TCM to Honor Billy Crystal with Hand and Footprint Ceremony
Billy Crystal has done it all: He’s a Tony and Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director, and the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards. Now he’s getting the hand and footprint ceremony he so richly deserves.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor the iconic comedian, actor and author with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® in Hollywood during the tenth annual TCM Classic Film Festival, on Friday, April 12.
“Billy Crystal has long been among the most versatile talents working in Hollywood. And I say 'talent' because Billy is so much more than an actor. Trying to define his career into a signature role or moment feels futile. Is it his lead performance in When Harry Met Sally, the ensemble he led in City Slickers, or his scene-stealing supporting part as Miracle Max in The Princess Bride? Then again, it might be his prodigious resume of voice acting work or his consistently impressive work hosting the Academy Awards, which he’s done nine times (only Bob Hope has done it more). From Soap to Monsters, Inc. Crystal has emerged as one of the great story tellers of his generation – on the big screen, the small screen, and in front of a live audience,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. “For these and fifty other reasons, we’re thrilled to be able to honor Billy for his contributions to this industry with a hand and footprint ceremony outside the TCL Chinese Theatre."
This marks the ninth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. In 2011, Peter O'Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017 and Cicely Tyson in 2018.
If we could reach out to Billy’s Saturday Night Live alter-ego Fernando Lamas, we’re sure he would be thrilled, adding an enthusiastic “You look mahvelous!”