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List of Famous Illustrators

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

List features Andy Warhol, Hayao Miyazaki and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known illustrators to the lesser known illustrators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the illustrator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous illustrators ever?" and "What are the names of famous illustrators?" then you're in the right place. (1021 items)

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    Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1928-1987)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Tootsie, Saturday Night Live, Blood for Dracula, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein, Chelsea Girls, + more
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    Dr. Seuss
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    Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone. Geisel published 46 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1904-1991)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, + more
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    Grace Slick
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    Grace Slick is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, as well as for her work as a solo artist from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. She is considered one ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Painter, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Woodstock, Jefferson Starship: The Definitive Concert
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    Fred Gwynne
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    Frederick Hubbard "Fred" Gwynne was an American actor. Gwynne was best known for his roles in the 1960s sitcoms Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters, as well as his later roles in Pet Sematary, The Cotton Club and My Cousin Vinny. He was recognized for his distinctive bass-baritone voice.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1926-1993)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Illustrator, Painter, Actor, Singer, Writer
    • Credits: Pet Sematary, My Cousin Vinny, Fatal Attraction, The Munsters, Car 54, + more
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    Clive Barker is an English writer, film director, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories known as the Books of Blood which established him as a leading young horror writer. He has since ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, Eurasia, Lancashire, North West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Hellraiser, Candyman, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Dread, + more
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    Shepard Fairey
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    Shepard Fairey is a skateboarder, graphic artist and illustrator.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
    • Profession: Illustrator, Designer, Graphic Designer, Contemporary artist, Artist
    • Credits: Beautiful Losers
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    Bill Mauldin
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    Bill Maudlin was an illustrator.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1921-2003)
    • Birthplace: Mountain Park, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Soldier, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Red Badge of Courage, Up Front
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    Harland Williams was born in Toronto, Ontario, where he worked for five years as a forest ranger before moving to Los Angeles to pursue comedy. He has had a number of very memorable film roles including Dumb & Dumber, Half Baked, Superstar, Down Periscope, Because of Winn-Dixie, Big Money Hustlas, The ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Illustrator, Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Meet the Robinsons, Wag the Dog, + more
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    Maurice Sendak
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    Maurice Sendak was a writer, illustrator, TV and film producer.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1928-2012)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Production Designer, Television producer, Film Producer, Author, + more
    • Credits: Where the Wild Things Are, Little Bear, Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak, The Little Bear Movie, Where the Wild Things Are and Other Maurice Sendak Stories, + more
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    Edward St. John Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and Edwardian settings.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1925-2000)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Cartoonist, Costume Designer, Writer, + more
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    Quentin Crisp was an English writer and raconteur. From a conventional suburban background Crisp grew up with effeminate tendencies which he flaunted by parading the streets in make-up and painted nails and working as a rent-boy. He then spent thirty years as a professional model for life-classes in art ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1908-1999)
    • Birthplace: Sutton, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Illustrator, Raconteur, Art Model, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: Philadelphia, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Orlando, The Bride, + more
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    Michael Emerson is an American film and television character actor who is best known for his roles as serial killer William Hinks on The Practice, Benjamin Linus on Lost, Zep Hindle in the first Saw movie and currently as Harold Finch on the CBS series Person of Interest.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Theatre Director, Theatre teacher, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Lost, Saw, Person of Interest, Unfaithful, For Love of the Game, + more
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    Ronald Gabriel "Ron" Paolillo was an American television and film actor and teacher. He was best known as Arnold Horshack on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1949-2012)
    • Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, New Haven
    • Profession: Illustrator, Actor, Playwright, Teacher
    • Credits: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Welcome Back, Kotter, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Skatetown, + more
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    Beatrix Potter
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    Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children's books, featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life. Born into a wealthy Unitarian family, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1866-1943)
    • Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Illustrator, Author, Writer, Botanist
    • Credits: The Tales of Beatrix Potter
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    Hayao Miyazaki
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    Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Storyboard Artist, Illustrator, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, + more
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    Charles Roger Hargreaves was an English author and illustrator of children's books, best remembered for the Mr. Men and Little Miss series, intended for very young readers. The simple and humorous stories, with brightly coloured, boldly drawn illustrations, have been part of popular culture since 1971, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1935-1988)
    • Birthplace: Cleckheaton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Illustrator, Author
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    John Bauer
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    John Albert Bauer was a Swedish painter and illustrator. His work is concerned with landscape and mythology, but he also composed portraits. He is best known for his illustrations of early editions of Bland tomtar och troll, an anthology of Swedish folklore and fairy tales. Bauer was born and raised in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1882-1918)
    • Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
    • Profession: Illustrator, Painter, Artist
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    Dav Pilkey
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    David Murray "Dav" Pilkey Jr. is a popular American author and illustrator of children's literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He also uses the pen names George Beard and Harold Hutchins which are the names of two of the main characters in ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Author, Writer
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    Jean Marzollo is a children's author and illustrator. Born in 1942, she has written over 100 books, including the best-selling, award-winning I SPY series for children, written completely in rhythm and rhyme. Marzollo was born and raised in Connecticut.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Manchester, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Author
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    Sam Kieth is an American comic book writer and illustrator, best known as the creator of The Maxx and Zero Girl.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Screenwriter, Author, Artist, Film Director
    • Credits: Take It to the Limit, The Maxx, MTV's Oddities
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