William Edward Crystal (born March 14, 1948) is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 1980s for television roles as Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and as a cast member and frequent host of Saturday Night Live. He then became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes Rabbit Test (1978), The Princess Bride (1987), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Memories of Me (1988), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), City Slickers (1991), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Analyze This (1999), and Parental Guidance (2012). He provided the voice of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc. films, starting in 2001. He will reprise his role in the upcoming Disney+ series Monsters at Work (2021).For his work, he 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.
Crystal and his wife Janice (née Goldfinger) married in June 1970. They have two daughters, actress Jennifer and producer Lindsay, and are grandparents. They reside in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, California.
Crystal was born at Doctors Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and initially raised in The Bronx. As a toddler, he moved with his family to 549 East Park Avenue in Long Beach, New York, on Long Island. He and his older brothers Joel, who later became an art teacher, and Richard, nicknamed Rip, were the sons of Helen (née Gabler), a housewife, and Jack Crystal, who owned and operated the Commodore Music Store, founded by Helen's father, Julius Gabler. Jack was also a jazz promoter, a producer, and an executive for an affiliated jazz record label, Commodore Records, founded by Helen's brother, musician and songwriter Milt Gabler. Crystal is Jewish (his family emigrated from Austria, Russia, and Lithuania), and he grew up attending Temple Emanu-El (Long Beach, New York) where he was Bar Mitzvahed. The three young brothers would entertain by reprising comedy routines from the likes of Bob Newhart, Rich Little and Sid Caesar records their father would bring home. Jazz artists such as Arvell Shaw, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Condon, and Billie Holiday were often guests in the home. With the decline of Dixieland jazz and the rise of discount record stores, in 1963, Crystal's father lost his business and died later that year at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack while bowling. His mother, Helen Crystal, died in 2001.After graduating from Long Beach High School in 1965, 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 baseball at Marshall because the program was suspended during his first year. He did not return to Marshall as a sophomore, instead deciding to stay in New York to be close to his future wife. He studied acting at HB Studio. He attended Nassau Community College with Janice and later transferred to New York University, where he was a film and television directing major. He graduated from NYU in 1970 with a BFA from its School of Fine Arts, not yet named for the Tisch family. One of his instructors was Martin Scorsese, while Oliver Stone and Christopher Guest were among his classmates.
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Monsters at Work
Six months after the events of Monsters, Inc, the city of Monstropolis is filled with laughter. Tylor aspires to work with his idols Mike Wazowski and James P. The person's name was "Sulley" Sullivan....
The Story of Late Night
The docuseries takes viewers on a journey through late-night television's most memorable moments. Late-night television has a long history of engaging with, adapting to and influencing our rapidly cha...
Roll Up Your Sleeves
This variety special aims to educate viewers, raise awareness and dispel concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines, all with the goal of increasing vaccination rates to put an end to the pandemic.
Veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns, who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality, befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Payge. They form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching...
In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover
"In Search of the Sanderson Sisters" is a hilarious mockumentary to benefit The New York Restoration Project, starring "Hocus Pocus's" Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
A Virtual Princess Bride Reunion
The cast of The Princess Bride is together again! The stars of the iconic 1987 fantasy film reunited for a virtual table read hosted by Jason Reitman. The 3-hour virtual reunion included director Rob ...
Standing Up, Falling Down
An unlikely friendship kindles between a struggling stand-up comedian from L.A.—forced to move back home to Eastern Long Island with his tail between his legs—and a tragically flawed, but charming and...
AGFA MYSTERY MIXTAPE #4: FOLLOW YOUR OWN STAR
The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) has released a new anthology called AGFA MySTERY MIXTAPE: Follow Your Own Star. Our deep dive into behind-the-scenes horror is complemented by an even deeper div...
Feeding America Comedy Festival
All-star comics are performing in support of Feeding America.
A recovering addict is trying to get her writing career back on track after being considered a teen genius. She starts a relationship with an author.
Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate
Hollywood's finest pay tribute to "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" for an uncensored and unforgettable celebration at The Dolby Theater.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams, told largely through his own words. Celebrates what he brought to comedy and to...
