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Throughout history, there have been many screenplay writers who have contributed greatly to their field. The list includes many familiar and great screenplay writers, such as John Krasinski, Quentin Tarantino, Roald Dahl, Emilio Estevez and John Cleese.
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Shonda Rhimes
(Television Producer)
Shonda Rhimes
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Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago

Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, author, and television producer. She is credited with creating, writing, and executive producing one of the most popular American medical drama TV series ever, Grey's Anatomy. She is also credited with creating series like Private Practice and Scandal. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World.

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Leslie Jones
(Comedian)
Leslie Jones
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Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Nora Ephron
(Screenwriter, Producer, Director)
Nora Ephron
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Birthdate: May 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron was an American writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She is known for writing films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... The Nora Ephron Prize was created by the Tribeca Film Festival in her memory. Her life and work inspired the 2016 documentary film Everything Is Copy, which was directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.

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Gene Roddenberry
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Birthdate: August 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Paso
Died: October 24, 1991
TV writer and producer Gene Roddenberry, who created the original Star Trek series of the 1960s, also produced its spin-offs. He was the first TV writer to have a Hollywood Walk of Fame star and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His ashes were flown into space.
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Noah Baumbach
(Filmmaker)
Noah Baumbach
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Birthdate: September 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Noah Baumbach is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. One of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers of his generation, Noah Baumbach has received Academy Award nominations for films, such as Marriage Story and The Squid and the Whale. His style of filmmaking is cited as an influence by many aspiring filmmakers.

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Martin McDonagh
(Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker)
Martin McDonagh
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Birthdate: March 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camberwell

The director and writer of the Academy Award-winning short film, Six Shooter, Martin McDonagh is also well known as a playwright and stage director. The Beauty Queen of Leenane is one of the his noted works. The crime drama film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was another successful venture of McDonagh. He says he prefers films to plays.

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Caroline Aherne
(Actress Best Known for Her Performance as ‘Mrs Merton’ in the Mock Talk Show ‘The Mrs Merton Show’)
Caroline Aherne
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Birthdate: December 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ealing, London, England
Died: July 2, 2016
BAFTA-winning comedian Caroline Aherne is remembered for her portrayal of the character Mrs. Merton on various shows, such as Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show and The Mrs Merton Show. Fans also loved her as Denise Royle in the sitcom The Royle Family and as a narrator on Gogglebox. 
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Denis Villeneuve
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright)
Denis Villeneuve
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Birthdate: October 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

Known for directing critically acclaimed movies, such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve was adjudged Filmmaker of the Decade in 2019 by the Hollywood Critics Association. One of the most popular and respected filmmakers of the current generation, Denis Villeneuve's films have had a major impact all over the world.

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David Mamet
(One of the Most Prolific Filmmakers of the Modern Era Who Was Known for His Psychological Dramas)
David Mamet
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Birthdate: November 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Author, screenwriter, and playwright David Mamet is best known for his Pulitzer-winning and Tony-nominated play Glengarry Glen Ross. He has written for many Broadway and off-Broadway plays and also for films such as House of Games. He has produced and written for the show The Unit and authored several books.

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Neil Simon
(Playwright & Screenwriter)
Neil Simon
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Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York
Died: August 26, 2018
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David Ayer
(Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Actor)
David Ayer
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Birthdate: January 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Champaign
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Shane Van Dyke
(Actor, Screenwriter, Film director, Television actor)
Shane Van Dyke
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Birthdate: August 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Douglas Fairbanks
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Birthdate: May 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: December 12, 1939
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Charlie Kaufman
(Screenwriter)
Charlie Kaufman
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Birthdate: November 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Charlie Kaufman is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist. One of the most decorated screenwriters of his generation, Kaufman has won several prestigious awards, such as the Academy Award, BAFTA Awards, and Writers Guild of America award. Three of his scripts feature in the 101 greatest movie screenplays list published by the Writers Guild of America.

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Max Landis
(Screenwriter, Film actor, Film director)
Max Landis
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Birthdate: August 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beverly Hills
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Nick Castle
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, Film actor)
Nick Castle
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Birthdate: September 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Joss Whedon
(Screenwriter, Director & Producer)
Joss Whedon
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Birthdate: June 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Joss Whedon is best known for creating the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. He has directed the Marvel film The Avengers and its sequel. He co-wrote Justice League and Toy Story. He has also created various comic book series, such as Astonishing X-Men, and owns two production houses.
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James L. Brooks
(Film producer, Film director)
James L. Brooks
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Birthdate: May 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Shane Black
(Screenwriter, Film director, Actor)
Shane Black
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Birthdate: December 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Amy Sherman-Palladino
(She is the creator of the comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls)
Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Birthdate: January 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Amy Sherman-Palladino created many popular comedy-drama series, such as Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Bunheads. The six-time Primetime Emmy-winning director became the first female won win the Emmy for direction and comedy writing. She owns a production house and is known for her signature master-shot style.
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Russell T Davies
(Screenwriter, Television producer, Science fiction writer)
Russell T Davies
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Birthdate: April 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Swansea

Russell T Davies is a Welsh television producer and screenwriter who contributed immensely to the success of the popular science fiction television show Doctor Who. When Davies was working for the show, Doctor Who received five successive National Television Awards starting from 2005. He has also won prestigious awards, such as the British Academy Craft Award and the Cymru Award.

