Woody Allen

Woody Allen

Actor, Director, Author, Writer

BIO

Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, film director, actor, comedian, writer, musician, and playwright.

Allen's distinctive films, which run the gamut from dramas to screwball sex comedies, have made him a notable American director. He is also distinguished by his rapid rate of production and his very large body of work. Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majority of them. For inspiration, Allen draws heavily on literature, sexuality, philosophy, psychology, Jewish identity, and the history of cinema, among a wealth of other fields of interest.

Allen developed a passion for music early on and is a celebrated jazz clarinetist. What began as a teenage avocation has led to regular public performances at various small venues in his hometown of Manhattan, with occasional appearances at various jazz festivals. Allen joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral Ragtime Orchestra in performances that provided the film score for his 1973 comedy Sleeper, and performed in a rare European tour in 1996, which became the subject of the documentary Wild Man Blues.

Birthday

Dec. 1, 1935

Place of birth

New York City, New York, USA

Known for

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7.5

David Blaine: Real or Magic

David Blaine's signature brand of street magic mystifies the most recognisable celebrities in the... Read more

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Sophia, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Documentary exploring the formidable life and career of Italian film star Sophia Loren. With inte... Read more

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Marvin Hamlisch: The Way He Was

When Marvin Hamlisch passed away in August 2012 the worlds of music, theatre and cinema lost a ta... Read more

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Ain't Misbehavin

18 years after his last film, (The Troubles We've Seen), Marcel Ophuls emerges from retirement as... Read more

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Wild Man Blues

Wild Man Blues is a 1998 documentary film directed by Barbara Kopple, about the musical avocation... Read more

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Casting By

This essential new documentary pays tribute to the legacy of the late, legendary casting director... Read more

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Light Keeps Me Company

Carl-Gustaf Nykvist's documentary about his father, Sven Nykvist. The film is based on Sven's mem... Read more

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The Unbelievers

Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss cross the globe as they speak publicly ab... Read more

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Vittorio D

A documentary about Vittorio de Sica with clips of his films and testimonials from friends and fa... Read more

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Woody Allen: A Life in Film

A series of interviews with Woody Allen interlaced with clips from his films. Read more

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Meetin' WA

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television Read more

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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hicks ("Shine") documents an eventful year in the career ... Read more

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Zelig

Fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebr... Read more

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Woody Allen: Granada 1971

This is never-broadcast footage of Woody Allen being interviewed by Granada TV in Manchester in 1... Read more

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To My Great Chagrin

The story of eccentric, avant-garde New York comic, Theodore Gottlieb. Known as Brother Theodore... Read more

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The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell

A fascinating look at the most beloved comedy team in motion picture history. Exclusive interview... Read more

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The Magic of Fellini

Documentary with interviews and clips of Fellini's movies. Read more

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Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

Brilliant, long in-the-works story of the life and art of the world's greatest comedian and the c... Read more

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Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story

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Woody Allen: A Documentary

A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn a... Read more

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100 Greatest Stand-Ups

Several people walk into a bar... The funniest comedians of our time stand up to be counted down ... Read more