600 BC - 560 BC

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Thespis (; Greek: Θέσπις; fl. 6th century BC) was an Ancient Greek poet. He was born in the ancient city of Icarius (present-day Dionysos, Greece). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thespis has received more than 512,572 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 32 in 2019). Thespis is the 291st most popular actor (down from 268th in 2019), the 135th most popular biography from Greece (down from 134th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Greek Actor.

Thespis is most famous for being the first person to act in a play.

Memorability Metrics

  • 510k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 66.46

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 31

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.59

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.22

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Thespis ranks 291 out of 13,578Before him are Michael Keaton, Farrah Fawcett, Rudolph Valentino, Sophie Marceau, Sonny Chiba, and Anthony Perkins. After him are Jeff Bridges, Tobin Bell, Janet Leigh, Ernest Borgnine, Hugh Grant, and Anna Karina.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Thespis ranks 23Before him are Bias of Priene, Mardonius, Lucius Junius Brutus, Nahum, Chilon of Sparta, and Hippias. After him are Theano, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, Cleomenes I, Mahapajapati Gotami, Aristagoras, and Ibycus. Among people deceased in 560 BC, Thespis ranks 2Before him is Alcaeus of Mytilene. After him are Alyattes of Lydia, Myia, Dorieus, and Aulus Postumius Albus Regillensis.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Thespis ranks 135 out of 1,024Before him are Chilon of Sparta (-600), Apollodorus of Athens (-180), Perseus of Macedon (-212), Demetrius of Phalerum (-350), Philip V of Macedon (-238), and Hippias (-600). After him are Antonia Minor (-36), Antipope Alexander V (1339), Tyrtaeus (-700), Pope Hyginus (100), Andronicus of Rhodes (-100), and Pope Eleutherius (171).

Among ACTORS In Greece

Among actors born in Greece, Thespis ranks 3Before him are Irene Papas (1929), and Melina Mercouri (1920). After him are Katina Paxinou (1900), John Aniston (1933), Aliki Vougiouklaki (1934), Skeet Ulrich (1970), Carl Anderson (1945), Adele Neuhauser (1959), Ariane Labed (1984), and Haruna Ikezawa (1975).

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