BILLY CRYS­TAL (PLAYED HARRY)

WHO - - Retro -

Crys­tal, now 70, went on to fur­ther suc­cess in the 1991 movie City Slick­ers but it’s his role as host of the Os­cars for which he’s best known. Con­tro­versy has never been far away. Crys­tal was slammed as racist for a ‘black­face’ im­per­son­ation of Sammy Davis Jr at the Os­cars in 2012, and also ac­cused of ho­mo­pho­bia af­ter ap­pear­ing to sug­gest that gay sex on TV had gone too far. The death of co­me­dian and long-time friend Robin Wil­liams in 2014 hit Billy hard. He said he “just had pain” af­ter the ac­tor’s sui­cide.

Crys­tal (left) was a hit in the City Slick­ers movies. Not ev­ery­one has en­joyed Crys­tal’s per­for­mance as host of the Os­cars.

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