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List of Famous Copywriters

List of famous copywriters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top copywriters in the world? This includes the most prominent copywriters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable copywriters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic copywriters 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 copywriters.

A list made up of people like William S. Burroughs and Terry Gilliam.

From reputable, prominent, and well known copywriters to the lesser known copywriters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the copywriter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous copywriters ever?" and "What are the names of famous copywriters?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
  • Julia Carolyn Child (née McWilliams; August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public ...more
  • 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 album of ...more
  • William Seward Burroughs II (; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer and visual artist. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author ...more
  • Paul Anthony Sorvino (, Italian: [sorˈviːno]; born April 13, 1939) is an American actor, opera singer, businessman, writer, and sculptor. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the ...more
  • Terrence Vance Gilliam (; born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and former member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Gilliam has ...more
  • Paris K. C. Barclay (born June 30, 1956) is an American television director and producer, and writer. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner and is among the busiest single-camera television directors, ...more
  • Fay Weldon CBE FRSL (born 22 September 1931) is an English author, essayist and playwright.
  • Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best ...more
  • John Allen Amos Jr. (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor known for his roles as James Evans, Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times and in the 1977 miniseries, Roots, for which he ...more
  • Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the ...more
  • Michael Herbert Schur (born c. 1975/1976) is an American television producer, writer, and actor. He is well known for his work on the comedy series The Office and Parks and Recreation, the latter of ...more
  • Dorothy Leigh Sayers (; 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was an English crime writer and poet. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series ...more
  • Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 – December 12, 1999) was an American author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays. His best-known work is the novel Catch-22, a satire on war and bureaucracy, ...more
  • Charles B. "Charlie" Grandy is an American stand-up comedian, television writer and producer who has worked on series such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live, The Office, Guys ...more
  • Donald Richard DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenwriter and essayist. His works have covered subjects as diverse as television, nuclear ...more
  • Eric Clifford Ambler OBE (28 June 1909 – 22 October 1998) was an influential English author of thrillers, in particular spy novels, who introduced a new realism to the genre. He also worked as a ...more
  • Robert L. May (July 27, 1905 – August 10, 1976) was the creator of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Sir Alan William Parker (14 February 1944 – 31 July 2020) was an English film director, producer and screenwriter. Parker's early career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and ...more
  • John J. B. Wilson (born May 24, 1954) is an American copywriter and publicist. He majored in film and television at University of California, Los Angeles, and after graduation worked on film ...more
  • Herschell Gordon Lewis (June 15, 1926 – September 26, 2016) was an American filmmaker, best known for creating the "splatter" subgenre of horror films. He is often called the "Godfather of Gore" (a ...more
  • Leo Burnett was an American advertising executive and the founder of the Leo Burnett Company, Inc., also known as Leo Burnett Worldwide. He was responsible for creating some of advertising's most ...more
  • Cole Swensen (born 1955, in Kentfield, California) is an American poet, translator, editor, copywriter, and professor. Swensen was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and is the author of more than ...more
  • Shigesato Itoi (糸井 重里, Itoi Shigesato, born November 10, 1948) is a Japanese copywriter, essayist, lyricist, game designer, and actor. Itoi is the editor-in-chief of his website and company Hobo ...more
  • Emanuel Aguilar is a copywriter.