Christian Kane (born June 27, 1972) is an American actor and singer-songwriter. He is known for his roles in the television shows Angel, Leverage, The Librarians and Into the West, and the movies Just Married, Taxi, and Secondhand Lions.
Kane at the New York Comic Con
Kane is the lead singer of the country-southern rock band Kane. On December 7, 2010, they released The House Rules, their third album and their debut for record label Bigger Picture Music Group. The album reached no. 25 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The first single from the album, also titled "The House Rules", debuted at no. 54 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. The second single, “Let Me Go”, was released on July 11, 2011.
Kane was born Christopher Michael Short in Dallas, Texas to Billy Michael and Pamela Ann [Frazier] Short. He claims Cherokee Native American ancestry - he has no documented evidence, but it is part of his family's oral history. His parents participated in, and met at, the rodeo. The family moved around the South and the Midwest because his father was in the oil business, and they finally settled in Norman, Oklahoma, when Kane was in eighth grade. While growing up in Texas and Oklahoma, Kane was a collegiate-style wrestler and played football (as a strong safety). He studied art history at the University of Oklahoma, but decided he wanted to be an actor and headed to Los Angeles before finishing the degree. In Los Angeles, he worked at a talent management company, where he delivered scripts in exchange for getting acting jobs.
Kane landed his first acting role in 1997 as one of the leads in MGM's television series Fame L.A. playing a country singer who moved to Los Angeles from Kansas. His television roles have included a recurring role in Joss Whedon’s Angel as the lawyer Lindsey MacDonald, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series Close to Home on CBS, the TNT television film Crossfire Trail in which he appeared alongside Tom Selleck, and the role of Abe Wheeler in the Steven Spielberg-produced 2005 miniseries Into the West. He starred with singer Monica, as Billy Ryan in MTV movie Love Song in 2000.
Kane’s appearances on the big screen include the 20th Century Fox film Just Married and New Line Cinema's Secondhand Lions (as the younger version of Robert Duvall's Hub McCann, he has a scar on his upper lip from an injury he received while filming the movie). He also appeared in Taxi, Life or Something Like It, the Peter Berg-directed Friday Night Lights, and the Warner Bros. baseball film Summer Catch.
In 2007, Kane was featured in the Carrie Underwood music video "So Small", playing the role of one of the three converging stories. In 2009, he appeared in the psychological thriller, Hide, in which he played the lead role of Billy, and The Donner Party which is based on the true story of the Donner Party. In 2010, he starred in the romantic drama, Not Since You.
From 2008 to 2012, Kane appeared on the TNT television series Leverage as Eliot Spencer, a retrieval specialist and black ops soldier who teams up with four other specialists to undo the injustices perpetrated upon the helpless. Kane performed all his own fight scenes and also choreographed fights for the series.
In 2013, Kane appeared as JT Maxwell, brother to Rebecca Romijn's female lead Michelle Maxwell on TNT's King & Maxwell. He appeared again with Romijn. co-starring in the 2014 to 2018 TNT television series The Librarians, based on The Librarian film series.
In 1997, Kane met Steve Carlson, who had taken over his old job. They started writing songs together, and in 1998 formed the Southern rock band Kane. They have toured the U.S., as well as England and Germany. The band has self-released two albums, their self-titled debut, Kane, in 2002, and a recording of a live acoustic set, Acoustic Live In London! in 2004.
The band consists of Kane (lead vocals, guitar), Carlson (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Jason Southard (lead guitar), Will Amend (bass guitar), and Ryan Baker (drums) and is signed to independent record label Bigger Picture Music Group. Their label debut, The House Rules, was released December 7, 2010. It debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers album chart and no. 25 on the Country Albums chart. The album was produced by Bob Ezrin and Jimmie Lee Sloas.
