Woody Allen

BirthDay:

01 Dec 1935

BirthPlace:

The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Allan Stewart Konigsberg

Bio:

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy, he became intrigued with magic tricks and playing the clarinet, two hobbies that he continues today.

Allen broke into show business at 15 years when he started writing jokes for a local paper, receiving $200 a week. He later moved on to write jokes for talk shows but felt that his jokes were being wasted. His agents, Charles Joffe and Jack Rollins, convinced him to start doing stand-up and telling his own jokes. Reluctantly he agreed and, although he initially performed with such fear of the audience that he would cover his ears when they applauded his jokes, he eventually became very successful at stand-up. After performing on stage for a few years, he was approached to write a script for Warren Beatty to star in: What's New Pussycat (1965) and would also have a moderate role as a character in the film. During production, Woody gave himself more and better lines and left Beatty with less compelling dialogue. Beatty inevitably quit the project and was replaced by Peter Sellers, who demanded all the best lines and more screen-time.

It was from this experience that Woody realized that he could not work on a film without complete control over its production. Woody's theoretical directorial debut was in What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966); a Japanese spy flick that he dubbed over with his own comedic dialogue about spies searching for the secret recipe for egg salad. His real directorial debut came the next year in the mockumentary Take the Money and Run (1969). He has written, directed and, more often than not, starred in about a film a year ever since, while simultaneously writing more than a dozen plays and several books of comedy.

While best known for his romantic comedies Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), Woody has made many transitions in his films throughout the years, transitioning from his "early, funny ones" of Bananas (1971), Love and Death (1975) and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972); to his more storied and romantic comedies of Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979) and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); to the Bergmanesque films of Stardust Memories (1980) and Interiors (1978); and then on to the more recent, but varied works of Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Husbands and Wives (1992), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), _Celebrity_ and Deconstructing Harry (1997); and finally to his films of the last decade, which vary from the light comedy of Scoop (2006), to the self-destructive darkness of Match Point (2005) and, most recently, to the cinematically beautiful tale of Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Although his stories and style have changed over the years, he is regarded as one of the best filmmakers of our time because of his views on art and his mastery of filmmaking.
Filmography

Actor ( 185 credits )

