Dean Lorey (born November 17, 1967) is an American writer whose projects include movies such as Major Payne and Animal Crackers, and television shows which include My Wife and Kids, Arrested Development, The Crazy Ones, Those Who Can't, Powerless and iZombie. He is the author of a children’s book series entitled Nightmare Academy.
Lorey grew up in Conyers, Georgia before attending New York University's film school, where he wrote book cover copy for Simon & Schuster and Bantam as well as writing commercials for MTV and Nickelodeon. In 1990. He moved to California and wrote a script for the movie that would become My Boyfriend's Back, collaborating with Adam Marcus and Sean S. Cunningham. Afterward, Sean asked him to finish the screenplay for Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, in which he also had a cameo appearance. From there, he continued to write screenplays for movies as well as working on writing, directing, and producing for television.
- 1993 My Boyfriend's Back - Writer
- 1993 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday - Assistant Coroner, Writer (screenplay)
- 1995 Major Payne - Mr. Shipman
- 2017 Animal Crackers - Writer
- 2001–2004 My Wife and Kids
- 2006, 2013 Arrested Development
- 2013-2014 The Crazy Ones
- 2016 Those Who Can't
- 2017 Powerless
- 2018 iZombie
- 2007 Nightmare Academy: Monster Hunters
- 2008 Nightmare Academy: Charlie's Monsters (The UK edition of Monster Hunters)
- 2008 Nightmare Academy: Monster Madness
- 2009 Nightmare Academy: Monster Revenge also known as Nightmare Academy: Monster War
Dean Lorey currently lives in Calabasas, California, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons, Chris and Alex. His first book came out on August 21, 2007. Universal has purchased the film rights to the book and the producers will be Stephen Sommers and Bob Ducsay, who worked on movies such as The Mummy.