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List of famous dramatists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top dramatists in the world? This includes the most prominent dramatists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. William Shakespeare fans will also enjoy this list of words invented by Shakespeare and TV shows influenced by the English playwright. This list of notable dramatists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic dramatists 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 dramatists.

This list of famous dramatists includes American dramatists, like Arthur Miller and Langston Hughes, British dramatists, and classic dramatists such as Ben Jonson. 

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

William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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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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Nationality: England

Profession: Poet, Lyricist, Author, Playwright

Credits: Romeo + Juliet, Ran, Macbeth, Haider

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#1 on The Best Writers of All Time

#71 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#1 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#53 on The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

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Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1902-1967)

Birthplace: USA, Joplin, Missouri

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Lyricist, Author, Essayist, + more

Credits: Black Nativity, Cora Unashamed, Way Down South, Salvation

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#1 on The Best African American Poets of All Time

#11 on The Best Gay Authors

#67 on The Best American Poets

#23 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

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Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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Arthur Asher Miller was a prolific American playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theatre. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge. He also wrote the several screenplays and was most noted for his ...more

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Age: Died at 90 (1915-2005)

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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Essayist, Actor, Voice acting, Playwright

Credits: The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, The Misfits, Everybody Wins

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#26 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#6 on The Best Jewish Authors

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David Mamet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. As a screenwriter, he has received Oscar nominations for The Verdict and Wag the Dog. ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: The Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross, Hannibal, The Shield, Wag the Dog, + more

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#68 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#46 on The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models

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