house” rules.