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Billy Crystal
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Crystal in March 2018
Birth nameWilliam Edward Crystal
Born (1948-03-14) March 14, 1948 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television, theatre, books
Alma mater New York University
Years active1975–present
Genres Observational comedy, musical comedy, sketch comedy, surreal humor, sarcasm, satire
Subject(s) American culture, American politics, current events, pop culture, everyday life, social awkwardness, human sexuality
Spouse
Janice Goldfinger(m. 1970)
Children2; including Jennifer Crystal Foley

William Edward Crystal (born March 14, 1948) [1] [2] is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 80s for television roles as Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and as a cast member and frequent host of Saturday Night Live . He then became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes The Princess Bride (1987), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), City Slickers (1991), Mr. Saturday Night (1992) and Analyze This (1999), and providing the voice of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc. films starting in 2001.

Jodie Dallas

Jodie Dallas is a fictional character from the 1977 American sitcom Soap. He was played by Billy Crystal. The son of central character Mary Campbell, Jodie works as a television commercial director. Jodie was among the first gay characters on American television. Despite being gay, Jodie fathered a child through a one-night stand, and many of his storylines throughout the series centered on his involvement with women. Jodie had relationships with two other women but maintained throughout the series that he was still gay. The series ended with Jodie, as the result of hypnotherapy, believing he was an elderly Jewish man.

American Broadcasting Company American broadcast television network

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan.

<i>Soap</i> (TV series) American sitcom

Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from September 13, 1977, until April 20, 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. Similar to a soap opera, the show's story was presented in a serial format and included melodramatic plot elements such as alien abduction, demonic possession, murder, and kidnapping. In 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME", and in 2010, the Tates and the Campbells ranked at number 17 in TV Guide's list of "TV's Top Families".

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For his work, he received numerous accolades, including six Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, a Mark Twain Prize and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times, beginning in 1990 and most recently in 2012.

The Primetime Emmy Award is an American award bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. First given out in 1949, the award was originally referred to as simply the "Emmy Awards" until the first Daytime Emmy Award ceremony was held in 1974 and the word "prime time" was added to distinguish between the two.

Tony Award awards for live Broadway theatre

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in Midtown Manhattan. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette "Tony" Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.

Hollywood Walk of Fame Entertainment hall of fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of musicians, actors, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. It is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce holds trademark rights to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Early life

Jack Crystal (right) with Milt Gabler, Herbie Hill and Lou Blum at the Commodore Music Shop (1947) Commodore-Music-Shop-1947.jpg
Jack Crystal (right) with Milt Gabler, Herbie Hill and Lou Blum at the Commodore Music Shop (1947)

Crystal was born at Doctors Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, [1] and initially raised in The Bronx. [3] As a toddler, he moved with his family to 549 East Park Avenue in Long Beach, New York, on Long Island. [3] He and his older brothers Joel and Richard, nicknamed Rip, were the sons of Helen (née Gabler), a housewife, and Jack Crystal, who owned and operated the Commodore Music Store, founded by Helen's father, Julius Gabler. [4] [5] Jack was also a jazz promoter, a producer, and an executive for an affiliated jazz record label, Commodore Records, founded by Helen's brother, musician and songwriter Milt Gabler. [3] Crystal is Jewish (his family emigrated from Austria and Russia), [6] [7] and he grew up attending Temple Emanu-El (Long Beach, New York) where he was Bar Mitzvahed . [8] The three young brothers would entertain by reprising comedy routines from the likes of Bob Newhart, Rich Little and Sid Caesar records their father would bring home. [3] Jazz artists such as Arvell Shaw, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Condon, and Billie Holiday were often guests in the home. [3] With the decline of Dixieland jazz and the rise of discount record stores, in 1963 Crystal's father lost his business [6] and died later that year at the age of 54 [4] after suffering a heart attack while bowling. [3] His mother, Helen Crystal, died in 2001. [6]

Upper East Side Neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City

The Upper East Side is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, between Central Park/Fifth Avenue, 59th Street, the East River, and 96th Street. The area incorporates several smaller neighborhoods, including Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, and Yorkville. Once known as the Silk Stocking District, it is now one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York City.

