Billy Crystal Net Worth
With a fortune of $60 million, Billy Crystal is one of the wealthiest actors, writers, producers, comedians, and film directors in the world.
In the 1970s, Crystal made his reputation as a television star, but it wasn’t until the 1980s and 1990s that he truly became a household figure.
Crystal is also well-known as a voice actor outside of the film industry. He’s been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991 and a slew of other honors during his illustrious career.
On March 14, 1948, Billy Crystal (William Edwards Crystal) was born in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Bronx was where he was born and raised, but when he was just a few years old, his family moved to Long Island.
A jazz producer’s son, he was raised by two older brothers in a Jewish home with a father who died of a heart attack in 1963 after losing his business.
Billy left Long Beach, California, to attend Marshall University in West Virginia on a baseball scholarship after graduating from high school.
The baseball season had been suspended, he discovered upon his arrival. After his second year, he chose to leave college and return to New York City. His relationship with Janice and his acting training at the HB Studio deepened while he was there.
Before moving to New York University, he took acting lessons at Nassau Community College.
Crystal earned a BFA from the School of Fine Arts at New York University where she studied cinema and television directing (which would later be renamed the Tisch School of Fine Arts).
Over the course of those years, Crystal worked closely with such luminaries as Oliver Stone and Christopher Guest, as well as Martin Scorsese.
On stage in New York City, Billy Crystal began his career as a comedy act. Once his reputation spread throughout the city’s comedy clubs, he was invited to participate on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
He also appeared on a number of television game shows during this early period. When he was cast as Jodie Dallas on the popular comedy “Soap,” it was his first major acting role.
In 1981, he remained a regular cast member until the show’s demise. He also appeared in the film “Rabbit Test,” which dealt with a man who became pregnant at the same time.
In the early 1980s, he was given his own variety program, but it was immediately discontinued. His career as a TV host, on series like “Saturday Night Live,” continued to flourish, though.
With “Running Scared” in 1986, he returned to the silver screen for the first time in over a decade. In addition, he had a significant role in 1987’s “The Princess Bride” as a supporting actor. Billy Crystal became a household name thanks to the popularity of the film.
With Meg Ryan in 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally…”, Crystal soared to greater fame. Since then, the film has been called a “cult classic” because of his portrayal.
Billy’s upcoming film, “City Slickers,” will be no exception. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for a second time for his work in the picture.
Crystal was able to take on more challenging assignments after she had a solid footing in the field. In the early 1990s, he co-wrote, directed, and performed in two films.
Both “Mr. Saturday Night” and “Forget Paris” showcased Crystal’s range as an actor who could portray serious roles as well as comedic ones.
He worked with Robert De Niro in “Analyze This” and joined Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry” cast in the late 1990s.
Early in the new millennium, Crystal starred in movies including “Analyze That” and “61*” The role of Mike Wazowski in 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” was Crystal’s first since he turned down the role of Buzz Lightyear in 1995’s “Toy Story” (which he later regretted).
“Howl’s Moving Castle” was the next project for him to continue his voice acting career. When “Monsters University” came out in 2013, he reprised his role as Mike. After just one season on FX’s “The Comedians,” he landed a starring role.
From 1990 until 2012, Billy Crystal presented the Academy Awards nine times. In terms of hosting, he’s the only one who has done so more than Bob Hope. Crystal has received two Primetime Emmy Awards for his efforts as the host of the Academy Awards ceremony.
Career as an Author
As of this writing, Billy has written five novels, including “700 Sundays” in 2005, which was titled after the projected number of Sundays he spent with his father while he was still living.
Career in Broadway
Billy Crystal also has theatre experience, having received a Tony Award for his one-act play “700 Sundays,” based on the book of the same name, which he performed on Broadway in 2005.
Later, he took his performance on the road and turned the play into a book, which he published and toured in 2006 and 2007. For HBO, he resurrected the show in 2013 for a television special, which aired in 2014.
His Love For Sports
Billy Crystal has a lifelong devotion to the New York Yankees, and he is a huge sports fan. At an auction, he paid $239,000 for a glove worn by Mickey Mantle.
After witnessing Mantle play as a child, Crystal was able to secure a signature from him.
The New York Yankees signed him to a one-day contract and permitted him to play in a pre-season training game when he was approaching 60.
Life at Home
Billy married Janice Goldfinger in 1970, and they have two children together. Jennifer Crystal Foley, an actress, is one of their two daughters.
Investments in Real Estate
As honorary mayors of the city of Los Angeles, Billy and Janice have called Pacific Palisades home since 1979.
Located on one of the most prestigious streets in the city, their property was completed in 1936 and is now worth somewhere between $8 and $10 million.