The first single from the album, also titled "The House Rules", debuted at no. 54 on the Billboard Country Songs chart and was the seventh-most added song on Mediabase Country stations on its official impact date. The video for the single was directed by Timothy Hutton and premiered on CMT's Big New Music Weekend October 1, 2010. "The House Rules" was featured in the video game NASCAR 09. The second single, "Let Me Go", was released on July 11, 2011. The video for the single, directed by Roman White, premiered on CMT August 8, 2011 and reached no. 1 on their Today's Top Videos chart .
Kane is also signed to a songwriting deal with EMI Music Publishing and writes much of his own material. Trace Adkins released a song written by Kane called "Happy Man" on his 2010 album, Cowboy's Back in Town.
Kane's co-writing efforts include songs written with Blair Daly, Brett James, David Lee Murphy, Casey Beathard, and Jerrod Niemann. "Thinking of You", a song he co-wrote with Blair Daly, featured in episode 3X06, "The Studio Job", of Leverage.
|1997–1998||Fame L.A.||Ryan "Flyboy" Legget||Main role (21 episodes)|
|1999||Rescue 77||Wick Lobo||Main role (8 episodes)|
|1999–2004||Angel||Lindsey McDonald||Recurring role (21 episodes)|
|2001||Dawson's Creek||Nick Taylor||Guest star (Episode: "The Tao of Dawson")|
|2003||The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron||Brian Cruver||Television film|
|2004||Las Vegas||Bob||Guest star (Episode: "The Strange Life of Bob")|
|2005||Into the West||Abe High Wolf Wheeler||TV miniseries|
|2005–2006||Close to Home||Jack Chase||Main cast|
|2008–2012, 2020-||Leverage||Eliot Spencer||Main cast|
|2013||King & Maxwell||JT Maxwell||Guest star (Episode: "Family Business")|
|2014–2018||The Librarians||Jacob Stone||Main cast|
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
|2016||Heaven Sent||Billy Taylor||Television film|
|2018||S.W.A.T.||Mr. X||Episode "S.O.S." |
|2019||Supernatural||Lee Webb||Episode: "Last Call"|
|2020||Almost Paradise||Alex Walker||Main role (10 Episodes)|
|2000||The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy||Idaho guy|
|2000||Love Song||Billy Ryan Gallo|
|2001||Crossfire Trail||John Thomas "J.T." Langston|
|2001||Summer Catch||Dale Robin|
|2002||Life or Something Like It||Cal Cooper|
|2003||Just Married||Peter Prentiss|
|2003||Secondhand Lions||Young Hub|
|2004||The Plight of Clownana||Christian||Short film|
|2004||Friday Night Lights||Brian|
|2005||Her Minor Thing||Paul|
|2005||Keep Your Distance||Sean Voight|
|2006||Four Sheets to the Wind||David|
|2009||The Donner Party||Charles Stanton|
|2009||Not Since You||Ryan Roberts|
|2011||Good Day for It||Dale Acton|
|2014||50 to 1||Mark Allen|
|2014||All Stars||Jim Hall|
|2017||Terror of Hallows Eve||Bobby|
|2017||Christmas in the Heartland||Jeff Gentry|
|2006||24: The Game||Peter Madsen|
|Angel (2001)||"L.A. Song"|
|Life or Something Like It (2002)||"Sweet Carolina Rain" (as KANE)|
|The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron TV (2003)||"More Than I Deserve" (as KANE)|
|Just Married (2003)||"The Chase" (as KANE)|
|Leverage — "The Two Horse Job" (2008)||"More Than I Deserve" (as KANE)|
|NASCAR 09 (2009)||"The House Rules" (as Christian Kane)|
|Keep Your Distance (2005)||"Right In Front Of You" (as Sean Voight/KANE)|
|Leverage — "The Studio Job" (2010)||"Thinking of You"|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The House Rules||25||178||1|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Acoustic Live In London!||
|2010||"The House Rules"||49||The House Rules|
|2011||"Let Me Go"||58|
|2010||"The House Rules"||Timothy Hutton|
|2011||"Let Me Go"||Roman White|
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