Catching up with Billy Crystal


When it comes to a certain outspoken billionaire, this much-loved actor and stand-up comedian isn’t laughing.

What is your greatest strength?

Brevity. I find I can answer questions succinctly, without going on and on when just one word will do. It’s all from what I was taught in school, that less is more. In fact, I find this is a good way to show that I’m really good at brevity. I mean, just get to the point. Why do we keep droning on and on? Which reminds me of a story... 

What is your greatest weakness?

Answering questionnaires.

Does anything scare you?

Sydney funnel-web spiders and Donald Trump. Wait – make that just Donald Trump.

What’s your favourite karaoke song?

Anything but Let It Go.

What virtue do you admire most in people?


If you could do any other job, what would it be?

Who wants to work?

What’s one thing about you that would surprise people?

I have hobbit feet.

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What’s your idea of absolute happiness?

Watching my four beautiful grandchildren play together. 

If you could have dinner with two famous people, who would you choose?  

John F. Kennedy and Charlie Chaplin on the dead list and President Obama and [American lyricist and composer] Stephen Sondheim on the still-here list. 

What travel experience is at the top of your bucket list?


What’s your most treasured possession?

My imagination.

How do you switch off?

Still working on that one...

If you could turn back time, what in your life would you change?

My father’s death in 1963.

What is your greatest achievement?

Never having watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Who is your personal hero?

My wife, Janice. 

What’s the most American thing about you?  

My gardeners. 

Where would we find you at a party?

In the kitchen, stealing the silver.

If you were an animal, what would it be?

A stuffed Winnie the Pooh.

What would you spend your last $20 on?

Life-saving medicine. 

How would you like to be remembered?


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