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BILLY CRYSTAL (Larry) is renowned as a performer, writer, director, and producer. A native of Long Island, Crystal grew up surrounded by music as his family owned and operated the legendary Commodore record label. After graduating from New York University Film School, he began a career as a stand-up comedian playing in colleges and clubs. His success in his stand-up appearances led to him starring on television in the highly successful television series, "Soap" as "Jodie," the first openly gay character on network television.

During the 1984-85 television season, Crystal met with phenomenal national success on "Saturday Night Live" and created such memorable characters, such as Fernando ("You Look Mahvelous"), Willie the Masochist and his classic Sammy Davis, Jr. imitation. He also wrote and produced the acclaimed HBO series, "Sessions" and became the first comedian to appear in the Soviet Union with his HBO special "Midnight Train to Moscow."

Billy Crystal's films include "Running Scared," "Throw Momma From the Train," "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and "City Slickers II" (which he created, starred and executive produced), "Mr. Saturday Night" (which he produced, directed and starred) and "Forget Paris" (which he produced, directed and starred).

His most recent films are "Hamlet," "Father's Day" and the upcoming film "My Giant" in which he produced and stars in.

As a dedicated human rights advocate, he has, with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg, co-hosted seven "Comic Relief" telethons which have raised over 35 million dollars for housing and medical care for the homeless.

He is the winner of five Emmy Awards, six American Comedy Awards, and seven Cable Ace Awards. He has hosted the Grammy Awards three times and the Oscar telecasts five times.

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