"He's my favorite person on the whole planet," the Hit the Floor star says of his teen son

By peoplestaff225
Updated August 09, 2014 12:30 PM
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Dean Cain‘s used to being called Superdad.

The actor, 48, who rose to fame in the 90s hit Lois & Clark, says that raising 14-year-old son Christopher on his own has been his greatest, and toughest role yet.

“He’s my favorite person on the whole planet,” Cain tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. The Hit the Floor star and son Christopher share a special bond. Following a nasty custody battle with ex Samantha Torres in 2003, Cain assumed sole custody of Christopher in 2011.

“Stability-wise this is what’s best for him,” says Cain. Though he says it can be “difficult” shuffling from work on set to PTA meetings and field trips, “I’ve learned to make the decisions that put him first.”

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And he prides himself on being the fun parent. “You know that saying ‘Momma says don’t play ball in the house?’ Well, we play. We chase each other, you can walk on virtually any piece of furniture.”

That goes for Christopher and his half-siblings, Torres’s 3-year-old twins Elijah and Isabelle, who come by often. Says Cain, “I’d do anything for those two … It can be defined as a broken home, but if you hang out at our house that’s the last thing you’ll think.”

For more on Cain’s situation and what it’s like looking for love as a single parent, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

— Janine Rayford Rubenstein