Billy Crystal

by Lil Vacha on April 21, 2010

The Face of Tisch 2010 Gala - Arrivals

Birth  Name: William Edward Crystal

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 14, 1948

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Billy Crystal is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host.

He is the son of Helen (Gabler) and Jack Crystal. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia, Austria, and Lithuania. His uncle (mother’s brother) was record producer Milt Gabler, who founded the Commodore Music Store, which was operated by Billy’s father. Billy is married to Janice Goldfinger. Janice is also Jewish. The couple has two children, actress Jennifer Crystal Foley and producer Lindsay Crystal.

Billy’s paternal grandparents were Julius Crystal/Cristal (who was possibly the son of Hannis Crystal and Eva Bard) and Sophie Hessen/Hassan/Hosel. Julius and Sophie were Russian Jewish immigrants, from Odessa.

Billy’s maternal grandfather was Julius Gabler (the son of Louis H. Gabler and Clara Honsel). Julius was a Jewish immigrant from Austria.

Billy’s maternal grandmother was Susie Kasindorf (the daughter of Isaac Kazancov/Kasindorf and Miriam/Mary Shliomovitch/Shliomovich). Susie was born in New York. Isaac was a Jewish immigrant from Russia (possibly from Moscow), the son of Joel Kasinzov/Kasindorf and Malka Chanin. Miriam was a Jewish immigrant from Ariogala, Kaunas, Lithuania, the daughter of Hirsh Elijah Shliomovich/Blass and Malka Friedland.

Sources: Genealogy of Billy Crystal –

Billy’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Billy’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Billy’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Billy’s maternal grandfather, Julius Gabler, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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