Andre the Giant
An ambitious and wide-ranging documentary about his upbringing in France, his celebrated career in wrestling, and his time in the entertainment world.
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
The legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man is the subject of a lot of interviews.
This Is Bob Hope...
Bob Hope achieved top-rated success in every form of mass entertainment. Through his personal archives and clips from his classic films, American Masters explores the entertainer's life.
An aging comic icon, Jackie Burke, has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once pl...
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The Late Late Show with James Corden
Craig Ferguson will not be on The Late Late Show. The show interviews people. James Corden is the host.
Jay Leno's Garage
The Tonight Show was hosted by Jay Leno. Jay and his guests drive cars, motorbikes, and anything that moves all while meeting new people and exploring the rich motoring history of America and beyond.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert is leaving "The Colbert Report" to return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York -- Colbert talks to actor...
Part of ESPN's 30 for 30 Shorts. On October 30, 2001, with the United States of America still reeling from the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, George W. Bush took to the mound at Yank...
Kareem: Minority of One
The NBA's all-time leading scorer is the subject of a documentary. The film looks at his controversial and landmark moments, his outspoken feelings about race and politics, and the evolution of the ga...
A veteran comedian is forced to work with a younger comedian.
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
Billy Crystal tells the stories of his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood in 700 Sundays. The Tony Award-winning show explores family and fate.
And the Oscar Goes To...
The Oscar goes to the story of the gold- plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize. The Academy's history began in 1927 with the birth of Louis B. The head of MGM formed a pr...
Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of The Comic Strip
EAT DRINK LAUGH: The Story of The Comic Strip showcases the iconic New York comedy club where Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and hundreds of the best comedians of our time hone...
The boys are at school. The gang is having a party, but no one is showing up. The school has never seen a party like "Party Central".
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Half hour comedy documentary series from veteran funny-man David Steinberg and Steve Carell reveals the inspirations, influences and idols of some of the greatest comics of our time.
When a clumsy deadbeat accidentally kills his landlord, he must do everything in his power to hide the body, only to find that the distraction of lust, the death of his beloved brother, and a crew of ...
When their helicopter parents leave town, Artie and Diane agree to look after their three granddaughters. There can be problems when the kids' behavior collides with Artie and Diane's methods.
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis
Since he was five years old, Jerry Lewis has been trying to amuse others. Audiences watch his wacky antics, whilst wannabe comics aspire to his prolific career, from his solo work to his double act wi...
Pixar 25 Magic Moments
The Pixar studios are celebrating their 25th birthday and the documentary takes a look at the creative process involved in creating the animation classics that we love.
When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren
Billy proposes to producers a sequel with (literally) a bite to his classic movie.
I'm Still Here
I'm Still Here is a movie about a year in the life of an actor. The film follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and goes on to becom...
A minor-league hockey player who has a penchant for knocking out his opponents' teeth is sentenced to a week as a tooth fairy. He will be inspired to get back to his youthful dreams.
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The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan has a large and blended family. The modern family is sometimes warm and sometimes twisted, but they give us an honest and often hilarious look into it.
The Jay Leno Show
The Jay Leno Show is an American comedy show created by and starring Jay Leno, that aired at 10 p.m. from September 14, 2009 to February 9, 2010 on NBC, after Leno's initial retirement from hosting Th...
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The Graham Norton Show
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s
In the late 1950s, a fresh, unconventional style of standup comedy emerged in sharp contrast to the standard "Take my wife, please" approach. It tackled such previously taboo subjects as sex, religion...
The Pixar Story
A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios, from the success of "Toy Story" and Pixar's promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company's relationship with ...
Michael Moore's Sicko is about making money even if it means losing people's lives. If people don't have health insurance, health care providers will make more money.
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
The documentary consists of tape of Don's show (never been filmed before), interviews with Don's contemporaries, (Steve Lawrence, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, etc.), established comedians (Billy Crys...
Miraculous Make-up: Creating Miracle Max
Billy Crystal and Peter Montagna created the character of Miracle Max in The Princess Bride.
