List of Famous Theatre Directors People

List of Famous Theatre Directors

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

Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

From reputable, prominent, and well known theatre directors to the lesser known theatre directors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the theatre director field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous theatre directors ever?" and "What are the names of famous theatre directors?" then you're in the right place. (1414 items)

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    Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett is an Australian actress of screen and stage. She has received critical acclaim and many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and three British Academy Awards. Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Hot Fuzz, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, + more
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    Tyler Perry is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned $130 million between May 2010 and ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Gone Girl, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Big Happy Family, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, + more
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    Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing mobsters, especially Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and often appeared on the other side of the law—as a police officer, a detective and a lawyer. Pacino won the Academy ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Scarface, Heat, Dog Day Afternoon, + more
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    Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s, culminating in his ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: USA, South Orange, New Jersey
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: American Beauty, Seven, The Usual Suspects, A Bug's Life, Superman Returns, + more
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    Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, a former child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend. She rose to prominence starring ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more
    • Credits: The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2, Despicable Me, Enchanted, + more
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    Mary Kathleen Turner, better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director. Turner came to fame during the 1980s, after roles in Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, and Prizzi's Honor, the latter two earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. In the later 1980s and ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: USA, Springfield, Missouri
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Virgin Suicides, The War of the Roses, Romancing the Stone, Marley & Me, + more
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    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman is well ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, + more
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    David Lawrence Schwimmer is an American actor, director, producer, voice actor and comedian. He was born in New York City, and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 2. He began his acting career performing in school plays at Beverly Hills High School. In 1988, he graduated from Northwestern ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Flushing, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Friends, Madagascar, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Band of Brothers, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, + more
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    George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably Caesar, a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar; in radio, the 1938 broadcast "The War ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1915-1985)
    • Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Citizen Kane, The Muppet Movie, The Third Man, Touch of Evil, History of the World, + more
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    Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she performed in several of Shakespeare's plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Heworth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Musician, Author, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, GoldenEye, + more
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    Ethan Green Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed two feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary, and wrote the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. Hawke ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Austin
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Dead Poets Society, Training Day, Gattaca, Total Recall, Reality Bites, + more
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    Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer of film and theater. Best known for his supporting and character roles – typically lowlifes, bullies, and misfits – Hoffman was a regular presence in films from the early 1990s until his death at age 46. Drawn to theater as a teenager, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1967-2014)
    • Birthplace: USA, Fairport, New York
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights, + more
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    Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE is an English actor and stage director. A "forceful, commanding stage presence", Jacobi has enjoyed a highly successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Oedipus the King. He has twice been awarded a Laurence Olivier Award, first ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: Gladiator, The King's Speech, The Secret of NIMH, Henry V, Underworld: Evolution, + more
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    Stanley "Stan" Tucci is an American actor, writer, film producer and film director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones, and won an Emmy Award for his performance in Winchell. He also was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Peekskill
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Road to Perdition, + more
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    David Copperfield
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    David Copperfield is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield's television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield’s career ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: USA, Metuchen, New Jersey
    • Profession: Actor, Magician
    • Credits: Terror Train, The Magic Of David Copperfield XVI: Unexplained Forces, David Copperfield: Illusion
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    Phylicia Rashād is an American Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for this part in 1985 and 1986. In 2004, Rashād became the first African-American actress to ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: The Cosby Show, Just Wright, Little Bill, For Colored Girls, Good Deeds, + more
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    William Hall Macy, Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter, teacher, and director in theater, film and television. His film career has been built mostly on his appearances in small, independent films, though he also appeared in summer action films. Macy has described himself as "sort of a Middle ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Miami
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Fargo, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Shameless, WarGames, + more
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    George Campbell Scott was an American stage and film actor, director, and producer. He was best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton, as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1927-1999)
    • Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Wise
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Soldier, Theatrical producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Patton, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Rescuers Down Under, Anatomy of a Murder, The Changeling, + more
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    Charles Laughton
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    Charles Laughton was an English stage and film actor and director. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926. In 1927, he was cast in a play with his future wife Elsa Lanchester, with whom he lived and worked until his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1899-1962)
    • Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Spartacus, The Night of the Hunter, Mutiny on the Bounty, Witness for the Prosecution, The Big Clock, + more
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    Gary Sinise
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    Gary Alan Sinise is an American actor, director, and musician. Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Sinise is known for several memorable roles. These include George Milton in Of Mice and Men, Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: USA, Blue Island, Illinois
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Forrest Gump, The Green Mile, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Apollo 13, Being John Malkovich, + more
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