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. 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
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
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". Adam Sandler told Conan O'Brien on The
Tonight Show that NBC fired him and Chris Farley from the show in
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". 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. 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."
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. Keri Russell and English comedian Russell
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. 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. 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
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.
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. 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, 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
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. 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
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
In 2007, Adam Sandler made a $1 million donation to the Boys and
Girls Club in Adam Sandler's hometown, Manchester, New
Hampshire. Adam Sandler donated $2,100 to Republican Rudy
Giuliani's presidential campaign the same year.
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