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Heywood (Woody) Allen is considered as the 4th greatest comedian ever by Comedy Central. He is a also a proficient writer, actor and director.
He had always been an entertainer right from his childhood, exciting people with magic tricks and soon found himself writing jokes at the age of 15 and sold them to Broadway writers.
He studied film in college but did not finish. He joined NBC at age 19 to write for The NBC Comedy Hour and by age 27, he had written an estimated 20,000 jokes.
Best Known For
Often starring in the films he wrote, some of his best works include Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Manhattan (1979) and Annie Hall (1977). For his expertise, he has won 135 awards (including 4 Oscars) among 211 nominations.
Woody is straight and is currently married to Soon-Yi Previn since 1997 after a 5-year relationship. He was previously married to Harlene Rosen from 1956 to 1959 and to Louise Lasser for 4 years from 1966.
He was also in a relationship with Mia Farrow for 12 years ending in 1992, dated Diane Keaton for 4 years from 1968 and Stacey Nelkin between 1977 and 1979.
Born as the first child of Martin and Nettie Konigsberg, he has a little sister by the name of Letty Aronson. He changed his name from Allan Stewart Konigsberg when he was 17.
He fathers 6 children; 4 with Mia (sons Satchel (Ronan), Moses and daughters Dylan and Eliza) and 2 with Soon-Yi (Bechet and Manzie). Of these, only Ronan is not adopted.
Although raised a Jewish, Woody is now an apologetic atheist and always uses his materials to shade religion.
Worth To Know
He refuses to watch his films after they get released.
He is a long-time fan of the NY Knicks.
A town in Spain erected a life-size statue in his honor in 2002.