A hotshot race car driven to succeed is detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs when he discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line. On his way to the big Piston Cup...
Tony Bennett: An American Classic
There is a celebration of Tony Bennett's life on his 80th birthday. Bennett re-creates venues from his past. The artists collaborated with Bennett on his Duets album.
Kings of Comedy USA
This DVD features the instantly recognisable names and faces of the US Kings Of Comedy: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammer, Denis Leary, Jim Carey, Drew Carey, Billy C...
The almost mythic career of Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle is the subject of this acclaimed HBO Sports documentary special. Over 18 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, despite constant nagging injuries, Man...
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The Tony Danza Show
The Tony Danza Show was a daytime variety talk show that premiered on September 13, 2004 in syndication and was distributed by Buena Vista Television.
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Real Time with Bill Maher
A panel of guests, including politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like, discuss what's going on in the world each week on the show hosted by Bill Maher.
Christmas from Hollywood
In the warm and sunny world of Hollywood, California, dozens of stars demonstrate how the Christmas season is celebrated.
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Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute
Billy Connolly was celebrated in a BAFTA tribute.
PBS aired reruns of Liberty's Kids from August 2004 to April 2003 but it was originally broadcast on September 2, 2002. DiC has syndicated the show to affiliates of smaller television networks such as...
Paul Vitti will need counseling when he is released from prison. He returns to his analyst. Ben Sobel needs some serious help as he has inherited the family practice as well as an excess stock of stre...
Mike's New Car
He was the top laugh collector. You can buy a car with gadgets if you make enough money. The smell of a new car doesn't last long because of a road test that teaches Mike the true meaning of buyer's r...
How Harry Met Sally…
Documentary about "When Harry Met Sally" featuring director Rob Reiner, screenwriter Nora Ephron, stars Billy Crystal and Carrie Fisher and composer Marc Shaiman.
They are the best in scaring children because they are monsters. They fear the children more than they do themselves. When a child accidentally enters their world, James and Mike discover that kids ar...
Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World
A kid just said it. He said it with poetry. James Earl Jones said, "I don't mean just the poems that he wrote but with the poetic energy, the poetic spirit." Through the eys of the world is a unique a...
As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'
There is a documentary about the making of the 1987 film The Princess Bride with archive footage and new interviews with cast members.
Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. One, Maris, was hated by everyone, while the other, Mantle, was loved by everyone. Both men were close to Babe Ruth's 60 home run record....
The Concert for New York City
The concert was held at Madison Square Garden. It was a celebration of the strength of New York and a thank-you to the heroic firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who saved tens of thousan...
A group of young Americans ask the age old question, "what do our elders have to pass down to us?"
In the midst of a nasty public breakdown of married movie stars, a studio publicist scrambles to put a cap on the situation as the couple's latest film has found it's only print kidnapped by the direc...
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
From the reruns of their cartoon show, Rocky and Bullwinkle have been living off of their finances. Boris andNatasha team up with a media mogul named Fearless Leader who is an evil criminal turned med...
Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's bestselling children's book headlines this winning 25-minute collection of sleepytime tales from HBO. Susan Sarandon narrates the simple story of a bunny readyin...
Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Special
The 25th anniversary of Saturday Night Live is celebrated in a TV special. Before a celebrity audience, many of the former cast members and guest hosts return to perform their signature monologues and...
Affectionate tribute to Bruce Vilanch, who writes material for celebrities who make public appearances, from Oscar hosts and award recipients to Presidents. We meet his mom and see photos of his child...
The film centers on the angst of a powerful Mafia racketeers who suffers from panic attacks and is spoofed by many films. Paul Vitti was helped with his role in the family by the unlucky shrink. Ben S...
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy
Before he was The Nutty Professor, before he was Dr. Dolittle, and even before he was the Beverly Hills Cop, Eddie Murphy was an SNL comic! From 1981-1984 he entertained us with sketches as Gumby, Mis...
Billy Crystal plays a Hollywood agent who stumbles upon Max, a giant living in Romania, and tries to get him into the movies.
The Warner Bros. Story: 75 Years of Laughter
A one-hour prime time special celebrating 75 years of comedies.
