Screenwriters

Screenwriters can be aptly called as the people who own the film. It’s their story that is translated on the big screen. Here is a list of famous screenwriters who have given us some unforgettable films to cherish.
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 1 Dan Levy

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 2 John Krasinski

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Famous As: Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
The charming actor John Krasinski is best recognised for playing Jim Halpert in the famous American television show, The Office. Apart from working in numerous other film and television projects as well as commercials, John Krasinski further cemented his position in the entertainment world by branching out into writing, producing and directing movies like The Promised Land and The Hollars.
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 3 George R. R. Martin

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist
Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bayonne
George R. R. Martin wrote the epic fantasy series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which inspired the iconic Emmy-winning HBO series Game of Thrones. Also known as the "American Tolkien," he was featured on TIME 100. He has earned the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, too.

 4 Tina Fey

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Emmy-winning comedian Tina Fey became the first female head writer of SNL. She wrote the series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the film Mean Girls. Her impersonation of Sarah Palin on SNL won her the AP Entertainer of the Year award. She has also written a bestselling memoir.
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 5 Billy Bob Thornton

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States

One of the few celebrities who have been open about their aversion towards celebrity culture, Billy Bob Thornton has had quite an impact on the entertainment industry as an actor, director, writer, and musician. He suffers from OCD and a phobia of antique furniture. He hates French antiques and can spot the imitation antiques from a far distance.

 6 Lena Dunham

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
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 7 Daniel Kaluuya

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, UK
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 8 Colin Jost

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Actor
Birthdate: June 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States

A comedian, actor, and writer, Colin Jost has played a major role in the success of the popular TV show, Saturday Night Live; he is the writer of the show since 2005. Colin Jost has won many awards for his contribution to the famous show and has had a major impact in the show's overall success for many years now.

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 9 Paul Thomas Anderson

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Studio City, California
Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s style of using hard-hitting cinematography and flawed characters is distinctive. He first shot to fame with Boogie Nights in 1997 and then impressed his critics with There Will Be Blood in 2007. He has also directed music videos and made a short film for Netflix.

 10 Ed Harris

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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States

 11 Adam Scott

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Cruz, California, United States

 12 B.J. Novak

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, USA

 13 David Thewlis

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
David Thewlis gained fame with his role in Naked, a film that won him a Cannes Film Festival Award. Fans loved him as Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter film franchise and Sir Patrick Morgan/Ares in Wonder Woman. He has also written a novel and directed a BAFTA-nominated short film. 

 14 Paul Dano

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City

Popular American stage and screen actor, Paul Dano is recognised for his performances in films like Little Miss Sunshine, L.I.E., There Will Be Blood and Love & Mercy as well as television miniseries Escape at Dannemora. The versatile actor, who began his career on stage as a child artist, has also ventured into direction and scriptwriting with the movie Wildlife.

 15 Rob McElhenney

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 16 Zach Galifianakis

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA

 17 Amber Tamblyn

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 18 Fran Drescher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew Gardens, New York, United States

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

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 19 Ali Wong

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 20 William Zabka

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 21 Charles Dance

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Redditch, Worcestershire
Charles Dance is best known as Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones and Lord Mountbatten in Netflix’s The Crown. He started as a Shakespearean actor and has also received the OBE. He has also appeared in Childhood's End, The Jewel in the Crown, and the films Alien 3 and Kabloonak

 22 John Hughes

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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Died: August 6, 2009

Largely known for popularizing the teen movie genre in the 1980s, John Hughes had dropped out of university to work as an ad copywriter and then a comedy writer. He soared to fame with his stories in National Lampoon magazine and then directed many films of the National Lampoon franchise.

 23 James Wan

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

 24 Shelley Duvall

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

 25 Rosario Dawson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

A popular actress, producer, and activist, Rosario Dawson is known as much for her involvement in politics and philanthropy as for her work in films and television. A strong supporter of various charitable organizations, such as One Campaign and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Rosario came out as member of the LGBT community in 2020.

 26 Rian Johnson

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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: December 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

 27 Jordan Peele

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 28 Scott Foley

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas
Scott Foley is best known for his Teen Choice Award-nominated role of Noel Crane in Felicity and the lead Will Chase in Whiskey Cavalier. Some of his other notable projects are Scrubs, The Unit, and Scandal. He also made his directorial and writing debut with Let's Kill Ward's.

 29 Liev Schreiber

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California

Actor, director, and screenwriter, Liev Schreiber, is mainly known for his appearances in independent films. He had a difficult childhood and struggled a lot as a young man before destiny led him to the world of entertainment. Besides his work on the screen, Liev Schreiber has appeared in many Shakespearean plays.

 30 Teri Hatcher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California
Teri Hatcher is best known for her Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning performance as Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives. She also voiced Dottie in the Planes movies and was seen as Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and as Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.

 31 Dax Shepard

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milford, Michigan, USA

 32 René Angélil

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Famous As: Record Producers
Birthdate: January 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: January 14, 2016

 33 John C. Reilly

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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 34 Zoe Kazan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 35 Domhnall Gleeson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 36 Noel Gallagher

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Longsight, Manchester, United Kingdom

 37 Jason Lee

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California, United States

 38 Guillermo del Toro

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Famous As: Filmmaker, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most popular Mexican filmmakers of all time. Along with Alejandro Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, he is known as one of the Three Amigos of Cinema. He also played a major role as a former special effects makeup artist. In 2018, he was named in Time's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 39 Ryan Dunn

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Famous As: Stunt Performer
Birthdate: June 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medina, Ohio, USA
Died: June 20, 2011

 40 Joel Coen

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: November 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States

 41 Michael Richards

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States

 42 Ethan Coen

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States

 43 Edgar Wright

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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: April 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poole
Director Edgar Wright is best known for the film Shaun of the Dead, part of “The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy." He also directed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and co-wrote Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and the Marvel film Ant-Man. His signature style includes tracking shots and zooms. 

 44 Ari Aster

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 45 Sally Hawkins

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dulwich, London, England, UK

 46 Bill Burr

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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canton, Massachusetts, United States

 47 Rob Riggle

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

 48 Keegan-Michael Key

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Southfield, Michigan, USA

 49 Jason Mantzoukas

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nahant, Massachusetts, United States

 50 Ben McKenzie

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
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