Quick Facts of
- First NameBilly Crystal
Billy Crystal is an iconic comedian, he is equally famous for his roles on TV and on film. He was one of the most popular comics of the 1980s and 1990s, starring in many box office hits. He is also known for his various hosting gigs with SNL and is also a revered host at the Oscars.
Crystal has won 6 Primetime Emmy Awards and the Mark Twain Prize, which is a testament to his long and decorated career in Hollywood.
What Is Billy Crystal’s Net Worth?
Billy Crystal has a net worth of around $45 million as of April 2020. He made this net worth from a career as a comedian/actor that started in 1975.
Crystal stepped into the comedy industry as part of a trio that performed at various cafes and coffee clubs. Later, he transitioned into a solo act, gaining traction as both a comedian and actor.
His net worth also includes his extravagant home in Los Angeles.
Earnings And Salary
Crystal’s salary per year is around $7.2 Million as per Celebworth; he also earns from residuals and royalties of his TV shows that are rerun.
Similarly, he also earned $25,000 per episode of SNL. According to various online sources, he was paid $15,000 for each time he hosted the Oscars. He has hosted the Academy awards nine-times as of April 2020.
Crystal debuted on-screen with the TV show All in the Family in 1976 playing a minor role, the same year he was in The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast and even appeared on an episode of SNL.
In 1977, he appeared on a TV film titled SST: Death Flight. He also got the main role on the TV show Soap, which was his breakthrough into TV. In 1982 he hosted his own show, The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour.
He hosted two episodes of SNL in 1984 and also became a recurring cast member on the show. Then, 1985 saw him appear in Faerie Tale Theatre and Simon & Simon. He also hosted 3 Grammys back to back starting from the 29th Annual Grammy Awards in 1987.
In 1990, he hosted the 62nd Academy Awards and did it so well that he became one of the most beloved Oscar hosts. In fact, he also hosted the next 3 Oscars consecutively. Some of his other well-known TV shows are Liberty’s Kids, Web Therapy, Modern Family, etc.
In a similar fashion, he started his career in 1978 on film with the film Rabbit Test. After a short break, he returned with “Likely Stories, Vol. 3”. His first major hit was This Is Spinal Tap in 1984. Running Scared came out in 1986.
He started getting fame for being in feel-good movies after he worked on The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Fathers’ Day, etc.
He wrote, produced, and acted in 1998 My Giant giving a well-received performance. He followed this performance up with Analyze This in 1999, acting alongside the legendary Robert De Niro in 1999.
Then in 2001. “Monsters, Inc.” came out, which made him one of the highest-paid voice-actors for Disney.
Analyze That, which is the sequel to Analyze This came out in 2002 but was a commercial and critical flop.
Some of his other well-known films are Monsters University, Parental Guidance, etc.
Friendship With The Late Great Robin Williams
Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and Billy Crystal were known to be incredible friends. Their friendship started out when they met in the late seventies.
Williams and Crystal were especially close friends; in fact, Crystal was absolutely devastated after Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014. Billy hosted Emmy’s tribute for Williams too.
Billy Crystal was born William Edward Crystal on March 14, 1948, in New York City, New York, USA. He attended Long Beach High School and graduated in 1965.
Later, he enrolled at Marshall University and also Nassau Community College before transferring to New York University.
He has a BFA degree and was instructed by Martin Scorsese while at college.
Crystal is married to Janice Goldfinger; they have two kids Jennifer and Lindsay, together. They got hitched on June 4, 1970.