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List of Famous Columnists

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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. 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.

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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. (132 items)

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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: age 68
    • Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America
    • Profession: Columnist, Television producer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, The Green Mile, Stand by Me, + more
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    Walter Winchell
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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
    • 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
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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 of ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: England, London, Paddington
    • Profession: Columnist, Author, Actor
    • Credits: Dynasty, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The Big Sleep, Empire of the Ants, Tales from the Crypt, + more
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    Mike Royko

    Mike Royko
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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
    • Profession: Journalist
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    Hedda Hopper
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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 in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1885-1966)
    • Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, 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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    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
    • Profession: Humorist, Journalist, Screenwriter, Writer
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    Irv Kupcinet
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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 the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1912-2003)
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, North Lawndale, Illinois
    • Credits: Advise & Consent, Kup's Show
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    Herb Caen

    Herb Caen
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    Herbert Eugene "Herb" Caen was a San Francisco journalist whose daily column of local goings-on and insider gossip, social and political happenings, painful puns and offbeat anecdotes—"a continuous love letter to San Francisco"—appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years, and made him ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1916-1997)
    • Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist
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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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    Michael Kinsley is an American political journalist, commentator, television host, and pundit. Primarily active in print media as both a writer and editor, he also became known to television audiences as a co-host on Crossfire. Kinsley has been a notable participant in the mainstream media's development ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Commentator, Journalist, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Dave, Crossfire
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    Molly Ivins
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    Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins was an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist. Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at the Minneapolis Tribune where she ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1944-2007)
    • Birthplace: Monterey, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Writer
    • Credits: Rush to War
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    Dave Barry
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    David McAlister "Dave" Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels.more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Armonk, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Humorist, Journalist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Big Trouble, Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, Pinkfinger, The Looney Tunes Show, Pre-Hysterical Hare
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    Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear with Richard Hammond and James May from 2002 to 2015. He also writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun. From a career as ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Doncaster, England
    • Profession: Talk show host, Columnist, Journalist, Motorist, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Cars, Top Gear, QI, Top Gear, Top Gear, + more
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    Carl Hiaasen
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    Carl Hiaasen is an American journalist, columnist, and novelist.more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Plantation, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Author
    • Credits: Striptease, Hoot
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    Mitch Albom
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    Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom is an American best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His books have sold over 35 million copies worldwide. Having achieved national recognition for sports writing in the earlier part of his career, he is ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Musician, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Tuesdays with Morrie, Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day
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    Jimmy Breslin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author. He currently writes a column for the New York Daily News' Sunday edition. He has written numerous novels, and columns of his have appeared regularly in various newspapers in his hometown of New York City. He served as a regular ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, The Neighborhood
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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 metropolitan ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Commentator, Columnist, Journalist, Author, Writer
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    Charles Bukowski
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    Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and beautiful economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of rich Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1920-1994)
    • Birthplace: Andernach, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Columnist, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Barfly, Factotum, Crazy Love, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Son Of Satan, + more
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    Bill Keller
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    Bill Keller is an American journalist. He is a writer for The New York Times, where he was executive editor from July 2003 until September 2011. He announced on June 2, 2011, that he would step down from the position to become a full-time writer. Jill Abramson replaced him as executive editor. Keller ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Columnist, Journalist
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    Chetan Bhagat
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    Chetan Bhagat is a well known Indian English writer, known for his bestselling about young urban middle-class Indians. Bhagat is also columnist for newspapers such as The Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, where he writes about the youth, career development and current affairs. In 2008, The New York ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: New Delhi, India
    • Profession: Columnist, Screenwriter, Author, Banker, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Nanban, Hello, Brothers for Life, Kick, 2 States, + more
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