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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?"
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: 47

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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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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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 ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: The Jerk, ¡Three 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 ...more

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Age: 81

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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 ...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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#1 on The Best Writers of All Time

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