Woody Allen young
December 1, 1935
5 ft 5 in | 165 cm
50 kg | 110 lbs
8 US | 38.5 EU
Heywood "Woody" Allen was born in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., on December 1, 1935, is an American actor, writer, comedian and director. Young Woody Allen first started his career as a comedy writer for television in the 1950s and as a stand up comedian in the 1960s.
He started writing short jokes when he was 15. He began his professional career as a comedy writer for The NBC Comedy Hour in Los Angeles (1955).
He made his professional stage debut as a stand up comedian at the Blue Angel nightclub in Manhattan in October 1960.
He landed his big break with his first professionally produced play Don't Drink the Water (1966). He got his big screen debut in comedy movie What's New Pussycat (1965) in role as Victor Shakapopulis, for which he wrote the screenplay.
He made his directorial debut with comedy film What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1996).
Allen's breakthrough performance came as Alvy Singer in romantic comedy movie Annie Hall (1977), for which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and he won two Academy Awards for: Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
He directed and wrote comedy movie Rifkin's Festival (2020).
He directed and wrote romantic comedy film A Rainy Day in New York (2019).
He won two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Director for movies:
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) comedy drama
Midnight in Paris (2011) fantasy comedy
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance as Leonard Zelig in comedy movie Zelig (1983).
Bananas (1971) comedy opposite Louise Lasser
Love and Death (1975) comedy with Diane Keaton
Sleeper (1973) futuristic science fiction comedy opposite Diane Keaton
Take the Money and Run (1969) comedy opposite Louise Lasser
Stardust Memories (1980) comedy drama opposite Charlotte Rampling
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) comedy mystery with Diane Keaton and Anjelica Huston
He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Director and the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay for movies:
Interiors (1978) drama
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) comedy
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) comedy drama
Bullets over Broadway (1994) black comedy crime
He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay for films:
Manhattan (1979) romantic comedy
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) romantic fantasy comedy
Radio Days (1987) comedy drama
Alice (1990) romantic fantasy
Husbands and Wives (1992) comedy drama
Mighty Aphrodite (1995) romantic comedy
Deconstructing Harry (1997) comedy
Match Point (2005) psychological thriller
Blue Jasmine (2013) black comedy drama
He directed and wrote movies:
Magic in the Moonlight (2014) romantic comedy, with Emma Stone and Colin Firth
Irrational Man (2015) crime mystery drama, with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey
Café Society (2016) romantic comedy drama, with Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Blake Lively
Wonder Wheel (2017) period drama, with Jim Belushi, Kate Winslet, Juno Temple and Justin Timberlake
Attended Hebrew school for eight years.
Attended Public School 99 (now the Isaac Asimov School for Science and Literature).
Graduated from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York City (1953).
Studied communication and film at New York University in 1953 and at City College of New York in 1954.
Has a sister, Letty.
Frequently plays a neurotic New Yorker.
Fan of jazz.
He began playing clarinet as a child.
He released the albums The Bunk Project (1993) and the soundtrack of Wild Man Blues (1997) with his band "New Orleans Jazz Band".
He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for jukebox musical Bullets Over Broadway (2014) which he wrote.
Fan of the NBA's New York Knicks.
Is a vegetarian.
Fan of Uruguayan musician Alfredo Zitarrosa.
Doesn't watch his own movies.
Received Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2014.
Has five children.
He was married to:
Soon-Yi Previn (1997)
Louise Lasser (1966-1969)
Harlene Rosen Konigsberg (1954-1957)
He was in 12-year relationship with actress Mia Farrow (1980-1992).
He dated Stacey Nelkin (1977-1979), Christina Englehardt (1976-1986), Diane Keaton (1968-1972).
I'm not afraid of dying . . . I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Basically I am a low-culture person. I prefer watching baseball with a beer and some meatballs.
I do the movies just for myself like an institutionalized person who basket-weaves. Busy fingers are happy fingers. I don't care about the films. I don't care if they're flushed down the toilet after I die.
If my film makes one more person miserable, I'll feel I've done my job.
Eighty percent of success is showing up.
I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.
Man consists of two parts, his mind and his body, only the body has more fun.
Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
Most of the time I don't have much fun. The rest of the time I don't have any fun at all.