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Famous Screenwriters from the United States

Updated October 13, 2018 1.7k views984 items

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

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter,... more

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

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

    Christopher Ashton Kutcher (; born February 7, 1978) is an American actor, producer, and... more

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

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William James O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and... more
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    Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    Bill Maher

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William Maher (; born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, political commentator, and... more

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

    Bill Cosby

    Age: 83

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,... more

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

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

    William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian,... more

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

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director,... more
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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    Bob Dylan

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceDuluth, Minnesota, United States of America

    Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual... more

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

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, writer,... more

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

    Andy Dick

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, USA

    Andrew Roane Dick (born Andrew Thomlinson, December 21, 1965) is an American comedian, actor,... more

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

    BirthplaceUpper 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,... more
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    Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    Bruce Lee

    Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)

    BirthplaceChinatown, California, United States of America

    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce... more

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

    BirthplaceGaffney, South Carolina, United States of America

    Rosalie Anderson MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American actress and fashion model. She... more

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

    BirthplaceAberfeldy, United Kingdom

    Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer,... more
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    Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (born July 15, 1950) is a Greek-American author, syndicated... more

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

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Barbara Jill Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist, author,... more

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

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American actress and director. She is the... more

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    Bill Hicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    Bill Hicks

    Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)

    BirthplaceValdosta, Contiguous United States, United States of America, Lowndes County, Georgia

    William Melvin Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up... more

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    Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    Andy Warhol

    Dec. at 59 (1928-1987)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known... more

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    Billy Bob Thornton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    BirthplaceHot Springs, Arkansas, United States of America

    Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter,... more

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

    BirthplaceBeverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer,... more

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

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Carlton "Carl" Reiner (March 20, 1922 – June 29, 2020) was an American comedian, actor,... more

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

    Anne Heche

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceAurora, Ohio, United States of America

    Anne Celeste Heche ( HAYSH; born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director, and... more
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    Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    Bernie Mac

    Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name... more
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    Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from the United States

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    George Robert Newhart (born September 5, 1929) is an American stand-up comedian and actor,... more
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