Billy Crystal

BirthDay:

14 Mar 1948

BirthPlace:

Yorkville, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

William Edward Crystal

Bio:

Billy Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York. He is the youngest of three sons born to Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His father was a well-known concert promoter who co-founded Commodore Records and his mother was a homemaker. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia, Austria, and Lithuania. With his father in the music business, Billy was no stranger to some of the top performers of the time. Legends such as Billie Holiday, Pee Wee Russell, and Eddie Condon regularly stopped by the Crystal household. At age 15, Billy faced a personal tragedy when his father died of a heart attack at the relatively young age of 54. This gave Billy a real appreciation of what his dad was able to accomplish while alive and what his mother did to keep the family together. Despite this tragedy, Billy was very upbeat and likable as a kid. He had a unique talent for making people laugh. With television becoming a new medium, Billy got his influence from shows like The Honeymooners (1955), and "The Ed Sullivan Show" and performers like Alan King, Ernie Kovacs and Jonathan Winters. He started doing stand-up comedy at the age of 16. However, his real dream was to be a professional baseball player. His idol growing up was Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle. He spent long hours in the summers playing softball in the middle of Park Avenue with his brothers and his father, a former pitcher at St. John's University . At Long Beach High, Billy played second base and was varsity captain in his senior year. This earned him a baseball scholarship from Marshall University in West Virginia which he accepted. However, he would never end up playing a game as the baseball program was suspended during his freshman year. This would lead him to leave the university and move back to New York. He then enrolled at nearby Nassau Community College, majoring in theater. It was there that he met and fell in love with a dancer named Janice Goldfinger. They would get married in 1970 and have two daughters. Shortly after, Billy got accepted in New York University, where he majored in Film and TV Direction. While at NYU, he studied under legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. He also worked as house manager and usher on a production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown". After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU in 1970, Billy temporarily worked as a substitute teacher until he was able to get gigs as a stand-up comic. He formed his own improv group, 3's Company, and opened for musicians like Barry Manilow. His impression of Howard Cosell interviewing Muhammad Ali became a huge hit with the audience. He left Long Beach for Hollywood in August of 1976 in the hopes of trying to land a role on a television series. It only took a year before he got his big break when he was chosen for the role of gay character Jodie Dallas on the controversial ABC sitcom Soap (1977). This would be the first time that an American TV show would feature an openly gay character as a regular. The show ran successfully for four seasons and helped to jump-start Billy's previously stagnant career. After Soap (1977) ended in 1981, Billy continued to do his stand-up routine, which was now attracting a larger audience with his growing celebrity status. During this time, he made many TV guest appearances and even hosted his own short-lived variety show, The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (1982). He became a regular on Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1984 where his Fernando Lamas impression with the catchphrase "You Look Mahvellous" was a huge hit with viewers. This would lead to appearances in feature-length films such as Running Scared (1986) and Throw Momma from the Train (1987). In 1986, along with Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, he started Comic Relief, an annual stand-up comedy show which helped to raise money for housing and medical care for the homeless. The show has since grown substantially with the continued support of all three comics. Billy's career would peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His roles in the blockbuster movies When Harry Met Sally... (1989) and City Slickers (1991) helped to establish himself as one of Hollwood's top movie stars. This star status was further validated when he was chosen to host the annual Oscars in 1990, an honor in which he would repeat seven more times. He made his big screen directorial debut in the 1992 film Mr. Saturday Night (1992), which was about a washed-up stand-up comic who refuses to retire. He also wrote, produced and starred in the film. Although the film was not a huge hit, it proved that Billy was much more than an actor and comedian. In the following years, Billy continued to act in, produce, and direct several films. He had his share of hits (Analyze This (1999), America's Sweethearts (2001)) and some flops (Fathers' Day (1997), My Giant (1998)). His role in as a therapist to mobster Robert De Niro in Analyze This (1999) earned him critical praise. In 2001, Billy parlayed his childhood love of baseball and Mickey Mantle into a feature film. The movie, 61* (2001), which premiered on HBO, centered on the relationship between Mantle and Roger Maris and their 1961 pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record. The film for which Billy served as director and executive producer, garnered 12 Emmy nominations in all. Offscreen, Billy remains married to Janice Crystal and they have homes in California and New York. Both of his daughters are involved in the film business. Jennifer Crystal Foley is an aspiring actress, appearing in 61* (2001), while Lindsay Crystal is an aspiring filmmaker, creating and directing the documentary My Uncle Berns (2003).
Filmography

