Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) was an American film director, writer, actor, comedian, musician and
playwright. Woody Allen's distinctive films, which run the gamut from dramas to screwball sex comedies, had made him one of the most respected living American
directors. He was also distinguished by his rapid rate of production and his very large body of work. Woody
Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majority of them. For inspiration, Allen draws heavily on literature, sexuality, philosophy, psychology,
Jewish identity, European cinema and New York City, where he was born and has lived his entire life.
Woody Allen was also a jazz clarinetist. What began as a teenage avocation has led to regular public performances at various small venues in his Manhattan
hometown, with occasional appearances at various jazz festivals. Allen joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral Ragtime Orchestra in
performances that provided the film score for his 1973 comedy Sleeper, and a rare European tour in 1996 featuring Woody Allen was the subject of the
documentary Wild Man Blues.