BILLY CRYSTAL (Ben Sobel / Executive Producer) has created one of the
most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment business, finding
success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and
behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer.
Crystal's family owned and operated the legendary Commodore label and
record store, so Crystal grew up surrounded by musicians. His father, Jack,
produced concerts by the era's greatest jazz performers, including the
legendary Billy Holliday.
Crystal parlayed his talent for stand-up comedy into a varied stage act that
incorporated his gifts for mimicry and satire and featured characters based
partly on family members and people he had befriended through the family
business. After touring with Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka and Sha Na
Na, Crystal became a regular on the popular series Soap, playing the
first openly gay character on a network television series. In the 1984-85
television season, he met with phenomenal national success on NBC's Saturday
Night Live, creating memorable characters such as Fernando and Willie the
Among the films in which Crystal has starred are Running Scared, This
is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, Throw Momma from the Train, Memories of Me,
When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers I and II, Mr. Saturday
Night (which he also directed), Fathers' Day, Forget Paris (directed),
Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Analyze
This, My Giant (produced) and America's Sweethearts. He
recently lent his voice to the character Mike Wazowksi in Disney's Monsters,
Crystal's film "61*" for HBO showcased him as both
director and executive producer. The film received 12 Emmy nominations including
those for Best Director and Best Made for Television Movie. In addition, Crystal
was nominated for a DGA Award as Best Director.
He created, wrote and produced the critically acclaimed HBO series Sessions,
and became the first comedian to perform in the (then) Soviet Union with his
special Midnight Train to Moscow, one of the four one-man specials he has
done for HBO. His work has earned six Emmy Awards, six American Comedy Awards
and seven CableAce Awards.
Crystal has served as host for the Grammy Awards three times, and for the
Oscars, seven times. A dedicated human rights advocate, Crystal has co-hosted
with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg all eight Comic Relief telethons for
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