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Billy Crystal

William Edward "Billy" Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes When Harry Met Sally... and City Slickers. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times, including the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. Crystal was born in the Doctor's Hospital in Manhattan and raised on Long Island in Long Beach, the son of Helen (née Gabler), a housewife, and Jack Crystal, a record company executive and jazz producer who also owned and operated the Commodore Record store. His babysitter was occasionally Billie Holiday. His uncle was musician and songwriter Milt Gabler, and his brother, Richard "Rip" Crystal, is a television producer. Crystal grew up in a Jewish family that he has described as "large" and "loving". After graduation from Long Beach High School, Crystal attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia on a baseball scholarship, having learned the game from his father, who pitched for St. John's University. Crystal never played a

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- 851 days ago
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Clooney & Obama
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- 897 days ago
Billy Crystal: I'm Hosting the Oscars!

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- 1080 days ago
The Chutzpah of Some People ...

The Chutzpah of Some People ...

Hey, Billy Crystal's Jewish -- so why not ask him a two month old story about an organization offering Jewish families up to $50,000 to move to Alabama, right? READ MORE >

- 2189 days ago
The Penguin Returns to Gotham City

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Billy Crystal Held Up at LAX

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