Woody Allen

(1935 / The Bronx, New York City, New York)

Woody Allen
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Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician whose career spans over half a century.

He began as a comedy writer in the 1950s, penning jokes and scripts for television and also publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen started 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 insists is quite different from his real-life personality. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen in fourth place on a list of the 100 greatest ... more »

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  • ''Man consists of two parts, his mind and his body, only the body has more fun.''
    Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker. Quoted in Graham McCann, Woody Allen: New Yorker, ch. 2 (1990). Boris (Allen), Love and Death, directed and scr...
  • ''I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.''
    Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker. Guardian (London, March 23, 1992).
  • ''I've never been an intellectual but I have this look.''
    Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker. International Herald Tribune (Paris, March 18, 1992).
  • ''Right now it's only a notion, but I think I can get the money to make it into a concept, and later turn it into an idea.''
    Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker, actor, and Marshall Brickman (b. 1941), U.S. screenwriter. Man at Tony Lacey's party, Annie Hall (1977).
  • ''I finally had an orgasm and my doctor told me it was the wrong kind.''
    Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker, and Marshall Brickman, screenwriter. Woody Allen. Polly (Tisa Farrow), in Manhattan (film) (1979). repr. In...
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