Woody Allen is a director, screenwriter, playwright, comedian, musician, and actor.
Allen worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s. He wrote jokes and scripts for television. Additionally, Allen published several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Woody Allen began performing as a stand-up comic, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen in fourth place on a “100 Greatest Stand-up Comics,” list. A UK survey ranked Allen as the third greatest comedian ever.
He was writing and directing films in the mid 60′s, first specializing in slapstick comedies before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the 1970s. Allen often stars in his films. Some that are best-known are Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Midnight in Paris. Critic Roger Ebert described Allen as “a treasure of the cinema.”
Woody Allen has been nominated 24 times and won four Academy Awards, three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director. He has more screenwriting Academy Award nominations than any other writer. Allen has won nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. On the side, he 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, covering biographies of actors and writers who have had a profound impact on the nation’s popular culture.
How Woody Allen Made His Money – Directing, writing, and acting
Estimated Net Worth: $65 Million
Birthday: December 1, 1935