Billy Crystal

Highest Rated: 97% The Princess Bride (1987)
Lowest Rated: 17% Parental Guidance (2012)
Birthday: Mar 14, 1948
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

CREDIT
38% Untogether David 2019
No Score Yet Still Laugh-in: The Stars Celebrate Actor 2019
83% Standing Up, Falling Down Marty 2019
96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Actor 2018
No Score Yet Which Witch Screenwriter Actor Producer 2016
52% Live From New York! Actor 2015
No Score Yet Party Central Mike 2014
80% 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 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
75% 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 Executive Producer Ben Sobel $32.1M 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
82% 61* Director Executive Producer 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
44% 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
70% Analyze This Executive Producer Dr. Ben Sobel 1999
19% My Giant Producer Sammy 1998
73% 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
No Score Yet Caesar's Writers Actor 1996
50% Forget Paris Screenwriter Director Mickey Producer 1995
No Score Yet In Search of Dr. Seuss Actor 1994
18% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold Producer Mitch Robbins Screenwriter 1994
58% Mr. Saturday Night Director Buddy Young Jr. Screenwriter Producer 1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
No Score Yet When It Was a Game 2 Actor 1992
88% City Slickers Executive Producer Mitch Robbins 1991
No Score Yet The Best of Dr. Seuss Actor 1989
90% When Harry Met Sally Harry 1989
No Score Yet Memories of Me Dr. Abbie Polin Abbie Producer Screenwriter 1988
62% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jay Leno's Garage
2015
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet 20/20
1978-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2013
58% The Comedians
2015
Executive Producer Billy Billy Crystal Producer Screenwriter
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2014
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
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
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 The Academy Awards
1988
  • 2012
  • 2004
  • 2000
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Appearing
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Fairly OddParents
2001-2017
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
Himself
  • 2002
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest
  • 1995
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
Voice
  • 1994
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1992
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Performer Guest
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1976
No Score Yet Soap
1977-1981
Jodie Dallas
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Al
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Movies
2019

QUOTES FROM Billy Crystal CHARACTERS