Actor ( 179 credits )

Untogether (2017) David
The Comedian (2016) Billy Crystal
The 2015 Carney Awards (2015) Himself - presenter
The Comedians (2015) (unknown episodes)
Wogan: The Best Of (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2015)
Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of the Comic Strip (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Broad City (2014)  Mickey Gordon (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episod
Monsters University (2013) Mike (voice)
Parental Guidance (2012) Artie Decker
The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America (2012) Mezz Mezzrow (voice)
Small Apartments (2012) Burt Walnut
Katie (2012)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Inside Comedy (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
30 for 30 Shorts (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
World's Smallest Strike (2012) Himself
The Muppets (2011) Himself (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Web Therapy (2011)  Garreth Pink (1 episode, 2013)
I'm Still Here (2010) Billy Crystal
Tooth Fairy (2010) Jerry (uncredited)
In Character With... (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Des McAnuff: A Life in Stages (2010) Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (2009)  Himself - Host (6 episodes, 2009)
30 for 30 (2009)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 200
Studio 42 with Bob Costas (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Web Therapy (2008)  Garreth Pink (2 episodes, 2014)
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon (2008) Himself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) Himself
The Pixar Story (2007) Himself
The Spirit of Money (2007) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sicko (2007) Himself (archive footage)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Artie Decker in 'Parental Guidance' (1 episode, 2012)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Cars (2006) Mike Car (voice)
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2013)
CollegeHumor Originals (2006)  Billy Crystal (1 episode, 2013)
Who Needs Sleep? (2006)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
20 to 1 (2005)  Harry Burns (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Costas Now (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Howard Stern on Demand (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Calcifer (voice)
Tell Them Who You Are (2004) Himself
ESPN 25: Who's #1? (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Filmland (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Freedom: A History of Us (2003)  Union Soldier (1 episode, 2003)
Analyze That (2002) Ben Sobel
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002)  John Adams (6 episodes, 2002)
American Idol (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World (2001)
Monsters, Inc. (2001) Mike Wazowski (voice)
America's Sweethearts (2001) Lee Phillips
The Bernie Mac Show (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Primetime Glick (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Journey (2001) Himself
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) Mattress Salesman (uncredited)
The Wright Stuff (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Analyze This (1999) Dr. Ben Sobel
Get Bruce (1999) Himself
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
ESPN SportsCentury (1999)  Himself (5 episodes, 2000-2005)
American Movie (1999) Academy Awards EmCee (uncredited)
My Giant (1998) Sam 'Sammy' Kamin
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Himself (3 episodes, 1998)
Fox and Friends (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Comedy Lab (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Celebrity Profile (1998)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Pesel Ha'Zahav (1998) Himself
Deconstructing Harry (1997) Larry / The Devil
Fathers' Day (1997) Jack Lawrence
The View (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Ruby (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Leute heute (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Hamlet (1996) First Gravedigger
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 1997-2001)
Muppets Tonight (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Dr. Ben Sobel (segment "Watters' World") / ... (2 epis
Comedy Central Canned Ham (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Clive Anderson All Talk (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Forget Paris (1995) Mickey Gordon
A Century of Cinema (1994) Himself
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) Mitch Robbins
Friends (1994)  Tim (uncredited) (1 episode, 1997)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-2007)
The Critic (1994)  Gary Grossman (1 episode, 1994)
Extra (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Howard Stern (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-1998)
Frasier (1993)  Jack (1 episode, 1995)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (24 episodes, 1993-2014)
Domingo Legal (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2001)
