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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 14, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, New York, USA Profession: producer, actor, writer, director, comedian, TV host, author, teacher

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  61* (2001) Director
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  Forget Paris (1995) Director
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  Mr. Saturday Night (1992) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Small Apartments (2012)
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 Cars (2006)
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 Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Voice (Usa)
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 Tell Them Who You Are (2004) Himself
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 Analyze That (2002) Dr Ben Sobel
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1968:
First theater job, as house manager for "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" (date approximate)
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Formed comedy group, variously billed as We the People, Comedy Jam, and Three's Company, with two other Nassau College Alumni
1969:
Worked as part-time teacher before becoming solo stand-up comedian; first gig was at a NYU fraternity house
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
1977:
TV series debut as Jodie Dallas, a regular character on "Soap" (ABC)
1977:
TV film debut, "SST: Death Flight"
1978:
Screen acting debut in "Rabbit Test"
1982:
Hosted and wrote for short-lived NBC variety series "The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour"
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
1984:
Joined as regular cast member on "Saturday Night Live"
1986:
TV producing and directing debut, "Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started," an HBO comedy special in which he starred and also wrote
1988:
First film as co-producer and co-screenwriter, "Memories of Me"
1989:
Teamed up with Meg Ryan in the classic romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally..."
1991:
Created, executive produced, and wrote "Sessions," an HBO comedy series about psychiatry
1991:
First collaboration with writing team Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, "City Slickers"; co-starred Jack Palance and Daniel Stern
1992:
Gave his most celebrated performance as the host of "The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation" while suffering from a high fever
1992:
Feature directorial debut, "Mr. Saturday Night"
1994:
Reunited with cast for the sequel "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold"
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
1998:
Wrote, produced and starred in the comedy "My Giant"
1999:
Starred opposite Robert De Niro in the comedy "Analyze This"
2000:
Returned as host of the annual telecast of the Academy Awards
2001:
Directed the HBO baseball-themed drama "61*"; received Emmy nomination
2001:
Co-wrote and co-starred in "America's Sweethearts"
2001:
Voiced Mike Wazowski in Disney/Pixar's animated hit "Monster's, Inc."
2002:
Reteamed with De Niro for the sequel "Analyze That"
2004:
Hosted "The 76th Annual Academy Awards"; his eighth time as host; returned after a three-year absence
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
2006:
Voiced character of Mike Car in Pixar animated feature "Cars"
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
2012:
Co-starred with Bette Midler in family comedy "Parental Guidance"
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Education

Long Beach High School: Long Beach , New York -
Marshall University: Huntington , West Virginia -
New York University: New York , New York -
Nassau Community College: Garden City , New York -

Notes

Named Man of the Year (2000) by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Theatricals Club

"I'm comfortable being old...being black...being Jewish." --Billy Crystal

Crystal has written pieces for PLAYBOY magazine and THE NEW YORK TIMES.

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

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

"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 US Weekly March 17, 2003

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wife:
Janice Crystal. Married in 1970; met at Nassau Community College.

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father:
Jack Crystal. Jazz promoter. Managed his uncle's Commodore Music Shop in NYC.
mother:
Helen Crystal.
brother:
Joel Crystal. High school teacher.
brother:
Richard Crystal. TV producer.
daughter:
Jennifer Crystal. Actor. Born c. 1973; hired to appear in Crystal's "Sessions" TV series for HBO; engaged to screenwriter Mike Foley.
daughter:
Lindsay Crystal. Filmmaker. Born c. 1977; appeared in "City Slickers".
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Absolutely Mahvelous"
"I Already Know I Love You" HarperCollins

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