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List of Famous Scriptwriters

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

These people, like Bob Mould and Simon Amstell include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known scriptwriters to the lesser known scriptwriters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the scriptwriter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous scriptwriters ever?" and "What are the names of famous scriptwriters?" then you're in the right place. (65 items)

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    Sreenivasan is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has written for over 50 films and has acted in over 200 films. Sreenivasan has written the screenplays for films such as Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam, Gandhinagar 2nd Street, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Thalassery, India
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Film Director
    • Credits: Kaalapani, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala, Vadakkunokkiyantram, Sadayam, Chidambaram + 147 more
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    Simon Marc Amstell is an English comedian, television presenter, screenwriter and actor, best known for his roles as former co-host of Popworld, former host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and co-writer and star of the sitcom Grandma's House. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Gants Hill, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Presenter + 1 more
    • Credits: Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Grandma's House, Black Pond, Popworld, The Morning After Show + 1 more
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    Robert Arthur "Bob" Mould is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Malone, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician + 5 more
    • Credits: Bob Mould: Circle of Friends, Burn to Shine: Washington, D.C., 01.14.2004
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    P. V. Jagadish Kumar, popularly known as Jagadish, is an Indian film actor and screenwriter best known for his comic performances in Malayalam cinema. He became popular through performances in films such as In Harihar Nagar, Godfather, Mukhachitram, Welcome to Kodaikanal, Thiruthalvaadi, Mantrikacheppu, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Chenkal
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: Kireedam, Vadakkunokkiyantram, Chithram, Kilukkam, Chanakyan + 173 more
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    Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was an American writer known as the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The book was adapted by ABC as a TV mini-series of the same name and aired in 1977 to a record-breaking 130 million viewers. It had great influence on awareness in the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 71 (1921-1992)
    • Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Malcolm X, Roots, Mama Flora's Family, Roots: The Next Generations, Palmerstown + 2 more
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    Donald Paul Bellisario is an American television producer and screenwriter who created and sometimes wrote episodes for the TV series Magnum, P.I., Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, and NCIS. He has often included military veterans as characters. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: NCIS, Quantum Leap, Magnum, P.I., JAG + 9 more
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    Robert Martin Culp was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy, the espionage series in which he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents. Prior to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 80 (1930-2010)
    • Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Columbo, The Greatest American Hero, The Pelican Brief, I Spy, Spy Hard + 51 more
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    Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas was an Indian screenwriter, playwright, director, and producer known for his extensive work in Malayalam cinema. Lohithadas was known for his rich, detailed, and realistic screenplays. He made his debut as a screenwriter with Thaniyavarthanam. He has written ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 54 (1955-2009)
    • Birthplace: Chalakudy, India
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director, Playwright
    • Credits: Kireedam, Thaniyavarthanam, Kireedam, Bharatham, Amaram + 43 more
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    Sridhar Rangayan is an Indian filmmaker who has made films with special focus on queer subjects. His queer films, The Pink Mirror and Yours Emotionally, have been considered groundbreaking because of their realistic and sympathetic portrayal of the largely closeted Indian gay community. His film The ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Mandya, India
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director
    • Credits: Yours Emotionally, The Pink Mirror, Project Bolo: Indian Lgbt Movement, 68 Pages, Purple Skies + 1 more
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    Anthony McVay Simpson, MBE, better known by his stage name Tony Warren, is an award-winning English television scriptwriter, best known for creating the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. He has also been an actor, has created other television dramas and written critically acclaimed novels. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Swinton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer
    • Credits: Coronation Street, Inspector Morse, This is Coronation Street: The Anniversary Special, The War of Darkie Pilbeam
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: New Delhi, India
    • Profession: Columnist, Screenwriter, Author, Banker, Writer + 1 more
    • Credits: Nanban, Hello, Brothers for Life, Kick, 2 States + 1 more
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    Yasmin Ahmad was a film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well known in Malaysia for their humour, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers, in particular her ads ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)
    • Birthplace: Kampung Bukit Treh
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Sepet, At the End of Daybreak, Mukhsin, Talentime, Gubra + 6 more
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    Vijaya Thesingu Rajendar is a Tamil film actor and director as well as a composer, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, singer and playback singer. He is also a politician in Tamil Nadu, India. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Mayiladuthurai
    • Profession: Songwriter, Stunt Performer, Musician, Cinematographer, Film Producer + 7 more
    • Credits: Vallavan, Oru Thalai Raagam, Monisha En Monalisa, Love Can Never Be Destroyed, Oru Vasantha Geetham + 24 more
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    Ian David Hislop is a British journalist, satirist, writer, comedian, broadcaster and editor of the magazine Private Eye. He has appeared on many radio and television programmes, but is best known as a team captain on the BBC quiz show Have I Got News for You. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Mumbles, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Editor, Journalist, Comedian, Screenwriter, Satirist + 1 more
    • Credits: Have I Got News for You, Gobble, A Bunch of Amateurs, My Dad's the Prime Minister, Not Forgotten + 4 more
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    Posie Graeme-Evans is an Australian novelist, television and film producer, editor, screenwriter and director, best known for her children's programs and adult dramas. She has created many commercially successful and award winning programs throughout her career, but she is best known as creator of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Nottingham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor + 1 more
    • Credits: McLeod's Daughters, Hi5, McLeod's Daughters, Doom Runners, Mirror + 6 more
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    Karl Gustav Vollmöller, usually written Vollmoeller was a German playwright and screenwriter. He is most famous for two works, the screenplay for the celebrated 1930 German film Der Blaue Engel, which made a star of Marlene Dietrich, and the elaborate religious spectacle-pantomime Das Mirakel, which he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1878-1948)
    • Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
    • Profession: Linguist, Poet, Entrepreneur, Screenwriter, Author + 3 more
    • Credits: The Blue Angel, Das Mirakel, The Miracle, The Miracle
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    Richard LeParmentier was an American actor who worked primarily and lived in England, best known for his role as Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and the acerbic police Lt. Santino in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1946-2013)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Star Wars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Reds, Octopussy, We'll Meet Again + 2 more
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    Chitnahalli Udayashankar was a lyricist of the Kannada film industry. He composed more than 3000 songs for Kannada films and also devotional songs. He was the son of lyricist Chi. Sadashivaiah. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1934-1993)
    • Profession: Screenwriter
    • Credits: Kasturi Nivasa, Chalisuva Modagalu, Jeevana Chaitra, Nanjundi Kalyana, Anand + 26 more
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    Mark Fisher is a British Labour Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central from 1983 to 2010 and Minister for the Arts between 1997 and 1998. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Woking, England
    • Profession: Politician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author
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    Paul Abbott is a BAFTA award-winning English television screenwriter and producer. Abbott has become one of the most critically and commercially successful television writers working in Britain today, following his work on many popular series, including Coronation Street, Cracker and Shameless, the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter
    • Credits: Shameless, State of Play, Shameless, Cracker, State of Play + 15 more
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