Woody Allen recently saved a man’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver at an Upper East Side Italian eatery. The man, Andrew Stein, was choking on a piece of pork and Allen leapt from his seat to perform the life-saving maneuver. This isn’t the first time Allen has saved someone’s life in this way, with a previous incident in 1992.
Woody Allen saved his friend Andrew Stein’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver at a New York restaurant while dining with his wife and Alan Dershowitz.
In a surprising turn of events, renowned filmmaker Woody Allen recently saved the life of his friend, Andrew Stein, by performing the Heimlich maneuver at their favorite Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side of New York City. Stein, who was struggling to breathe after a piece of pork became lodged in his throat, was rescued by the Oscar-winning director who applied the life-saving technique with considerable strength and vigor, according to eyewitnesses at the scene.
Stein later expressed his gratitude, stating, “I am embarrassed to say it, but Woody actually saved my life. It really was like a scene from one of his movies. If it wasn’t for his quick thinking, I fear I may have died. I owe him my life.” Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Allen had saved someone’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver. In 1992, he had rescued former “Saturday Night Live” producer Jean Doumanian who was choking on a piece of bread at a restaurant.
Despite Allen’s heroics, his reputation has been tainted over the years due to the controversy surrounding his personal life. In his book “Side Effects,” he had even tried to imagine the origin of the Heimlich maneuver in a slightly creepy way, picturing someone choking on a piece of herring while hugging an attractive woman. Nevertheless, his actions on both occasions did earn him lifelong friendships.
Andrew Stein comes from a wealthy background, with his father being the publisher of New York Law Journal. He was a former New York City Council President from 1986 until 1994 and was recently in the news for admitting his plans to vote Republican. Stein had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tax evasion charge in 2010, admitting that he had failed to pay more than $1 million in income tax in 2008, and was ordered to serve 500 hours of community service.
Despite the controversies surrounding both men, it is heartening to see that Allen was able to put aside any differences and act quickly when his friend needed help. His actions serve as a reminder that no matter the circumstances, we can all step up to help each other in times of need.