John Osborne

1929 - 1994

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John James Osborne (12 December 1929 – 24 December 1994) was an English playwright, screenwriter and actor, known for his excoriating prose and intense critical stance towards established social and political norms. The success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV. His personal life was extravagant and iconoclastic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Osborne has received more than 832,896 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). John Osborne is the 2,923rd most popular writer (down from 2,729th in 2019), the 2,197th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,998th in 2019) and the 256th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, John Osborne ranks 2,923 out of 5,794Before him are Daniel Guérin, H.D., Lucius Aelius Stilo Praeconinus, Johan Herman Wessel, Erik Gustaf Geijer, and Jean-François Revel. After him are Lilian Jackson Braun, Corrie ten Boom, Yasmina Reza, Kan Kikuchi, Charles Brockden Brown, and Antonio Beccadelli.

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Among people born in 1929, John Osborne ranks 208Before him are Roger Bannister, Kjell Askildsen, Jacques Deray, John Turner, Anastasios of Albania, and Fernando Sebastián Aguilar. After him are Christoph von Dohnányi, Mariama Bâ, John C. Bogle, Eric Carle, István Kertész, and Sunil Dutt. Among people deceased in 1994, John Osborne ranks 139Before him are Bassel al-Assad, Zein Al-Sharaf Talal, Juan Alonso, Jersey Joe Walcott, Ales Adamovich, and Zail Singh. After him are Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Paul Grimault, Maria Carta, Jiří Sobotka, Frederick Copleston, and Anatoly Alexandrov.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Osborne ranks 2,197 out of 6,924Before him are Michael Bond (1926), Leo G. Carroll (1886), John Madden (1949), John Owen (1616), Charles Kingsley (1819), and Rachel Roberts (1927). After him are Liam Payne (1993), Jimmy Somerville (1961), Bob Anderson (1931), Keith Flint (1969), Joseph Henry Blackburne (1841), and Rædwald of East Anglia (550).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Osborne ranks 256Before him are William Auld (1924), Robert Harris (1957), Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893), William Hope Hodgson (1877), Michael Bond (1926), and Charles Kingsley (1819). After him are Richard Baxter (1615), John Stott (1921), Ken Robinson (1950), James Herbert Brennan (1940), Andrew Lang (1844), and John Evelyn (1620).