Billy Crystal is a famous American actor, producer, and director. He is also a television host and comedian who is best known for his appearance on the ABC’s sitcom ‘Soap’. To know more about Billy Crystal and his net worth in 2018, keep reading the article.
William Edward Crystal, commonly known by his name “Billy Crystal” was born on March 14, 1948, in Manhattan, New York. He was born on the upper side of Manhattan and initially raised in The Bronx. When he was just a couple of months old, he along with his family moved to Long Beach in Long Island, New York. He was born to his father, Jack Crystal, and mother, Helen Crystal.
Crystal’s was born in a well-to-do family, where his father owned a music store, while his mother was a housewife. Helen, his mother, belonged to a rich family, and it was her father who helped Jack to open the business. Also, Jack’s Brother-In-Law helped Jack a lot with his business.
For schooling, Crystal attended Long Beach High school, where he was an average student. After graduating, he enrolled himself at the Marshall University, West Virginia on a baseball scholarship. Crystal’s love for baseball came from his father, who was a pitcher and played for the university. He did his sophomore at the Nassau Community College with his sweetheart and then took a transfer at the New York University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from its School of Fine Arts.
Crystal has been a one lady person for almost whole his life. He and his wife, Janice started going out when they were in high school. The couple dated for a quite a long time and finally tied a knot in New York. The couple has been married for almost forty-eight years and is blessed with two beautiful daughters. One of their daughters is an actress, and another one is a producer.
After graduation, Crystal started a comedy group with some friends. But eventually decided to go solo and become a stand-up comedian. After struggling for many years, he eventually made his breakthrough and appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’. That same year, he missed on a big opportunity to perform on the first episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ due to the differences between the director and him.
Two years later, Crystal appeared on the popular TV sitcom ‘Soap’. That was one of his most impressive performances so far which gained him a lot of popularity. There were a lot of controversies involved with the show at the time because it dealt with homosexuality. His first movie was ‘Rabbit Test’ which he shot during a break from ‘Soap’.
After ‘Soap’ ended, Crystal started his own comedy show called ‘The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour’, the show was not a hit, and very few episodes were aired. The same year, he buried hatches and made peace with the director and producer of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and joined them. This was the turning point in his career, he soon launched ‘Comedy Relief’. The show aired for twelve years and was probably the biggest role of his career.
Apart from all these, Crystal has hosted several other TV series and award ceremonies. He can be seen in numerous Hollywood movies too.
Awards & Achievements
Billy Crystal is a multi-talented personality who has made his name in the field of comedy. The list his achievements and awards are quite big. Some of his biggest achievement would be winning the ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ on numerous occasions and grabbing few ‘British Comedy International Award’.
Net Worth of Billy Crystal
The estimated net worth of Billy Crystal is approximately $45 million. His main source of income has been his acting and contribution to the world of comedy.
Billy Crystal is almost seventy today, but one can see the spark of a thirty years old man in him. Recently, he made an appearance in a sitcom called ‘Modern Family’ and is working in a few movies which are to be released next year. He has really worked hard to achieve the success of this magnitude. Currently, he is enjoying his life with his wife and residing in California.