07:19 PM EDT 08/27/2014
Originally posted 11/25/2008 02:00PM
Billy Crystal's beloved horse, Beechnut, recently died at the age of 27 – and the comedian remembers him fondly as a good friend and companion.
"Beechnut was, in a way, one my best friends," Crystal, 60, tells PEOPLE. "He was incredibly human in his instincts."
Crystal first met the horse on the set of his 1991 comedy City Slickers, which filmed in New Mexico. After the shoot, Crystal couldn't help but keep the horse. "It was an on-location romance," he says of their bond. "I wasn't sure I wanted to continue it after I finished the shoot [but] there he was with a ribbon around his neck."
The comedian also famously rode the horse on stage at 1991's Academy Awards, which he hosted, as part of a tribute to that year's best picture winner, Dancing with Wolves.
"It was like driving a Porsche," Crystal recalls of riding his horse. "He was so athletic and great."
Originally posted 06/06/2005 08:00AM
Hunky host Hugh Jackman shared his singing, dancing and joke-telling talents on the Radio City Music Hall stage, and Broadway shared the prizes among several winners at Sunday night's 59th annual Tony Awards.
Originally posted 05/12/2005 08:00AM
ADOPTED: Sharon Stone, 47, has adopted a baby boy, born to "unknown and unrelated parents in Texas" on Saturday and named Laird Vonne Stone by the actress, Stone's publicist, Cindi Berger, said in a statement, adding "Mommy and her boys are over the moon." The Basic Instinct actress has a 4-year-old son, Roan. She and her husband, Phil Bronstein, divorced in 2004 after five years of marriage. She is currently in London filming Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction.
Originally posted 06/24/2004 08:00AM
Hugh Jackman, move over: Popular eight-time Oscar host Billy Crystal may be up for a Tony next spring, as the veteran funnyman makes his Broadway debut this November with an autobiographical one-man show, to be called 700 Sundays – his first live performance in 16 years.
Originally posted 12/05/2002 11:00AM
Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal happily traded the red carpet for U.S.-issued green Wednesday, as they premiered their latest film, "Analyze That," for the troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.
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