Billy Crystal

American actor Billy Crystal

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.
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Crash report turns out to be scene for Billy Crystal film
Yahoo News - 3 months
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A report of a car crashing into a pizza and ice cream shop on Long Island turned out to be a scene for a film starring Billy Crystal.
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Celebrities Mourn Don Rickles After His Death: '90 Years Weren't Enough'
Huffington Post - 11 months
Some know him as a classic comic. Others remember him voicing Mr. Potato Head in “Toy Story.” However you look at it, Don Rickles was a legendary entertainer. It’s no secret that the comedian and actor was celebrated among his peers. Everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Tina Fey came out to roast him for Spike’s “An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles” in 2014. And now, he’s being celebrated once again. After news broke that Rickles died in his Los Angeles home at the age of 90 on Thursday, many who knew him, including Billy Crystal, Jim Carrey and Danny DeVito, took to Twitter to mourn the loss and praise his impact on comedy: Don Rickles has passed away. A giant loss. — Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) April 6, 2017 Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer! Comic Everest! Spank you, Mr Rickles. ;^) — Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 6, 2017 A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not ...
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Oscars Night Preview: Sharing Memories Of First Grown-up Films
Huffington Post - 12 months
It is Academy Awards time Sunday night, so naturally my non-Trump thoughts are focused on the silver screen. This year’s host will be Jimmy Kimmel. I don’t have high expectations he will exceed or even match past enjoyment of seeing Billy Crystal emcee the gala event, but to be totally honest, I am probably too conservative, or should I say traditional, in my taste of comedic genius on Oscars night as I grew up watching Bob Hope host countless Oscars telecasts. I was disheartened when he lost his emcee spot back in 1969. I’ve gotten over it. Though I see more flicks nowadays while sitting on the couch in our den I still enjoy the experience of going to the movies. Which brings me to the following question: Do you remember the first films you saw in a movie theater? I don’t mean kiddie cartoons or even Disney full-length features, which in my case would be animated classics like Bambi, Fantasia and Lady and the Tramp. I mean the first grown-up movies you saw in a movie house, n...
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Interview: John Goodman on Playing Paul Bunyan in "Bunyan & Babe"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
John Goodman is one of Hollywood's most versatile performers, with an astonishing range of iconic performances. He is a Coen brothers favorite, appearing (and often yelling) in "The Big Lebowski," "Barton Fink," and "Raising Arizona." He played Denzel Washington's drug dealer in "Flight," Ben Affleck's Hollywood inside man in "Argo," Roseanne's devoted blue collar husband in "Roseanne," and Linda Tripp as one of the most popular hosts on "Saturday Night Live." His voice performances in animated films include Billy Crystal's best pal in "Monsters Inc." and "Monsters University," Santa in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Pacha in Disney's "The Emperor's New Groove," and Mr. Prendergast in LAIKA's "ParaNorman." His latest voice performance is in "Bunyan & Babe," as American folklore hero Paul Bunyan, now in limited theatrical release and available for streaming on Google Play (free until February 16, 2017). In an interview, Goodman that his animated performances begin when...
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Valentine’s Day Is Just Another Tricky Day When You’re Divorced
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You glance at the calendar. “Ugh,” you think. “It’s coming. Valentine’s Day.” “How could time pass so quickly?” you wonder. “Didn’t I just survive Thanksgiving? Christmas? New Year’s Eve? And without Billy Crystal to come running a few minutes before midnight, no less.” January was a blur. “Thankfully,” you jest. But now you remind yourself, “The worst is yet to come.” None of this has to be the case. Even if you are divorced, whether recently or for decades and are presently uncoupled, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to spell Ben & Jerry’s and sappy rom coms. That’s because Valentine’s Day isn’t only about romance. Valentine’s Day, named after the Christian martyr, Valentine (of which there were many), dates back to the 5th century and is rooted in the ancient Roman fertility festival, Lupercalia. The holiday didn’t become associated with romantic love, however, until the 14th century with the popularization of courting. Not until the 18th century did Valentine’s Day t...
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Robert DeNiro In The Comedian: DeNiro's Busy Week
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You don't have to have a passion for Pagliacci to know the life of a clown has a tragic dimension. Without going to operatic extremes, The Comedian, a movie starring Robert DeNiro as a standup potty-mouthed performer, has a dark side. DeNiro developed the project with Art Linson over eight years, he said at a panel last week for The Comedians at the Plaza Athenee. Robert DeNiro's comic side, honed in movies like Last Vegas to name one, and his huge heart as in his wise, sensitive father in say, Silver Linings Playbook, come together in this movie, especially playing opposite Leslie Mann. The Comedians panel featured director Taylor Hackford, and the superb cast including Danny DeVito and his daughter Lucy, Edie Falco, and Leslie Mann, a comedienne so wide eyed and fresh, she's a revelation. Also featuring Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone, and a Billy Crystal cameo, the cast is first-rate. Each one steals the show, making for a lot of funny moments. DeNiro works his routines at a soup kit...
