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Billy Crystal

Highest Rated:   97% The Princess Bride (1987)
Lowest Rated:   17% Parental Guidance (2012)
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Birthplace:   Long Beach, Long Island, New York, USA
The son of a jazz concert producer, Billy Crystal grew up in the company of such music legends as Billie Holiday, Pee Wee Russell, and Eddy Condon. His mind made up by age five, Crystal knew he wanted to become a performer -- not in music but in baseball or comedy. As he later explained to TV Guide, he chose comedy "because God made me short" -- though from all reports he is one of the best ball players in show business.Learning how to make people laugh by studying the works of past masters Laurel and Hardy, Ernie Kovacs, and Jonathan Winters, Crystal began making the club rounds at 16. He was sidetracked briefly by New York University's film school, where he studied to be a director under Martin Scorsese, but upon graduation it was back to comedy when Crystal formed his own troupe, 3's Company. On his own, he developed into an "observational" comic, humor based on his own experiences and the collective experiences of his audience. He came to media attention via his impression of Howard Cosell interviewing Muhammad Ali. After doing time as an opening act for such musicians as Barry Manilow, Crystal struck out for Hollywood, in hopes of finding regular work on a TV series. In 1977, he was hired to play the gay character Jodie Dallas on Soap. Though many people expected the performer to be typecast in this sort of part, he transcended the "sissy" stereotype, making the character so three-dimensional that audiences and potential employers were fully aware that there was more to Crystal's talent than what they saw in Jodie.Thanks to Soap, Crystal became and remained a headliner and, in 1978, had his first crack at movie stardom as a pregnant man in Rabbit Test. The movie was unsuccessful, but Crystal's star had not been eclipsed by the experience; he was even entrusted with a dramatic role in the 1980 TV movie Enola Gay. His career accelerating with comedy records, choice club dates, regular appearances on Saturday Night Live, and TV guest shots, Crystal had a more successful stab at the movies in such films as This is Spinal Tap (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Throw Momma From the Train (1987), and When Harry Met Sally (1989). Riding high after a memorable emceeing stint at the Oscar ceremony, Crystal executive produced and starred in his most successful film project to date, an uproarious middle-age-angst comedy called City Slickers (1991). In 1992, he mounted his most ambitious film endeavor, Mr. Saturday Night, the bittersweet chronicle of a self-destructive comedian. The film had great potential (as indicated by the outtakes contained in its video cassette version), but the end result died at the box office. That same year, Crystal again hosted the Oscar awards, and in 1994 he repeated his earlier success with the popular sequel City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold.Crystal added to his directing credits the following year with the romantic comedy Forget Paris. Unfortunately, the film -- which he also produced, wrote, and starred in -- was something of a flop. He subsequently focused his energies on acting, turning up in Hamlet (1996) and Deconstructing Harry (1997). In 1998 he had another producing stint with My Giant, a comedy he also starred in; like his previous producing effort, that film also proved fairly unsuccessful. However, Crystal bounced back in 1999, executive producing and starring in Analyze This. A comedy about a mob boss, Robert De Niro, seeking therapy from a psychiatrist (Crystal), it won a number of positive reviews, convincing many that the performer was back in his element.Back in the director's chair in 2001, Crystal helmed the made-for-HBO 61*. Detailing the 1961 home-run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, 61* struck a chord with baseball sentimentalists and critics alike. Scripting and starring in America's Sweethearts the same year, Crystal also began to cultivate a voice acting career that would prove extremely successful, providing the voices for characters in Monsters, Inc., How

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Which Witch
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2016
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Party Central
  • Mike
2014
78% Monsters University
  • Mike
$260.4M 2013
33% Small Apartments
  • Burt Walnut
2013
17% Parental Guidance
  • Diane Decker
$77.3M 2012
18% The Tooth Fairy
  • Jerry
$58.6M 2010
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon
  • Actor
2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Lost & Found: SNL in the 80s
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
  • Actor
2008
74% Cars
  • Mike Car
$244.1M 2006
No Score Yet Harry Shearer: Now You See It
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Tony Bennett: An American Classic
  • Actor
2006
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Hollywood Pinstripes
  • Actor
2003
27% Analyze That
  • Ben Sobel
  • Executive Producer
$32.1M 2002
No Score Yet Mr. Saturday Night
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2002
No Score Yet Mike's New Car
  • Mike
2002
67% Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World
  • Actor
2001
96% Monsters, Inc.
  • Mike Wazowski
$34.1M 2001
32% America's Sweethearts
  • Lee Phillips
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$93.1M 2001
80% 61*
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Goodnight Moon
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner
  • Actor
2000
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  • Mattress salesman
$0.5M 2000
No Score Yet Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
  • Actor
2000
71% Get Bruce
  • Himself
1999
69% Analyze This
  • Executive Producer
  • Dr. Ben Sobel
1999
19% My Giant
  • Producer
  • Sammy
1998
71% Deconstructing Harry
  • Larry
1997
25% Fathers' Day
  • Jack Lawrence
1997
No Score Yet Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration
  • Actor
1997
95% Hamlet
  • First Gravedigger
1996
50% Forget Paris
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Mickey
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet In Search of Dr. Seuss
  • Actor
1994
19% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold
  • Screenwriter
  • Mitch Robbins
  • Producer
1994
56% Mr. Saturday Night
  • Buddy Young Jr.
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet When It Was a Game 2
  • Actor
1992
90% City Slickers
  • Executive Producer
  • Mitch Robbins
1991
No Score Yet The Best of Dr. Seuss
  • Actor
1989
89% When Harry Met Sally
  • Harry
1989
No Score Yet Memories of Me
  • Dr. Abbie PolinAbbie
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1988
61% Throw Momma from the Train
  • Larry
1987
97% The Princess Bride
  • Miracle Max
1987
60% Running Scared
  • Danny Costanzo
1986
No Score Yet Billy Crystal: Midnight Train To Moscow
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Big City Comedy Show
  • Actor
1985
95% This Is Spinal Tap
  • Morty the Mime
1984
No Score Yet Animalympics
  • Rugs Turkell
1980
No Score Yet Enola Gay
  • Lt. Jake Beser
1980
No Score Yet Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
  • Danny Doyle
1979
No Score Yet Human Feelings
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Rabbit Test
  • Lionel Carpenter
1978
No Score Yet SST: Death Flight (Flight of the Maiden)
  • Actor
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
58% The Comedians
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Billy Billy Crystal
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • 2015
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
  • Garreth Pink
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2004
No Score Yet 20/20
1978
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1995
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Actor
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1976

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