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Billy Crystal: He Ought to Be in Pictures

Oh wait, he was — from pioneering TV roles in the ’70s to standout work in film, animation and on stage today

  • Billy Crystal en Soap
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    'Soap,' 1977

    En español | Crystal broke taboos by playing one of TV’s first openly gay characters, Jodie Dallas, on this bubbly sitcom.

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  • Billy Crystal en Saturday Night Live
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    'Saturday Night Live,' 1984

    Cut from SNL’s debut for refusing to shorten a skit, Billy bounced back by creating smarmy but mah-velous Fernando.

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  • Billy Crystal en Comic Relief
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    'Comic Relief,' 1986

    Crystal cohosted this fundraiser with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg; over the course of 12 years, it raised $80 million for the homeless.

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  • Billy Crystal en una escena de la película When Harry Met Sally con Meg Ryan
    Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

    'When Harry Met Sally… ,'1989

    Billy doomed his gender to a lifetime of watching squishy rom-coms like this one. Not funny, man!

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  • Billy Crystal en una escena de la película City Slickers
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    'City Slickers,' 1991

    Rope-a-joke: In a midlife crisis at 39, greenhorn Mitch Robbins finds the secret of life thanks to Jack Palance.

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  • Billy Crystal como animador de los premios Oscar con Anthony Hopkins
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    'Academy Awards,' 1992

    Anthony Hopkins ate it up when the nine-time Oscar host stifled himself as Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

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  • Billy Crystal fue la voz de uno de los personajes de Monsters, Inc.
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    'Monsters, Inc.,' 2001

    Crystal gleamed as the voice of Mike Wazowski, a monster afraid of kids.

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  • Billy Crystal
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    '700 Sundays on Broadway,' 2004

    Billy showed a serious side in this one-man show about the scant time he got with his father, whom he lost at 15.

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