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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