Woody Allen Biography (1935-)

Original name, Allen Stewart Konigsberg; born December 1, 1935, in Brooklyn,NY; legal name, Heywood Allen; son of Martin (a waiter and jewelry engraver)and Nettie (a bookkeeper; maiden name, Cherry) Konigsberg; married Harlene Rosen, March 15, 1956 (divorced, 1962); married Louise Lasser (an actress), February 2, 1966 (divorced, 1969); companion of Mia Farrow (an actress), c. 1980-92; married Soon-Yi Previn, December 22, 1997; children: (with Farrow) Satchel O'Sullivan Farrow, Dylan Farrow, Moses Amadeus Farrow; (third marriage) Bechet Dumaine, Manzie Tio. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Manager: MBST Entertainment, 345 N. Maple Dr., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, screenwriter
Birth Details
December 1, 1935
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Victor Shakapopulis, What's New, Pussycat? (also known as Quoide neuf, Pussycat?), United Artists, 1965
  • Narrator, host, and voice characterization, What's Up, Tiger Lily?, American International, 1966
  • Jimmy Bond and Dr. Noah, Charles K. Feldman's Casino Royale (alsoknown as Casino Royale), Columbia, 1967
  • Virgil Starkwell, Take the Money and Run, Cinerama, 1969
  • Fielding Mellish, Bananas, United Artists, 1971
  • Allan Felix, Play It Again, Sam (also known as Aspirins for Three), Paramount, 1972
  • Victor, Fabrizio, Fool, Sperm, and other characters, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* (*but were afraid to ask) (also known as Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex), United Artists, 1972
  • Miles Monroe, Sleeper, United Artists, 1973
  • Boris Dimitovich Grushenko, Love and Death, United Artists, 1975
  • Howard Prince, The Front, Columbia, 1976
  • (In archive footage) America at the Movies, 1976
  • Alvy Singer, Annie Hall, United Artists, 1977
  • Isaac Davis, Manhattan, United Artists, 1979
  • Sandy Bates, Stardust Memories, United Artists, 1980
  • Himself, To Woody Allen, from Europe with Love, 1980
  • Andrew Hobbs, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Leonard Zelig (title role), Zelig, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Title role, Broadway Danny Rose, Orion, 1984
  • Mickey Sachs, Hannah and Her Sisters, Orion, 1986
  • Himself, Fifty Years of Action!, 1986
  • Meeting Woody Allen (also known as J. L. G. Meets W. A. andMeetin' WA), 1986
  • (Uncredited) Narrator, Radio Days, Orion, 1987
  • Mr. Alien, King Lear, Cannon, 1987
  • Sheldon Mills, "Oedipus Wrecks," New York Stories, Buena Vista, 1989
  • Cliff Stern, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Orion, 1989
  • Nick, Scenes from a Mall, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Kleinman, Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1992
  • Gabe Roth, Husbands and Wives, TriStar, 1992
  • Larry Lipton, Manhattan Murder Mystery, TriStar, 1993
  • Lenny, Mighty Aphrodite (also known as Eros), Miramax, 1995
  • Joe Berlin, Everyone Says I Love You, Miramax, 1996
  • Harry Block, Deconstructing Harry, Fine Line, 1997
  • Narrator (American version), Liv Ullmann scener fra et liv, 1997
  • (Uncredited) Theatre director, The Impostors, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1998
  • Voice of Z-4165, Antz (animated), DreamWorks, 1998
  • Himself, Wild Man Blues (documentary), Fine Line, 1998
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Himself, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (also known as La fille d'un soldat ne pleure jamais), 1998
  • Himself, Sweet and Lowdown, Columbia TriStar, 1999
  • (Uncredited) Lowther, Company Man, Paramount, 1999
  • Ray Winkler, Small Time Crooks, DreamWorks, 2000
  • Tex Cowley, Picking up the Pieces, Kushner-Locke Company, 2000
  • (In archive footage) Voice of Z-4165, CyberWorld, 2000
  • Himself, Ljuset haaller mig saellskap (also known as Light Keeps Me Company), First Run Features, 2000
  • Himself, The Sid Caesar Collection: The Magic of Live TV, CreativeLight Worldwide, 2000
  • Himself, The Sid Caesar Collection: Inside the Writer's Room, Creative Light Worldwide, 2000
  • Himself, The Sid Caesar Collection: Creating the Comedy, CreativeLight Worldwide, 2000
  • C. W. Briggs, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (also known as ImBann des Jade Skorpions), Creative Light Worldwide, 2001
  • Himself, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, Creative Light Worldwide, 2001
  • Himself, The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites--The Professor and Other Clowns, Creative Light Worldwide, 2001
  • Himself, The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites--The Love &Laughter, Creative Light Worldwide, 2001
  • Himself, The Sid Caesar Collection: The Fan Favorites--The Dream Teamof Comedy, Creative Light Worldwide, 2001
  • Val Waxman, Hollywood Ending, DreamWorks, 2002
  • Anything Else, DreamWorks, 2003
  • Film Director
  • What's Up, Tiger Lily?, American International, 1966
  • Take the Money and Run, Cinerama, 1969
