Billy Crystal has a net worth of $60 million as an actor, writer, producer, comedian, and film director in the United States. Although Crystal began his career in the entertainment industry with television parts in the 1970s, he rose to prominence in the late 1980s and 1990s thanks to a series of well-received film roles. Aside from starring in films, Crystal is a well-known voice actor with a long list of credits. He has received numerous honours over his career, including a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991.
Early Years of Billy Crystal
William Edwards Crystal was born on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on March 14, 1948. His family moved from the Bronx to Long Island when he was a toddler, despite the fact that he was born in the Bronx. In a Jewish family, he grew up with two brothers, and his father was a jazz producer who lost his business in 1963 and died of a heart attack shortly after.
Billy went to Marshall University in West Virginia on a baseball scholarship after graduating from high school in Long Beach. When he arrived, though, he discovered that the baseball season had been halted. After his second year, he chose to leave college and return to New York City. He met his future wife, Janice, and studied acting at the HB Studio while there. He attended Nassau Community College while taking acting classes before moving to New York University.
Crystal earned a BFA from the School of Fine Arts in 1970 after studying cinema and television directing at NYU (which would later be renamed the Tisch School of Fine Arts). Crystal studied under Martin Scorsese and with Oliver Stone and Christopher Guest during this time.
Career of Billy Crystal
In New York City, Billy Crystal began his career as a stand-up comedian. He quickly rose to prominence in the city’s comedy clubs, and he began to appear on television series such as “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” During this time, he also appeared on a number of TV game shows. His first major acting job was in the famous sitcom “Soap,” where he played the unashamedly gay Jodie Dallas. He stayed on as a recurring character until the show concluded in 1981. He also starred in the film “Rabbit Test” during this period, which was about a man who became pregnant.
In the early 1980s, he was given his own variety programme, but it was immediately discontinued. He did, however, continue to build a reputation for himself as a TV host, appearing on series such as “Saturday Night Live.” In 1986, he made a comeback in the movie “Running Scared,” in which he played the lead part. In 1987’s “The Princess Bride,” he again had a good supporting part. The picture was a box office hit, and it helped to launch Billy Crystal’s career.
After acting alongside Meg Ryan in the 1989 film “When Harry Met Sally…”, Crystal became an even bigger star. For his portrayal, he was nominated for a Golden Globe, and the film has since become a cult classic. Billy’s next film, “City Slickers,” is no exception. The picture grossed a lot of money at the box office and garnered him another Golden Globe nomination.
Crystal was free to try more fascinating projects now that she had established a foothold in the film industry. During the early 1990s, he wrote, directed, and starred in two films. “Mr. Saturday Night,” a film that demonstrated Crystal’s ability to play serious characters, and “Forget Paris,” a romantic comedy, were the two films. He appeared in Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry” and partnered with Robert De Niro in “Analyze This” at the end of the 1990s.
Crystal featured in films such as “America’s Sweethearts,” “Analyze That,” and “61*” in the early 2000s. Crystal excitedly took the role of Mike Wazowski in 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” after turning down a voice acting position for the character of Buzz Lightyear in 1995’s “Toy Story” (much to his subsequent sorrow). In 2004, he returned to voice acting with a role in the English dub of “Howl’s Moving Castle.” He returned to the role of Mike in the sequel “Monsters University” in 2013. He landed a main role in FX’s “The Comedians” in 2015, however the show was cancelled after only one season.
From 1990 until 2012, Billy Crystal presented the Academy Awards nine times. Only Bob Hope has hosted the award show more times. Crystal has received two Primetime Emmys for his work on the Academy Awards Ceremony, recognising his hosting abilities.
As of this writing, Billy has published five books, the most recent of which being “700 Sundays,” published in 2005 and titled after the anticipated number of Sundays he spent with his father.
Billy Crystal is no stranger to the stage, having received a Tony Award for “700 Sundays,” a one-act play based on the same-named book that he performed on Broadway in 2005. Later, he travelled with his act in 2006 and 2007, and converted the play into a book. He brought the act back to the stage in 2013, and HBO taped it for a television special.
Billy Crystal is an ardent sports fan who has been a longtime supporter of the New York Yankees. At an auction, he paid $239,000 for one of Mickey Mantle’s old baseball gloves. After witnessing Mantle play as a kid, Crystal was able to get a signature from him. The New York Yankees signed him to a one-day contract when he was approaching 60, and he was allowed to participate in a pre-season training game for the team.
In 1970, Billy married Janice Goldfinger. Jennifer Crystal Foley, an actress, is one of their two daughters.
Purchasing Real Estate
Billy and Janice have been honorary mayors of the Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles since 1979. Their house, which was completed in 1936, is located on one of the city’s most sought-after streets and is estimated to be worth $8-10 million today.