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Billy Crystal hosts the "Academy Awards" for the ninth time in 2012.

Billy Crystal has created one of the most versatile and prolific careers in the entertainment business, finding success in front of the camera, as a performer in film and television, and behind the scenes as a writer, director and producer.

Crystal's family owned and operated the legendary Commodore label and record store, so Crystal grew up surrounded by musicians. His father, Jack, produced concerts by the era's greatest
Billy Crystal in "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America"
Billy Crystal Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
jazz performers, including the legendary Billy Holliday.

Crystal parlayed his talent for stand-up comedy into a varied stage act that incorporated his gifts for mimicry and satire and featured characters based partly on family members and people he had befriended through the family business. After touring with Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka and Sha Na Na, Crystal became a regular on the popular series "Soap," playing the first openly gay character on a network television series. In the 1984-85 television season, he met with phenomenal national success on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," creating memorable characters such as Fernando and Willie the Masochist.

Among the films in which Crystal has starred are "Running Scared," "This Is Spinal Tap," "The Princess Bride," "Throw Momma from the Train," "Memories of Me," "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers" and "City Slickers II," "Mr. Saturday Night," which he also directed, "Father's Day," "Forget Paris," which he also directed, Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet," Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry," "Analyze This," "Analyze That," "My Giant," which Crystal also produced, and "America's Sweethearts." He also lent his voice to the character Mike Wazowksi in the animated film "Monsters, Inc.," to Calcifer in the English version of "Howl's Moving Castle" and to Mike Car in "Cars."

Crystal's film "61*" for HBO showcased him as both director and executive producer. The film received 12 Emmy nominations including those for Best Director and Best Made for Television Movie. In addition, Crystal was nominated for a DGA Award as Best Director.

He created, wrote and produced the critically acclaimed HBO series "Sessions," and became the first comedian to perform in the (then) Soviet Union with his special "Midnight Train to Moscow," one of the four one-man specials he has done for HBO. His work has earned six Emmy Awards, six American Comedy Awards and seven CableAce Awards.

Crystal has served as host for the Grammy Awards three times, and for the Oscars, nine times. A dedicated human rights advocate, Crystal has co-hosted with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg eight Comic Relief telethons for HBO.


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Age: 68 years old
Birthday: March 14, 1948
Height: 5' 7"
Nickname: Face
Full Name / Real Name: William Jacob Crystal
Birthplace: Long Beach, Long Island, NY
Wife: Janice Crystal (6/4/1970, 2 children)

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