  • Bananas, United Artists, 1971
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* (*but were afraid to ask) (also known as Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex), United Artists, 1972
  • Sleeper, United Artists, 1973
  • Love and Death, United Artists, 1975
  • Annie Hall, United Artists, 1977
  • Interiors, United Artists, 1978
  • Manhattan, United Artists, 1979
  • Stardust Memories, United Artists, 1980
  • A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Zelig, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Broadway Danny Rose, Orion, 1984
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo, Orion, 1985
  • Hannah and Her Sisters, Orion, 1986
  • Radio Days, Orion, 1987
  • September, Orion, 1987
  • Another Woman, Orion, 1988
  • "Oedipus Wrecks," New York Stories, Buena Vista, 1989
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors, Orion, 1989
  • Alice, Orion, 1990
  • Husbands and Wives, TriStar, 1992
  • Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1992
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery, TriStar, 1993
  • Bullets over Broadway, Miramax, 1994
  • Mighty Aphrodite (also known as Eros), Miramax, 1995
  • Everyone Says I Love You, Miramax, 1996
  • Deconstructing Harry, Fine Line, 1997
  • Celebrity, Miramax, 1998
  • Sweet and Lowdown, Columbia TriStar, 1999
  • Small Time Crooks, DreamWorks, 2000
  • The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (also known as Im Bann des JadeSkorpions), DreamWorks, 2001
  • Hollywood Ending, DreamWorks, 2002
  • Anything Else, DreamWorks, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Associate producer, What's Up, Tiger Lily?, American International, 1966
  • Musician: clarinet, Wild Man Blues (documentary), Fine Line, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Himself, That Was the Week That Was, 1964
  • Regular, Hot Dog, NBC, 1970-1971
  • Movies
  • Title role, Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, 1971
  • Walter Hollander, Don't Drink the Water, ABC, 1994
  • Al Lewis, The Sunshine Boys, CBS, 1995
  • Specials
  • The Best on Record, NBC, 1965
  • Himself, Woody Allen, 1965
  • Host, Woody's First Special, CBS, 1969
  • The Woody Allen Special, NBC, 1969
  • Plimpton! Did You Hear the One about ... ?, ABC, 1971
  • Himself, The Making of "The Front," 1976
  • The Sensational, Shocking, Wonderful, Wacky 70s, NBC, 1980
  • Himself, L'oeuvre et la vie de Woody Allen, 1982
  • Storytellers: The P.E.N. Celebration, PBS, 1987
  • Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed, 1994
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Candid Camera's 50th Anniversary, 1996
  • Cannes ... les 400 coups, 1997
  • Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry, Comedy Central, 1997
  • Woody Allen: A to Z, TCM, 1997
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies, CBS, 1998
  • NYTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998
  • Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion, HBO, 1998
  • (Archive footage) Himself, A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th Anniversary, 1998
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies: In Search of, 1998
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies: The Antiheroes, 1998
  • Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is, HBO, 1999
  • Himself, Bunuel en Hollywood, 2000
  • Himself, Waiting for Woody, 2000
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Playboy: The Party Continues, 2000
  • (In archive footage) Himself, Celebrity Profile: Brooke Shields, 2001
  • Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, Cinemax, 2001
  • Hail Sid Ceasar!: The Golden Age of Comedy, Showtime, 2001
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Himself, Inside the Playboy Mansion, 2002
  • Himself, Woody Allen: A Life in Film, TCM, 2002
  • Himself, Last Laugh, 2002
  • 100 Years of Hope and Humor, NBC, 2003
  • Also appeared in Gene Kelly in New York.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1987
  • Himself, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Candid Camera, CBS, 1963
  • What's My Line?, 1963, 1964, 1965
  • The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1965
  • Hullabaloo, NBC, 1965
  • Himself, Toast of the Town, 1965
  • Guest host, Hippodrome, CBS, 1966
  • What's My Line?, 1966, 1967
  • Himself, Toast of the Town, 1967
  • Host, "Woody Allen Looks at 1967," The Kraft Music Hall, NBC, 1967
  • I've Got a Secret, 1967
  • Himself, "The Woody Allen Special," The Kraft Music Hall, NBC, 1969
  • Himself, Toast of the Town, 1969
  • Himself, V.I.P.-Schaukel, 1977
  • "Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed," American Masters, PBS, 1994
  • Voice of himself, "My Dinner with Woody," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 1997
  • Himself, Parkinson, BBC, 1999
  • Also appeared in The Dick Cavett Show, ABC; The Tonight Show, NBC; Gypsy; as himself, Lordagshjornet.
