Gary de vore

Screenwriter, Producer, Truck driver
One of Hollywood's mysteries was solved on July 8, 1998 when the body of screenwriter Gary DeVore was discovered at the bottom of the California Aqueduct in the Antelope Valley near Palmdale, CA. DeVore, who had penned ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1941

Filmography

Writer (6)

Traxx 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Raw Deal 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Running Scared 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Running Scared 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dogs of War 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

The Heat 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Traxx 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heart of Steel (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

One of Hollywood's mysteries was solved on July 8, 1998 when the body of screenwriter Gary DeVore was discovered at the bottom of the California Aqueduct in the Antelope Valley near Palmdale, CA. DeVore, who had penned hit films such as "Raw Deal" and "Running Scared" (both 1986) had been missing since June 28, 1997 when he last spoke to his wife from his car phone while driving from Santa Fe, NM to their home in Carpenteria, CA. His body was discovered through the efforts of an amateur detective from San Diego who read about the disappearance and noted the similarities between it and the disappearance of a woman who was later found to have run off the road into the California Aqueduct. While DeVore was missing, many theories about his whereabouts emerged, including ideas that he had been carjacked for his fully equipped late model Ford Explorer or even that he was on a secret CIA mission. The screenwriter was visiting friend Marsha Mason's Santa Fe ranch before his disappearance, where he was working on the script for a remake of 1949's "The Big Steal", which was to have marked his feature directorial debut.

Relationships

Priscilla Barnes

Companion

Claudia Christian

Wife
divorced

Maria Cole

Wife
first wife divorced in 1976 widow of Nat King Cole

Season Hubley

Companion
formerly married to Kurt Russell

Sandie Newton

Wife
divorced

Wendy Oates-DeVore

Wife
married for 18 months at time of his disappearance

Milestones

1998

Body was discovered after a year at the bottom of the California Aqueduct, where his car landed after apparently running off the road

1997

Disappeared while driving from Santa Fe, New Mexico to his home in Santa Barbara County, California

1997

Was set to write and direct a remake of the 1949 Robert Mitchum action film "The Big Steal"

1995

Wrote the action adventure "Pentathalon"

1991

Declared bankruptcy after the Internal Revenue Service hit him for back taxes on a residence purchased during his marriage to Maria Cole; later sued Cole family but case was dismissed

1989

Executive produced and scripted "The Heat", aired as a "CBS Summer Playhouse Special"

1988

Wrote and produced the comedy adventure film "Traxx"

1986

Wrote the screenplay for the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film "Raw Deal"

1986

Scripted the comedy action film "Running Scared"

1983

Was executive producer and screenwriter of the ABC TV-movie "Heart of Steel", starring Peter Strauss.

1981

Scripted the romantic comedy "Back Roads" starring Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones

1980

Wrote "The Dogs of War", an adventure film starring Christopher Walken and Tom Berenger

Bonus Trivia

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The man who solved his disappearance, an unemployed lawyer from San Diego named Douglas Crawford, read in a newspaper the details of DeVore's disappearance in a special one year anniversary article and noted the similarity to a case in which the missing person was found in the California Aqueduct. Crawford went to the Aqueduct and collected samples from the embankment of debris he believed to be from the same model car as DeVore was driving when he went missing. Crawford said he contacted police who were not responsive and then e-mailed DeVore's publicist Michael Sands who passed the information along to the Los Angeles County Sherrif's Department. They found DeVore's car in the aqueduct, with human remains inside. The death is believed to be the result of a traffic accident.

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He was the best man at Tommy Lee Jones' wedding and was the godfather of Peter Strauss' son Justin.

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