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Adam Sandler
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Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, and film producer. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Adam Sandler went on to star in several Hollywood feature films that grossed over $100 million at the box office.[2] Adam Sandler is best known for Adam Sandler's comedic roles, such as in the films Billy Madison (1995), Happy Gilmore (1996), The Waterboy (1998), Big Daddy (1999), and Mr. Deeds (2002), though Adam Sandler has ventured into more dramatic territory. In 1999, Adam Sandler founded Happy Madison, a film and television production company that has produced numerous films and developed the 2007 television series Rules of Engagement.

Adam Sandler Trailer "That's My Boy" (2012)
 

Early life

Adam Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish parents,[3] Stanley, an electrical engineer, and Judy Adam Sandler, a nursery school teacher.[4] When Adam Sandler was five, Adam Sandler's family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, where Adam Sandler attended Manchester Central High School. Adam Sandler found Adam Sandler was a natural comic, and nurtured Adam Sandler's talent while at New York University by performing regularly in clubs and on campuses. Adam Sandler graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988.[5]

Later in Adam Sandler's career, Adam Sandler would draw on Adam Sandler's earliest experiences for material for Adam Sandler's comedy, music and movies. The song "Lunchlady Land" from Adam Sandler's debut album They're All Gonna Laugh at You! is dedicated to Emalee, the lunchlady at Hayden Dining Hall at New York University. 

Career

Acting career

In the mid to late 1980s, Adam Sandler played Theo Huxtable's friend, Smitty, on The Cosby Show (1987–1988). Adam Sandler was a performer for the MTV game show Remote Control, on which Adam Sandler made appearances as the characters "Trivia Delinquent" or "Stud Boy". Early in Adam Sandler's career, Adam Sandler performed in comedy clubs, taking the stage at Adam Sandler's brother's urging when Adam Sandler was seventeen. Adam Sandler was discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who caught Adam Sandler's act in Los Angeles. Miller recommended him to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Adam Sandler was hired as a writer for SNL in 1990 and became a featured player the following year, making a name for himself by performing amusing original songs on the show, including "The Chanukah Song".[6] Adam Sandler told Conan O'Brien on The Tonight Show that NBC fired him and Chris Farley from the show in 1995.[7]

In 1994 Adam Sandler co-starred in Airheads with Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi. Adam Sandler starred in Billy Madison (1995) as a grown, though uneducated, man repeating grades 1–12 to earn back Adam Sandler's father's respect, along with the right to inherit Adam Sandler's father's multi-million-dollar hotel empire. In At the Movies, Siskel and Ebert gave the film a very bad review, and said of Adam Sandler "...Not an attractive screen presence, Adam Sandler might have a career as a villain or a fall guy or the butt of a joke, but as the protagonist Adam Sandler's problem is Adam Sandler creates the fingernails on the blackboard" with Siskel adding "...you don't have a good motivation for the character's behavior".[8] Adam Sandler followed this film with other financially successful comedies such as Bulletproof (1996), Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Wedding Singer (1998). Adam Sandler was initially cast in the bachelor-party-themed comedy/thriller Very Bad Things (1998), but had to back out due to Adam Sandler's involvement in The Waterboy (1998), one of Adam Sandler's first hits.

Although Adam Sandler's earlier films did not receive critical praise, Adam Sandler's more recent films, beginning with Punch-Drunk Love (2002), have received more positive reviews - although they lack the meagre humour of Adam Sandler's earlier films. Roger Ebert, in Adam Sandler's review of Punch-Drunk Love, concluded that Adam Sandler had been wasted in earlier films with poorly written scripts and characters with no development.[9] Adam Sandler has moved outside the genre of slapstick comedy to take on more serious parts such as the aforementioned Punch-Drunk Love (for which Adam Sandler was nominated for a Golden Globe), Spanglish (2004) and Reign Over Me (2007). Adam Sandler played a loving father figure in Big Daddy (1999). During filming, Adam Sandler met Jacqueline Samantha Titone—Adam Sandler's future wife and mother of Adam Sandler's two daughters -— who was cast as the waitress from The Blarney Stone Bar. 

At one point, Adam Sandler was considered for the part that went to Jamie Foxx in Collateral (2004). Adam Sandler also was one of the finalists along with Jim Carrey and Johnny Depp for the role of Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). Adam Sandler returned to more dramatic fare with Mike Binder's Reign Over Me (2007), a drama about a man who loses Adam Sandler's entire family in 9/11 and rekindles a friendship with Adam Sandler's old college roommate (played by Don Cheadle). Adam Sandler starred in the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) alongside Kevin James, as a New York City fireman pretending to be gay to keep up an insurance scam so that Adam Sandler's best friend's children can have benefits. Adam Sandler headlined You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), a comedy about a Mossad agent who fakes Adam Sandler's own death and moves to the United States to become a hair stylist. The film was written by Adam Sandler, The 40-Year-Old Virgin writer-director Judd Apatow (who was an old roommate of Adam Sandler's when both were starting out), and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog creator Robert Smigel, and was directed by Happy Gilmore director Dennis Dugan.