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Director, Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, 1971
  • Director, Don't Drink the Water, ABC, 1994
  • Director, Sounds from a Town I Love, 2001
  • Specials
  • Segment director, The Concert for New York City, VH1, 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Allan Felix, Play It Again, Sam, Broadhurst Theatre, 1969
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Woody Allen, Colpix, 1964
  • Woody Allen, Volume 2, Colpix, 1965
  • Woody Allen, Stand-Up Comic: 1964-1968, United Artists Records, 1978
  • Also recorded Woody Allen, The Night Club Years.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • The Laughmaker, 1962
  • What's New, Pussycat? (also known as Quoi de neuf, Pussycat?), United Artists, 1965
  • (With Frank Buxton, Len Maxwell, Louise Lasser, Mickey Rose, Julie Bennett, Kazuo Yamada, and Bryna Wilson) What's Up, Tiger Lily?, American International, 1966
  • (Uncredited) Charles K. Feldman's Casino Royale (also known as Casino Royale), 1967
  • (With Rose) Take the Money and Run, Cinerama, 1969
  • Don't Drink the Water (based on his stage play), 1969
  • (With Rose) Bananas, United Artists, 1971, published in Four Screenplays, Random House (New York City), 1978
  • Play It Again, Sam (based on his stage play; also known as Aspirins for Three), Paramount, 1972
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex* (*but were afraid to ask) (based on the book by David Ruben), United Artists, 1972
  • (With Marshall Brickman) Sleeper, United Artists, 1973, publishedin Four Screenplays, Random House, 1978
  • Love and Death, United Artists, 1975, published in Four Screenplays, Random House, 1978
  • (With Brickman) Annie Hall, United Artists, 1977, published in Four Screenplays, Random House, 1978, and in Four Films of Woody Allen, Random House, 1982
  • Interiors, United Artists, 1978, published in Four Films of Woody Allen, Random House, 1982
  • (With Brickman) Manhattan, United Artists, 1979, published in Four Films of Woody Allen, Random House, 1982
  • Stardust Memories, United Artists, 1980, published in Four Films of Woody Allen, Random House, 1982
  • A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Zelig, Warner Bros., 1983, published in Three Films of Woody Allen, Random House, 1987
  • Broadway Danny Rose, Orion, 1984, published in Three Films of Woody Allen, Random House, 1987
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo, Orion, 1985, published in Three Filmsof Woody Allen, Random House, 1987
  • Hannah and Her Sisters, Orion, 1986, published by Random House, 1986
  • Meeting Woody Allen (also known as J. L. G. Meets W. A. andMeetin' WA), 1986
  • Radio Days, Orion, 1987
  • September, Orion, 1987
  • Another Woman, Orion, 1988
  • "Oedipus Wrecks," New York Stories, Buena Vista, 1989
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors, Orion, 1989
  • Somebody or The Rise and Fall of Philosophy, 1989
  • Alice, Orion, 1990
  • Husbands and Wives, TriStar, 1992
  • Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1992
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery, TriStar, 1993
  • (With Douglas McGrath) Bullets over Broadway, Miramax, 1994
  • Mighty Aphrodite (also known as Eros), Miramax, 1995
  • Everyone Says I Love You, Miramax, 1996
  • Deconstructing Harry, Fine Line, 1997
  • Count Mercury Goes to the Suburbs, 1997
  • Celebrity, Miramax, 1998
  • Sweet and Lowdown, Columbia TriStar, 1999
  • Small Time Crooks, DreamWorks, 2000
  • The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (also known as Im Bann des JadeSkorpions), DreamWorks, 2001
  • Hollywood Ending, DreamWorks, 2002
  • Anything Else, DreamWorks, 2003
  • Film Composer
  • Sleeper, 1973
  • Television Movies
  • Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story, 1971
  • Don't Drink the Water (based on his stage play), ABC, 1994
  • Sounds from a Town I Love, 2001
  • Television Specials
  • (With Larry Gelbart) The Sid Caesar Show, NBC, 1958
  • (With Gelbart) Hooray for Love, CBS, 1960
  • Woody's First Special, CBS, 1969
  • (With Marshall Brickman and Mickey Rose) The Woody Allen Special,NBC, 1969
  • Television Episodes
  • Your Show of Shows, NBC, 1950
  • Stanley, 1956
  • The Sid Caesar Show (also known as Caesar's Hour), 1957
  • Candid Camera, 1960
  • Staff writer for The Colgate Comedy Hour, NBC; The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom, ABC; The Tonight Show, NBC; The Garry Moore Show, CBS.
