Dean Devlin

Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
A former teen actor, Dean Devlin stepped behind the camera in the early 1990s to become the co-writer and producer of some of the biggest science fiction films in history, including "Stargate" (1994), "Independence Day" ... Read more »
Born: 08/27/1962 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (19)

Geostorm 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Librarians 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Shakespeare High 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Flyboys 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Triangle 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cellular 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Eight Legged Freaks 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Godzilla: The Series 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Patriot 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Visitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Leverage (Tv Show)

Showrunner

The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Triangle (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (14)

My Life With Count Dracula 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Generations 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Moon 44 1990 (Movie)

Tyler (Actor)

Total Exposure 1990 (Movie)

Porno Manager (Actor)

Hard Copy 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

City Limits 1985 (Movie)

Ernie (Actor)

Real Genius 1985 (Movie)

Milton (Actor)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Liquor Store Clerk (Actor)

My Bodyguard 1980 (Movie)

Boy (Actor)

North Beach and Rawhide (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (10)

Geostorm 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 (Movie)

(from characters created by) (Source Material)

Stargate SG-1 1986 - 1987, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Source Material

Universal Soldier: the Return 1999 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Universal Soldier 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Triangle (Movie)

(Screen Story)
Director (2)

Geostorm 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Biography

A former teen actor, Dean Devlin stepped behind the camera in the early 1990s to become the co-writer and producer of some of the biggest science fiction films in history, including "Stargate" (1994), "Independence Day" (1996) and "Godzilla" (1998) before moving into television with such hits as "The Librarian" franchise and "Leverage" (TNT, 2008- ). A dedicated sci-fi fan, Devlin and director Roland Emmerich blended 1950s-style speculative fiction - alien invasions, giant monsters - with the latest achievements in special effects to produce their blockbusters; fans flocked to these films, while critics dismissed them as pure popcorn. But after "Godzilla" failed to meet its projected gross, Devlin parted ways with Emmerich to work on more modestly scaled fare for television. These efforts, including "The Triangle" (Sci-Fi Channel, 2005), were massive hits for basic cable, and affirmed Devlin's Midas touch with the fantastic in not one but two mediums.

Relationships

Constance Devlin

Step-Mother

Don Devlin

Father
Jewish born c. 1930 in the Bronx divorced from Devlin's mother died on December 11, 2000

Pilar Seurat

Mother
Filipina divorced from Devlin's father later married and divorced Don Cerveris died at age 62 from lung cancer on June 2, 2001

EDUCATION

North Hollywood High School

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2001

When Sony failed to renew multi-year deal with Centropolis, split with Emmerich and formed own production company Electric Entertainment

2000

Served as one of the producers of the Emmerich-directed drama "The Patriot"

1998

With Emmerich, signed to a multi-year contract by Sony Pictures Entertainment

1997

With Emmerich, co-wrote pilot and co-executive produced the Fox sci-fi drama "The Visitor"

1996

First solo producing credit, "Independence Day" (also co-wrote with Emmerich and acted in a small role)

1994

While in the midst of promoting "Stargate", rented a house with Emmerich in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; spent three weeks collaborating on the rough script for "Independence Day"

1994

Producing debut, produced (with Joel B. Michaels and Oliver Eberle) "Stargate"; also co-wrote with director Emmerich

1992

Screenwriting debut, co-wrote (with Richard Rothstein and Christopher Leitch) "Universal Soldier", a Jean-Claude Van Damme-Dolph Lundgren sci-fi vehicle, helmed by Emmerich

1990

Played the recurring role of illiterate but popular hospital orderly Henry Metrano on the CBS medical drama "Island Son"

1989

Met future collaborator Roland Emmerich while acting in the director's West German sci-fi feature "Moon 44" (released 1990)

1987

Debut as a TV series regular, played eager neophyte reporter David Del Valle on the short-lived CBS news drama "Hard Copy"

1986

TV series debut, played recurring role of law intern Sullivan on the hit NBC legal drama "L.A. Law"

1985

TV miniseries acting debut, played Pedro Sanchez in "North Beach and Rawhide", a two-part two-hour CBS telefilm

1984

Appeared in a bit part in "The Wild Life"

1980

Feature debut at age 14, served as a production assistant and appeared as a performer (playing "Boy") in "My Bodyguard", produced by his father Don Devlin

Appeared on the Los Angeles stage in "Comedies by Shakespeare"

Continued writing for two more weeks in London and Paris while promoting "Stargate"

Lacking the grades for film school, moved to NYC where he worked as Al Pacino's chauffeur

Appeared on the NYC stage in "There Must Be a Pony"

Made 8mm sci-fi film shorts as a youth

Joined Emmerich's production company Centropolis Films

Performed as a comedian with "Something Clever Revue" in NYC

Grew up on movie sets with his producer father and actor mother

Bonus Trivia

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At age 13, Devlin won the Best Film Maker Award at the California Super Eight-Millimeter Film Festival for the seven-and-a-half minute short, "Man's Aversion to Violence" (c. 1979).

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Devlin sang and played rhythm guitar and keyboards with his band Nervous Service.

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