Famous Male Playwrights

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List of famous male playwrights, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male playwrights list contains the most prominent and top males known for being playwrights. There are thousand of males working as playwrights in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic playwrights have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a playwright then the people below should give you inspiration.

Everything from Kevin Laffan to Jang Jin is included on this list.

While this isn't a list of all male playwrights, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male playwrights?" and "Who are the best male playwrights?"
Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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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 2011. Perry is known for both creating and performing as the Madea character, a tough elderly woman. Perry also creates films, some produced as live recordings of stage plays, and others professionally filmed using full sets and locations with full editing. Perry is estimated to have earned around $75 million by 2008. Many of Perry's stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as professional ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 49

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, Martin has become a successful actor, as well as an author, playwright, pianist and banjo player, eventually earning him an Emmy, Grammy and American Comedy awards, among other honors. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He was awarded an ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 73

Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of America

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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, writer, director, comedian and playwright, whose career spans more than 50 years. He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen began performing as a stand-up comedian, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. As a comedian, he developed the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish, which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen in fourth place on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, while a UK survey ranked Allen as the third greatest ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 83

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Playwrights
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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 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, of which the authorship of some is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 52 (1564-1616)

Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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