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory
An anniversary celebration of the stars and moments that made Warner Bros. what it is today.
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On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
Jack Lawrence, a smart lawyer, is one day visited by an ex-girlfriend who tells him her child is his. Dale Putley was entered. Dale's ex-girlfriend told him that his child is his. There is a question ...
This documentary is very much in the style of Pumping Iron, but like Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Rebuild it is centered around its "Star", Lou Ferrigno. It charts his early years as a kid from Brook...
This film tells the story of a successful writer called Harry Block, played by Allen himself, who draws inspiration from people he knows in real-life, and from events that happened to him, sometimes c...
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Mickey Gordon is going to France to bury his father. Ellen is an American living in Paris. There are many difficult patches in their relationship after they meet and fall in love. The friends are at a...
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A Century of Cinema
The first 100 years of the movies were looked at.
Inside the Actors Studio
James is interviewing some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors.
The Critic is an American prime time animated series revolving around the life of New York film critic Jay Sherman, voiced by actor Jon Lovitz. It was created by writing partners Al Jean and Mike Reis...
The mis adventures of a group of friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in Manhattan.
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Robbins' 40th birthday is when he returns home. He is going to celebrate his birthday with his wife. Curly's father lived in the desert of Arizona.
In Search of Dr. Seuss
A reporter is interested in finding out all she can about Dr. The real facts are told by several of his characters, with large snippets of his stories and songs.
Ken Burns made a series about baseball. PBS aired Burns' ninth documentary.
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After many years at the "Cheers" bar, Frasier moves back home to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father gets shot in the hip on duty.
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...
Mr. Saturday Night
Everyone loved Buddy Young's comic. Buddy should retire because of the small crowds he plays in. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he knows that the rest of the world has forgotten the golden ...
Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow
Billy Crystal is in Moscow.
When Harry Met Sally...
Sally and Harry debated if sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman while they traveled from Chicago to New York. Eleven years later, they still don't know the answer.
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary
The 15th anniversary of Saturday Night Live is celebrated in a TV special. Before a celebrity audience, many of the former cast members and guest hosts return to perform their signature monologues and...
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LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
Memories of Me
After a heart attack, Abbie Polin (Crystal), a New York doctor, goes to Los Angeles to see his father, Abe (King), who works in Hollywood as the "king of the extras." Their relationship has been strai...
The Princess Bride
The Princess Buttercup and the handsome Westley must overcome huge odds to find happiness in this cracked fairy tale. Death can't stop lovebirds from winning.
Throw Momma from the Train
An author with a cruel ex-wife teaches a writing workshop in which one of his students, Owen, is fed up with his domineering mother. When Owen watches a movie that seems to mirror his own life, he dec...
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Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started
Billy Crystal prepares for a concert in a parody of "Spinal Tap" as he is followed by a documentary film crew.
Debut event, 29 March. Featured Mary Gross as Dr. Ruth Westheimer; Jon Lovitz as Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar; Sid Caesar as Ludwig von Knowitall; Robin Williams as William F. Buckley Jr., co...
Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer that nearly killed them in the past.
Billy Crystal: A Comic's Line
In this concert, a take-off on the play "A Chorus Line," comic Billy Crystal uses the premise of auditions for a Broadway musical to play various characters trying out for the parts.
This Is Spinal Tap
"This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums...
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Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb
Well-intentioned history lesson, the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.
Animalympics is all about the Animal Olympics Contest, where all the animals around the world gather to take part in everything from skiing in North America to the very long marathon race in humid con...
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The Love Boat
The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until May 24, 1986. The show starred Gavin MacLeod as the ship's...
SST: Death Flight
On its maiden flight, the crew of America's first supersonic transport learns that it may not be able to land due to an act of sabotage and a deadly flu onboard.
The antics of a wealthy family, the Tates, and a working-class family, the Campbells, in a fictional town of Connecticut.
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Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
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All in the Family
Archie Bunker, a working class bigot, constantly squabbles with his family over important issues of the day.
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The film industry is honored. A copy of the Oscar statuette is given to the various category winners. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was where the first awards were held.
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