Dean Devlin, born on August 27, 1962 in New York, New York, is an American screenwriter and producer. Devlin originally intended to become an actor, appearing in films such as My Bodyguard and The Wild Life and television series including Happy Days and Hill Street Blues during the 1980s. Devlin largely abandoned his acting career in the early 1990s, however, to focus on writing and producing. After enjoying some success with the science fiction films Universal Soldier and Stargate, Devlin would rocket to the top of the Hollywood ladder with the release of the mammoth hit Independence Day. Devlin expected to have another huge hit with his re-make of Godzilla, but his 1998 version fell flat at the box office and with critics. Devlin followed up the failure of Godzilla with solid hits such as The Patriot and Eight Legged Freaks. In 2004, he began to migrate into television, producing movies such as The Librarian: Quest for the Spear and series such as Leverage.