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Billy Crystal (b. 1948) is an Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, and New York Yankees fan. Beginning his career in stand-up, Crystal soon made the transition to television, playing one of the first openly gay characters, Jodi Dallas, on Soap. While an actor in prime time, Crystal then moved to the ranks of "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" of Saturday Night Live in 1984 (having been cut from the first episode in 1975).
Crystal's SNL character, Ricky, made an appearance on Sesame Street in 1984 (EKA: Episode 2208). Crystal also appeared with Ed Grimley (played by Martin Short) in a 1980's Sesame Street sketch on how to dry Ed's shirt on a clothesline (a clip can be seen in Stars and Street Forever!).
His film credits include Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride, Pixar's Monsters, Inc. and prequel Monsters University, When Harry Met Sally, and City Slickers. The latter two were also lampooned when Crystal guest starred on Muppets Tonight episode 103.
Crystal has hosted the Academy Awards telecast eight times, making him the second most frequent host after Bob Hope. He also appeared in a one-man show on Broadway, 700 Sundays, and together with Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams has hosted Comic Relief on HBO since 1986.
Crystal filmed a cameo for The Muppets, but his scene was cut from the final film.