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'Hamilton' Parody Is The Theme Song Hillary Supporters Needed This Election
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The best of Broadway gathered Monday night (their one night off, host Billy Crystal joked) to celebrate Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate most likely to get a free ticket to “Hamilton.”  “Broadway for Hillary” featured an impressive cast of recognizable faces from Hollywood and the Great White Way. Yes, Neil Patrick Harris was there. So was Hugh Jackman. (And Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters, Dame Helen F**king Mirren ... the list goes on.) Speaking of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manual Miranda showed up with his former costar Renée Elise Goldsberry to perform a rewritten version of the song “The World Was Wide Enough.” It’s not difficult to draw parallels between the politics of two centuries ago and the politics of today ― stolen correspondence, foreign meddling, a rich and entitled New Yorker running for office, etc. But in case you were having trouble, the original stars of the “Hamilton” musical are here to help with a useful parody. Below are the entire lyrics of the new...
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Celebrities Pay Tribute To Gene Wilder With Touching Notes On Social Media
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Following the news of Gene Wilder’s death, celebrities came together online Monday to remember the late star.  Harry Connick Jr., Mel Brooks and Tony Goldwyn, among many others, took to Twitter to share touching notes about the screen icon, best known for his role as Willy Wonka in 1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and his work in Mel Brooks comedies like “Blazing Saddles.”  Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship. — Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016 so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder... such an incredible man... i'll miss you ❤️ — Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 29, 2016 Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy: Gene Wilder, you were my youth! RIP ❤️ — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 29, 2016 Gene ...
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Billy Crystal does famous Ali impersonation
CNN - over 1 year
Comedian Billy Crystal brought laughter to the crowd at Muhammad Ali's memorial service by doing a bit from an old Ali skit.
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Billy Crystal explains how he became Ali's 'little brother'
Fox News - over 1 year
Actor, comedian delivers eulogy
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Will Smith, Lennox Lewis to be pallbearers at Muhammad Ali funeral
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among the pallbearers for Muhammad Ali's funeral on Friday, joining a list of notable athletes, entertainers and politicians to mourn the boxing legend. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and comedian Billy Crystal were among those previously announced as participating in public events as the world grieves the loss of the boxer, showman and antiwar activist who captivated global attention in the 1960s and 1970s. One of the transcendent figures of the 20th century, Ali died on Friday at age 74.
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Turkey's Erdogan to join dignitaries, celebrities at Ali memorials
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Kia Johnson LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will join former U.S. President Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal among the politicians, religious leaders and entertainers speaking at two public memorial services for boxing legend Muhammad Ali this week, a family spokesman said on Monday. More than 30,000 tickets will be distributed to the public for the two memorials scheduled for Thursday and Friday in sports arenas in Ali's home town of Louisville, Kentucky, Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell said. Mourners who cannot get tickets will be able to watch a funeral procession that will drive Ali's remains through Louisville, including along a boulevard bearing his name, to the Cave Hill Cemetery.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Crystal
  • 2015
    Age 66
    In 2015, Crystal co-starred alongside Josh Gad on the FX comedy series The Comedians, which ran for just one season before being canceled.
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  • 2014
    Age 65
    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 64
    In his 2013 memoir Still Foolin' 'Em, Crystal writes that after the ceremony, near the Yankee clubhouse, he was punched in the stomach by Joe DiMaggio, who was angry at Crystal for not having introduced him to the crowd as the "Greatest living player."
    Crystal later went on to provide the voice of Mike Wazowski in the blockbuster Pixar film Monsters, Inc. (2001), and reprised his voice role in the prequel, Monsters University, which was released in June 2013.
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    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 63
    In the 2012 film Parental Guidance, his character is the announcer for the Fresno Grizzlies, a Minor League Baseball team, and aspires to announce for their Major League affiliate, the San Francisco Giants.
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    He returned recently as the host for the 2012 Oscar ceremony, after Eddie Murphy resigned from hosting.
  • 2011
    Age 62
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 59
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 56
    Following the initial success of the play, Crystal wrote the book 700 Sundays for Warner Books, which was published on October 31, 2005.
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    On September 6, 2005, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Crystal and Jay Leno were the first celebrities to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be auctioned off for Gulf Coast relief.
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    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 52
    His mother, Helen Crystal, died in 2001.
  • 1996
    Age 47
    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.
  • 1990
    Age 41
    Crystal hosted the Academy Awards broadcast in 1990–1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012.
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  • 1985
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 33
    In 1982, Billy Crystal hosted his own variety show, The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour on NBC.
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  • 1977
    Age 28
    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.
  • 1976
    Age 27
    He was on the dais for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Muhammad Ali on February 19, 1976, where he did impressions of both Ali and sportscaster Howard Cosell.
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    In 1976, Crystal appeared on an episode of All in the Family.
  • 1970
    Age 21
    Crystal and his wife Janice (née Goldfinger) married in June 1970, have two daughters, actress Jennifer and producer Lindsay, and are grandparents.
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    He graduated from NYU in 1970 with a BFA from its School of Fine Arts, not yet named for the Tisch family.
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  • 1965
    Age 16
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 14
    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.
  • 1948
    Born on March 14, 1948.
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