Manhattan Borough in New York City and county in New York, United States

Manhattan, often referred to locally as the City, is the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City and its economic and administrative center, cultural identifier, and historical birthplace. The borough is coextensive with New York County, one of the original counties of the U.S. state of New York. The borough consists mostly of Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers; several small adjacent islands; and Marble Hill, a small neighborhood now on the U.S. mainland, physically connected to the Bronx and separated from the rest of Manhattan by the Harlem River. Manhattan Island is divided into three informally bounded components, each aligned with the borough's long axis: Lower, Midtown, and Upper Manhattan.

The Bronx Borough in New York City and county in New York, United States

The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. It is south of Westchester County; northeast and east of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, across the East River. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States.

After graduation from Long Beach High School in 1965, [9] Crystal attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, on a baseball scholarship, [3] having learned the game from his father, who pitched for St. John's University.[ citation needed ] Crystal never played baseball at Marshall because the program was suspended during his first year. [10] He did not return to Marshall as a sophomore, instead deciding to stay in New York to be close to his future wife. He studied acting at HB Studio. [11] He attended Nassau Community College with Janice and later transferred to New York University, where he was a film and television directing major. He graduated from NYU in 1970 with a BFA from its School of Fine Arts, not yet named for the Tisch family. [12] [13] One of his instructors was Martin Scorsese, while Oliver Stone and Christopher Guest were among his classmates. [14]

Long Beach High School is a public secondary education in the United States in Lido Beach, New York, serving the Long Beach City School District in Long Beach, New York. The school has a 30-acre (12 ha) campus.

Marshall University university

Marshall University is a public research university in Huntington, West Virginia. It was founded in 1837 and is named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States.

Huntington, West Virginia City in West Virginia, United States

Huntington is a city in Cabell and Wayne Counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has benefited from its location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the second-busiest inland port in the United States.

Career

Television

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Crystal in 1977

Crystal returned to New York City. For four years he was part of a comedy trio with two friends. They played colleges and coffee houses and Crystal worked as a substitute teacher on Long Island. [15] He later became a solo act and performed regularly at The Improv and Catch a Rising Star . In 1976, Crystal appeared on an episode of All in the Family . He was on the dais for The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Muhammad Ali on February 19, 1976, where he did impressions of both Ali and sportscaster Howard Cosell. He was scheduled to appear on the first episode of NBC Saturday Night on October 11, 1975 (The show was later renamed Saturday Night Live on March 26, 1977), but his sketch was cut. [16] He did perform on episode 17 of that first season, doing a monologue of an old jazz man capped by the line "Can you dig it? I knew that you could." Host Ron Nessen introduced him as "Bill Crystal". [17] Crystal was a guest on the first and the last episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which concluded February 6, 2014, after 22 seasons on the air. [18] Crystal also made game show appearances such as The Hollywood Squares, All Star Secrets and The $20,000 Pyramid. To this day, he holds the Pyramid franchise's record for getting his contestant partner to the top of the pyramid in winner's circle in the fastest time: 26 seconds. [19] [20]

The Improv business

The Improv is a comedy club franchise. Originally, it was a single venue founded in 1963 by Budd Friedman and located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City on West 44th near the southeast corner of 9th Ave. A second location was opened in 1974 at 8162 Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California. In 1979 Mark Lonow became a general partner and with Budd Friedman ran the Melrose club and oversaw the expansion of the single room as it became a successful chain. In 1982 the L.A. Improv became the original site for the A&E Network television series An Evening at the Improv, running from 1982 until 1996, and was produced by Larry O'Daly, created by O'Daly and Barbara Hosie-O'Daly, with Budd Friedman as a warm-up host. Other locations have opened since then, such as in Tampa, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Louisville, Kentucky. LEG, formerly known as [Levity Entertainment Group, is the largest shareholder of The Improv comedy clubs.

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<i>All in the Family</i> American television series

All in the Family is an American sitcom TV-series that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network for nine seasons, from January 12, 1971 to April 8, 1979. The following September, it was continued with the spin-off series Archie Bunker's Place, which picked up where All in the Family had ended and ran for four more seasons through 1983.

Cast of Soap (1977). Back row, L-R: Robert Urich, Ted Wass, Richard Mulligan, Robert Guillaume, Robert Mandan, Jimmy Baio, Diana Canova, Arthur Peterson Jr.. Seated: Billy Crystal, Cathryn Damon, Katherine Helmond, Jennifer Salt. Soap full cast 1977.JPG
Cast of Soap (1977). Back row, L-R: Robert Urich, Ted Wass, Richard Mulligan, Robert Guillaume, Robert Mandan, Jimmy Baio, Diana Canova, Arthur Peterson Jr.. Seated: Billy Crystal, Cathryn Damon, Katherine Helmond, Jennifer Salt.

Crystal's earliest prominent role was as Jodie Dallas on Soap, one of the first unambiguously gay characters in the cast of an American television series. [21] He continued in the role during the series's entire 1977–1981 run. [22] [23]

Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term was originally used to mean "carefree", "cheerful", or "bright and showy".

In 1982, Billy Crystal hosted his own variety show, The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour on NBC. When Crystal arrived to shoot the fifth episode, he learned it had been canceled after only the first two aired. [24] After hosting Saturday Night Live twice, on March 17, 1984 and the show's ninth season finale on May 5, he joined the regular cast for the 1984-85 season. [16] His most famous recurring sketch was his parody of Fernando Lamas, a smarmy talk-show host whose catchphrase, "You look... mahvelous!," became a media sensation. [16] Crystal subsequently released an album of his stand-up material titled Mahvelous! in 1985, as well as the single "You Look Marvelous", which peaked at No. 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and No. 17 in Canada. Also in the 1980s, Crystal starred in an episode of Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre as the smartest of the three little pigs.

In 1996, Crystal was the guest star of the third episode of Muppets Tonight and hosted three Grammy Awards Telecasts: the 29th Grammys; the 30th Grammys; and the 31st Grammys.

In 2015, Crystal co-starred alongside Josh Gad on the FX comedy series The Comedians , which ran for just one season before being canceled. [25]

Film career

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Crystal at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Crystal's first film role was in Joan Rivers' 1978 film Rabbit Test , the story of the "world's first pregnant man." [26]

Crystal appeared briefly in the Rob Reiner "rockumentary" This Is Spinal Tap (1984) as Morty The Mime, a waiter dressed as a mime at one of Spinal Tap's parties. He shared the scene with a then-unknown, non-speaking Dana Carvey, stating famously that "Mime is money." He later starred in the action comedy Running Scared (1986) and was directed by Reiner again in The Princess Bride (1987), in a comedic supporting role as "Miracle Max". Reiner got Crystal to accept the part by saying, "How would you like to play Mel Brooks?" Reiner also allowed Crystal to ad-lib, and his parting shot, "Have fun storming the castle!" is a frequently-quoted line.

Reiner directed Crystal for a third time in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989), in which Crystal starred alongside Meg Ryan and for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. The film has since become an iconic classic for the genre and is Crystal's most celebrated film. Crystal then starred in the award-winning buddy comedy City Slickers (1991), which proved very successful both commercially and critically and for which Crystal was nominated for his second Golden Globe. The film was followed by a sequel, which was less successful. In 1992, he narrated Dr. Seuss Video Classics: Horton Hatches the Egg .

Following the significant success of these films, Crystal wrote, directed, and starred in Mr. Saturday Night (1992) and Forget Paris (1995). In the former, Crystal played a serious role in aging makeup, as an egotistical comedian who reflects back on his career. Crystal starred in Woody Allen's critically acclaimed comedy ensemble film Deconstructing Harry (1997). Crystal had another success alongside Robert De Niro in Harold Ramis' mobster comedy Analyze This (1999). More recent performances include roles in America's Sweethearts (2001), the sequel Analyze That (2002), and Parental Guidance (2012).

He directed the made-for-television movie 61* (2001) based on Roger Maris's and Mickey Mantle's race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record in 1961. This earned Crystal an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

Crystal was originally asked to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story (1995) but turned it down, a decision he later regretted due to the popularity of the series. [16] Crystal later went on to provide the voice of Mike Wazowski in the blockbuster Pixar film Monsters, Inc. (2001), and reprised his voice role in the prequel, Monsters University , which was released in June 2013. Crystal also provided the voice of Calcifer in the English version of Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle (2004).

Academy Awards hosting

Crystal hosted the Academy Awards broadcast in 1990–1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012. His hosting was critically praised, resulting in two Emmy wins for hosting and writing the 63rd Academy Awards and an Emmy win for writing the 64th Academy Awards. He returned as the host for the 2012 Oscar ceremony, after Eddie Murphy resigned from hosting. [27] [28] His nine times is second only to Bob Hope's 19 in most ceremonies hosted. [29] At the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony in 2011, he appeared as a presenter for a digitally inserted Bob Hope and before doing so was given a standing ovation. Film critic Roger Ebert said when Crystal came onstage about two hours into the show, he got the first laughs of the broadcast. [30] Crystal's hosting gigs have regularly included an introductory video segment in which he comedically inserts himself into scenes of that year's nominees in addition to a song following his opening monologue.

Broadway

Crystal won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for 700 Sundays , a two-act, one-man play, which he conceived and wrote about his parents and his childhood growing up on Long Island. [16] He toured throughout the US with the show in 2006 and then Australia in 2007.

Following the initial success of the play, Crystal wrote the book 700 Sundays for Warner Books, which was published on October 31, 2005. In conjunction with the book and the play that also paid tribute to his uncle, Milt Gabler, Crystal produced two CD compilations: Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story, which featured his uncle's most influential recordings from Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" to "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets; and Billy Remembers Billie featuring Crystal's favorite Holiday recordings.

In the fall of 2013, he brought the show back to Broadway for a two-month run at the Imperial Theatre. HBO filmed the January 3–4, 2014 performances for a special, which debuted on their network on April 19, 2014. [31] [32]

Philanthropy

In 1986, Crystal started hosting Comic Relief on HBO with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. [16] Founded by Bob Zmuda, Comic Relief raises money for homeless people in the United States.

On September 6, 2005, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , Crystal and Jay Leno were the first celebrities to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be auctioned off for Gulf Coast relief. [33]

Crystal has participated in the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Crystal's personal history is featured in the “Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves” exhibit in the genealogy wing of the museum. [34]

Sports

On March 12, 2008, Crystal signed a one-day minor league contract to play with the New York Yankees, and was invited to the team's major league spring training. He wore uniform number 60 in honor of his upcoming 60th birthday. [35] On March 13, in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Crystal led off as the designated hitter. He managed to make contact, fouling a fastball up the first base line, but was eventually struck out by Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm on six pitches and was later replaced in the batting order by Johnny Damon. [36] He was released on March 14, his 60th birthday. [37]

Crystal's boyhood idol was Yankee Hall of Fame legend Mickey Mantle who had signed a program for him when Crystal attended a game where Mantle had hit a home run. Years later on The Dinah Shore Show , in one of his first television appearances, Crystal met Mantle in person and had Mantle re-sign the same program. Crystal would be good friends with Mickey Mantle until Mantle's death in 1995. He and Bob Costas together wrote the eulogy Costas read at Mantle's funeral, and George Steinbrenner then invited Crystal to emcee the unveiling of Mantle's monument at Yankee Stadium. In his 2013 memoir Still Foolin' 'Em, Crystal writes that after the ceremony, near the Yankee clubhouse, he was punched in the stomach by Joe DiMaggio, who was angry at Crystal for not having introduced him to the crowd as the "Greatest living player".

Crystal also was well known for his impressions of Yankee Hall of Famer turned broadcaster Phil Rizzuto. Rizzuto, known for his quirks calling games, did not travel to Anaheim, California in 1996 to call the game for WPIX. Instead, Crystal joined the broadcasters in the booth and pretended to be Rizzuto for a few minutes during the August 31 game.

Although a lifelong Yankee fan, [38] he is a part-owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, even earning a World Series ring in 2001 when the Diamondbacks beat his beloved Yankees. [39]

In City Slickers, Crystal wears a New York Mets baseball cap. In the 1986 film Running Scared , his character is an avid Chicago Cubs fan, wearing a Cubs' jersey in several scenes. In the 2012 film Parental Guidance , his character is the announcer for the Fresno Grizzlies, a Minor League Baseball team, and aspires to announce for their Major League affiliate, the San Francisco Giants.

Crystal appeared in Ken Burns's 1994 documentary Baseball , telling personal stories about his life-long love of baseball, including meeting Casey Stengel as a child and Ted Williams as an adult.

Crystal is also a longtime Los Angeles Clippers fan and season ticketholder. [40] [41] [42]

Personal life

Crystal and his wife Janice (née Goldfinger) married in June 1970, [43] have two daughters, actress Jennifer and producer Lindsay, and are grandparents. [44] They reside in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, California. [45]

Filmography

Awards and nominations

Primetime Emmy Awards

YearAwardNominated workResult
1985 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live Nominated
1987 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 29th Annual Grammy Awards Nominated
1988 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program An All-Star Toast to the ImprovNominated
1988 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 30th Annual Grammy Awards Nominated
1989 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 31st Annual Grammy Awards Won
1990 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Midnight Train to MoscowNominated
1990 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Midnight Train to MoscowNominated
1990 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program Midnight Train to MoscowWon
1991 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 63rd Academy Awards Won
1991 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program 63rd Academy AwardsWon
1992 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 64th Academy AwardsNominated
1992 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program 64th Academy AwardsWon
1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 65th Academy Awards Nominated
1996 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Comic Relief VII Nominated
1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 69th Academy Awards Nominated
1998 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 70th Academy Awards Won
2000 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 72nd Academy Awards Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie 61* Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special 61*Nominated
2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program 76th Academy Awards Nominated
2012Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program 84th Academy Awards Nominated
2012Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special84th Academy AwardsNominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special [46] 700 SundaysNominated
2014Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special700 SundaysNominated

Grammy Awards

YearAwardNominated workResult
1986 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album You Look MarvelousNominated
2014 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album Still Foolin' EmNominated

Tony Awards

YearAwardNominated workResult
2005 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event 700 SundaysWon

Other Awards and Honors

Drama Desk Awards

YearAwardNominated workResult
2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance 700 Sundays Won

Golden Globe Awards

YearAwardNominated workResult
1990 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy When Harry Met Sally... Nominated
1992 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy City Slickers Nominated
1993 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Mr. Saturday Night Nominated

Directors Guild Award

YearAwardNominated workResult
2002 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film 61*Nominated

Other Honors

Miscellaneous Awards

YearAwardNominated workResult
1989 Golden Apple Award for Male Star of the Year Won
1984 CableACE Award for Writing a Comedy or Music Program Billy Crystal: A Comic's LineNominated
1987 CableACE Award for Comedy Special Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started – The Billy Crystal SpecialNominated
1987 CableACE Award for Directing a Comedy Special Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started – The Billy Crystal SpecialNominated
1987 CableACE Award for Writing a Comedy Special Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started – The Billy Crystal SpecialWon
1987 CableACE Award for Performance in a Comedy Special Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started – The Billy Crystal SpecialNominated
1988 CableACE Award for Directing a Comedy Special Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started – The Lost MinutesWon
1988 CableACE Award for Writing a Comedy Special Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started – The Lost MinutesNominated
1988 CableACE Award for Performance in a Comedy Special Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started – The Lost MinutesNominated
1989 CableACE Award for Actor in a Comedy Series An All-Star Toast to the ImprovWon
1993 CableACE Award for Comedy Series SessionsNominated
1993 CableACE Award for Entertainment Host Comic Relief V Won
1995 CableACE Award for Entertainment Host Comic Relief VI Won
1988 American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male Performer – Motion Picture or TV The Princess Bride Nominated
1990 American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) When Harry Met Sally...Won
1990 American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication Midnight Train to MoscowNominated
1992 American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) City SlickersWon
1992 American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication 63rd Academy AwardsWon
1993 American Comedy Awards Creative Achievement Award Won
1993 American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication 64th Academy AwardsWon
1994 American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication 65th Academy AwardsWon
1999 American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication 70th Academy AwardsWon
2000 American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special Nominated
2001 American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication 72nd Academy AwardsNominated
1990 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Nominated
1991 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Nominated
1992 TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials 64th Academy Awards Won
1991 Norma Zarky Humanitarian award Won
1991 Comedy Star of the Decade Won
1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance City SlickersWon
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Comedy Team (with Robert De Niro) Analyze This Won
2000 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Won
2001 AFI Star Award Won
2002 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie Monsters, Inc. Nominated
2002 World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film Monsters, Inc. for "If I Didn't Have You"Won
2005 GLAAD Excellence in Media Award Won
2013 Disney Legends [49] Won
2014 Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production Monsters University Nominated
2014 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Monsters UniversityNominated

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