Writers List of Famous Authors

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List of famous authors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top authors in the world? This includes the most prominent authors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable authors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic authors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned authors.

List people include Britney Spears, Bob Dylan and many additional people as well.

From reputable, prominent, and well known authors to the lesser known authors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the author field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous authors ever?" and "What are the names of famous authors?" then you're in the right place. (1646 items)

Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Authors
Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a ...more

Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Authors
Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the ...more

Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Authors
Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more

Alicia Silverstone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Authors
Alicia Silverstone is an American actress, producer, author, and activist. Silverstone made her film debut in The Crush, earning the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and ...more

Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Authors
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he served as Governor of Arkansas from ...more

Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Authors
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Authors
Ann Hart Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public ...more

Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Authors
Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainmentÂ’s most sought-after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Handler broke into the world of late night talk shows with her E! series, Chelsea ...more

Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Betty White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Authors
Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records ...more

Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Authors
Christopher Keith Irvine, better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is a Canadian professional wrestler, musician, media personality, actor, author, and businessman. He is best known for his ...more

Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Authors
Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., is an American environmental activist, author, businessperson, former politician and former journalist. He served as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States ...more

Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Authors
Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, ...more

Cheryl Ladd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Authors
Cheryl Ladd is an American actress, singer and author. Ladd is best known for her role as Kris Munroe in the television series Charlie's Angels, hired amid a swirl of publicity prior to its ...more

Danica McKellar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Authors
Danica Mae McKellar is an American actress, author, mathematician, and education advocate. She is well known for her role as Kevin Arnold's on-again, off-again girlfriend Winnie Cooper in the ...more

Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Authors
Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig ...more

Bethenny Frankel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Authors
Bethenny Frankel is an American reality television personality, talk show host, author, and entrepreneur. She founded Skinnygirl Cocktails, authored four self-help books and hosted the talk ...more

Chris Matthews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Authors
Christopher John "Chris" Matthews is an American political commentator and news anchor known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which is televised on ...more

Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Authors
Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler ...more

Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Authors
Sir Michael Caine, CBE, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors. He made ...more

Carl Reiner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Authors
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major ...more

Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Authors
Anderson Hays Cooper is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live ...more

Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Authors
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ, is an English actor, singer and author. Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a string of ...more

Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Authors
Anthony Michael Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, ...more

Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Authors
Cheech Marin is an comedian, actor and screenwriter.

Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Authors
Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents ...more

Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Authors
David Scott "Dave" Mustaine is an American musician. He was the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal band Metallica and is the co-founder, rhythm and lead guitarist, ...more

Christopher Hitchens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Authors
Christopher Eric Hitchens was an Anglo-American author, literary critic and journalist. He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary ...more

Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Authors
Christopher D'Olier Reeve was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion picture ...more

Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Authors
Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer and children's book author. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films and television, ...more

Al Roker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Authors
Albert Lincoln "Al" Roker, Jr. is an American television personality, weather forecaster, actor, and book author. He is best known as being the weather anchor on NBC's Today. On ...more

Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Authors
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

Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Authors
Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.

Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Authors
Robert William "Bobby" Flay is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality. He is the owner and executive chef of several restaurants: Mesa Grill in ...more

Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Authors
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set ...more

Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Authors
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel, better known by the name Danielle Steel, is an American novelist, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all ...more

Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Authors
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more

Chaz Bono is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Authors
Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American advocate, writer and musician. He is the only child of American entertainers Sonny and Cher. Bono is a transgender man. In 1995, several years after being ...more

Crispin Glover is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Authors
Crispin Hellion Glover is an American film actor, director, screenwriter, recording artist, publisher, and author. Glover is known for portraying eccentric people on screen such as George McFly ...more

Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Authors
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 ...more

Carol Smillie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Authors
Carol Patricia Smillie is a Scottish television presenter and actress, and a former model. She presented the BBC series Changing Rooms. Smillie has appeared on the BBC television channel, ...more

Andrew Breitbart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Authors
Andrew James Breitbart was an American conservative publisher, commentator for The Washington Times, author, and occasional guest commentator on various news programs, who served as an editor ...more