Woody Allen

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Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, December 1, 1935) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian, musician and playwright whose career spans more than 50 years.

He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen began performing as a stand-up comic, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. As a comic, he developed the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish, which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen in fourth place on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics, while a UK survey ranked Allen as the third greatest comedian.

By the mid-1960s Allen was writing and directing films, first specializing in slapstick comedies before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the 1970s. He is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late '70s. Allen often stars in his films, typically in the persona he developed as a standup. Some best-known of his over 40 films are Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and Midnight in Paris (2011). Critic Roger Ebert described Allen as "a treasure of the cinema."

Allen has been nominated 24 times and won four Academy Awards: three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director (Annie Hall). He has more screenwriting Academy Award nominations than any other writer. He has won nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. Allen performs regularly as a jazz clarinetist at small venues in Manhattan. In 2011, PBS televised the film biography, Woody Allen: A Documentary, on the American Masters TV series.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 Woody Allen & la Musique: de Manhattan à Midnight in Paris Compilation Woody Allen 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 Wild Man Blues Soundtrack Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band 1

Album + Spokenword

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1964 Woody Allen Spokenword Woody Allen 1
1965 Woody Allen, Volume 2 Spokenword Woody Allen 1
1968 The Third Woody Allen Album Spokenword Woody Allen 1
1972 The Nightclub Years 1964–1968 Spokenword Woody Allen 2
1978 Standup Comic Spokenword Woody Allen 3
Woody Allen on Comedy Spokenword Woody Allen 1

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