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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
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
Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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 ...more
Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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 ...more
Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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. ...more
Harvey Fierstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Harvey Forbes Fierstein is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy and the Tony Award for ...more
Jean-Paul Sartre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of ...more
Amy Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Amy Louise Sedaris is an American actress, author, and comedian. She is known for playing Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central television series Strangers with Candy. She regularly collaborates ...more
Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
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
Laurence Fishburne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Laurence John Fishburne III is an American actor, playwright, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, Mr. Clean in Apocalypse ...more
David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
David Raymond Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "SantaLand ...more
Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz ...more
Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more
Howard Zinn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Howard Zinn was an American historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than 20 books, including his ...more
Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Douglas Noel Adams was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy ...more
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an ...more
August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four ...more
Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, ...more
Friedrich Schiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life, Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, ...more
James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of ...more
Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. García Lorca achieved ...more
Larry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Larry Kramer is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to ...more
Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short ...more
Arthur Laurents is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during WWII, Laurents ...more
Jean Genet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle ...more
Anne Sexton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Playwrights
Anne Sexton was an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. Themes of her poetry include her long ...more