"Like Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler has layers of tenderness under layers of irony under layers of tenderness—plus a floating anger like Jupiter’s great red spot," wrote David Edelstein of New York magazine in a review of You Don't Mess with the Zohan. "Some performers become stars because we can read them instantly, others—like Adam Sandler—because we never tire of trying to get a fix on them."[10]

Adam Sandler at the premiere of Funny People in Berlin, 2009
Adam Sandler starred in Bedtime Stories (2008), a fantasy film directed by Bringing Down the House director Adam Shankman, about a stressed hotel maintenance worker whose bedtime stories Adam Sandler reads to Adam Sandler's niece and nephew begin to come true. This marked Adam Sandler's first family film and first film under the Walt Disney banner.[11] Keri Russell and English comedian Russell Brand co-starred.

In 2009, Adam Sandler starred in Judd Apatow's third directorial feature Funny People. Adam Sandler played a very successful stand up comedian who finds out Adam Sandler has a terminal illness and Adam Sandler takes a young inexperienced comic, played by Seth Rogen, under Adam Sandler's wing. Filming began in October 2008 and finished in January 2009. The film was released on July 31, 2009.[12] At one point, Adam Sandler was in talks to star in Quentin Tarantino's World War II film Inglourious Basterds, which Adam Sandler confirmed, but Adam Sandler did not appear in it due to a scheduling conflict with Funny People.[13] Following the release of Funny People, it, along with Punch-Drunk Love were cited in the June 2010 announcement that Adam Sandler was one of 135 people (including 20 actors) invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[14]

Adam Sandler appeared in Grown Ups, teaming up with Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade (all of whom have worked with Adam Sandler before) for a film about five best friends from high school who reunite 30 years later on the July 4 weekend. Other costars include Salma Hayek (playing Adam Sandler's wife), Maria Bello (playing James' wife), and fellow SNL alumna Maya Rudolph (playing Rock's wife), Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, and Norm Macdonald. Adam Sandler and Dickie Roberts scribe Fred Wolf wrote the script and Dennis Dugan directed the film.[15]

Adam Sandler starred in the 2011 film Just Go with It, with Jennifer Aniston, a romantic comedy written by Allan Loeb and Tim Dowling and directed by Dennis Dugan. Adam Sandler played a plastic surgeon who asks Adam Sandler's office manager, played by Aniston, to pose as Adam Sandler's wife, in order to prove Adam Sandler's honesty to Adam Sandler's much younger girlfriend, played by Brooklyn Decker. Adam Sandler also provided the voice of a capuchin monkey in Kevin James' Zookeeper, released on July 8, 2011.[16] In 2012, Adam Sandler starred in That's My Boy with Andy Samberg. The film was about a man, played by Adam Sandler, who fathered a son, played by Samberg, with Adam Sandler's teacher in high school. Then, years later, Adam Sandler visits Adam Sandler's son on the eve of Adam Sandler's wedding and clashes with the bride (Leighton Meester).

In 2011, Adam Sandler pulled off an extraordinary double in which Adam Sandler won both Worst Actor and Worst Actress at the Golden Raspberry Awards for Adam Sandler's film Jack & Jill. Not only was Adam Sandler the first person to win both awards, but Adam Sandler also was the first male actor to win the Worst Actress dishonor.

Happy Madison Productions

Adam Sandler has collaborated with Henry Winkler and Kevin James for several film projects
Adam Sandler formed Adam Sandler's film production company, Happy Madison Productions,[17] in 1999, first producing fellow SNL alumnus Rob Schneider's film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Happy Madison has produced all of Adam Sandler's subsequent films to date with the exceptions Punch Drunk Love and Spanglish. Reign Over Me and Funny People were produced by Happy Madison but under the subsidiary label "Madison 23".

Adam Sandler is known for consistently working with a core group of friends and associates through Happy Madison, frequently casting fellow SNL performers in various roles in Adam Sandler's films. Adam Sandler and Happy Madison produced SNL contemporary Rob Schneider's vehicles Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), The Animal (2001), The Hot Chick (2002), and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005), and The Benchwarmers (2006), with Adam Sandler making cameo appearances in the middle three. Meanwhile, Schneider has appeared in cameo roles in Adam Sandler films The Waterboy, Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Click, The Longest Yard, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Bedtime Stories. Schneider had larger roles in Adam Sandler films Big Daddy, 50 First Dates, Eight Crazy Nights, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, and Grown Ups.

