Famous German Playwrights

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 1 Friedrich Schiller

Friedrich Schiller
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Famous As: Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher
Birthdate: November 10, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marbach am Neckar
Died: May 9, 1805

Friedrich Schiller was a German poet, physician, philosopher, playwright, and historian. Schiller is best remembered for his friendship with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the two discussed issues concerning aesthetics. Schiller's discussions with Goethe paved the way for a period, which came to be known as Weimar Classicism. Friedrich Schiller is also widely regarded as Germany's most prominent classical playwright.

 2 Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Famous As: Film maker
Birthdate: May 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bad Wörishofen, Germany
Died: June 10, 1982
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 3 Dietrich Eckart

Dietrich Eckart
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Died: December 26, 1923

 4 Nelly Sachs

Nelly Sachs
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Famous As: Poet, Playwright, Writer
Birthdate: December 10, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Schöneberg
Died: May 12, 1970

 5 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian, Theologian, Dramaturge, Literary critic, Journalist
Birthdate: January 22, 1729
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kamenz
Died: February 15, 1781

 6 Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich von Kleist
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Famous As: Playwright, Poet, Short story writer, Novelist, Writer, Poet lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 18, 1777
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: November 21, 1811

 7 Ernst Toller

Ernst Toller
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Famous As: Playwright, Politician, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet lawyer, Poet
Birthdate: December 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Szamocin
Died: May 22, 1939
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 8 Else Lasker-Schüler

Else Lasker-Schüler
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 11, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Germany
Died: January 22, 1945

 9 Lion Feuchtwanger

Lion Feuchtwanger
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Translator, Journalist
Birthdate: July 7, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich
Died: December 21, 1958

 10 Gerhart Hauptmann

Gerhart Hauptmann
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Famous As: Playwright, Poet, Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 15, 1862
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Szczawno-Zdrój
Died: June 6, 1946

 11 Frank Wedekind

Frank Wedekind
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Famous As: Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter, Actor, Poet lawyer
Birthdate: July 24, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: March 9, 1918

 12 Emanuel Schikaneder

Emanuel Schikaneder
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Famous As: Librettist, Singer, Opera singer, Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Writer
Birthdate: September 1, 1751
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Straubing
Died: September 21, 1812

 13 Hanns Johst

Hanns Johst
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stauchitz, Germany
Died: November 23, 1978

 14 Hrosvitha

Hrosvitha
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0935 AD
Birthplace: Saxony, Germany
Died: 1002 AD

 15 Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 10, 1788
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Łubowice, Poland
Died: November 26, 1857

 16 Heiner Müller

Heiner Müller
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: January 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Eppendorf, Germany
Died: December 30, 1995

 17 Peter Weiss

Peter Weiss
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Famous As: Playwright, Writer, Painter, Director, Film director
Birthdate: November 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nowawes
Died: May 10, 1982

 18 August Wilhelm Schlegel

August Wilhelm Schlegel
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Famous As: Linguist, Translator, Sanskrit scholar, Philosopher, Poet, Literary critic, Literary historian, Romanist, Playwright, University teacher, Writer, Indologist
Birthdate: September 8, 1767
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: May 12, 1845

 19 Erich Mühsam

Erich Mühsam
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: April 6, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 10, 1934

 20 Wolfgang Borchert

Wolfgang Borchert
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: November 20, 1947

 21 Ernst Barlach

Ernst Barlach
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Famous As: Sculptor, Printmaker, Writer, Playwright, Painter
Birthdate: January 2, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wedel
Died: October 24, 1938

 22 August von Kotzebue

August von Kotzebue
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 3, 1761
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: March 23, 1819

 23 Karl Valentin

Karl Valentin
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 4, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: February 9, 1948

 24 Martin Walser

Martin Walser
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wasserburg am Bodensee, Germany

 25 Carl Zuckmayer

Carl Zuckmayer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 27, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nackenheim, Germany
Died: January 18, 1977

 26 Sibylle Berg

Sibylle Berg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weimar, Bezirk Erfurt, Germany

 27 Christian Friedrich Hebbel

Christian Friedrich Hebbel
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 18, 1813
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wesselburen, Germany
Died: December 13, 1863

 28 Georg Kaiser

Georg Kaiser
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: November 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: June 4, 1945

 29 Hellmuth Karasek

Hellmuth Karasek
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Theatre critic, Literary critic, Playwright, University teacher
Birthdate: January 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brno
Died: September 29, 2015

 30 Andreas Gryphius

Andreas Gryphius
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 11, 1616
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glogow, Poland
Died: July 16, 1664

 31 Folker Bohnet

Folker Bohnet
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 7, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 6, 2020

 32 Hermann Sudermann

Hermann Sudermann
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 30, 1857
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Matzicken, Ostenfeld, Germany
Died: November 21, 1928

 33 Christian August Vulpius

Christian August Vulpius
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 23, 1762
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: June 25, 1827

 34 Karl Gutzkow

Karl Gutzkow
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 17, 1811
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: December 16, 1878

 35 Walter Hasenclever

Walter Hasenclever
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany
Died: June 22, 1940

 36 James Krüss

James Krüss
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heligoland, Germany
Died: August 2, 1997

 37 August, Graf von Platen

August, Graf von Platen
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 24, 1796
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ansbach, Germany
Died: December 5, 1835

 38 Herbert Achternbusch

Herbert Achternbusch
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 39 Gerhard Polt

Gerhard Polt
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 40 Martin Mosebach

Martin Mosebach
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

 41 Johann Adam Hiller

Johann Adam Hiller
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 25, 1728
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germany
Died: June 16, 1804

 42 Christian Dietrich Grabbe

Christian Dietrich Grabbe
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: December 11, 1801
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany
Died: September 12, 1836

 43 Tankred Dorst

Tankred Dorst
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: December 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sonneberg, Germany
Died: June 1, 2017

 44 Friedrich Theodor Vischer

Friedrich Theodor Vischer
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 30, 1807
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: September 14, 1887

 45 Emanuel Geibel

Emanuel Geibel
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 17, 1815
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: April 6, 1884

 46 Curt Goetz

Curt Goetz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: September 11, 1960

 47 Carl Sternheim

Carl Sternheim
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: April 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: November 3, 1942

 48 Klabund

Klabund
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 4, 1890
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Krosno Odrzańskie, Poland
Died: August 14, 1928

 49 August Wilhelm Iffland

August Wilhelm Iffland
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1759
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany
Died: September 22, 1814

 50 Otto Ludwig

Otto Ludwig
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: February 11, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eisfeld, Germany
Died: February 25, 1865