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Famous Male Playwrights

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List of famous male playwrights, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male playwrights list contains the most prominent and top males known for being playwrights. There are thousand of males working as playwrights in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic playwrights have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a playwright then the people below should give you inspiration.

Everything from Kevin Laffan to Jang Jin is included on this list.

While this isn't a list of all male playwrights, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male playwrights?" and "Who are the best male playwrights?"
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    Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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    Tyler Perry is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned $130 million between May 2010 and ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, For Better or Worse, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
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    Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before ...more

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    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Jerk, ┬íThree Amigos!, Bowfinger, Shopgirl
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    Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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    Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright, whose career spans more than 50 years. He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen began performing ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Manhattan
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    William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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    William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1564-1616)
    • Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Lyricist, Author, Playwright
    • Credits: Romeo + Juliet, Ran, Macbeth, Haider
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    Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months in prison for credit card fraud, he secured a place at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he studied English ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Novelist, + more
    • Credits: QI, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alice in Wonderland
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    Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Selfish Giant
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    Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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    Lewis Niles Black is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his angry face, comedy and style, which often includes simulating a mental breakdown, or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted ...more

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    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Critic, Commentator, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Daily Show, The Aristocrats, Lewis Black: Black on Broadway, Inside Out
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    George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably Caesar, a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar; in radio, the 1938 broadcast "The War ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1915-1985)
    • Birthplace: Kenosha County, United States of America, Wisconsin, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, F for Fake, Confidential Report
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