Billy Crystal

Born Mar 14, 1948

William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes When Harry Met Sally... and City Slickers. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times through the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born on March 14, 1948.


1963 15 Years Old With the decline of Dixieland jazz circa 1963, Crystal's father lost his business, and died later that year at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack while bowling.
1965 17 Years Old After graduation from Long Beach High School in 1965, Crystal 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. … Read More


1970 22 Years Old 1 More Event
He graduated from NYU in 1970 with a BFA from its School of Fine Arts, not yet named for the Tisch family. … Read More
1976 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, Crystal appeared on an episode of All in the Family.
1977 29 Years Old Crystal's earliest prominent role was as Jodie Dallas on Soap, one of the first unambiguously homosexual characters in the cast of an American television series. He continued in the role during the series' entire 1977–1981 run.


1982 34 Years Old In 1982, Billy Crystal hosted his own variety show, The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour on NBC. … Read More
1984 36 Years Old After hosting Saturday Night Live twice, on March 17, 1984 and the show's ninth season finale on May 5, he joined the regular cast for the 1984-85 season. … Read More
1985 37 Years Old Crystal subsequently released an album of his stand-up material titled Mahvelous! in 1985, as well as the single "You Look Marvelous", which peaked at No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and No. 17 in Canada. … Read More


1990 42 Years Old Crystal hosted the Academy Awards broadcast in 1990–1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012. … Read More
1996 48 Years Old In 1996, Crystal was the guest star of the third episode of Muppets Tonight and hosted three Grammy Awards Telecasts: the 29th Grammys; the 30th Grammys; and the 31st Grammys.


2001 53 Years Old His mother, Helen Crystal, died in 2001.
Crystal won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for 700 Sundays, a two-act, one-man play, which he conceived and wrote about his parents and his childhood growing up on Long Island. … Read More


2008 60 Years Old 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. … Read More
2011 63 Years Old …  At the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony in 2011, he appeared as a presenter for a digitally inserted Bob Hope and before doing so was given a standing ovation. … Read More
2012 64 Years Old 1 More Event
He returned recently as the host for the 2012 Oscar ceremony, after Eddie Murphy resigned from hosting.
In the fall of 2013, he brought the show back to Broadway for a two-month run at the Imperial Theatre. HBO filmed the January 3–4, 2014 performances for a special, which debuted on their network on April 19, 2014. … Read More
2014 66 Years Old Crystal was a guest on the first and the last episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which concluded February 6, 2014 after 22 seasons on the air. … Read More
2015 67 Years Old In 2015, Crystal co-starred alongside Josh Gad on the FX comedy series The Comedians, which ran for just one season before being canceled. … Read More
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