Person 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. 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. 

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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 52 (1564-1616)

Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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

#8 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: Joplin, Missouri, United States of America

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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#106 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#113 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#119 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#11 on The Best Gay Authors

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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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#29 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#551 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#4 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: 68

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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#359 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#72 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#69 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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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 ...more

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: 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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#692 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#166 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#87 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#15 on Famous People Named Samantha

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Tom Stoppard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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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

Nationality: Czechoslovakia, England

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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#42 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#22 on The Best Jewish Authors

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Ben Jonson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Dramatists
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Ben Jonson was an English playwright, poet, and literary critic of the seventeenth century, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the comedy of humours. He is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour, Volpone, or The Foxe, The ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1572-1637)

Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Profession: Poet, Actor, Playwright

Credits: The Honey Pot, The Desperadoes, Il volpone

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#277 on The Best Writers of All Time

#544 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#65 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#37 on The Best English Poets of All Time

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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 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

Nationality: 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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#15 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#118 on The Best Writers of All Time

#4 on The Best Gay Authors

#182 on Famous People Who Have Been Through Depression

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