Before Billy Crystal Was Famous

Part 5: Popular Oscar host paid his dues with many bit roles.
4:02 | 02/22/12

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Billy Crystal has made a career of being funny and looking model that's from -- I went there. But it wasn't always the guy front and senator. Here's how Oscar's most reliable hosts. Got to entertainment's biggest state. Still six. It's Billy -- ninth time hosting the Oscars second only to the legendary Bob Hope. Not bad very young class comedian from long -- The class clown was the guy -- take over all of this close but close -- eligible to run across the field okay. -- -- -- I was -- -- -- I was the guy who talked him into doing it. Billy grew up surrounded by -- his father Jack own commodore records favorite stop for some legendary artist. In fact one of Billy's baby -- was another Billy. Jazz greats Billie Holiday on -- -- and slowing down so fast some social critic. In the seventies he was a fixture on the comedy circuit. One of his first TV roles was as meat heads best brand in the sitcom all in the family. -- Yeah. And -- Led to a decades long friendship between -- and Rob Reiner. -- -- -- was doing letting me go thank you offset. -- on the field. If -- to have ended a comedian he probably could -- had a minor league contract. Billy paid his dues doing guest appearances on various TV shows including this 1978. Appearance in the Love Boat. Can I kiss you. His big break he was cast as one of the first openly gay -- some primetime television. In the controversial street -- so. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Gold medalist pop secret but -- -- philly's gay lover I love you want you back. Obviously Billy was happily married had children I had children's we were told by network censors what we couldn't couldn't do and how far we can take as we were not allowed to touch we couldn't -- they just wanted to play it both of us play a very straight. And -- For his big screen debut he played a pregnant man in the rapid test directed by comedienne Joan Rivers and as I wanna have my baby. I want I. -- was so anxious for the part. And I -- -- coming into my library into some. What you want what can I do. And he read it used to with the new right there that's him. Eventually Billy joined Saturday Night Live and created some of the biggest catch phrases of -- 1980s. You rural men. He also became a fixture on the game show circuit. In fact here he set the record for the fastest women's history 120000. Dollar pyramid. Old -- this. Thing. And remember that -- Stanton -- of -- handling. -- a grinder eventually became one of Hollywood's biggest directors casting his friend Billy and a string of hits them I don't. -- money let's go Obama met with Billy you get freebies -- -- -- he's a great comic writer. And the best line in any movie I've ever done and when Harry met Sally and is a line the filly came up with all have what she's -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- So you you get you know you get gifts when you get Billy Crystal.

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