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List of Famous Television Writers

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

This list features people like Ricky Gervais and Seth Rogen.

From reputable, prominent, and well known television writers to the lesser known television writers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the television writer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous television writers ever?" and "What are the names of famous television writers?" then you're in the right place. (657 items)

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    Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and radio presenter. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s with Seona Dancing and working as the manager of a then-unknown Suede before ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 6 more
    • Credits: The Office, Night at the Museum, Stardust, The Muppets, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian + 32 more
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    Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and comedian. Rogen began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years, winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest in 1998. While still living in his native Vancouver, he landed a supporting role in the series Freaks ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting + 1 more
    • Credits: Donnie Darko, Superbad, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Kung Fu Panda, Freaks and Geeks + 46 more
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    Wanda Sykes is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is well known for her role as Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 1 more
    • Credits: The Muppets, Clerks II, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Over the Hedge, Rio + 26 more
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    John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python's ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 3 more
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Shrek 2, Life of Brian + 109 more
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    Sara Gilbert is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, as co-host and creator of the daytime talk show The Talk and for her recurring role as Leslie Winkle on CBS's The Big Bang Theory. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: The Big Bang Theory, ER, Roseanne, High Fidelity, Poison Ivy + 15 more
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    Alan Alda is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator, for which ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Television director, Screenwriter, Author, Actor + 1 more
    • Credits: M*A*S*H, The West Wing, The Aviator, Crimes and Misdemeanors, What Women Want + 52 more
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    Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 48 (1941-1989)
    • Birthplace: Stoneygate, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Physician, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Robin Hood, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Monty Python's Flying Circus + 24 more
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    Stephen James Merchant is an English writer, director, radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais, as the co-writer and co-director of the popular British sitcom The Office, co-writer, co-director, and co-star of Extras, and co-host of The Ricky ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Radio personality + 3 more
    • Credits: The Office, Hot Fuzz, Movie 43, The Office, Hall Pass + 25 more
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    Terence Graham Parry "Terry" Jones is a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Commentator, Television director, Poet, Television producer, Novelist + 9 more
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Labyrinth, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Monty Python's Flying Circus + 40 more
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    Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night Live, and the author of the Broadway musical Spamalot. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: South Shields, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer + 7 more
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Life of Brian, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life + 61 more
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    Michael Edward Palin CBE FRGS is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and later made a number of travel documentaries. Palin wrote most of his comedic material with Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had worked on ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Broomhill, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting + 1 more
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, Life of Brian, A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life + 50 more
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    Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on series such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, as well as continuing as a stand-up comedian on stage and television. His ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Catford, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Novelist, Actor, Author + 6 more
    • Credits: The Black Adder, The Young Ones, Much Ado About Nothing, The Thin Blue Line, Maybe Baby + 12 more
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    Douglas Noel Adams was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 49 (1952-2001)
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, Writer + 1 more
    • Credits: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently, Doctor Who: The Five Doctors, Hyperland + 2 more
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    Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom; and the films A Few Good Men, The American ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Script doctor, Playwright
    • Credits: The Social Network, A Few Good Men, Moneyball, The West Wing, The Newsroom + 5 more
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    Martin Alan "Marty" Feldman was an English comedy writer, comedian and actor, easily identified by his bulbous and crooked eyes. He starred in several British television comedy series, including At Last the 1948 Show and Marty, the latter of which won two BAFTA awards. He was the first Saturn Award ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 48 (1934-1982)
    • Birthplace: East End of London, London, England
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, When Things Were Rotten, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother + 16 more
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    Peter John Kay is an English comedian. His last stand-up comedy tour was officially inaugurated into the Guinness World Records as the most successful of all time, playing to over 1.2 million people. He has written, produced, and acted in several award winning television and film projects. In addition, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Farnworth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 24 Hour Party People, Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere + 10 more
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    David William "Dave" Thomas is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he also directed. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 1 more
    • Credits: Stripes, Brother Bear, Rat Race, Coneheads, Spies Like Us + 35 more
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    Russell Joseph Howard is an English comedian and presenter best known for his TV show Russell Howard's Good News and his appearances on the topical panel TV show Mock the Week. He won "Best Compère" at the 2006 Chortle Awards and was nominated for an if.comedy award for his 2006 Edinburgh Festival ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter
    • Credits: Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News
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    Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE is an English screenwriter, producer and film director, who was born in New Zealand to Australian parents. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Record producer, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 1 more
    • Credits: Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, American Idol, Four Weddings and a Funeral + 24 more
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    Matthew Charles "Matt" Berry is an English actor, writer, comedian and musician. Berry is perhaps best known for his role as Douglas Reynholm in The IT Crowd, from 2007 until the final episode in 2013. He is also well known for his appearances in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Mighty Boosh and Snuff ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Bromham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, Composer + 1 more
    • Credits: Moon, Snow White and the Huntsman, The IT Crowd, Reba, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water + 15 more
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