Café Society (2016) Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Untitled Woody Allen Project (2016) (6 episodes, 2016)
Le journal du Festival (2016)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Barcelona, la rosa de foc (2014)
Fading Gigolo (2013) Murray
Un voyageur (2013) Himself (archive footage)
The Unbelievers (2013) Himself
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013) Himself (archive footage)
Con Amore: A Passion for Rome (The Making of To Rome with Love) (2013) Jerry
The Sixties (2013)  Himself - Comedian (1 episode, 2014)
The Battle of Amfar (2013) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paris-Manhattan (2012) Woody Allen (uncredited)
Casting By (2012) Himself
To Rome with Love (2012) Jerry
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012) Himself
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Himself / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2012-2013
Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read (2012) Himself
Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man (2012) Himself (archive footage)
Sidewalls (2011) Isaac (archive footage) (uncredited)
Woody Before Allen (2011) Himself
Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011) Himself - interviewer (archive footage)
My Favourite Joke (2011)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 201
Life Is Bearable at Times... (2010) Himself
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Vittorio D. (2009) Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
30 for 30 (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Facing Ali (2009) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Filmania: Eiga no tatsujin (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Top star magazín (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Episódio Especial (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts (2007) Himself
Sophia: Ieri, oggi, domani (2007) Himself
To My Great Chagrin: The Unbelievable Story of Brother Theodore (2007) Himself
Banda sonora (2007)  Larry Lipton (uncredited) (1 episode, 2008)
Willkommen Österreich (2007)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
La tele de tu vida (2007)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Èxit (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Home (2006) Himself (uncredited)
Scoop (2006) Sid Waterman
El hormiguero (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
La imagen de tu vida (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Filmmakers in Action (2005) Himself
The Ballad of Greenwich Village (2005) Himself
Filmmakers vs. Tycoons (2005) Himself
The Outsider (2005) Himself
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2005)
Buenafuente (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Sunday AM (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Je t'aime... moi non plus: Artistes et critiques (2004) Himself
I Love the '90s (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Culture Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
At the Movies (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
El club (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2012)
Estravagario (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
Anything Else (2003) David Dobel
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2003) Himself - Director / Writer / Actor
Imagine (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Hollywood Ending (2002) Val
Silenci? (2002)  Himself (3 episodes, 2003-2008)
Estudio de actores (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
La nit al dia (2002)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) CW Briggs
Hail Sid Caesar! The Golden Age of Comedy (2001) Himself
Campus, le magazine de l'écrit (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001) Himself
Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000) Himself - Interviewee
Company Man (2000) Lowther (uncredited)
CyberWorld (2000) Z-4195 (voice) (archive footage)
Picking Up the Pieces (2000) Tex Cowley
Small Time Crooks (2000) Ray
Sweet and Lowdown (1999) Himself
Àgora (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Antz (1998) Z (voice)
The Impostors (1998) Audition Director (uncredited)
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998) Himself (interviewee on TV) (archive footage) (uncredit
Celebrity Profile (1998)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2001)
El informal (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Deconstructing Harry (1997) Harry Block
Liv Ullmann scener fra et liv (1997) Narrator (American Version)
The Language Master (1997) Himself
Just Shoot Me! (1997)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1997)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
HARDtalk (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Hollywood Profile (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Avisa'ns quan arribi el 2000 (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
Wild Man Blues (1997) Himself - the Clarinetist
Everyone Says I Love You (1996) Joe
Access Hollywood (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
Scene by Scene (1996)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2000)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Continuarà... (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 1997-2008)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995) Lenny
Very Important Pennis (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
Die Harald Schmidt Show (1995)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2002)
Kulturzeit (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
La senda (1994)  Himself (1994) (unknown episodes)
Les enfants de la télé (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Lignes de mire (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) Larry Lipton
Corazón, corazón (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Husbands and Wives (1992) Gabe Roth
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - Om You will meet a tall dark stranger (1 epi
Shadows and Fog (1991) Kleinman
Scenes from a Mall (1991) Nick Fifer
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (3 episodes, 1996-2012)
Bouillon de culture (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Hollywood Mavericks (1990) Alvy Singer (archive footage)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Cliff Stern
New York Stories (1989) Sheldon (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
King Lear (1987) Mr. Alien (uncredited)
Radio Days (1987) The Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Biography (1987)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-2003)
Seitenblicke (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
La marche du siècle (1987)  Himself (Interview) (1 episode, 1995)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Mickey
Meeting Woody Allen (1986) Himself
American Masters (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2011)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) Danny Rose
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (9 episodes, 1994-2012)
Showbiz Today (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Zelig (1983) Leonard Zelig
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) Andrew
Nature (1982)  Himself - Premiere of 'Born Free' (uncredited) (1 epis
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (7 episodes, 2003-2010)
20 heures le journal (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
7 sur 7 (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
To Woody Allen from Europe with Love (1980) Himself
Stardust Memories (1980) Sandy Bates
Les nouveaux rendez-vous (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 1980)
Manhattan (1979) Isaac
The South Bank Show (1978)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 1978)
Escenari (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1979)
Up Close (1978)  Himself
Annie Hall (1977) Alvy Singer
Bitte umblättern (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Front (1976) Howard Prince
America at the Movies (1976) Virgil Starkwell (archive footage)
Love and Death (1975) Boris
Arena (1975)  Himself - Interviewee (2 episodes, 1977)
Sleeper (1973) Miles Monroe
HBO Boxing (1973)  Himself - Audience Member (1 episode, 1982)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) Victor / Fabrizio / The Fool / Sperm
Play It Again, Sam (1972) Allan
Bananas (1971) Fielding Mellish
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1978-2006)
V.I.P.-Schaukel (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Hot Dog (1970)  Regular (1970-71) (unknown episodes)
Take the Money and Run (1969) Virgil Starkwell
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (2 episodes, 1969-1971)
The Joe Namath Show (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
The Dick Cavett Show (1968)  Himself (2 episodes, 1969-1971)
Frost on Sunday (1968)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
Casino Royale (1967) Jimmy Bond (Dr. Noah)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1968)
The Kraft Music Hall (1967)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1969)
Our Place (1967)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 1967)
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) Himself / Dub Voice / Projectionist
Hippodrome (1966)  Himself - Host / ... (2 episodes, 1966)
Dusty (1966)  Himself - Special Guest (1 episode, 1966)
What's New Pussycat (1965) Victor
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965)  Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Hullabaloo (1965)  Himself (2 episodes, 1965)
Gypsy (1965)  Himself (1 episode, 1966)
That Was the Week That Was (1964)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Cinema (1964)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 1971)
The Eamonn Andrews Show (1964)  Himself (3 episodes, 1964-1966)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself / ... (11 episodes, 1963-1972)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Himself / ... (11 episodes, 1962-1969)
The Andy Williams Show (1962)  Himself (2 episodes, 1965)
The Jack Paar Program (1962)  Himself (3 episodes, 1962-1964)
Password All-Stars (1961)  Himself (1 episode, 1965)
ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1974)
The New Steve Allen Show (1961)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1963)
The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957)  Himself (3 episodes, 1962)
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom (1957)  Himself (1 episode, 1960)
I've Got a Secret (1952)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 1964-1967)
What's My Line? (1950)  Himself - Guest Panelist / ... (9 episodes, 1963-1967)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1969)

