Billy Crystal

Actor, Producer, Comedian
With a "shtick" that harkened back to a bygone era, renaissance man Billy Crystal would rightfully earn his place as one of Hollywood's most endearing stars over the course of his career ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1947 in Long Beach, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (189)

700 Sundays 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Costas NOW 1975 - 1976, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Primetime Glick 1975 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Comedians 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Critic 1975 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Graham Norton Show 1975 - 1976, 1984 - 1985, 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Web Therapy 1975 - 1976, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mike's New Car 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Which Witch? 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

20/20 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Monsters University 2013 (Movie)

Mike (Voice)

Small Apartments 2013 (Movie)

Burt Walnut (Actor)

Inside Comedy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Parental Guidance 2012 (Movie)

Artie Decker (Actor)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Inside the Actors Studio 2007 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Mike Car (Actor)

Howl's Moving Castle 2005 (Movie)

Calcifer (Voice)

Tell Them Who You Are 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 ESPY Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The Barbara Walters Special (2/29/04) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

When Stand-Up Comics Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

Dr Ben Sobel (Actor)

The Bernie Mac Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

Lee Phillips (Actor)

Jack Palance: From Grit to Grace 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

Voice of Mike Wazowski (Actor)

The Journey 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Radio City Music Hall's Grand Re-Opening Gala 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martin Short Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

1999 Special Olympics -- World Summer Games 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

Ben Sobel (Actor)

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NFL All-Star Comedy Blitz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown to Comic Relief 8 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

Sammy (Actor)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief's 10th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

Jack Lawrence (Actor)

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports on the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar's Writers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown to Comic Relief 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

1st Gravedigger (Actor)

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

20 Years of Comedy on HBO 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Frasier 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Dr. Seuss 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (04/02/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

City Slickers II: the Legend of Curly's Gold 1994 (Movie)

Mitch Robbins (Actor)

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Wax Cracks Hollywood 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

First Person With Maria Shriver (03/28/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

Buddy Young Jr (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

When It Was a Game II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

Mitch Robbins (Actor)

Robert Wuhl's World Tour 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jewish Humor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Overtime... With Pat O'Brien 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (09/26/89) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/01/89) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Slam 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

Harry Burns (Actor)

An All-Star Toast to the Improv 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Memories of Me 1988 (Movie)

Abbie (Actor)

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief: Backstage Pass 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Minutes of Billy Crystal 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

Miracle Max (Actor)

Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Billy Crystal -- Don't Get Me Started 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Lewis I'm in Pain Concert 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Running Scared 1986 (Movie)

Danny Costanzo (Actor)

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Crystal: A Comic's Line 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

Morty the Mime (Actor)

Doug Henning's World of Magic 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Enola Gay 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Animalympics 1980 (Movie)

(Voice)

Battle of the Network Stars VII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars V 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36 Most Beautiful Girls in Texas 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The TV Show 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

Lionel (Actor)

SST -- Death Flight 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (TV Show)

Actor

Derek Jeter 3K (TV Show)

Actor

Human Feelings (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice

Mantle (TV Show)

Actor

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Actor

When It Was a Game III (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (14)

Which Witch? 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Parental Guidance 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Memories of Me 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Uncle Berns (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sessions (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Survival on the Mountain (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (9)

Which Witch? 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

My Giant 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

from original story idea (From Story)

Memories of Me 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (3)

61* 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Saturday Night 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

("If I Didn't Have You") (Song Performer)
Other (1)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

Biography

With a "shtick" that harkened back to a bygone era, renaissance man Billy Crystal would rightfully earn his place as one of Hollywood's most endearing stars over the course of his career. Comedian-actor-writer-director-producer-emcee, and even major league ball player, were all hats the perpetually peppy entertainer wore at one time or another. Cutting his comedic teeth as a young boy while he and his older brothers learned to "work the room" performing for family at home in New York, Crystal would be prowling the comedy clubs of the city by his late teens. He made a name for himself on television, most notably as a mid-1980s cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) and with two HBO comedy specials, but it was in film favorites like "When Harry Met Sally" (1989) and "City Slickers" (1991) where Crystal solidified his status as a full-fledged movie star. As a frequent host of the annual Academy Awards, Crystal also found himself regarded as arguably the best emcee the ceremony had ever had, save Bob Hope. In addition to onscreen efforts such as "Analyze This" (1999), Crystal would lend his vocal talents to the Disney/Pixar mega-hit "Monsters, Inc." (2001). In 2004, Crystal mounted a one-man Broadway show dedicated to the memory of his late father, and in 2008 even realized his childhood dream of playing a game as a New York Yankee. As either a performer or a personality, Crystal remained one of the most versatile, prolific and beloved figures in entertainment.

