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List of notable or famous screenwriters from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in the United States and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from the United States is included when available.

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This historic screenwriters from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from the United States?" These prominent screenwriters of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American screenwriters.

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Adam Sandler age 51 Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many ...more

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Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Ashton Kutcher age 40 Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, investor and former model. Kutcher began his career as a model. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom ...more

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Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bill O'Reilly age 68 William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The ...more

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bill Maher age 62 William "Bill" Maher, Jr. is an American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, television host, actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian. Before his role as ...more

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bill Cosby age 80 William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by ...more

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bill Murray age 67 William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy ...more

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Amy Poehler age 46 Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved ...more

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bob Dylan age 76 Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the ...more

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Ben Stiller age 52 Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his ...more

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Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Andy Dick age 52 Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick is an American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer. He is best known as a comic but is also known for his eccentric and controversial ...more

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Billy Crystal age 67 William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on ...more

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bruce Lee Died at 33 (1940-1973) Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more

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Asia Carrera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Asia Carrera age 44 Asia Carrera is an American former pornographic actress.

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Andie MacDowell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Andie MacDowell age 59 Rosalie Anderson "Andie" MacDowell is an American actress. She made her film debut in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, before receiving critical acclaim for ...more

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Alan Cumming age 53 Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an ...more

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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Arianna Huffington age 67 Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. She was a popular conservative commentator in the ...more

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Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Barbara Walters age 88 Barbara Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author and television personality. She has hosted morning television shows Today and The View, the television news magazine 20/20, ...more

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Bryce Dallas Howard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bryce Dallas Howard age 37 Bryce Dallas Howard is an American film actress, writer and director. The daughter of director Ron Howard, she made her acting debut as an extra in her father's film Parenthood and went on to ...more

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Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bill Hicks Died at 33 (1961-1994) William Melvin "Bill" Hicks was an American comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material, encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and ...more

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Andy Warhol Died at 59 (1928-1987) Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and ...more

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Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Billy Bob Thornton age 62 Billy Bob Thornton is an American actor, filmmaker, and singer-songwriter. Thornton made his first break with co-writing and starring in the 1992 thriller One False Move and came to ...more

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Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Carrie Fisher age 61 Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and will ...more

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Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Carl Reiner age 96 Carl Reiner is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and singer. He is best known for his role in a comedy duo with Mel Brooks. He is also known for his role on Your ...more

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Anne Heche is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Anne Heche age 48 Anne Celeste Heche is an American actress. Her film credits include Six Days Seven Nights, Return to Paradise, I Know What You Did Last Summer, John Q and Volcano. She also starred in the ...more

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bernie Mac Died at 51 (1957-2008) Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, ...more

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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bob Newhart age 88 George Robert "Bob" Newhart is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album ...more

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Artie Lange is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Artie Lange age 50 Arthur Steven Lange, Jr., known as Artie Lange, is an American actor, comedian, radio personality, and author best known for his tenures with the The Howard Stern Show and the comedy sketch ...more

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Carrot Top is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Carrot Top age 53 Scott Thompson, better known by his stage name Carrot Top, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, singer, and comedian, best known for his bright red hair, prop ...more

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Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Al Franken age 66 Alan Stuart Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedian, writer, producer, author, and politician who served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 2009 to 2018. He became well ...more

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Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Amy Schumer age 36 Amy Beth Schumer is an American stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actress. She placed fourth on the fifth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and she placed second on Comedy Central's ...more

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Albert Brooks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Albert Brooks age 70 Albert Lawrence Brooks is an American actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include ...more

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Amy Brenneman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Amy Brenneman age 53 Amy Frederica Brenneman is an American actress, writer, and producer. Brenneman rose to prominence after her performance as Detective Janice Licalsi in the ABC police drama series NYPD Blue, for ...more

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Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Ayn Rand Died at 77 (1905-1982) Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a ...more

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Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Aziz Ansari age 35 Aziz Ishmael Ansari is an American actor and comedian. He starred as Tom Haverford on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. Ansari began his career performing standup comedy in New York City during ...more

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Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Alan Alda age 82 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 ...more

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Amy Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Amy Sedaris age 57 Amy Louise Sedaris is an American actress, author, and comedian. She is known for playing Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy. She regularly collaborates ...more

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Billy Wilder Died at 96 (1906-2002) Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most ...more

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Adam Carolla is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Adam Carolla age 53 Adam Lakers Carolla is an American comedian, radio personality, television host and actor. He hosts The Adam Carolla Show, a talk show distributed as a podcast which set the record as the ...more

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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Catherine O'Hara age 64 Catherine Anne O'Hara is a Canadian-American actress, writer and comedian. She is well known for her comedy work on SCTV and her roles in the films After Hours, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, Home ...more

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Andrew Dice Clay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Andrew Dice Clay age 60 Andrew Dice Clay is an American comedian and actor. He played the lead role in the 1990 film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Clay has been in several movies and has released a number of ...more

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Carroll O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Carroll O'Connor Died at 77 (1924-2001) Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, producer and director whose television career spanned four decades. A life-member of The Actors Studio, O'Connor first attracted attention as Major ...more

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Brian Dennehy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Brian Dennehy age 79 Brian Mannion Dennehy is an American actor of film, stage, and television. He has won one Golden Globe, two Tony Awards and has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award six times.

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Cassandra Peterson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Cassandra Peterson age 66 Cassandra Peterson is an American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing ...more

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Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Allen Ginsberg Died at 71 (1926-1997) Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, ...more

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Bill Nye age 62 William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical ...more

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Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Andy Samberg age 39 David A. J. "Andy" Samberg is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, ...more

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Busy Philipps is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Busy Philipps age 38 Elizabeth Jean Philipps, known professionally as Busy Philipps, is an American actress, known for her supporting roles on the television series Freaks and Geeks and Dawson's Creek. She has also ...more

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B. J. Novak is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
B. J. Novak age 38 Benjamin Joseph Manaly "B. J." Novak is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, author, and director. He is most widely known for being a writer and executive producer of ...more

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Annie Sprinkle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Annie Sprinkle age 63 Annie M. Sprinkle is an American sex educator, former prostitute, feminist stripper, pornographic actress, cable television host, porn magazine editor, writer and sex film producer. She received ...more

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Adam Brody is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Adam Brody age 38 Adam Jared Brody is an American film and television actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Seth Cohen on The O.C. Brody has also co-starred in many film roles, including Mr. & ...more