Woody Allen

Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Lowest Rated: 14% Company Man (2001)
Birthday: Dec 1, 1935
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. Drawing universal insight from the traditions of Yiddish humor, Allen established himself both as a comic Everyman and one of American filmmaking's true auteurs, writing and directing features which broke with established narrative conventions and infused the screen-comedy form with unprecedented substance and depth.Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, on December 1, 1935, he adopted his stage name at the age of 17, and in 1953 enrolled in New York University's film program, quickly failing the course "Motion Picture Production" and soon dropping out of school to begin writing for comedian David Alber for the sum of 20 dollars a week. Two years later, Allen graduated to writing for television, working on the staff of the legendary Your Show of Shows, as well as penning material for Pat Boone. During his five-year tenure in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination, but like Mel Brooks, Allen found his writing career stifling, and he eventually decided to try his hand as a standup performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP.In 1965, Allen made his film debut, writing and starring in the Clive Donner farce What's New, Pussycat?; he also continued his standup career, but his interest in live performance was clearly waning. With 1966's What's Up, Tiger Lily?, a puckish re-tooling of a Japanese spy thriller complete with his own story line and dubbed English dialogue, he made his directorial debut. After appearing in the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale, his rise to fame continued when his play Don't Drink the Water was produced on Broadway. In 1969 Allen directed two short films for a CBS television special: Cupid's Shaft, a satire of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, and an adaptation of Pygmalion. However, Allen's career as a filmmaker fully took flight with the gangster send-up Take the Money and Run (1969), in which he starred, co-wrote, and directed. His status as an auteur was further solidified with 1971's Bananas and the following year's episodic Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask). Allen next appeared in Herbert Ross's 1972 feature Play It Again, Sam, followed by his own return to the director's chair for 1973's futuristic comedy Sleeper. While remaining as outlandish as his previous work, 1975's period comedy Love and Death signaled Allen's desire for respect as a serious filmmaker.Allen's breakthrough was 1977's Best Picture-winning Annie Hall; bittersweet and deeply personal, it established a new kind of comedy -- soul-searching and sophisticated, even the film's nonlinear narrative was experimental. A major commercial hit as well as a critical success, Annie Hall announced a new era of intelligence and complexity in American comedies, but Allen himself subsequently turned away from humor completely with 1978's Interiors, a brooding drama inspired by the films of his hero Ingmar Bergman. While earning a pair of Oscar nominations, the feature received wildly mixed reviews.With 1979's Manhattan, however, Allen's comic impulses and his desire for respect met halfway, and the results were remarkable; an autobiographical ode to his beloved New York City set against the music of George Gershwin, the film, luminously shot in black-and-white, was widely hailed as a masterpiece, and remains one of his definitive works. Its follow-up, 1980's Stardust Memories, recalled Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 in its depiction of a filmmaker torn between his audience's desire for comedy and his own aspirations toward more fulfilling work. Bergman was again the inspiration behind 1982's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, the first of Allen's films to star new paramour Mia Farrow; his fascination with his o