Relationships

Janice Crystal Actor

Wife
Met at Nassau Community College Married June 4, 1970

Jack Crystal

Father
Owned and operated Commodore Music Store in NYC

Jennifer Crystal Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 26, 1973; mother, Janice Crystal;appeared on her father's "Sessions" TV series for HBO and several of his films; married to screenwriter Mike Foley

Helen Crystal

Mother

Lindsay Crystal Actor

Daughter
Born Oct. 21, 1977; mother, Janice Crystal; appeared in several of her father's films, including "City Slickers" (1991) and "My Giant" (1998)

Joel Crystal

Brother

Richard Crystal Actor

Brother

EDUCATION

Marshall University

Huntington , West Virginia
entered on baseball scholarship; hosted campus call-in radio show; transferred after one year when baseball program eliminated

New York University

New York , New York
studied under Martin Scorsese

Long Beach High School

Long Beach , New York
voted wittiest student; emceed 1964 annual variety show

Nassau Community College

Garden City , New York
spent three summers acting with school's Alumni Theater Group

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Bette Midler in family comedy "Parental Guidance"

2011

Reprised role for a hilarious spoof of the 1989 feature for the Web short "When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren"

2011

Announced as host of the 84th Oscars telecast; replaced Eddie Murphy, who resigned just the day before

2006

Voiced character of Mike Car in Pixar animated feature "Cars"

2004

Returned to the stage in "700 Sundays," an autobiographical one-man show featuring multiple characters drawn from Crystal's life from childhood to adulthood

2004

Hosted "The 76th Annual Academy Awards"; his eighth time as host; returned after a three-year absence

2002

Reteamed with De Niro for the sequel "Analyze That"

2001

Co-wrote and co-starred in "America's Sweethearts"

2001

Directed the HBO baseball-themed drama "61*"; received Emmy nomination

2001

Voiced Mike Wazowski in Disney/Pixar's animated hit "Monster's, Inc."

2000

Returned as host of the annual telecast of the Academy Awards

1999

Starred opposite Robert De Niro in the comedy "Analyze This"

1998

Wrote, produced and starred in the comedy "My Giant"

1997

Teamed with Robin Williams for the box-office disappointment "Father's Day"

1997

Hosted the telecast of "The 69th Annual Academy Awards"; Crystal's fifth time hosting

1994

Reunited with cast for the sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"

1992

Feature directorial debut, "Mr. Saturday Night"

1992

Gave his most celebrated performance as the host of "The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation" while suffering from a high fever

1991

First collaboration with writing team Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, "City Slickers"; co-starred Jack Palance and Daniel Stern

1991

Created, executive produced, and wrote "Sessions," an HBO comedy series about psychiatry

1989

Teamed up with Meg Ryan in the classic romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally..."

1988

First film as co-producer and co-screenwriter, "Memories of Me"

1986

TV producing and directing debut, "Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started," an HBO comedy special in which he starred and also wrote

1984

Joined as regular cast member on "Saturday Night Live"

1984

First feature collaboration with writer-director-actor Rob Reiner, "This Is Spinal Tap"

1984

Wrote and hosted his first HBO comedy special "Billy Crystal: A Comics Line"; first appearance of his Buddy Young Jr. Character

1982

Hosted and wrote for short-lived NBC variety series "The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour"

1978

Screen acting debut in "Rabbit Test"

1977

TV film debut, "SST: Death Flight"

1977

TV series debut as Jodie Dallas, a regular character on "Soap" (ABC)

1975

Scheduled to perform stand-up on the first episode of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); walked off the set when ordered to cut his five-minute routine down to two minutes

1968

Worked as part-time teacher before becoming solo stand-up comedian; first gig was at a NYU fraternity house

1968

First theater job, as house manager for "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" (date approximate)

Formed comedy group, variously billed as We the People, Comedy Jam, and Three's Company, with two other Nassau College Alumni

Bonus Trivia

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Crystal wrote pieces for Playboy magazine and The New York Times.

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Crystal served as one of several Proctors (along with George Burns and Buddy Hackett) for the Friars Club.

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In September 1999, Crystal purchased at auction a baseball glove once used by Mickey Mantle for $239,000.

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Crystal was named Man of the Year by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Theatricals Club in 2000.

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On Nov. 10, 2011, Crystal announced he was returning as host of the 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012), a day after originally scheduled host Eddie Murphy dropped out. Brian Grazer also replaced original producer Brett Ratner when the latter stepped aside after coming under fire for making an anti-gay slur during a screening of his film "Tower Heist."

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"I'm comfortable being old...being black...being Jewish." – Crystal

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"It's hard to believe that Harry met Sally back in 1989. Things were so different then: Bush was president. The economy was tanking. We were about to go to war with Iraq."– Crystal quoted in US Weekly March 17, 2003

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