List of Famous Speechwriters People

List of Famous Speechwriters

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List of famous speechwriters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top speechwriters in the world? This includes the most prominent speechwriters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable speechwriters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic speechwriters were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned speechwriters.

These people, like Ben Stein and Pat Buchanan include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known speechwriters to the lesser known speechwriters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the speechwriter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous speechwriters ever?" and "What are the names of famous speechwriters?" then you're in the right place. (61 items)


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    Stephen Fishbach is scheduled to appear on Survivor: Tocantins, the eighteenth season of reality show Survivor.more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Profession: Speechwriter, Consultant
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    Ben Stein
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    Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later, he entered the entertainment field and became an actor, comedian, and Emmy ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Profession: Commentator, Financial adviser, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Mask, Ghostbusters II, Married... with Children, Planes, + more
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    Patrick Joseph "Pat" Buchanan is an American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician, and broadcaster. Buchanan was a senior advisor to U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, and was an original host on CNN's Crossfire. He sought the ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Commentator, Speechwriter, Politician, Journalist, Author, + more
    • Credits: Crossfire, Morning Joe, The McLaughlin Group, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Buchanan & Press, + more
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    Peggy Noonan
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    Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan is an American author of several books on politics, religion, and culture, and a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has maintained a conservative leaning in her writings since ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Commentator, Speechwriter, Journalist, Author, Writer
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    John McLaughlin is an American television personality and political commentator. He created, produces, and hosts the long-running political commentary series The McLaughlin Group as well as John McLaughlin's One On One.more

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    • Age: age 88
    • Birthplace: USA, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Profession: Editor, Commentator, Speechwriter, Journalist, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: Independence Day, Mission: Impossible, Dave, The McLaughlin Group
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    William Safire
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    William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times and the author of "On Language" in the New York Times Magazine, a column on popular etymology, new or unusual ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1929-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Speechwriter, Journalist, Author, Writer
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    Derek Laud
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    Derek George Henry Laud is a British lobbyist, businessman, political adviser, speechwriter, and journalist. He achieved celebrity status during his time as a contestant in the 2005 series of the British reality television show Big Brother. He is an occasional television and radio broadcaster and ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: London, England
    • Profession: Speechwriter, Politician
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    Karl Hess was an American national-level speechwriter and author. He was also a political philosopher, editor, welder, motorcycle racer, tax resister, atheist, and libertarian activist. His career included stints on the Republican right and the New Left before embracing free-market anarchism.more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1923-1994)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Speechwriter
    • Credits: Anarchism in America, Karl Hess: Toward Liberty
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    Peter Mark Robinson is an American author, research fellow, television host and former speechwriter for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan. He is currently the host of Uncommon Knowledge, an interview show by Stanford's Hoover Institution. He is also a research fellow at ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Profession: Speechwriter
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    Christopher Taylor Buckley is an American political satirist and the author of novels including God Is My Broker, Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way to Treat a First Lady, Wet Work, Florence of Arabia, Boomsday, Supreme Courtship, Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir and, most ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Speechwriter, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Pocahontas, Thank You for Smoking
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    Jon Favreau
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    Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau is an American actor, director, screenwriter, voice artist, and comedian. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Rudy, Swingers, Very Bad Things, The Break-Up, and Chef. His notable directorial efforts include Elf, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys & Aliens. He also ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Flushing, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2, The Office, Batman Forever, + more
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    Ronald Miller is an author.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1919-1998)
    • Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer
    • Credits: Scaramouche, We Dive at Dawn, The Unknown Man, Frieda, Never Let Me Go
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    Asa Earl Carter was a Ku Klux Klan leader, segregationist speech writer, and later famed western novelist. He is notable under his own name for a famed George Wallace pro-segregation line, and for having run for governor of Alabama on a segregationist ticket. In addition, under the alias of supposedly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1925-1979)
    • Birthplace: Anniston, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Speechwriter, Politician, Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Education of Little Tree
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    Tony Snow
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    Robert Anthony "Tony" Snow was an American journalist, political commentator, television news anchor, syndicated columnist, radio host, musician, and the third White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush. Snow also worked for President George H. W. Bush as chief speechwriter and Deputy ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1955-2008)
    • Birthplace: Berea, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Editor, Speechwriter, Journalist, Radio personality, + more
    • Credits: Crossfire, Fox News Sunday
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    David J. Frum is a neoconservative Canadian-American political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Frum later became the author of the first "insider" book about the Bush presidency. He is a senior editor at The Atlantic and also a CNN contributor. He serves on the board of ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Editor, Speechwriter, Journalist, Author, Writer, + more
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    Marty Kaplan
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    Marty Kaplan is a screenwriter and an actor.more

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    • Profession: Speechwriter, Professor, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: The Distinguished Gentleman, Striking Distance, Noises Off
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    Robert "Bob" Ellis is an Australian writer, journalist, filmmaker and political commentator. He was a student at the University of Sydney at the same time as other notable Australians including Clive James, Germaine Greer, Les Murray, John Bell, Ken Horler and Mungo McCallum. He lives in Sydney with the ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: New South Wales, Australasia, Australia, Lismore
    • Profession: Commentator, Speechwriter, Journalist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Newsfront, Where the Green Ants Dream, Fatty Finn, The Nostradamus Kid, Cactus, + more
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    Dana Rohrabacher
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    Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher is the U.S. Representative for California's 48th congressional district, and previously the 46th, 45th and 42nd, serving since 1989. He is a member of the Republican Party. He chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and emerging threats. He is known for ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: USA, Coronado, California
    • Profession: Speechwriter, Politician
    • Credits: Gods and Generals
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    James C Humes

    James C. Humes is an author and former presidential speechwriter. Humes, along with William Safire and Pat Buchanan, is credited for authoring the text on the Apollo 11 lunar plaque.more

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    • Profession: Speechwriter, Writer
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    James Fallows
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    James Mackenzie Fallows is an American writer and journalist. He has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for many years. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker and The American Prospect, among others. He is a ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Speechwriter, Journalist, Author, Writer
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