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Did You Know?


… that Billy Crystal is a huge baseball fan. In his youth, he longed for a career as a professional baseball player and did have some talent in that regard. His love of the game led him to a close relationship with baseball legend Mickey Mantle. His insiders knowledge of the man contributed to his direction of the HBO baseball movie about Mantle and Maris' bid to break Babe Ruth's homerun record called 61*. Billy Crystal also participated in the documentary, Mantle - The Definitive Story of Mickey Mantle (2005).

… that Billy Crystal is a good friend of actor/director Rob Reiner. They met while Billy Crystal was playing Reiner's best friend in an episode of the sixth season of All in the Family and would go on to make three other movies together: The Princess Bride, This is Spinal Tap and When Harry Met Sally (pictured here.) Please visit our Tribute to The Princess Bride and Tribute to When Harry Met Sally.

… that directing is no fluke for Billy Crystal. He studied film and television directing at New York University's film school (briefly with Professor Martin Scorsese). His talent is evident in the three movies he has directed: 61*, Forget Paris and Mr. Saturday Night (pictured here.)

… that Billy Crystal holds the distinction of playing television's first openly gay character in producer Aaron Spelling's famous soap opera parody sitcom, Soap that ran from 1977-1981.

... that Billy Crystal's openings for the Oscars were the best. So far he has hosted the show eight times (only Bob Hope has hosted more.) And he has won 4 Emmy's for his Academy Award telecast work.

... that Billy Crystal was one of the original founds of the Comic Relief Charity for the last twenty years. You can lean more at The Official Comic Relief Website

... that Billy Crystal got the best 60th birthday present ever. He became a New York Yankee (for two days). Here he is looking marvelous at bat:




... Even though Billy Crystal was only on Saturday Night Live for a single season (the tenth) his characters are still remembered, especially his most famous Fernando Lamas.

... that Billy Crystal won a Tony award for his one man autobiographical play 700 Sundays. Billy Crystal has also turned the play into a best selling memoir also called 700 Sundays.

... that Billy Crystal was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2007.

... that Billy Crystal has written two books about his love for his grandchild.



On Location


Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Billy Crystal's star:

Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Picture)

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA




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Analyze That


Danny Costanzo ( Running Scared ):

"Excuse me, We're from Noisebusters. Do you know where the Menudo concert is?"




What did Billy Crystal's character do for a living in Forget Paris?

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