The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, changed our city and our country forever. The Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center are an opportunity to demonstrate New York's strength and resolve, while ensuring that the memory of the lives lost are never forgottenCrystal appointed to 9/11 memorial board Jul 18, 2008
This is not a history of my career but is about periods in my life and people in my life that helped make me a manBilly Crystal to make Broadway debut Jul 08, 2004
He always worked two or three jobs, so Sunday was the only day to be together with DadBilly Crystal set to take on Broadway Jun 24, 2004
When Joe called, I didn't hesitate. He has such a passion for the show I felt I could have a great time doing it again. It was either this or run for governorBilly Crystal to host Academy Awards show Sep 24, 2003
We need everything we can do to divert us and make us feel better in whatever form that isEntertainment Today: Showbiz news Nov 02, 2001
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 eight times.
Crystal was born in the Doctor's Hospital in Manhattan and grew up in Long Beach, New York, the son of Helen (née Gabler), a housewife, and Jack Crystal, a record company executive and producer of jazz records, who owned and operated the Commodore Record store. 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". Billie Holiday was one of Crystal's babysitters during his childhood.
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 game at Marshall because the program was suspended during his freshman year. He did not return as a sophomore, staying back in New York with his future wife. He then went on to Nassau Community College, and later attended New York University, where he graduated with a B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1970. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the BG News from 1969–70.