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List of famous columnists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top columnists in the world? This includes the most prominent columnists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also be interested in the best newspaper comic strips and these hilarious newspaper headlines. This list of notable columnists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic columnists 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 columnists.

This list of popular columnists includes former Entertainment Weekly columnist Stephen King and The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Featuring newspaper columnists, political columnists, syndicated columnists, and others, this list has them all! 

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

Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Columnists
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Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published 54 ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Columnist, Television producer, Novelist, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Shining, Stand by Me

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#22 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#44 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

#3 on The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

#5 on The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

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Walter Winchell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Columnists
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Walter Winchell was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator. ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (1897-1972)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Commentator, Journalist, Actor

Credits: A Face in the Crowd, The Bellboy, The Untouchables, Single Room Furnished Wake Up and Live, + more

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Joan Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Columnists
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Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, DBE is an English actress, author and columnist. Born in Paddington, west London and brought up in Maida Vale, Collins grew up during the Second World War. After making her stage debut in A Doll's House at the age of 9, she was trained as an actress at the Royal Academy ...more

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Age: 83

Birthplace: England, London, Paddington

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Profession: Columnist, Author, Actor

Credits: The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Empire of the Ants, The Bravados, Dynasty

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#53 on The Best Living English Actresses

#34 on The Best Living Actresses Over 80

#34 on Celebrity Death Pool 2016

#37 on Celebrities You Feel Like You Know

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Maureen Dowd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Columnists
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Maureen Bridgid Dowd is an American columnist for The New York Times and best-selling author. During the 1970s and the early 1980s, she worked for Time magazine and the Washington Star, where she covered news as well as sports and wrote feature articles. Dowd joined the Times in 1983 as a ...more

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Age: 65

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Commentator, Columnist, Journalist, Author Writer

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Mike Royko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Columnists
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Michael "Mike" Royko was a Chicago newspaper columnist, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Over his 30-year career, he wrote over 7,500 daily columns for three newspapers, the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1932-1997)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Journalist

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Hedda Hopper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Columnists
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Hedda Hopper was one of America's best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons. She had been a moderately successful actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the column Hedda Hopper's Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times ...more

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Age: Died at 81 (1885-1966)

Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Gossip columnist, Actor

Credits: Sunset Boulevard, Wings, Dracula's Daughter, Alice Adams The New Alice in Wonderland, + more

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Art Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Columnists
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Arthur "Art" Buchwald was an American humorist best known for his long-running column in The Washington Post, which in turn was carried as a syndicated column in many other newspapers. His column focused on political satire and commentary. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in ...more

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Age: Died at 82 (1925-2007)

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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Humorist, Journalist, Screenwriter, Writer

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Irv Kupcinet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Columnists
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Irv Kupcinet was an American newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, television talk-show host, and a radio broadcast personality based in Chicago, Illinois. He was popularly known by the nickname "Kup". His daily Kup's Column was launched in 1943 and remained a fixture in the Sun-Times for ...more

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Age: Died at 91 (1912-2003)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, North Lawndale, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Credits: Advise & Consent, Kup's Show

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