Woody Allen Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career, and Awards.
Woody Allen Net Worth 2020 – Having a penchant for humor and wit, Woody Allen still stands strong for his age in the entertainment industry and is respected by the world for his ability to express his feelings and emotions using slapstick humor.
Magnificently endowed in the field of creativity, Allen has made a mark not only as a comedian but as an actor, director, playwright, and jazz musician.
Biography of Woody Allen
Born as Allan Stewart Konigsberg to Nettie and Martin Konigsberg, Woody Allen was the first child of the two children of the couple. His sister, Letty, was born in 1943.
Allen’s childhood was not a very remarkable one – the tempestuous relationship of his parents and the temperamental nature of his mother Nettie left a bad impact on young Allen.
He changed various schools and educational institutes at a young age before enrolling himself at the Midwood High School. Allen was not particularly interested in the course curriculum and instead showed greater interest in extra-curricular activities.
At the age of seventeen, Allen legally changed his name to Heywood Allen with an aim to salvage himself from the ill-treatment meted out to him at the inter-faith summer camps by other children of different race and creed.
Post high school, he attended New York University, where he studied communication and film. After a brief stint at the City College in New York, where he flunked out, Allen switched to self-study.
The career of Woody Allen
- Endowed with an exemplary skill for writing gags, Allen’s career took shape when he was still in high school. He started writing monologues and became a full-time humourist.
- His career took off in the year 1954 when he assisted Caesar in writing scripts for shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and the rest. It was during this time that Allen’s writing style took a definite form.
- Allen inherited the nature of work wanderlust from his father, jumping from one project to the other when he got bored. As such, in 1961, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy, his debut being at a Greenwich Village Club, called Duplex.
- “Don’t Drink the Water” marked Allen’s debut at Broadway. In the next ventures, apart from merely writing the script, Allen took to acting as well and was featured in a number of self-written plays such as “Play it Again, Sam” and “The Floating Light Bulb” and so on.
- The big break, however, came in 1965 when Allen wrote the screenplay for the film, “What’s New, Pussycat?” However, disappointed with the changes brought in the final product, Allen swore to never write another script unless he was the director of the film.
- While his career was escalating upwards, he was further catapulted to greater fame with the release of “Annie Hall” in 1977. With four Academy Awards, the movie created a stir in the entertainment industry and set the standard for the modern romantic comedy.
- The 1990s saw Allen switch back to lighter comedy. His films not only gained the appreciation of the crowd but also earned him quite a few Academy Award nominations. At the close of the decade, Allen, however, moved to darker satirical tones, which is reflected in his works – “Deconstructing Harry” and “Celebrity”.
- The year 2000 saw Allen collaborating with Dreamworks. The films released during this period not only represented a change in direction but also highlighted the urge of Allen to return to slapstick humor, one which he specialized in right from a tender age. The decade was a mixed one for Allen, bringing forth huge success and failures.
- Lately, Allen has released two movies “Midnight in Paris” in 2011 and “To Rome with Love” in 2012. While the former marked his return to form, overtaking his most successful film at the box-office and garnering much success and critical acclaim, the latter marked his return to acting.
For his outstanding contribution to cinema, he has been nominated for the Academy Awards 23 times in various categories. He has received the award four times.
Out of 18 nominations, he has won the BAFTA Awards 9 times. He even received the honorary BAFTA Fellowship for his work.
At the Golden Globe Awards, he has been nominated 12 times. He has won the award thrice.
He is also the proud recipient of several Lifetime Achievement Awards – Venice Film Festival, Director Guilds of America and Cannes Festival.
Woody Allen Net Worth
Woody Allen is a world-famous American screenwriter, film director, actor, comedian, musician and playwright who has a net worth of $80 million.