Gary DeVore

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Gary DeVore (September 17, 1941 – June 28, 1997) was a Hollywood screenwriter best known for Raw Deal and for his bizarre death in 1997.


Devore began his writing career in the late 1960s on shows like Chuck Barris's The Newlywed Game, The Steve Allen Show, and Tempo.[1]

Screenwriter credits[edit]

Personal life and death[edit]

DeVore married the singer Maria Cole (1969–1978)[1] and the actresses Sandie Newton (1981–1985),[1] Claudia Christian (1988–1992),[2] and Wendy Devore (1996–1997).[3]

DeVore disappeared in June 1997, prompting an extensive search and media speculation. A year later, his car was discovered submerged in the California Aqueduct in Palmdale, California.[3]

A 2014 documentary, The Writer with No Hands, suggests that DeVore's death was the result of a US government conspiracy.[4][5][6] It also alleges that the hands autopsied with the body were 200 years old and therefore not DeVore's.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FRIENDLY, DAVID T. (17 July 1986). "Production Chief Buys--and Sells--scripts" – via LA Times. 
  2. ^ a b De Graaf, Mia; O'Hare, Sean (January 17, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter mysteriously killed in 1997 after finishing script that revealed the 'real reason' for US invasion of Panama had been working for the CIA... and both his hands were missing". The Daily Mail. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Screenwriters wife seeks answers in his mysterious death". CNN. July 15, 1998. Archived from the original on October 22, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Review: Pretty Clever Films, 16th April 2014". 
  5. ^ Brown, Phil (April 21, 2014). "Hot Docs 2014: The Writer with No Hands Review". Dork Shelf. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gary DeVore – Cine in Style". 

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