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.
Devlin was born in New York City, the son of actress Pilar Seurat and Don Devlin, a writer, actor, and producer. His father was Jewish and his mother was Filipino. He is married to actress Lisa Brenner. Devlin has two daughters.
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 which became the first movie to have a web site (run by Devlin himself). 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. Devlin has also produced Cellular, Who Killed the Electric Car?, and Flyboys.
Devlin is set to direct an action sci-fi film Geostorm for Warner Bros. The film was set for March 25, 2016 release, But later in August 2014, Warner cancelled the March 2016 date for the film, and replaced the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with its original date. The film will star Gerard Butler as the lead with Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy García, and is scheduled for release on October 20, 2017.
Devlin's next feature film is a Crime/Thriller film entitled Bad Samaritan which is currently in development.
Devlin also produced The Triangle miniseries and Leverage, of which he has directed twelve episodes and currently produces The Librarian franchise.
Co-creator of The Visitor series.
Devlin was an advisor to video game company ZeniMax Media from 1999 to 2004.