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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 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: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Gone Girl, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Big Happy Family, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, + more
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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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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Waco
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Little Shop of Horrors, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Muppet Movie, The Prince of Egypt, + more
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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, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Antz, Midnight in Paris, + more
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    William Shakespeare
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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: West Side Story, 10 Things I Hate About You, Romeo + Juliet, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, + more
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    Stephen Fry
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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: Alice in Wonderland, V for Vendetta, Chariots of Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, A Fish Called Wanda, + more
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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: Ireland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian Gray, A Good Woman, Wilde, + more
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    Lewis Black
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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: age 67
    • Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Critic, Commentator, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Daily Show, Hannah and Her Sisters, Jacob's Ladder, Scooby-Doo! Mystery, Inc., + more
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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, Wisconsin, USA
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Citizen Kane, The Muppet Movie, The Third Man, Touch of Evil, History of the World, + more
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    Gore Vidal
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    Gore Vidal was an American writer and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political family; his maternal grandfather was Thomas Pryor Gore, U.S. Senator for Oklahoma. As Gore Vidal, he was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1925-2012)
    • Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Ben-Hur, Gattaca, Bob Roberts, Igby Goes Down, Caligula, + more
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    Harvey Fierstein
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    Harvey Forbes Fierstein is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. He also wrote the book for the musical La Cage ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Playwright
    • Credits: Independence Day, Mulan, Mrs. Doubtfire, Death to Smoochy, Bullets over Broadway, + more
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    Jean-Paul Sartre
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    Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His work ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1905-1980)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Literary critic, Biographer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: No Exit, The Wall, The Condemned of Altona, Huis clos, The Childhood of a Leader
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    Leo Tolstoy
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    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and philosopher who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1828-1910)
    • Birthplace: Yasnaya Polyana, Russia
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer, Philosopher, + more
    • Credits: To Live, Anna Karenina, War and Peace, Anna Karenina, War and Peace, + more
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    Thomas Stearns Eliot OM, usually known as T. S. Eliot, was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to an old Yankee family. He immigrated to England in 1914, settling, working and marrying ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1888-1965)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Lyricist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Cats, The Waste Land, Murder in the Cathedral
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    Laurence John Fishburne III is an American actor, playwright, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, Mr. Clean in Apocalypse Now, Cowboy Curtis on the television show Pee-wee's Playhouse, Ike Turner in the Tina Turner biopic What's Love ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Augusta
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director, Playwright
    • Credits: The Matrix, Apocalypse Now, Man of Steel, The Matrix Reloaded, The Color Purple, + more
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    Tennessee Williams
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    Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th century American drama. After years of obscurity, he became suddenly famous with The Glass ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1911-1983)
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Night of the Iguana, A Streetcar Named Desire, Suddenly, + more
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    Miguel de Cervantes
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    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, often known mononymously as Cervantes, was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. His ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1547-1616)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area, Alcalá de Henares, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Soldier, Librettist, Novelist, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote, Donkey Xote, Don Quixote, Don Quixote de la Mancha, + more
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    Robert Frost
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    Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1874-1963)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Playwright
    • Credits: Fireflies in the Garden
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    Langston Hughes
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    James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1902-1967)
    • Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Lyricist, Author, Essayist, + more
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    François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1694-1778)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist, Historian, Writer, Philosopher, + more
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    Ben Elton
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    Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on series such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, as well as continuing as a stand-up comedian on stage and television. His ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Catford, United Kingdom, London, England
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Novelist, Actor, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Black Adder, The Young Ones, Much Ado About Nothing, The Thin Blue Line, Maybe Baby, + more
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