Billy Crystal is a prominent American personality who has won international audiences for his outstanding achievements in various fields. In addition to acting, Crystal is also active as a TV presenter, author, producer, comedian, director, and actor. In the 1970s, he enjoyed great success when he played the fictional character Jodie Dallas in the sitcom Soap. Billy’s film career in Hollywood brought him so much success in the late 1980s and 1990s that he was featured in such acclaimed blockbusters as City Slickers (1991), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Analyze This (1999), and several others. Some of his television shows include Saturday Night Live (since 1975), The Comedians (2015), The Critic (1994 – 1995), and others.
Packed to the brim, the superstar also hosted the Academy Awards from 1990 to 1993, then in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, and finally in 2012, after Eddie Murphy resigned as host of the event.
Billy Crystal Bio, (Age)
Billy’s real name is Williams Edward Crystal. He was born on March 14, 1948, at Doctors Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in Manhattan, New York, the son of Jack Crystal, a producer, jazz promoter, music manager, owner and manager of the Commodore Music Store, and Helen Crystal, a housewife. The Commodore Music Store was founded by Helen’s father, Julius Gabler, while Commodore Records, a jazz record label, was founded by Helen’s brother, Milt Gabler, a songwriter and musician. Billy’s father held management positions in both companies.
Billy grew up in the Bronx alongside his older brothers Richard Crystal and Joel Crystal. His family is Jewish, having moved to the USA from Russia and Austria. The business of the actor’s father collapsed in 1963, after which he died that same year at the age of 54 from a heart attack he suffered while bowling (Jack played baseball for St. John’s University). Helen, Billy’s mother, died in 2001.
Crystal completed his high school education at Long Beach High School in 1965 and later came to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia on a baseball scholarship. He learned the sport from his father but never played for his college because the game was banned in the first year of college. When he entered his second year, Billy decided to stay in New York to be closer to his future wife. Eventually, he enrolled with Goldfinger at Nassau Community College and later moved to New York University, where he majored in television/film direction. He graduated from the university in 1970 and received a BFA from the School’s Fine Arts Department (at that time the department had not yet been renamed the Tisch School of the Arts).
Family – Wife
Billy Crystal took the big step of sealing his love for his long-time lover and confirming his decision to make her his better half for the rest of his life in 1970. The comedian’s marital relationship with his wife was blissful over the years and also produced two lovely daughters named Jennifer Amie Crystal Foley and Lindsay Crystal.
Billy’s wife, Janice Louise Goldfinger, is also an actress and film director. His eldest daughter, Jennifer, is an actress known for her roles in the television series “House” and “Once and Again” after she began her Hollywood career in 1991. Jennifer is a product of Northwestern University and was born on January 26, 1973, in Los Angeles, California. Since 2000 she has been married to her college sweetheart, Michael Foley, and they share two daughters named Dylan Frances Foley (born February 3, 2006) and Ella Ryan Foley (born June 20, 2003).
Crystal’s youngest child, Lindsay, is a television producer and director. Her timeline includes several projects in show business, including City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold (1994), My Uncle Berns (2003), and City Slickers (1991). She was born on October 21, 1977, in Los Angeles County, California, in the United States.
What Is Billy Crystal Net Worth?
To be fair, it has to be said that Billy’s hard work has certainly paid off. He has excelled in more than one field of interest, carved out a niche for himself, and has distinguished himself as one of the multi-hyphenated personalities of show business. From his roles in the entertainment industry, Crystal has successfully built a net worth of $45 million.
Height – How Tall Is He?
Billy Crystal has an amazing physique, as you would expect from someone who does his craft in the show business world. The multi-hyphenated body stands 5 feet 7 inches or 1.7 in metric units and weighs 154 pounds or 70 kilograms. He may not be the greatest actor you have ever met, but his stature has never questioned his flourishing career.
Other Facts About The TV Personality
1. Billy Crystal currently lives with his wife in Pacific Palisades, California, in the United States.
2. Martin Scorsese was one of the actor’s lecturers at New York University, while Christopher Guest and Oliver Stone were among his classmates.
3. Billy was nominated for twenty-two Emmy awards and won six of them. Over the course of his career, he has won a total of 32 awards.
4. He is an ardent fan of the Los Angeles-based basketball team The Los Angeles Clippers.
5. He made his first film appearance in 1978 in the movie Rabbit Test.