Dean Devlin Biography (1962-)

Born August 27 (some sources cite August 8), 1962, in New York, NY; son of Don Devlin (a producer, writer, and actor) and Pilar Seurat (an actress and dancer); married Lisa Brenner (an actress), July 4, 2003. Addresses: Office: Electric Entertainment, 1438 North Gower St., Box 24, Los Angeles, CA 90028.; Agent: Brian Kend, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., BeverlyHills, CA 90212.

Actor, producer, writer
Birth Details
August 27, 1962
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Producer
  • (With Joel B. Michaels and Oliver Eberle) Stargate (also known asStargate, la porte des etoiles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994
  • Independence Day (also known as ID4), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Godzilla, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • The Patriot (also known as Der Patriot), Columbia, 2000
  • Eight Legged Freaks, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Cellular (also known as Final Call--Wenn er auflegt muss sie sterben), New Line Cinema, 2004
  • Flyboys, Lions Gate Films, 2006
  • One Nation, Columbia, 2006
  • Film Executive Producer
  • The Mark, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000
  • EV Confidential, 2006
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Production assistant, My Bodyguard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Second unit director, Independence Day (also known as ID4),Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Character creator, Universal Soldier: The Return (also known as Universal Soldier IV), Columbia, 1999
  • Film Appearances
  • Boy, My Bodyguard, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Liquor store clerk, The Wild Life, Universal, 1984
  • Ernie, City Limits, Atlantic, 1985
  • Milton, Real Genius, TriStar, 1985
  • Gum chewer, 3:15--The Moment of Truth (also known as Showdown at Lincoln High, 3:15 a Time to Die, and 3:15 the Moment of Truth), Dakota, 1986
  • Tyler, Moon 44 (also known as Intruder), Moviestore Entertainment, 1989
  • Joe Fledermaus, Martians Go Home, Taurus Entertainment, 1990
  • Adult bookstore manager, Total Exposure, Republic, 1991
  • (Uncredited) Pilot of Eagle 2, Independence Day (also known as ID4), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Himself, Predators from Beyond Neptune, Liberty International Entertainment, 1999
  • My Life with Count Dracula (documentary), Hungry Jackal Productions, 2003
  • (Uncredited) Cab driver, Cellular (also known as Final Call--Wenn er auflegt muss sie sterben), New Line Cinema, 2004
  • Himself, Special Thanks to Roy London (documentary), Traction Media, 2005
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • (And creator) The Visitor, Fox, beginning 1997, Sci-Fi Channel, 1998
  • Godzilla: The Series (animated), Fox, 1998-2000
  • Talk to Me, TNT, beginning 2006
  • Miniseries
  • The Triangle, Sci-Fi Channel, 2005
  • Movies
  • The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, TNT, 2004
  • The Librarian 2 (also known as The Librarian 2: Return to KingSolomon's Mines), TNT, 2006
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • This Is the Life, NBC, beginning 1983
  • David Del Valle, Hard Copy, CBS, 1987
  • Chris Mendoza, Generations, NBC, 1989
  • Movies
  • Pedro Sanchez, North Beach and Rawhide, CBS, 1985
  • Specials
  • Himself, The Making of "Independence Day," 1996
  • The Sci-Fi Channel's Invasion of Independence Day, Sci-Fi Channel,1996
  • Himself, Hollywood Aliens & Monsters (also known as To theGalaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill), Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Star Wars: The Magic and the Mystery, Fox, 1997
  • Himself, Godzilla, King of the Monsters, BBC, 1998
  • Himself, The Blockbuster Imperative, Trio, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Mark, "I Drink, Therefore I Am," Happy Days, ABC, 1983
  • "Jolene Lets the Cat Out of the Bag," Alice, CBS, 1983
  • Brad, Fame, NBC, 1983
  • Hernando Rodriguez, "The Other Side of Oneness," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984
  • Angel, "Your Place or Mayan," Misfits of Science, NBC, 1985
  • Victor Hernandez, "You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful, and You're His," Hardcastle and McCormick, ABC, 1985
  • Jeffrey Sullivan, "Gibbon Take," L.A. Law, NBC, 1986
  • Jeffrey Sullivan, "The Princess and the Weiner King," L.A. Law, NBC, 1986
  • Jeffrey Sullivan, "Slum Enchanted Evening," L.A. Law, NBC, 1986
  • Henry Metrano, Island Son, CBS, 1990
  • "Mechanical Effects: Nuts and Bolts," Movie Magic, The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • "Devastation Effects: Movie Mayhem," Movie Magic, The Discovery Channel, 1996
  • "Independence Day," HBO First Look, HBO, 1996
  • "The Films of Roland Emmerich," The Directors, Encore, 2000
  • Himself, "Will Smith," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Will Smith), Arts and Entertainment, 2003
  • Appeared in episodes of Too Close for Comfort, ABC; and Insiders, ABC.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Appeared in Comedies by Shakespeare, Los Angeles; and in ThereMust Be a Pony, New York City.
  • Videos
  • Himself, Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion, 1996
  • Himself, Godzilla: On Assignment with Charles Caiman, Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment, 1998
  • Himself, Independence Day: Creating Reality, Twentieth Century-FoxHome Entertainment, 2000
  • Himself, Dialing Up "Cellular," New Line Home Video, 2004
  • Himself, The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of "Star Wars," Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2004
  • Himself, Guns, Genes & Fighting Machines: The Making of "UniversalSoldier," Lions Gate Films, 2004
  • Screenplays
  • (With Richard Rothstein and Christopher Leitch) Universal Soldier,TriStar, 1992
  • (With Roland Emmerich) Stargate (also known as Stargate, la porte des etoiles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994
  • (With Emmerich and Steven Molstad) Independence Day (also known asID4), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • (And story) Godzilla (based on the earlier films), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • Some sources cite Devlin as the author of the screenplay for Gargoyles, 1999.
  • Teleplays
  • Miniseries
  • (Story) The Triangle, Sci-Fi Channel, 2005
  • Episodic
  • Author of episodes of The Visitor, Fox and Sci-Fi Channel.
  • Pilots
  • (Uncredited) "Children of the Gods," Stargate SG-1 (also known asStargate SG-1: Children of the Gods), Showtime and Sci-Fi Channel, 1997

Further Reference


  • The film Stargate was adapted as the television series StargateSG-1, broadcast by Showtime and Sci-Fi Channel, beginning in 1997; as the animated television series Stargate: Infinity, broadcast by Fox, 2002-03; as the television series Stargate Atlantis, broadcast by Sci-FiChannel, beginning 2004; it was adapted as a novel by Sheila Black, publishedby Puffin books, 1994; and it served as the basis for a juvenile book series. The screenplay Independence Day was first published in novel form byHarperPrism, 1996; a related novel, Independence Day: Silent Zone, was published by HarperEntertainment in 1998. The film Universal Soldierwas adapted as a novel by Robert Tine and published by Jove Books in 1992; the screenplay The Patriot was published in novel form by HarperEntertainment in 2000. The miniseries The Triangle was adapted as the book Dean Devlin's "Triangle," published by iBooks, 2005.
    • Engel, Volker, and Rachel Aberly, The Making of "Independence Day," Titan Books, 1996
    • Weinberger, Kimberly, and Dawn Margolis, The Official Godzilla Movie Fact Book: Based on the Hit Movie from TriStar Pictures, Scholastic, 1998
    • Starburst, February, 1995, pp. 36-39
    • Starlog, November, 1997; June, 1998
    • Time, July 8, 1996, pp. 58-64
    • Variety, May 7, 2001, p. 42

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