American actor and director, born March 14, 1948 in Long Beach (New York).
It starts very young to work with theater groups, mostly of improvisation exercises. Then go to the interpretative courses from Marshall University and then studied theatre at Nassau Community College and in the center of dramatic arts attached to the University of New York. The spirit of competition that exists in the profession away in conventional Theatre debut, in a way that just working as a comedian in a large number of nightclubs, which boasts a humor wise, almost intellectual, based on wordplay and Double Entendre. These performances in pubs and bars make grow your fame and open you the doors of the television. Thus, in 1977 premiered his character in the television series tangle, a witty and unprejudiced homosexual. During the same period, Crystal plays other characters in humor and music Saturday Night Live program, which went into star John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray.
Meanwhile, turns his gaze toward the film accepts the role of police in aims, shoots and runs (1986), Peter Hyams, along with Gregory Hines. It also becomes an excellent master of ceremonies in professional events such as the delivery of the Oscar (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012) and the Emmy. Interestingly, this aspect will be where to achieve the notoriety that film and television are slow to provide.
His two greatest successes on the big screen are when Harry met Sally (1989), Rob Reiner, which was nominated for a Golden Globe, and Cowboys of city (1991), RonUnderwood. Won prestige makes it move to the direction, facet which reap remarkable results and even to participate in the Hamlet (1996), by Kenneth Branagh. In 1999 he premiered a new film, Analyze this (1999), which embodies the psychoanalysis of a mobster played by Robert de Niro. In 2001 he produced and directed 61, a movie about baseball, a sport that is a passionate supporter, that narrates the real struggle between two players, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in the season of 1961 by beat the record of 60 home-runs of the legendary Babe Ruth.
1978: Rabbit test. 1984: This is Spiral Tap. 1986: Aim, shoot and run. 1987: The Princess Bride; MOM pulled the train. 1988: Memories of me. 1989: When Harry met Sally. 1991: City Slickers. 1992: Mr. Saturday Night (dir).; Mr. Saturday Night. 1994: The treasure of Curly. 1995: Forget Paris (dir). 1996: Hamlet. 1997: A mess father; Deconstructing Harry. 1998: My giant. 1999: Get Bruce; Analyze this. 2001: America's Sweethearts; 61; Monsters, Inc. (voice). 2002: Analyze That.2005: Howl's Moving Castle (voice). 2006: Have a Nice Day; Cars (voice, cameo). 2010: Tooth Fairy. 2013; Monsters University (voice) - release scheduled for 21 June 2013, in the United States.UU.-
Work in television: 1977-1981: tangle; Saturday Night Live.