Charles H. Joffe


Executive, Producer

About

Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
July 16, 1929
Died
July 11, 2008
Cause of Death
Lung Disease

Biography

With his longtime partner Jack Rollins, Charles H Joffe founded a management-production office that had a client list including Ted Bessell, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Tom Poston and David Letterman. But Joffe and Rollins found their biggest success in collaboration with writer- director-actor Woody Allen. Beginning with Allen's 1966 play "Don't Drink the Water" which they co-produce...

Family & Companions

Carol Shapiro
Wife

Biography

With his longtime partner Jack Rollins, Charles H Joffe founded a management-production office that had a client list including Ted Bessell, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Tom Poston and David Letterman. But Joffe and Rollins found their biggest success in collaboration with writer- director-actor Woody Allen. Beginning with Allen's 1966 play "Don't Drink the Water" which they co-produced (with famed impresario David Merrick) on Broadway and Allen's feature directorial effort "Take the Money and Run" (1969), Joffe and Rollins have served as producers or executive producers on every Allen film.

Joffe has also occasionally produced or executive produced other comedies including 1979's "The House of God" (which never received a full theatrical release) and Steve Gordon's screwball comedy "Arthur" (1981). He also served as an executive producer on Martin Ritt's McCarthy-era drama "The Front" (1976), that featured Woody Allen in a dramatic role.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Our Hollywood Education (1992)
Himself

Producer (Feature Film)

Whatever Works (2009)
Co-Executive Producer
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Co-Executive Producer
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Co-Executive Producer
Scoop (2006)
Co-Executive Producer
Match Point (2005)
Co-Executive Producer
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Co-Executive Producer
Anything Else (2003)
Co-Executive Producer
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Co-Executive Producer
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Co-Executive Producer
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Co-Executive Producer
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Co-Executive Producer
Celebrity (1998)
Co-Executive Producer
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Co-Executive Producer
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Co-Executive Producer
Triplecross (1995)
Executive Producer
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Co-Executive Producer
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Co-Executive Producer
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Executive Producer
Mastergate (1992)
Executive Producer
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Executive Producer
Shadows And Fog (1991)
Executive Producer
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Executive Producer
New York Stories (1989)
Executive Producer
Another Woman (1988)
Executive Producer
Radio Days (1987)
Executive Producer
September (1987)
Executive Producer
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Executive Producer
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Executive Producer
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Executive Producer
Zelig (1983)
Executive Producer
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Executive Producer
Arthur (1981)
Executive Producer
The Acorn People (1981)
Executive Producer
Stardust Memories (1980)
Executive Producer
The House Of God (1979)
Producer
Manhattan (1979)
Producer
Interiors (1978)
Producer
Annie Hall (1977)
Producer
The Front (1976)
Executive Producer
Love and Death (1975)
Producer
Sleeper (1973)
Executive Producer
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex"* but Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Producer
Bananas (1971)
Executive Producer
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Producer
Don't Drink the Water (1969)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Don't Drink the Water (1969)
Company

Producer (Special)

Rick Reynolds: Only the Truth Is Funny (1993)
Executive Producer
The Woody Allen Special (1969)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Special)

But... Seriously (1994)
Acknowledgment

Life Events

1966

Made debut as a producer (with David Merrick and Rollins) with the stage production of Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"

1969

Produced first feature, "Take the Money and Run", also first feature collaboration with Allen

1969

TV debut, co-produced "The Woody Allen Special"

1971

First feature as executive producer, "Bananas"

1979

First non-Allen feature, "The House of God"

1980

TV series debut as executive producer, "Good Time Harry"

1981

Served as executive producer on first TV-movie, "The Acorn People"

1992

Appeared as himself in Michael Beltrami's "Our Hollywood Education"

1999

Executive produced Allen's award winning "Sweet and Lowdown"

2004

Appeared in the documentary "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession"

2005

Once again collaborated with Allen for "Match Point" as the executive producer; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture

Videos

Movie Clip

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) - I Prefer To Atrophy After an opening establishing the outside of Madison Square Garden, writer-director Woody Allen finds himself as Larry and Diane Keaton as wife Carol, heading home where they meet apartment neighbors Paul and Lillian House (Jerry Adler, Lynn Cohen) and are obligated to socialize, in Manhattan Murder Mystery, 1993, also starring Alan Alda.
Front, The (1976) - Communist Sympathizer TV writer Miller (Michael Murphy) explaining how he's been blacklisted to friend Howard (Woody Allen), a cashier and small-time bookie, early in The Front, 1976, by blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein and director Martin Ritt.
Front, The (1976) - Make It A Firing Squad Howard (Woody Allen) enjoying the fruits of his work "fronting" for blacklisted writers, has a meeting with Delaney (Lloyd Gough) foiled, then arrives at the studio where Florence (Andrea Marcovicci) and Sussman (Herschel Bernardi) have an emergency, in The Front. 1977.
Front, The (1976) - First Class Script His first visit to the TV studio, Howard (Woody Allen), posing as a writer in place of his blacklisted friend, meets Florence (Andrea Marcovicci), Sussman (Herschel Bernardi), actor Parks (William Bogert) and comic Hecky (Zero Mostel), in Martin Ritt's The Front, 1976.
Front, The (1976) - Sincerity Is The Key We meet Remak Ramsay as Hennessy, the ex-FBI man whose job is to clear network employees suspected of having Communist connections, as comic Hecky (the long-blacklisted Zero Mostel) has his initial interview, in The Front, 1976, from Walter Bernstein’s original screenplay.
Sleeper (1973) - Frozen In 1973 Early scene, doctors (Bartlett Robinson, Don Keefer, Mary Gregory) unwrapping newly discovered 20th century man Miles Monroe (writer-director Woody Allen), 200 years later, in Sleeper, 1973.
Sleeper (1973) - Pope's Wife Gives Birth Luna (Diane Keaton), still secretly plotting to turn-in 20th century fugitive Miles (writer-director Woody Allen) to the 22nd century authorities for kidnapping her, plays along with his escape, in Sleeper, 1973.
Hannah And Her Sisters (1986) - It's The Wrong Question Troubled Lee (Barbara Hershey) comes home to her artist lover Frederick (Max Von Sydow) who has stinging observations, before a blow out, in writer-director Woody Allen's Hannah And Her Sisters, 1986.
Another Woman (1988) - I'm Not A Ghost Rejoining narration by Marion (Gena Rowlands), in her sub-let writing space, hearing again the voice of Mia Farrow talking to the neighbor analyst, then her own recollections featuring ex-lover Gene Hackman, Ian Holm her husband to-be, and Betty Buckley his ex, in Woody Allen's Another Woman, 1988.
Bananas (1971) - Wide World Of Sports The audacious opening, from the screenplay by director Woody Allen and Mickey Rose, broadcasters Don Dunphy and Howard Cosell largely improvising their commentary, Carlos Montalbàn as General Vargas, from Bananas, 1971.
Bananas (1971) - I Could Open A Can Of Ribs We’re getting to know New York product-tester Fielding Mellish (co-writer and director Woody Allen), on the subway meeting thugs Anthony Caso and Sylvester Stallone (one of his earliest roles), then activist Nancy (the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Allen) hustling signatures, in Bananas, 1971.
Bananas (1971) - Four Hundred And Ninety On Rye Co-writer and director Woody Allen as conscripted Peace Corps volunteer Fielding Mellish, elected by Latin American revolutionary comrade Luis (Miguel Suarez) and leader Esposito (Jacobo Morales) to get lunch, in Bananas, 1971, from a screenplay by Allen and Mickey Rose.

Trailer

Manhattan (1979) -- Original Trailer Borrowing the opening from the feature, the original trailer for Woody Allen’s critically acclaimed Manhattan, 1979, starring Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Meryl Streep and Mariel Hemingway.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex - (Original Trailer) Woody Allen's 1972 comic adaptation of the popular sex manual.
Bananas - (Original Trailer) In Bananas (1971), his second starring comedy, Woody Allen plays an American who becomes a Central American dictator.
Manhattan Murder Mystery - (Original Trailer) A middle-aged couple (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton) suspects foul play when their neighbor''s wife suddenly drops dead in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
Shadows and Fog - (Original Trailer) Woody Allen adapted his one-act play into this all-star tribute to German Expressionism, Shadows And Fog (1992).
Radio Days - (Original Trailer) A young boy's coming of age is mirrored by his favorite radio shows and the lives of their stars in Woody Allen's Radio Days (1987).
Crimes and Misdemeanors - (Original Trailer) In parallel stories, a wealthy doctor deals with a demanding mistress while a filmmaker shoots a documentary about a corrupt TV producer in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), directed by Woody Allen.
Zelig - (Original Trailer) A fictional documentary traces the strange life of a man (Woody Allen) who could adapt himself to any group he encountered.
Take the Money and Run - (Original Trailer) Woody Allen's first movie written by, directed by and starring himself is the mockumentary Take the Money and Run (1969).
Manhattan -- (Original Trailer) Woody Allen stars in and directs this gorgeous black-and-white valentine to New York City, Manhattan (1979) co-starring Diane Keaton.
Love and Death - (Original Trailer) A devout coward (Woody Allen) vows to assassinate Napoleon in the name of love in Love and Death (1975).
Sleeper - (Original Trailer) After awaking from cryogenic suspension, a 1970's man gets mixed up with a future revolution in Sleeper, starring director Woody Allen, interviewed here, and Diane Keaton.

Family

Sid Joffe
Father
Esther Joffe
Mother
Suzanne Joffe
Daughter
Nicole Joffe
Daughter

Companions

Carol Shapiro
Wife

Bibliography