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is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright and musician, whose career spans more than six decades.He worked as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces.

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In 2007 he cited Stardust Memories (1980), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), and Match Point (2005) as his best films.

Allen has won four Academy Awards: three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director (Annie Hall).

He has also won nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.

His screenplay for Annie Hall was named the funniest screenplay by the Writers Guild of America in its list of the "101 Funniest Screenplays." in The Bronx, and was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Nettie (née Cherry; November 8, 1906 – January 27, 2002), a bookkeeper at her family's delicatessen, and Martin Konigsberg (December 25, 1900 – January 8, 2001), After high school, he attended New York University, studying communication and film in 1953, before dropping after failing the course "Motion Picture Production".

He later briefly studied film at City College of New York in 1954, but did not finish the semester.

One of those writers was Abe Burrows, coauthor of Guys and Dolls, who wrote, "Wow!His stuff was dazzling." Burrows then wrote Allen letters of introduction to Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, and Peter Lind Hayes, who immediately sent Allen a check for just the jokes Burrows included as samples.By the mid-1960s Allen was writing and directing films, first specializing in slapstick comedies before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the 1970s, and alternating between comedies and dramas to the present.He is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late 1970s.Allen often stars in his films, typically in the persona he developed as a standup.Some best-known of his over 40 films are Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).

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