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 grandfather was Julius Crystal/Cristal (who was possibly the son of Hannis Crystal and Eva Bard). Julius was a Russian Jewish emigrant, from Odessa.
Billy’s paternal grandmother was named Sophie Hessen/Hassan/Hosel. Sophie was a Russian Jewish emigrant, 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 – http://www.geni.com
Billy’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Billy’s maternal grandfather, Julius Gabler, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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