Dean Devlin

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Dean Devlin
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Biographical informations
Birth (1962-08-27) August 27, 1962 (age 55)
New York City, New York, USA
Nationality American
Professional informations
Occupation Screenwriter
Television director
Years active 1980—present
Stargate universe-related informations
Related film(s)/series Stargate
Occupation in Stargate Writer,

Dean Devlin (born August 27, 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, television director and former actor. He is the founder of the production company Electric Entertainment. He wrote (with Roland Emmerich) and produced Stargate, the film which originated the Stargate franchise.

Early life[edit]

Devlin was born in New York City, the son of actress Pilar Seurat and Don Devlin, a writer, actor, and producer.[1] His father was Jewish and his mother was Filipino.[2]



Devlin appeared as an actor on numerous television shows throughout the 1980s. He also appeared in films including My Bodyguard, The Wild Life, Real Genius and Martians Go Home. Due to his youthful appearance, Devlin often played teenage characters despite being in his 20s.


Devlin gradually began writing scripts. His first produced screenplay was for Universal Soldier which was a worldwide hit. He reached prominence as a writer/producer working alongside director Roland Emmerich with whom he teamed after appearing in Emmerich's film Moon 44. Together they cowrote and produced Stargate which became the first movie to have a web site (run by Devlin himself).[3] The team then produced Independence Day and Godzilla. Their final collaboration was on the 2000 Mel Gibson film The Patriot, where Devlin met his future wife. Devlin has also produced Cellular, Who Killed the Electric Car?, and Flyboys. On October 12, 2009 Devlin's screenwriting partner Roland Emmerich confirmed that he and Devlin have written a script for a sequel to Independence Day, and that they are in contract negotiations with Will Smith. They have stated they do not want to make the sequel if Smith cannot return. On June 24, 2011, Devlin confirmed that he and Emmerich have found an idea for the sequel and have written a treatment for it.[4]


Devlin also produced The Triangle miniseries and (as for 2012) produces The Librarian franchise and the drama series Leverage, of which he has directed twelve episodes.

Personal life[edit]

Devlin is married to actress Lisa Brenner.

Involvement in the Stargate universe[edit]

Screenwriter, producer[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cellular Cab Driver uncredited
1996 Independence Day Eagle 2 Pilot uncredited
1991 Total Exposure Adult Bookstore Manager
1990 Moon 44 Tyler
1989 Martians Go Home Joe Fledermaus
1986 3:15 Gum chewer
1985 Real Genius Milton
1984 City Limits Ernie
1984 The Wild Life Liquor Store Clerk
1980 My Bodyguard Boy
Year Title Role Notes
1989-1990 Island Son TV series, 2 episodes
1989 Generations Chris Mendoza #1 TV series
1987 Hard Copy David Del Valle TV series, 6 episodes
1986 L.A. Law Jeffrey Sullivan TV series, 3 episodes
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Victor Hernandez TV series, 1 episode
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Pedro Sanchez TV movie
1985 Too Close for Comfort Alan Donnelly TV series, 1 episode
1985 Misfits of Science Angel TV series, 1 episode
1985 This Is the Life Gabriel Ortiz TV series, 1 episode
1984 Hill Street Blues Diablo Kid / Hernando Rodriguez TV series, 2 episodes
1983 Alice Pizza Boy TV series, 1 episode
1983 Fame Brad TV series, 1 episode
1983 Happy Days Mark TV series, 1 episode


Year Title Function Notes
 ???? Independence Day 2 producer announced[5]
2006 Flyboys producer
2006 Who Killed the Electric Car? executive producer Documentary
2004 Cellular producer
2002 Eight Legged Freaks producer
2000 The Patriot producer
1998 Godzilla producer
1996 Independence Day producer
1994 Stargate producer First producing experience
Year Title Function Notes
2008-2012 Leverage executive producer TV series, 27 episodes
2011 Brain Trust executive producer TV movie
2008 The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice executive producer TV movie
2008 Blank Slate executive producer TV movie
2006 The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines executive producer TV movie
2006 Talk to Me executive producer TV series
2005 The Triangle executive producer TV mini-series, 3 episodes
2004 The Librarian: Quest for the Spear executive producer TV movie
1998-2000 Godzilla: The Series executive producer TV series, 40 episodes
1997 The Visitor executive producer TV series


Year Title Function Notes
 ???? Independence Day 2 Characters announced[5]
2012 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Characters Film
2009 Universal Soldier: Regeneration Characters Film
2008 Leverage Story TV series, 1 episode
2005 The Triangle Story TV mini-series, 3 episodes
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Characters Film
1998 Godzilla Screenplay / story Film
1998 Stargate SG-1 Excerpts - uncredited TV series, 1 episode ("Politics"), landing of Ra's mothership
1996 Independence Day Writer Film
1994 Stargate Writer Film
1992 Universal Soldier Screenplay Film
Year Title Function Notes
2008-2012 Leverage Director TV series, 15 episodes
2011 Brain Trust Director TV movie
1996 Independence Day Second unit director Film
Music Department
Year Title Function Notes
2008 Drona Playback singer Film
Miscellaneous crew
Year Title Function Notes
1980 My Bodyguard Production assistant Film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Devlin won two awards out of 8 nominations.

Year Award Category Work Result
1995 Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Stargate Nominated
1996 Universe Reader's Choice Award Best Writing for a Genre Motion Picture Independence Day Won
1997 Saturn Award Best Writer Independence Day Nominated
1997 Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation Independence Day Nominated
1997 Razzie Award Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million Independence Day Nominated
1998 George Pal Memorial Award Won
1999 Razzie Award Worst Screenplay Godzilla Nominated
1999 Razzie Award Worst Picture Godzilla Nominated


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Facts about "Dean Devlin"
Birth countryUSA +
Birth dateAugust 27, 1962 +
GenderMale +
Has directed inLeverage (TV series) +, Brain Trust (TV movie) + and Independence Day (film) +
Has played inCellular (film) +, Independence Day (film) +, Total Exposure (film) +, Moon 44 (film) +, Martians Go Home (film) +, 3:15 (film) +, Real Genius (film) +, City Limits (film) +, The Wild Life (film) +, My Bodyguard (film) +, Island Son (TV series) +, Generations (TV series) +, Hard Copy (TV series) +, L.A. Law (TV series) +, Hardcastle and McCormick (TV series) +, North Beach and Rawhide (TV movie) +, Too Close for Comfort (TV series) +, Misfits of Science (TV series) +, This Is the Life (TV series) +, Hill Street Blues (TV series) +, Alice (TV series) +, Fame (TV series) + and Happy Days (TV series) +
Has written inLeverage (TV series) +, The Triangle (TV mini-series) +, Godzilla (film) +, Independence Day (film) + and Universal Soldier (film) +
Infobox imageDean Devlin.jpg +
Month-Day birthAugust 27 +
MovieStargate (movie) +
NameDean Devlin +
NationalityAmerican +
OccupationScreenwriter +, Producer + and Director +
Producer inStargate (movie) +
Producer ofFlyboys (film) +, Who Killed the Electric Car? (documentary) +, Cellular (film) +, Eight Legged Freaks (film) +, The Patriot (film) +, Godzilla (film) +, Independence Day (film) +, Leverage (TV series) +, Brain Trust (TV movie) +, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (TV movie) +, Blank Slate (TV movie) +, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (TV movie) +, Talk to Me (TV series) +, The Triangle (TV mini-series) +, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (TV movie) +, Godzilla: The Series (TV series) + and The Visitor (TV series) +
ProvDean Devlin +
Stargate occupationWriter + and Producer +
Writer ofStargate (movie) +
Year active start1980 +