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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
Age: 52

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star ...more

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Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 41

Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

Christopher Ashton Kutcher (; born February 7, 1978) is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show ...more

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Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 69

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

William James O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and former television host. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he reported for local television stations in ...more

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 63

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

William Maher (; born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, political commentator, and television host. He is known for the HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher (2003–present) ...more

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 81

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, author, and convicted sex offender. He held an active career for over six decades before being ...more

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 68

Birthplace: USA, Wilmette, Illinois

William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer. He first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that ...more

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 47

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early ...more

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 77

Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America

Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most ...more

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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, musician and director. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and ...more

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Andy Dick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Charleston

Andrew Roane Dick (born Andrew Thomlinson, December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, musician, and television and film producer. Best known as a comic, he is also known for his ...more

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Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 70

Birthplace: Upper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

William Edward Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 80s for television roles as ...more

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)

Birthplace: USA, California, Chinatown, San Francisco

Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts ...more

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Andie MacDowell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 60

Birthplace: Gaffney, South Carolina, United States of America

Rosalie Anderson MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American actress and fashion model. She made her film debut in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, before receiving ...more

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 54

Birthplace: Aberfeldy, United Kingdom

Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London ...more

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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 68

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (born July 15, 1950) is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of ...more

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Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 89

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Barbara Jill Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Walters has hosted a variety of television programs, including Today, The ...more

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Bryce Dallas Howard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 37

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American actress and director. She is the eldest daughter of actor and director Ron Howard. She attended New York University's Tisch School of the ...more

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Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)

Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States of America

William Melvin Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material—encompassing a wide range of social issues ...more

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Dec. at 59 (1928-1987)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

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) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 63

Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States of America

Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and musician. Thornton had his first break when he co-wrote and starred in the 1992 thriller One ...more

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Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 62

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer, and comedian. Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role for ...more

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Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 96

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Carl Reiner (Yiddish: שאַרל רעינער‎; born March 20, 1922) is an American comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher whose career spans seven decades. During the early years of ...more

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Anne Heche is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 49

Birthplace: Aurora, Ohio, United States of America

Anne Celeste Heche ( HAYSH; born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director, and screenwriter. Following a dual role in the daytime soap opera Another World (1987–91), she came to mainstream ...more

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American comedian, actor, and voice actor. Born and raised on Chicago's South ...more

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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
Age: 89

Birthplace: Oak Park, USA, Illinois

George Robert Newhart (born September 5, 1929) is an American stand-up comedian and actor, noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery. Newhart came to prominence in 1960 when his ...more

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