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List of Famous Dramatists

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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. 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 is a list that includes people like Ethan Coen and Langston Hughes.

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. (98 items)
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    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 38 ...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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    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 "the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1902-1967)
    • Birthplace: USA, Joplin, Missouri
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Lyricist, Author, Essayist, + more
    • Credits: Black Nativity, Cora Unashamed, Way Down South, Salvation
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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 work ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1915-2005)
    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, 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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    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. Mamet's ...more

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    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, 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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    Sam Shepard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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    Sam Shepard is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for ...more

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    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Musician, Screenwriter, Author, Essayist, + more
    • Credits: Black Hawk Down, The Right Stuff, Swordfish, Mud
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    Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE FRSL is a Czech-born British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and ...more

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    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Zlín, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Brazil, Shakespeare in Love, Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Vatel, + more
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    Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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    Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th century American drama. After years of obscurity, he became suddenly famous with The Glass ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1911-1983)
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: A Streetcar Named Desire, Suddenly, Last Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rose Tattoo
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    Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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    Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1888-1953)
    • Birthplace: Times Square, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie, Desire Under the Elms, + more
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