Dean Devlin

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Dean Devlin
Dean Devlin.jpg
Devlin at the 2011 Saturn Awards
Born (1962-08-27)August 27, 1962 (age 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, television director
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Brenner (m. 2003)
Children 2
Parent(s) Pilar Seurat
Don Devlin

Dean Devlin (born August 27, 1962) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, television director and former actor. He is the founder of the production company Electric Entertainment.

Personal 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] He is married to actress Lisa Brenner. Devlin has two daughters.[citation needed]



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. 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, the first movie to have a web site.[3] The team then produced Independence Day and Godzilla. They split following the 2000 Mel Gibson film The Patriot, but re-teamed to film Independence Day: Resurgence in 2015.[4] Devlin has also produced Cellular, Who Killed the Electric Car?, and Flyboys.[5]

Devlin was set to direct the action sci-fi film Geostorm for Warner Bros.[6] The film was set for a March 2016 release,[7] later rescheduled for October 2017. It will reportedly star Gerard Butler as the lead [6] with Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy García.[8]

In 2013, Devlin said a future crime film entitled Bad Samaritan was in development.[9]


Devlin also produced The Triangle miniseries and Leverage, of which he has directed twelve episodes and currently produces The Librarian franchise. He also co-created The Visitor series.[10]


Devlin was an advisor to video game company ZeniMax Media from 1999 to 2004.[11]


Year Title Director Producer Writer Actor Notes
1984 The Wild Life Yes Role: Liquor Store Clerk
1985 City Limits Yes Role: Ernie
1985 Real Genius Yes Role: Milton
1989 Martians Go Home Yes Role: Joe Fledermaus
1990 Moon 44 Yes Role: Tyler
1991 Total Exposure Yes Role: Adult Bookstore Manager
1992 Universal Soldier Yes
1994 Stargate Yes Yes
1996 Independence Day Yes Yes
1998 Godzilla Yes Yes
2000 The Patriot Yes
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Yes
2004 Cellular Yes
2006 Flyboys Yes
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Yes Yes
2017 Geostorm Yes Yes Yes Directorial debut


  1. ^ "Dean Devlin Biography (1962-)". Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Fil-Am producer Dean Devlin soars with 'Flyboys'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 24, 2006. Retrieved March 10, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Godzilla guy has a love for the game". Reed Business Information. December 11, 2000. Retrieved April 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "ID Forever: Emmerich is producing with Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser.". June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "FLYBOYS Squadron Gets Massive New Update-Free Update, Great Reviews, and a Real Fighter Pilot Flight!". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. November 29, 2006. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b McNary, Dave (11 April 2014). "Gerard Butler to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Geostorm'". Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Warner Bros Slots 'Geostorm' For 2016". 2 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish in Talks to Join Gerard Butler in 'Geostorm'". 
  9. ^ Patten, Dominic (September 16, 2013). "Dean Devlin Sets Next Directorial Effort As Electric Entertainment Picks Up 2 Projects". Deadline. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "FOX SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER `THE VISITOR'". Los Angeles Daily News. Digital First Media. September 19, 1997. Retrieved February 20, 2017 – via 
  11. ^ "Zenimax Media Inc. | profile – business advisory board". September 23, 2001. Archived from the original on February 11, 2001. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 

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