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

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From reputable, prominent, and well known playwrights to the lesser known playwrights of today, these are some of the best professionals in the playwright field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous playwrights ever?" and "What are the names of famous playwrights?" then you're in the right place. (1835 items)
Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and will reprise the character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She is also known for her bestselling novel Postcards ...more

Age: 60

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

Profession: Spokesperson, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Script doctor, + more

Credits: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

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Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Playwright

Credits: The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike, Love Letters

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Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Gore Vidal was an American writer and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political family; his maternal grandfather was Thomas Pryor Gore, U.S. Senator for Oklahoma. As Gore Vidal, he was a ...more

Age: Died at 87 (1925-2012)

Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: Caligula, Suddenly, Last Summer, Needlework Pictures Presents Francesco Vezzoli in Gore Vidal's 'Caligula', The Best Man

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and ...more

Age: Died at 58 (1812-1870)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Playwright

Credits: A Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Oliver!, Great Expectations

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#4 on The Best Writers of All Time

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