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

This list below has everything from Sidney Toler to Alejandro Sieveking.

While this isn't a list of all male theatre directors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male theatre directors?" and "Who are the best male theatre directors?"
Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Theatre Directors
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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

Age: 46

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Theatre Directors
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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 known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series. Rickman has also had a number of other notable film roles such as Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply, Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, Harry in Love Actually, P.L. O'Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure. ...more

Age: 72

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Theatre Directors
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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 of the Worlds", one of the most famous in the history of radio; and in film, Citizen Kane, consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films. Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock. In 1937 he and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an ...more

Age: Died at 70 (1915-1985)

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

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Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Theatre Directors
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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 Word Album for Children, for The One and Only Shrek. ...more

Age: 57

Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America

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