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
58% Always at the Carlyle Actor 2018
30% Wonder Wheel Screenwriter Director Producer 2017
71% Café Society Screenwriter Director $11.1M 2016
46% Irrational Man Screenwriter Director 2015
51% Magic in the Moonlight Screenwriter Director 2014
55% Fading Gigolo Murray $3.2M 2014
44% The Unbelievers Actor 2013
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
No Score Yet Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Himself 2013
91% Blue Jasmine Screenwriter Director 2013
43% Paris Manhattan Himself 2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman Actor 2013
No Score Yet Un Voyageur Actor 2013
45% To Rome with Love Screenwriter Director Jerry $16.6M 2012
No Score Yet Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read Actor 2012
93% Midnight in Paris Screenwriter Director $55.5M 2011
90% Woody Allen: A Documentary Actor 2011
46% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Director Screenwriter $3.3M 2010
49% Whatever Works Screenwriter Director $5.4M 2009
81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona Screenwriter Director $23.2M 2008
84% Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts Actor 2008
46% Cassandra's Dream Director Screenwriter $0.9M 2007
No Score Yet Brother Theodore Actor 2007
No Score Yet Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven Actor 2007
No Score Yet Je t'aime... moi non plus: Artistes et critiques Actor 2007
41% Scoop Screenwriter Sid Waterman Director $10.5M 2006
65% The Outsider Actor 2006
76% Match Point Screenwriter Director $23.2M 2005
38% The Ballad of Greenwich Village Actor 2005
52% Melinda and Melinda Director Screenwriter $3.8M 2005
No Score Yet Filmakers In Action (Cineastes en acció) Actor 2005
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Actor 2004
40% Anything Else David Dobel Director Screenwriter $3.2M 2003
No Score Yet Woody Allen: A Life in Film Himself 2002
46% Hollywood Ending Screenwriter Val Director $4.8M 2002
46% The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Director Screenwriter C.W. Briggs $6.8M 2001
83% Light Keeps Me Company Actor 2001
14% Company Man Lowther 2001
86% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Actor 2001
66% Small Time Crooks Director Screenwriter Ray Winkler 2000
No Score Yet Picking Up the Pieces Tex 2000
77% Sweet and Lowdown himself Screenwriter Director 1999
62% The Impostors Producer (uncredited) 1999
41% Celebrity Director Screenwriter 1998
93% Antz Z 1998
86% Wild Man Blues Actor 1998
73% Deconstructing Harry Harry Block Director Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet The Sunshine Boys Al Lewis 1997
79% Everyone Says I Love You Director Screenwriter Joe 1996
77% Mighty Aphrodite Lenny Winerib Director Screenwriter 1995
44% Don't Drink the Water Director Screenwriter Walter Hollander 1994
97% Bullets Over Broadway Director Screenwriter 1994
No Score Yet Academy Award Winners, The First 50 Years: Volume 10 - Hollywood Comes to Age Actor 1994
93% Manhattan Murder Mystery Director Screenwriter Larry Lipton 1993
93% Husbands and Wives Prof. Gabriel 'Gabe' Roth Gabe Roth Director Screenwriter 1992
50% Shadows and Fog Kleinman Screenwriter Director 1992
32% Scenes from a Mall Nick Fifer 1991
75% Alice Screenwriter Director 1990
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors Screenwriter Clifford Stern Director 1989
74% New York Stories Director Screenwriter Sheldon Mills $10.8M 1989
65% Another Woman Screenwriter Director 1988
67% September Director Screenwriter 1987
50% King Lear Mr. Alien 1987
88% Radio Days Screenwriter The Narrator Narrator Director 1987
91% Hannah and Her Sisters Screenwriter Director Mickey 1986
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo Screenwriter Director 1985
100% Broadway Danny Rose Danny Rose Director Screenwriter 1984
100% Zelig Director 1983
75% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Director Andrew Screenwriter 1982
70% Stardust Memories Sandy Bates Screenwriter Director 1980
95% Manhattan Director Screenwriter Isaac Davis 1979
79% Interiors Screenwriter Director 1978
97% Annie Hall Alvy Singer Screenwriter Director 1977
75% The Front Howard Prince 1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies Actor 1976
100% Love and Death Director Boris Screenwriter 1975
100% Sleeper Director Miles Monroe Screenwriter 1973
90% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask Fool Fabrizio Cowardly Sperm Victor Director 1972
97% Play It Again, Sam Allan Screenwriter 1972
88% Bananas Director Fielding Mellish Screenwriter 1971
90% Take the Money and Run Virgil Starkwell Director Screenwriter 1969
26% Casino Royale Jimmy Bond 1967
84% What's Up, Tiger Lily? Producer Narrator/Host/Voices Himself/Dub Voice/Projectionist Director Screenwriter 1966
33% What's New, Pussycat? Screenwriter Victor 1965
No Score Yet To My Great Chagrin: Brother Theodore Actor

TV

CREDIT
17% Crisis in Six Scenes
2016
Creator Director Screenwriter Sidney J. Munsinger
  • 2016
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet Crisis in six scenes (inactive)
Director Screenwriter

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