Happy Madison produced David Spade's Joe Dirt, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, and The Benchwarmers, which also featured Rob Schneider.[17] Spade additionally made a cameo appearance in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and had a prominent supporting role in Grown Ups. Adam Sandler cameoed as a special audience member in an episode of The Showbiz Show with David Spade. SNL contemporary Kevin Nealon has appeared in ten Happy Madison productions or Adam Sandler films, including Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Little Nicky, Joe Dirt, Eight Crazy Nights, Anger Management, Grandma's Boy, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Just Go With It and the Dana Carvey vehicle, The Master of Disguise.

Happy Madison also produced Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the first starring vehicle for Kevin James. James had costarred with Adam Sandler in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Grown Ups and made a cameo appearance in You Don't Mess with the Zohan. Happy Madison also produced James' second starring vehicle Zookeeper.

Adam Sandler appeared as the featured guest on the final episode of John McEnroe's eponymous CNBC talk show, airing in late 2004. McEnroe appeared as himself in three of Adam Sandler's films (Mr. Deeds, Anger Management, and You Don't Mess with the Zohan).

Anna Faris, who appeared in The Hot Chick, became the first female actor to headline a production for Happy Madison with The House Bunny and will headline another film for Happy Madison in the near future.

Others who frequently appear in Adam Sandler films include Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, John Turturro, Jon Lovitz, Clint Howard, Norm Macdonald, Nick Swardson, and longtime friends Allen Covert, Peter Dante, and Jonathan Loughran. Covert starred in Adam Sandler's first leading role in Grandma's Boy, also produced by Happy Madison productions.

Personal life

Adam Sandler with Adam Sandler's two daughters in February 2011
On June 22, 2003, Adam Sandler married actress Jacqueline Samantha Titone. The couple have two daughters: Sadie Madison Adam Sandler (born 2006)[18] and Sunny Madeline Adam Sandler (born 2008).[19] Adam Sandler lives with Adam Sandler's family in Los Angeles, but also owns homes in New York City and Florida. 

Political and charitable donations

In 2007, Adam Sandler made a $1 million donation to the Boys and Girls Club in Adam Sandler's hometown, Manchester, New Hampshire.[20] Adam Sandler donated $2,100 to Republican Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign the same year.[21]

References

1.   Wills, Dominic. "Adam Sandler - Biography". Retrieved 2012-03-31.
2.   ""Adam Sandler." ''BoxOfficeMojo.com''". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
3.   "Adam Sandler's Jewish Roots." Jewogle.com
4.   "Adam Sandler Biography (1966?-)." Film Reference.com.
5.   "Live From New York, It's...". NYU Alumni Magazine. New York University. Spring 2008. Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
6.   "Adam Sandler Biography." Biography.com.
7.   "You're not alone, Conan O'Brien: Adam Sandler says NBC fired him and Chris Farley from 'SNL'" Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News, January 21, 2010.
8.   Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert. Just Cause / The Brady Bunch Movie / Billy Madison / Oscar Surprises (1995) (Disney-ABC Domestic Television). USA: Siskel and Ebert.
9.   Ebert, Roger. "Punch-Drunk Love." Chicago Sun-Times. October 18, 2002.
10.   Edelstein, David, (June 5, 2008). Israeli Stud, Aspiring Hairdresser: Adam Sandler makes Adam Sandler's Jewish mother proud. Meanwhile, Werner Herzog tries to avoid penguins. nymag.com. Archived from the original on 9 June 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2008.
11.   "Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories Come True." ComingSoon.net.
12.   Michael Fleming (June 11, 2008). "Trio joins Judd Apatow film". Variety. Archived from the original on 10 July 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2008.
13.   "Adam Sandler won't star in Tarantino film". RTÉ News. August 14, 2008.
14.   "Academy Invites 135 to Membership". Press release. Beverly Hills, CA: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. June 25, 2010. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
15.   Siegel, Tatiana (February 10, 2009). "Columbia pic gets Adam Sandler and friends". Variety. Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
16.   coloradoan.com
17.   "Happy Madison." AdamAdam Sandler.com. Accessed October 9, 2008.
18.   "Adam Sandler, Wife Have a Baby." People.com.
19.   "Adam Sandler and wife have second daughter." Reuters.com. November 12, 2008.
20.   "Adam Sandler donates $1 million to Manchester charity." newhampshire.com.
21.   "Adam Sandler's Federal Campaign Contribution Report". newsmeat.com. Adam Sandler is a Republican (Adam Sandler in Zimbio's list of "Famous Republicans" [accessed 2012-05-08]).
 


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