Mr. Saturday Night (1992) Buddy Young Jr.
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)  Billy Crystal (1 episode, 1992)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 1997-2002)
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Getaway (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
City Slickers (1991) Mitch Robbins
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Full Wax (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Supermarket Sweep (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The World of Jewish Humor (1990) Himself
When Harry Met Sally... (1989) Harry Burns
Clive Anderson Talks Back (1989)  Himself (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Branford Marsalis Steep (1988) Himself
Memories of Me (1988) Abbie
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) (1 episode, 1989)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (4 episodes, 2005-2013)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (5 episodes, 1996-2014)
Throw Momma from the Train (1987) Larry
The Princess Bride (1987) Miracle Max
Biography (1987)  Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2009)
CBS This Morning (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
The Wil Shriner Show (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
HBO Comedy Hour (1987)  Himself
Running Scared (1986) Danny Costanzo
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Dick Clark's Nitetime (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Morty the Mime
The Richard Belzer Show (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1984)
Likely Stories, Vol. 3 (1983)  Tony Manetti
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)  Larry (1 episode, 1985)
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)  Himself (3 episodes, 1983-1988)
Today (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Wogan (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (1982)  Himself - Host (5 episodes, 1982)
Simon & Simon (1981)  Ben Crane (1 episode, 1985)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (9 episodes, 2007-2014)
Darkroom (1981)  Paddy (1 episode, 1981)
Animalympics (1980) Rugs Turkell / Joey Gongolong / Art Antica (voice)
Fridays (1980)  Himself - Guest Host (1 episode, 1981)
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour (1980) (1 episode, 1981)
SportsCenter (1979)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
60 Minutes (1979)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Rabbit Test (1978) Lionel Carpenter
America 2-Night (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Big Laff Off (1978)  Himself - Host (1981)
Soap (1977)  Jodie Dallas (73 episodes, 1977-1981)
Sha Na Na (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Love Boat (1977)  Newton Weems (1 episode, 1978)
The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Alan Hamel Show (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Various / ... (22 episodes, 1976-1985)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (3 episodes, 1978-2013)
Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 1975)
Keep on Truckin' (1975) (unknown episodes)
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973)  Himself (25 episodes, 1977-1984)
Rock Concert (1973)  Himself (2 episodes, 1975-1976)
All in the Family (1971)  Al Bender (1 episode, 1976)
Sesame Street (1969)  Ricky (2 episodes, 1986-1988)
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself - Comedian (segment "Billy Crystal") / ... (3
Donahue (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon (1966)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Hollywood Squares (1965)  Himself (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1977-1992)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Today (1952)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1991-2014)
Which Witch? (0)

Producer ( 13 credits )

The Comedians (2015) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Parental Guidance (2012) producer
My Uncle Berns (2003) executive producer
Analyze That (2002) executive producer
America's Sweethearts (2001) producer
Analyze This (1999) executive producer
My Giant (1998) producer
Forget Paris (1995) producer
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) producer
Mr. Saturday Night (1992) producer
City Slickers (1991) executive producer
Memories of Me (1988) producer
Which Witch? (0) producer

Writer ( 12 credits )

The Comedians (2015) (13 episodes, 2015)
America's Sweethearts (2001) (written by) &
My Giant (1998) (story) and
Forget Paris (1995) (written by) &
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)
Mr. Saturday Night (1992) (written by) and
Memories of Me (1988) (written by)
Likely Stories, Vol. 3 (1983) ("Split Decision")
The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour (1982) (5 episodes, 1982)
The Love Boat (1977) (unknown episodes)
Saturday Night Live (1975) (18 episodes, 1984-1985)
Which Witch? (0) (screenplay by)

Director ( 3 credits )

Forget Paris (1995)
Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
Likely Stories, Vol. 3 (1983) (segment "Split Decision")