  • Stage Plays
  • (Contributor) From A to Z (revue), produced at Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Don't Drink the Water, produced at Morosco Theatre, New York City,1966, published by Samuel French (New York City), 1967
  • Play It Again, Sam, produced at Broadhurst Theatre, 1969, published by Random House, 1969
  • God: A Comedy in One Act, published by Samuel French, 1975
  • The Floating Light Bulb, produced at Vivian Beaumont Theatre, NewYork City, 1981, published by Random House, 1982
  • Death Defying Acts, 1995
  • Radio Plays
  • Death: A Comedy in One Act (staged as Death Knocks), 1975,published by Samuel French, 1975
  • God, performed by the National Radio Theatre of Chicago, 1978, published by Samuel French, 1975
  • Other Writings
  • Getting Even (humor collection), Random House, 1971
  • Without Feathers (humor collection), Random House, 1975
  • Non-Being and Somethingness (collections from the comic strip Inside Woody Allen), illustrated by Stuart Hemple, Random House, 1978
  • Side Effects (humor collection), Random House, 1980
  • The Lunatic's Tale, Redpath Press, 1986
  • The Illustrated Woody Allen Reader, 1993
  • Contributor to magazines, including New Yorker, Saturday Review, Playboy, and Esquire.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Adler, Bill, and Jeff Feinman, Woody Allen: Clown Prince of American Humor, Pinnacle Books, 1975
    • Anobile, Richard, editor, Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam," Grosset, 1977
    • Bjorkman, Stig, ed., Woody Allen on Woody Allen, 1994
    • Blake, Richard A., Woody Allen: Profane and Sacred, Scarecrow Press, 1995
    • Brode, Douglas, Woody Allen: His Films and Career, Citadel, 1985
    • Cohen, Sarah Blacher, editor, From Hester Street to Hollywood: The Jewish-American Stage and Screen, Indiana University Press, 1983
    • De Navacelle, Thierry, Woody Allen on Location, Morrow, 1987
    • Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 44: American Screenwriters, Second Series, Gale, 1986
    • Fox, Julia, Woody: Movies from Manhattan, 1995
    • Guthrie, Lee, Woody Allen: A Biography, Drake, 1978
    • Hirsch, F., Love, Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life: Woody Allen's Comedy, McGraw, 1981
    • Kael, Pauline, Reeling, Little, Brown, 1976
    • Lahr, John, Automatic Vaudeville: Essays on Star Turns, Knopf, 1984
    • Lax, Eric, On Being Funny: Woody Allen and Comedy, Charterhouse, 1975
    • Lax, Eric, Woody Allen-A Biography, Knopf, 1991
    • Palmer, M., Woody Allen, Proteus Press, 1980
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    • Yacowar, Maurice, Loser Takes All: The Comic Art of Woody Allen, Ungar, 1979
    Periodicals
    • Atlantic, August, 1971; December, 1982; May, 1985
    • Comparative Drama, winter, 1980
    • Cosmopolitan, February, 1995, p. 216
    • Entertainment Weekly, February 21, 2003, p. 64
    • Esquire, April, 1987; October, 1994, p. 84
    • Film Comment, March/April, 1974; March/April, 1978; May/June, 1979; May/June, 1986
    • Film Quarterly, winter, 1972; March/April, 1987
    • Maclean's, May 6, 2002, p. 54
    • Newsweek, July 20, 1998, p. 67
    • New York Times Magazine, January 7, 1973; April 22, 1979; January19, 1986
    • People Weekly, August 12, 1995, p. 39; January 12, 1998, p. 63
    • Psychology Today, May/June, 1993, p. 22
    • Rolling Stone, April 9, 1987
    • Time, October 23, 1989, p. 76; March 18, 1996, p. 89; December 9,1996, p. 81
    • Times (London), May 24, 1990; July 21, 1990
    • Variety, May 13, 2002, p. S5

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