Billy Crystal

William Edward Crystal is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 1980s for television roles as Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap. He then became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes Rabbit Test and The Princess Bride. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times, beginning in 1990 and most recently in 2012. He will reprise his role in the upcoming Disney+ series Monsters at Work.

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Summary Billy CrystalWilliam Edward Crystal is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 1980s for television roles as Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and as a cast member and frequent host of Saturday Night Live. He then became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes Rabbit Test and The Princess Bride. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times, beginning in 1990 and most recently in 2012. He will reprise his role in the upcoming Disney+ series Monsters at Work. He holds the franchise’s record for getting his partner to the top of the pyramid in the Pyramid franchise’s 20,000 Pyramid, which concluded February 6, 2014. He was a guest on the first and the last episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 6 and 7, 2014, after 22 seasons on the air. He continued to appear as an American television cast member in the series American TV Squares, All Star Secrets, and The 20/20 Pyramid. Crystal is Jewish and his maternal grandmother was born to a Jewish mother from Lithuania. He is the son of Helen, a housewife, and Jack Crystal, who owned and operated the Commodore Music Store, founded by Helen’s father, Julius Gabler. His mother, Helen Crystal, died in 2001. Crystal’s father lost his business and died later that year at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack while bowling.

He attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, on a baseball scholarship, having learned the game from his father, who pitched for St. John’s University. Crystal never played baseball at Marshall because the program was suspended during his first year. He did not return to Marshall as a sophomore, instead deciding to stay in New York to be close to his future wife. He studied acting at HB Studio and later transferred to New York University, where he was a film and television directing major. He graduated from NYU in 1970 with a BFA from its School of Fine Arts, not yet named for the Tisch family. For four years he was part of a comedy trio with two friends. They played colleges and coffee houses and Crystal worked as a substitute teacher on Long Island. He later became a solo act and performed regularly at The Improv and Catch a Rising Star. In 1976, Crystal appeared on an episode of All in the Family where he did impressions of both Ali and sportscaster Howard Cosell. He also appeared on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Muhammad Ali on February 19, 1976,. He was on the dais for TheDean Martin CelebrityRoast ofMuhammad Ali. He did perform on episode 17 of that first season, doing impressions of Ron Nessen as a jazz man capped by the line “Can you dig it? I knew I knew you could be an old man that could host the Tonight Show” Crystal is married to Janice Crystal.