10 Best Play/screenplay writers

by caroline-leech | created - 26 Apr 2011 | updated - 26 Apr 2011 | Public

1. William Shakespeare

Writer | Ax Saloon: The Legend

William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...

2. Jeff Nathanson

Writer | Speed 2: Cruise Control

Jeff Nathanson was born on October 12, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).

3. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

4. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Inception

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.

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5. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Artificial Intelligence: AI

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

6. Craig Pearce

Writer | Moulin Rouge!

Craig Pearce is a writer and actor, known for Moulin Rouge! (2001), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and The Great Gatsby (2013).

7. David Seidler

Writer | The King's Speech

David Seidler was born in 1937 in London, England. He is a writer, known for The King's Speech (2010), Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988) and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).

8. Stan Lee

Writer | Doctor Strange

Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Stan was born in New York City, to Celia (Solomon) and Jack Lieber, a dress cutter. His parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the ...

9. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

10. Steve Kloves

Writer | Wonder Boys

Steve Kloves was born on March 18, 1960 in Austin, Texas, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Wonder Boys (2000), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).