Crystal, Billy

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Born: Mar 14, 1947 AD
Currently alive, at 67 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Comedians, Entertainers


1947 - Billy Crystal, born on the 14th of March in Long Island, NY, son of Jack a record store owner, record label executive, and jazz promoter and Helen a homemaker Crystal.

1965 - Graqduated High School in Long Beach High School, Long Beach, New York.

1970 - Married Janice Goldfinger and had two daughters: Jennifer and Lindsay.

       - Graduated at New York University, B.F.A., television and film direction.

1971 - 1975 - Member of improvisational comedy troupe variously called We the People, Comedy Jam, and Three's Company.

1971 - House manager of stage production You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, New York, New York.

1975 - He was scheduled to appear as a guest on the very first Saturday Night Live, but backed out when told his stand-up segment would have to be trimmed for time.

       - Stand-up comedian; performer at clubs, including the Bitter End, Catch a Rising Star, Playboy Club, and Comedy Store; opening act for Sammy Davis, Jr., at Lake Tahoe, NV; host of radio call-in program broadcast from Marshall University

1977 - On the sitcom Soap, he played Jodie Dallas, the first recurring gay character on American TV. It was quite controversial for right-wingers were offended that a "pervert" was presented on TV at all, and many gay/lesbian activists were angry that Crystal's performance played into gay stereotypes.

1984 - Joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, creating the character Fernando, a superficial nightclub performer for whom everything is "mahvelous." His high-profile role on the popular late-night show established Crystal as one of the leading comic talents of the decade, and his autobiography, published as Absolutely Mahvelous, draws upon the popularity of the Fernando character.

1985 - Got  an Emmy Award nomination, outstanding actor in a variety program, for Saturday Night Live.

       - Grammy Award nomination, best comedy recording, for Mahvelous!

1989 - Got a Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical.

1990 - For When Harry Met Sally, Emmy Award, outstanding writing in a variety or music program, and Emmy Award nominations, outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program and outstanding variety, music, or comedy special.

1994 - Contributed to the screenplay of City Slickers, also authored a sequel, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold.

1999 - Released the movie Analyze This and the sequel, Analyze That, both which star Robert De Niro as a mob boss attempting to get in touch with his kinder, gentler side with the help of reluctant psychiatrist Dr. Ben Sobel role of Crystal.

2000 - Named Hasty Pudding Man-of-the-Year, American Film Institute Star Award, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

2001 - Emmy Award nominations, outstanding direction of a miniseries or movie and outstanding made-for-television movie.

2002 - Directors Guild of America Award nomination, all for 61* and has star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 - Penned the book I Already Know I Love You, a picture book for young children inspired by his anticipation of his first grandchild, Ella. Written in simple rhyme, the book is narrated by a grandfather awaiting the birth of a grandchild who is depicted sometimes as a boy and sometimes as a girl.

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