Billy Crystal: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

Time for some sparkling Crystal.

Billy Crystal is something of a Marmite actor for audiences; people either love him or think he€™s massively annoying, with almost no middle ground between the two. While it€™s true he€™s made some dodgy work in the past €“ something that could be applied to every actor €“ he€™s also starred in some of the greatest comedies of all time.

Crystal started his career as a stand-up and writer on TV shows like The Love Boat before working his way up to acting, and while he might not have been the most obvious choice to become a movie star it happened anyway because of his likeable, easy-going charm. This charisma also lead to him hosting the Oscars a record nine times, though even he€™d admit he probably shouldn€™t have done it so much.

His CV is something of a mixed bag, filled with beloved classics and movies that wouldn€™t be shown on airplanes for fear of people walking out. Even his harshest critics would have to admit though that when he€™s on form, he€™s one of the best.

With the re-release of When Harry Met Sally this weekend it€™s time to do the retrospective thing and examine the very best €“ and very worst €“ that Billy Crystal has to offer.


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