March 14, 1948
72 years old
5 ft 7 in | 170 cm
70 kg | 154 lbs
Billy Crystal was born in Upper East Side, New York City, New York, U.S., on March 14, 1948, is an American actor and comedian.
Young Billy Crystal first started his professional acting career as a part of a comedy trio with two friends, in colleges and coffee houses.
He began solo performing at comedy clubs: The Improv and Catch a Rising Star.
He got his television debut in CBS sitcom All in the Family (1976), in episode "New Year's Wedding", in role as Al Bender.
He became a regular on Saturday Night Live (1984–1985).
Billy's breakthrough role came as Jodie Dallas in ABC sitcom Soap (1977–1981).
He made his big screen debut in comedy movie Rabbit Test (1978) in role as Lionel.
He landed his directorial debut with comedy drama film Mr. Saturday Night (1992) also starred in role as Buddy Young, Jr.
Here Today (2020) comedy in role as Charlie Berns, opposite Sharon Stone, Penn Badgley and Tiffany Haddish
Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) comedy in role as Marty, with Ben Schwartz and Eloise Mumford
Untogether (2018) drama in role as David, opposite Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn and Lola Kirke
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for his roles in movies:
When Harry Met Sally... (1989) romantic comedy in role as Harry Burns
City Slickers (1991) western comedy in role as Mitch Robbins
Mr. Saturday Night (1992) comedy drama in role as Buddy Young, Jr.
He played Ben Sobel in gangster comedy films: Analyze This (1999) and Analyze That (2002), opposite Robert De Niro
Throw Momma from the Train (1987) black comedy with Danny DeVito
Running Scared (1986) action comedy opposite Gregory Hines
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) western comedy in role as Mitch Robbins
Fathers' Day (1997) comedy with Robin Williams and Nastassja Kinski
Forget Paris (1995) romantic comedy with Debra Winger
My Giant (1998) comedy opposite Gheorghe Mureșan and Steven Seagal
Parental Guidance (2012) comedy opposite Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei
America's Sweethearts (2001) romantic comedy with Julia Roberts John Cusack and Catherine Zeta‑Jones
He won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for stand-up special, Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow (1989).
He hosted his own variety show, The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour on NBC (1982).
He portrayed Garreth Pink in Showtime comedy series Web Therapy (2013-2014).
He starred with Josh Gad as fictional versions of themselves in FX comedy television series The Comedians (2015).
He hosted the Academy Awards nine times (1990-2012), for which he won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
He hosted 31st Annual Grammy Awards (1989), for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
Attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
Graduated from Long Beach High School in Long Beach, New York (1965).
Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Graduated from New York University (1970) with a BFA from its School of Fine Arts.
Has two older brothers: Joel and Richard Crystal.
He voiced Michael "Mike" Wazowski in animated comedy films:
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Monsters University (2013)
Was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in 1991.
He won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for play "700 Sundays" in 2005.
Close friends with Whoopi Goldberg, Vlade Divac and Robin Williams.
He wrote the children's book, "I Already Know I Love You".
Fan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2007.
Close friend with Steve Kohut.
Huge fan of the Zach Braff sitcom Scrubs (2001).
Collected autographed baseballs and baseball cards.
Lives in Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, California.
He married Janice Goldfinger in 1970, they have two daughters: actress Jennifer and producer Lindsay.