Woody Allen

Actor + Writer + Director
Born Dec 1, 1935

Woody Allen 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.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on December 1, 1935.
1943 7 Years Old Allen has a sister, Letty, who was born in 1943; they were raised in Midwood, Brooklyn. … Read More


1953 17 Years Old 1 More Event
While attending Hebrew school for eight years, he went to Public School 99 (now the Isaac Asimov School for Science and Literature) and to Midwood High School, where he graduated in 1953. … Read More
1955 19 Years Old As a result of the jokes Allen mailed to various writers, he was invited, then age 19, to join the NBC Writer's Development Program in 1955, followed by a job on The NBC Comedy Hour in Los Angeles. … Read More


1956 - 1958 2 More Events
1960 24 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1960 to 1969, Allen performed as a stand-up comedian to supplement his comedy writing. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old …  Allen first appeared on the Tonight Show in November 1963. … Read More
1965 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Allen had his own TV show beginning in 1965, called The Woody Allen Show, where he would intersperse humor with interviews of famous people, including Rev. Billy Graham and William F. Buckley.


1966 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, Allen wrote the play Don't Drink the Water. … Read More
Because he was not particularly happy with the 1969 film version of his play, in 1994, Allen directed and starred in a second version for television, with Michael J. Fox and Mayim Bialik. … Read More
1970 34 Years Old They divorced in 1970, and Allen did not marry again until 1997. … Read More
1972 36 Years Old In 1972, Allen wrote and starred in the film version of Play It Again, Sam, directed by Herbert Ross and co-starring Diane Keaton.


1976 40 Years Old In 1976, he starred as cashier Howard Prince, in The Front, directed by Martin Ritt. … Read More
1980 44 Years Old Around 1980, Allen began a twelve-year relationship with actress Mia Farrow, who starred in 13 of his films from 1982 to 1992. … Read More


1989 53 Years Old …  In 1989, Allen teamed with directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese to make New York Stories, an anthology film about New Yorkers. … Read More
1991 55 Years Old His 1991 film Shadows and Fog is a black-and-white homage to the German expressionists and features the music of Kurt Weill. … Read More
1992 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Allen and Farrow engaged in a heated and emotionally damaging custody battle after they broke up in January 1992, during which time Farrow alleged that he once sexually abused their daughter, which he has denied. … Read More


1996 - 2006 5 More Events
2007 71 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2007, it was announced that Allen would make two more creative debuts in the theatre, directing a work that he did not write and directing an opera — a reinterpretation of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi for the Los Angeles Opera—which debuted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on September 6, 2008. … Read More
2008 - 2011 3 More Events
2012 76 Years Old His next film, To Rome with Love, was a Rome-set comedy released in 2012. The film was structured in four vignettes featuring dialogue in both Italian and English. It marked Allen's return to acting since his last role in Scoop. Blue Jasmine debuted in July 2013. … Read More
2013 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, in Nice, France, Allen shot the romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight, set in the 1920s on the French Riviera and starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
2014 78 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2014, Dylan Farrow repeated the allegation in an open letter published by Nicholas Kristof, one of Farrow's friends, in his New York Times blog. … Read More
2015 79 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 14, 2015, it was announced Allen will write and direct a TV series of half-hour episodes for Amazon Studios, marking the first time he has developed a television show. … Read More
The film is distributed by Amazon Studios, and opened the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016, marking the third time Allen has opened the festival. … Read More
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