Producer ( 1 credit )

What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) associate producer

Writer ( 63 credits )

Café Society (2016) (written by)
Untitled Woody Allen Project (2016) (created by) (6 episodes, 2016)
Irrational Man (2015) (written by)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014) (written by)
Blue Jasmine (2013) (written by)
To Rome with Love (2012) (written by)
Midnight in Paris (2011) (written by)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) (written by)
Sdelka (2009) (play)
Whatever Works (2009) (written by)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) (written by)
Cassandra's Dream (2007) (written by)
Scoop (2006) (written by)
Match Point (2005) (written by)
Melinda and Melinda (2004) (written by)
Anything Else (2003) (written by)
Hollywood Ending (2002) (written by)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) (written by)
Small Time Crooks (2000) (written by)
Sweet and Lowdown (1999) (written by)
Celebrity (1998) (written by)
Deconstructing Harry (1997) (written by)
Count Mercury Goes to the Suburbs (1997) (story "Count Dracula")
Everyone Says I Love You (1996) (written by)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995) (written by)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994) (written by) and
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) (written by) and
Husbands and Wives (1992) (written by)
Shadows and Fog (1991) (written by)
Alice (1990) (written by)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) (written by)
New York Stories (1989)
Somebody or The Rise and Fall of Philosophy (1989) (story "Mr Big")
Another Woman (1988) (written by)
September (1987) (written by)
Radio Days (1987) (written by)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) (written by)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) (written by)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) (written by)
Zelig (1983) (written by)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) (written by)
The Subtil Concept (1981) (story "Mr Big")
Stardust Memories (1980) (written by)
Manhattan (1979) (written by) and
Interiors (1978) (written by)
Annie Hall (1977) (written by) and
Love and Death (1975) (written by)
Sleeper (1973) (written by) and
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Bananas (1971) (written by) &
Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)
Don't Drink the Water (1969) (screenplay)
Take the Money and Run (1969) (original screenplay) and
Casino Royale (1967) (suggested by the novel "Casino Royale")
The Kraft Music Hall (1967) (1 episode, 1967)
What's New Pussycat (1965) (original screenplay)
The Sid Caesar Show (1963) (unknown episodes)
Candid Camera (1960) (unknown episodes)
The Garry Moore Show (1958) (1 episode, 1961)
Stanley (1956) (unknown episodes)
General Electric Theater (1953) (1 episode, 1960)
The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) (unknown episodes)

Director ( 49 credits )

Untitled Woody Allen Project (2017)
Café Society (2016)
Untitled Woody Allen Project (2016) (6 episodes, 2016)
Irrational Man (2015)
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
To Rome with Love (2012)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Whatever Works (2009)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Scoop (2006)
Match Point (2005)
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Anything Else (2003)
Hollywood Ending (2002)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Celebrity (1998)
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Shadows and Fog (1991)
Alice (1990)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
New York Stories (1989) (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Another Woman (1988)
September (1987)
Radio Days (1987)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Zelig (1983)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Stardust Memories (1980)
Manhattan (1979)
Interiors (1978)
Annie Hall (1977)
Love and Death (1975)
Sleeper (1973)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Bananas (1971)
Take the Money and Run (1969)
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)