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Adam Sandler
Also known as: Adam Richard Sandler, Sandman
Producer • Actor • Executive Producer • Screenplay • Writer • Special Appearances • Voice Cast
Born: September 9, 1966 in New York, U.S.A.
Known as the funnyman for his comedic roles in films, Adam Sandler is a comedian, actor, screenwriter, and producer. The 'natural comic' was discovered by Dennis Miller at a comedy club in LA, which led to him being cast on Saturday Night Live in 1990. Sandler then went on to acting in films like Airheads (1994), Happy Gilmore (1996), and Big Daddy (1999). In 1999, he formed his film production company, Happy Madison Productions, and started off with producing Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo. The production company since then, has produced most of Sandler's subsequent movies till date. Although, his films were not the most popular among critics, they won over audiences.

Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 9, 1966 to Judith Sandler, a nursery teacher, and Stanley Sandler, an electrical engineer. The family has a Russian Jewish ancestry. He has three siblings; a brother, who is an attorney, and two sisters one of whom is a dentist. When Sandler was six, the family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire where he attended Manchester Central High School and later graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988. Sandler's brother encouraged him to perform at a Boston Comedy Club, where he realized his true potential. Sandler continued performing through his college years as well and became a regular on MTV's game show Remote Control as the Stud Boy or Trivia Delinquent. He also played Smitty, Theo Huxtable's friend on the Cosby Show.

Sandler married actress Jacqueline Titone on June 22, 2003, and has two children with her Sadie born in 2006 and Sunny born in 2008.

Dennis Miller, a comedian and one of the cast members on the American TV show Saturday Night Live, spotted Sandler in one of his acts in Los Angeles and recommended him to the producer Lorne Michaels. He was hired as a writer for the show and was featured the following year where he performed the funny original songs like "The Chanukah Song." In his stint with the show from 1990 to 1995 he created characters like, Opera Man, Cajun Man, and Canteen Boy.

Adam Sandler made his debut with Going Over Board, an American comedy released in 1989, directed by Valerie Breiman. After Sandler shot to fame with Saturday Night Live, his subsequent movies Billy Madison (1995) and Happy Gilmore (1996) were given a wider release by Vidmark Entertainment in 1996. The Waterboy (1998) was one of his first hits, however, none of his films received any critical praise until 2002 when he starred opposite Emily Watson in Punch-Drunk Love for which he got a Golden Globe nomination. In 2004, Sandler, along with Drew Barrymore, won the award for Best On-Screen Team at the MTV Movie Awards for their movie 50 First Dates.

He starred in a dramatic presentation with Mike Binder in Reign Over Me in 2007, which circled the life of a man who lost his family in 9/11. The same year, he also starred in the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Kevin James. In 2008, he wrote, acted, and produced the film You Don't Mess with the Zohan, which was an American political satire black comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. His first family film under the Walt Disney banner was Bedtime Stories (2008), a fantasy film, where he starred along with Keri Russell and Russell Brand. It was announced that Sandler was invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after he starred in Funny People (2009) and his performance in Punch-Drunk Love (2002) was cited in the announcement. Sandler starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy Just Go With It in 2011, before he starred as Count Dracula in Hotel Transylvania (2012). In 2015, Netflix announced that The Ridiculous 6, starring Sandler, was viewed more times in 30 days than any other movie in Netflix history. Sandler revived his role as Count Dracula in the sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) and Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018).
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Ben Stiller
Rob Schneider
Jim Carrey
Judy Sandler
Stanley Sandler
Elizabeth Sandler
Valerie Sandler
Scott Sandler
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Hubie Halloween
The Wrong Missy
Uncut Gems
Murder Mystery
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
The Week Of
The Meyerowitz Stories
Sandy Wexler
The Do-Over
The Ridiculous 6

Did You Know? (5)

  • Hotel Transylvania (2012) is Adam Sandler's first animated feature film.
  • Adam Sandler's wife provided her voice in the first installment of the film Hotel Transylvania. Moreover, his daughters also lent their voices to the characters which include Young Mavis, werewolf baby Winnie and Baby Dennis.
  • Happy Madison, his production company is named after two of his successful movies, Happy Gilmore (1996) and Billy Madison (1995).
  • Sandler revealed on Conan O'Brien’s The Tonight Show that he and Chris Farley were fired by NBC from the show Saturday Night Live in 1995.
  • On his choice of movies, “I wasn't a kid growing up thinking, “One day, I'll get an Oscar and make a speech." That wasn't on my mind. I want to just do the best work I can do.”
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "I go to sleep thinking about my kids being spoiled and I wake up thinking about it."
  • "A lot of critics object to what I do, but I got into comedy to make people laugh, and I've always worked hard."
  • "I still get very scared when I step in front of a live audience."
  • "I've been called a moron since I was about four. My father called me a moron. My grandfather said I was a moron. And a lot of times when I'm driving, I hear I'm a moron. I like being a moron."
  • "Chemistry can be a good and bad thing. Chemistry is good when you make love with it. Chemistry is bad when you make crack with it."
  • "When you're around the kids, you feel like you act the most grown up just because you're supposed to lead. I say things, like every other parent, that reminds you of your own parents. One thing I do know about being a parent, you understand why your father was in a bad mood a lot."
  • "My comedy is different every time I do it. I don't know what the hell I'm doing."
  • "I sing seriously to my mom on the phone. To put her to sleep, I have to sing 'Maria' from West Side Story. When I hear her snoring, I hang up."
  • "Through my films I'm eventually trying to one day tell the truth. I don't know if I'm ever going to get there, but I'm slowly letting pieces of myself out there and then maybe by the time I'm 85, I'll look back and say, 'All right, that about sums it up.'"
  • "My name is Adam Sandler. I'm not particularly talented. I'm not particularly good-looking. And yet I'm a multi-millionaire."
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