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Wyatt Cooper
(Author)
Wyatt Cooper
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Birthdate: September 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Quitman, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 5, 1978

Wyatt Cooper was an American author, actor, and screenwriter. He is remembered for his marriage with socialite Gloria Vanderbilt—a union that produced Anderson Cooper, a popular television journalist. While being married to Gloria Vanderbilt, Wyatt Cooper often made public appearances and enjoyed hogging the limelight.

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S. E. Hinton
(Writer)
S. E. Hinton
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Birthdate: July 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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Elaine May
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright)
Elaine May
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Birthdate: April 21, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Akiva Schaffer
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film editor, Songwriter, Writer, Television actor)
Akiva Schaffer
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Birthdate: December 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berkeley
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Nat Faxon
(Actor Who Won The Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Co-Writing The Descendants)
Nat Faxon
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Birthdate: October 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Nathaniel Faxon is best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplay of The Descendants. He appeared as Ben Fox in the series Ben and Kate and as Russ in Married. He has also lent his voice to many projects, such as Disenchantment and co-directed films such as The Way, Way Back.

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Dan Gilroy
(Screenwriter, Film director best known for writing and directing Nightcrawler (2014))
Dan Gilroy
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Birthdate: June 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
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Leigh Whannell
(Actor, Screenwriter, Writer, Director)
Leigh Whannell
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Birthdate: January 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne

Leigh Whannell is an Australian screenwriter, actor, producer, and director. He often collaborates with his friend James Wan, and the two have worked together on the movies Saw, Dead Silence, and Insidious. He also wrote the Saw video game. He worked as a reporter and film critic for TV shows before entering the film industry. 

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Peter Marc Jacobson
(Screenwriter, Film producer, Television actor, Film actor, Film director, Actor)
Peter Marc Jacobson
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Birthdate: October 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
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Simon Kinberg
(Screenwriter, Film producer)
Simon Kinberg
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Birthdate: August 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
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Christopher McQuarrie
(Screenwriter)
Christopher McQuarrie
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Birthdate: June 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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Paul Haggis
(Director, screenwriter, and producer who won the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for the 2004 film Crash)
Paul Haggis
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Birthdate: March 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
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Eric Kripke
(Screenwriter, Television director, Film director)
Eric Kripke
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Birthdate: April 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toledo
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Jesse Armstrong
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Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Oswestry, England
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Greg Berlanti
(Screenwriter, Film producer)
Greg Berlanti
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Birthdate: May 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Suffern, New York, United States
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Drew Goddard
(Film director, Screenwriter, Writer)
Drew Goddard
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Birthdate: February 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Alamos
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Damon Lindelof
(Screenwriter)
Damon Lindelof
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Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(Writer, Director, Producer)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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Birthdate: February 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 5, 1993
Polish-American screenwriter and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz won Academy Awards for his work in the movies All About Eve and Letter to Three Wives. He was associated with Paramount, MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox. He also had his own production company, Figaro, and directed the film Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor.
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Nick Hornby
(Author & Editor)
Nick Hornby
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Birthdate: April 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Redhill

British author Nick Hornby is best known for his bestselling books Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, all of which were later made into movies. A Cambridge alumnus, he had begun as a freelance journalist for publications such as GQ. He is also known for his music reviews.

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Albert S. Ruddy
(Film producer, Screenwriter)
Albert S. Ruddy
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Birthdate: March 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal
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Mike Henry
(Comedian)
Mike Henry
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Birthdate: November 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan, United States
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Diablo Cody
(Screenwriter, Producer, Director, Dancer, Writer, Journalist)
Diablo Cody
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Birthdate: June 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lemont, Illinois, United States
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Gary Delaney
(Comedian)
Gary Delaney
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Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Solihull
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Alex Kurtzman
(Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer)
Alex Kurtzman
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Birthdate: September 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Burnie Burns
(Screenplay Writer, Actor, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker)
Burnie Burns
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Birthdate: January 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
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Paula Pell
(Screenwriter)
Paula Pell
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Birthdate: April 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
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Nicholas Pileggi
(Writer, Screenwriter, Film producer, Journalist)
Nicholas Pileggi
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Birthdate: February 22, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
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Christopher Lloyd
(screenwriter, film producer)
Christopher Lloyd
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Birthdate: June 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stamford
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Bryan Fuller
(Screenwriter, Television producer)
Bryan Fuller
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Birthdate: July 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lewiston
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Amelia Bullmore
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Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom