Crystal, Billy

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Crystal, Billy Gender: M
William Edward Crystal
born on 14 March 1948 at 07:48 (= 07:48 AM )
Place Manhattan, New York, 40n46, 73w59
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 23°52' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 05°20 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 03°28'

Billy Crystal (2018)
photo: Gage Skidmore, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American actor and comedian, a gifted mimic and major league comic who evokes full-blown alter egos. For his work, he has received numerous accolades, including six Primetime Emmy Awards (out of twenty-one nominations), 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 youngest child of Jack and Helen Crystal, at age four and five, Crystal put on coats of visiting relatives, climbed up on the coffee table and did imitations of each coat's owner. Billy's father, who sold records and operated a jazz joint, encouraged Billy to watch Ernie Kovacs, Sid Caesar, Laurel and Hardy and let him stay up late to watch Jack Paar. Jack Crystal died at age 54 during Billy's junior year in high school but was able to see Billy perform once on stage before he died. Older brothers Joel and Richard were out of the nest by then leaving Helen to find a way to send Billy to college. He attended one year at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

Also a serious actor, his films include his debut "Rabbit Test," 1978, "Running Scared," 1986, "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and "Mr. Saturday Night." Crystal began his career with a small-time improv trio in 1969 and went solo in 1973. There were lean days before he gained his first devoted fans for the demented TV series "Soap," 1977-1981. He moved into super stardom as a member of "Saturday Night Live" 1984-1985. He won Emmys in 1991 and '92 for his writing of the Oscar show and Emmy-nominations for his performances as MC of the show in '91, '92 and '93. On 24 March 1997 he hosted the Oscars for the fifth time. He is the author of a slim autobiography "Absolutely Mahvelous," 1986.

Crystal married Janice Goldfinger in 1970 and has two daughters, Jennifer and Lindsay. The Crystals are considered a down-to-earth family and prefer entertaining a close circle of friends in their remodeled Cape Cod home overlooking the Pacific and Santa Monica Canyon.

Crystal took his mother's death in 2002 very hard and experienced a depressed period in which he felt he could not be funny. In 2004, he returned to hosting the Academy Awards after a three-year hiatus and he published a book, "I Already Know I Love You," in honor of his new granddaughter.

The entertainer won a Tony award on 5 June 2005 for his one-man autobiographical play entitled "700 Sundays." In the show he portrays several people who were important and influential in his life.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Entertainment: Soap (born 13 September 1977). Notes: Played Jodie Dallas, 1977-1981, 73 episodes
  • business associate/partner relationship with Guillaume, Robert (born 30 November 1927). Notes: Co-stars on "Soap"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Louis-Dreyfus, Julia (born 13 January 1961). Notes: Co-stars on "Saturday Night Live"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Salt, Jennifer (born 4 September 1944). Notes: Co-stars on "Soap"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Shearer, Harry (born 23 December 1943). Notes: Co-stars on "Saturday Night Live"


  • Work : New Career 1969 (Started improv)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1970 (Janice Goldfinger)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 13 September 1977 ("Soap" TV series broadcast debut)
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  • Work : Great Achievement 17 March 1984 in Manhattan (Hosted "Saturday Night Live", 1st time)
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  • Work : Great Achievement 12 May 1984 in Manhattan (Hosted "Saturday Night Live", 2nd time)
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  • Work : New Job 6 October 1984 at 11:30 PM in Manhattan (Debut episode as cast member of "Saturday Night Live")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1986 (Autobiography)
  • Work : Prize 1991 (Emmy award)
  • Work : Prize 1992 (Emmy award)
  • Work : Gain social status 24 March 1997 (Hosted Oscar's for fifth time)
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  • Death of Mother 2002
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2004 (children's book)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR; PT notes that most online bios give 1947 but his birth certificate quite clearly says 1948.

Craft quotes his autobiography "Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?" (2014), pg. 15, "On March 14, 1948, at 7:36 am, I arrived at Doctors Hospital in Manhattan, overlooking Gracie Mansion and the East River". [1].

Sy Scholfield quotes Crystal on Twitter, 14 March 2021, "A good omen. I woke up at the exact time I was born 73 years ago! 7:30 a.m. My second Covid birthday.. no more please, everyone stay safe for yourself your family and others -we’re getting closer" [2].


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third of three boys)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Very happy
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Family (Family oriented)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV and film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy (Improv and stand-up)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (MC for Oscar show)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Absolutely Mahvelous")
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Five)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession