Woody Allen is one of the greatest entertainers of the modern era.
He is best known and loved for the 40 odd films he wrote and directed (and in many of which he starred). Starting with slapstick-ish humour, he found a deeply personal and unique voice with a series of acclaimed films in the late 70s. He explored far beyond humour in the 80s, and consistently made a film a year. Musicals, tragedies, mysteries and more lead into 90s, before a return to comedies in the 00s. Then came his European period with a series of films with a darker tone.
He started out as a talented joke writer, then progressed to stand up comedy. In more recent years, his humour and wit is showcased in writings that are collected in a series of books, as well as the occasional magazine piece. Along with film and comedy, Allen is a passionate musician, and has played clarinet almost his whole life.