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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.

People here include everything from Paris Hilton to Bob Dylan.

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
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
age 41
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
age 69
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
age 63
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
age 81
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
age 68
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
age 47
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
age 77
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
age 53
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
age 53
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
age 70
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
Dec. 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
age 45
Asia Carrera is an American former actress.
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Andie MacDowell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
age 60
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. Since then she has appeared in several ...more
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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
age 54
Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of ...more
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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
age 68
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
age 89
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
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 63
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
age 62
Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She was best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia. She ...more
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Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States
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
age 49
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
Dec. 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