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Billy Crystal ACTOR




BILLY CRYSTAL BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Billy Crystal was born on March 14th, 1948 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York with the birth name William Jacob Crystal, born to parents Jack and Helen Crystal.  He was the youngest of three boys and his father was employed as a concert promoter and co-founded Commodore Records. 
 
Crystal was exposed to the music industry quite early on in life.  Sadly, at the age of fifteen he lost his father to a sudden heart attack.  He tried to continue on with a normal childhood and at the age of sixteen he was doing stand up comedy.
 
Initially he had goals of pursuing a career as a professional baseball player. After completing High School at Long Beach High, he earned a scholarship to study at Marshall University in West Virginia.  When the school never used him to play baseball, he relocated back to New York and enrolled at Nassau Community College and chose to pursue a degree in theater.  Soon he transferred to New York University and continued to study Film and Television where he earned his degree in 1970.
 
He first found work as a substitute teacher and then found part time work as a stand up comic, forming his own improvisation group called, 3's Company.  In 1976, he relocated to Los Angeles, California and began to pursue a career as an actor. 
 
It took about a year of various small gigs before he finally got a decent break when he was cast in the television series, "Soap" (1977), which aired for four seasons.  As his career progressed he continued doing stand up but also made appearances on such series as, "The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour" (1982), "Saturday Night Live" (1975) and soon on such feature films as, "Running Scared" (1986) and "Throw Momma from the Train" (1987).
 
Along with appearing in films and on television he also started a Comic Relief show which was an annual stand-up comedy show that helped raise money for housing as well as medical care for the homeless, along with other comedians such as Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams.   
 
As his career continued in the industry, Crystal would be seen starring in such films as, "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), "City Slickers" (1991), "Forget Paris" (1995), "Analyze This" (1999), "America's Sweethearts" (2001) and "My Giant" (1998).
 
He also got to work on the other side of the industry with his directing debut of the film, "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992) and then in 2001 he directed a television movie, "61*" which he served as director and executive producer on and in total, this movie earned twelve Emmy nominations.
 
Crystal continues to work in the industry with some of his latest appearances on, "Parental Guidance" (2012) and "Monster University" (2013).  Both films will release soon and in the meantime, he remains married to his only and only wife, Janice Crystal and they have two children together.   He resides in California and also owns a home in New York.


Filmography

2013 Monsters University
2012 Parental Guidance
2012 Small Apartments
2011 The Muppets
2011 When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren
2010 Tooth Fairy
2006 Cars
2004 Howl's Moving Castle 
2003 Freedom: A History of Us 
2002 Analyze That 
2002 Mike's New Car 
2002 Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776
2001 Monsters, Inc.
2001 America's Sweethearts 
2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 
1999 Analyze This 
1998 My Giant 
1997 Deconstructing Harry 
1997 Fathers' Day 
1997 Friends
1996 Hamlet
1995 Frasier
1995 Forget Paris
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss 
1994 The Critic 
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
1992 The Larry Sanders Show 
1992 Mr. Saturday Night
1992 Horton Hatches the Egg 
1991 City Slickers 
1989 When Harry Met Sally... 
1988 Memories of Me 
1987 Throw Momma from the Train 
1987 The Princess Bride 
1986 Sesame Street 
1986 Running Scared 
1985 Simon & Simon 
1984-1985 Saturday Night Live
1985 Faerie Tale Theatre 
1984 This Is Spinal Tap 
1983 Likely Stories, Vol. 3 
1982 World of Magic 
1981 Darkroom 
1981 The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 
1977-1981 Soap 
1980 Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb
1980 Animalympics 
1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 
1979 The T.V. Show 
1978 The Love Boat
1978 Human Feelings 
1978 Rabbit Test
1977 SST: Death Flight 
1976 All in the Family 
1975 Keep on Truckin'  







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