Billy Crystal - Bio, Net Worth, Age, Wife, Career, Parents, Height
Billy Crystal is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and film director who is famous for his role as Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom "Soap" in the 1970s and 1980s. He is also well-known for being a cast member and frequent host of Saturday Night Live. He made his theatrical film debut in the comedy film, Rabbit Test, as Lionel Carpenter in 1978. In 2001, he made his theatrical film debut as a voice actor in the animated buddy comedy film, Monsters, Inc., as Michael "Mike" Wazowski. In 1975, he made his first TV show appearance in the musical comedy series, Keep on Truckin’. In 1993, he made his TV show debut as a voice actor in the animated family series, Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories. He has voiced and appeared in several movies including Running Scared (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Memories of Me (1988), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), City Slickers (1991), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Analyze This (1999), and Parental Guidance (2012). He provided the voice of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc. franchise. He starred on the Broadway stage in "700 Sundays" in 2004 and again in 2014 and in "Mr. Saturday Night" in 2022. He has authored many books including "Absolutely Mahvelous" (1986), "I Already Know I Love You" (2004), "Grandpa’s Little One" (2006), and "Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?" (2013).
What is Billy Crystal Famous For?
- Being an actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host.
- For his roles in films and TV shows including Soap (1977–1981) as Jodie Dallas, The Princess Bride (1987) as Miracle Max, When Harry Met Sally… (1989) as Harry Burns, City Slickers (1991) as Mitch Robbins, Mr. Saturday Night (1992) as Buddy Young, Jr., Analyze This (1999) as Dr. Ben Sobel, Monsters, Inc.(2001) as Michael "Mike" Wazowski, Cars (2006) as Michael "Mike" Wazowski Car, and Parental Guidance (2012) as Artie Decker.
Who are the parents of Billy Crystal?
Billy Crystal was born on 14th March 1948 in Manhattan, New York, the USA. His present age is 74 as of 2022. His birth name is William Edward Crystal. He is American by nationality and his ethnicity is Mixed as he has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Pisces is his zodiac sign and his religion is Judaism. About his parents, he was born to his mother Helen Crystal, a homemaker, and father Jack Crystal, owner, and operator of the Commodore Music Store. As a toddler, he moved with his family to 549 East Park Avenue in Long Beach, New York, on Long Island. He has two siblings; Joel Crystal (Older Brother), and Richard Crystal (Older Brother). His father, Jack died at 54 years old, in 1963, after suffering a fatal heart attack while bowling, and his mother, Helen passed away in 2001. He completed his studies at Long Beach High School in 1965. He then joined Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, through a baseball scholarship. However, Billy opted to drop out of Marshall University and joined Nassau Community College in New York to stay close to his girlfriend Janice Goldfinger. He then took a transfer to New York University to major in Film and Television Direction, graduating in 1970 with a BFA degree from NYU's School of Fine Arts. He also studied Drama at the HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Billy Crystal Career Timeline
- Initially, he solo act and performed regularly at The Improv and Catch a Rising Star.
- He appeared on an episode of "All in the Family" in 1976.
- Next, he made game show appearances such as "The Hollywood Squares", "All Star Secrets" and "The $20,000 Pyramid".
- He then came to fame came into the limelight after he appeared in the TV series "Soap" which he played from 1977 to 1981.
- In 1982, he hosted his own variety show, "The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour" on NBC.
- He was the guest star of the third episode of Muppets Tonight in 1996.
- He co-starred alongside Josh Gad on the FX comedy series "The Comedians" in 2015.
- His first film role was in Joan Rivers' 1978 film "Rabbit Test".
- He appeared briefly in the Rob Reiner "rockumentary" This Is Spinal Tap (1984) which was followed by Running Scared (1986).
- He has made his appearances in The Princess Bride (1987), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Memories of Me (1988), When Harry Met Sally…(1989), City Slickers (1991), Analyze This (1999), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Parental Guidance (2012), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Monsters University (June 2013), Modern Family (2017), and many more.
- He joined The Saturday Night Live as a cast member and also hosted the Academy Awards in the years 1990–1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012, and the 2012 Oscars.
- In the fall of 2021, he reprised the role of Buddy Young Jr., in a theatrical musical staging of Mr. Saturday Night at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA.
- In 2022, Crystal adapted his 1992 movie Mr. Saturday Night into a Broadway musical with the same name. The production began previews on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre on March 29, 2022, prior to officially opening on April 27.
- He earned the Drama League Award for Contribution to the Theater Award for "his extraordinary work on stages across the country and commitment to mentorship in the field".
Awards and Achievements
- Six Primetime Emmy Awards (out of 21 nominations)
- Tony Award
- Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
- Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991
- Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Critics Choice Awards in 2022
Who is Billy Crystal Wife?
Billy Crystal is a married man to his beautiful wife, Janice Goldfinger on 4th June 1970. The couple met each other for the first time when they were at Nassau Community College. The couple welcomed their first daughter Jennifer Crystal on January 26, 1973, and second daughter Lindsay Crystal on October 21, 1977. The couple is living a happy life at present. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
How much is Billy Crystal Net Worth?
Billy Crystal is a talented actor, comedian, writer, producer, and film director who has made a net worth of $60 Million as of 2022. He has also appeared in commercials for brands like The New York Experience and Diet Pepsi. His main source of wealth comes from the entertainment industry. He is living a lavish life at present.
What is Billy Crystal Height and Weight?
Billy Crystal stands at the perfect height of 5 ft. 7 inches and his weight measures at 70 kg. He has blue eyes and light brown hair color. His other body size is still to get disclosed. His body type is average. He has a wide forehead with a receding hairline. He tends to wear thin round-rimmed glasses.
Trivias About Billy Crystal You Need To Know.
- In 1986, Crystal started hosting Comic Relief on HBO with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. .
- On March 12, 2008, Crystal signed a one-day minor league contract to play with the New York Yankees, and was invited to the team's major league spring training.
- He is also a longtime Los Angeles Clippers fan and season ticket holder.
- In 2007, he received the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
- On June 4, 1991, he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.